Not sure how many of you know that I already am very biased against Chick-Fil-A because of an incident that happened a couple years ago. My son broke his arm falling off an illegally designed playground at a Chick-Fil-A. We had to sue them to get his medical expenses covered, in the process we found that the playgrounds they use nationwide do not meet the basic federal safety standards for childrens' playgrounds, yet they refuse to make modifications that would make them safer and prevent the many children every year from suffering from similar accidents. So I knew their whole "Christian Family Friendly" image was a scam used to dupe trusting American families into buying more chicken sandwiches.
Then the truth of the owner's funding of anti gay restrictions, not just opposing gay marriage, which i understand comes from a deep seated bigotry or a fear of one's own "gayness" but Mr. Cathy also spent millions to support laws that prevent gays from teaching or adopting children and generally all things gay:
I have begun to clean up my Facebook friends based on thier support of Chick-Fil-A's atrocious behavior. As an atheist recovering Christian who still appreciates the teachings of Jesus (along with other spiritual leaders), I find it especially troubling that folks who claim to follow Jesus verbatim would focus their energy on hating gays when his message never came close to mentioning gays, yet they tend to fumble at and stumble over the actual things he did take about, like taking care of the weak and the sick.
Anyway, as I have a broad spectrum of friends here, I thought it would be great to hear what BTSers think about the issue. For me, it is the moral equivalent to standing against slavery or for a woman's right to vote. Neither effect me directly, but I believe all these issues effect all of us, as a society where all are not equal and equally free is a society where none of us are truly free.
So jump in.
uplandpoet started this discussion 10 months ago. ( | permalink )