Chick-fil-A sending mixed messages

Chick-fil-A sending mixed messages

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Photo Courtesy MCT Campus Wire Service

Chick-fil-A has been a big deal the past couple months, so it wasn’t a surprise when they made headlines once again mid-September.

As Chick-fil-A has two locations in Idaho currently, one of them being in the Boise State Student Union Building, students are keen to stay up-to-date with the philosophy carried by the chain and what they do with their money.

In mid-July, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said to Baptist Press he and his company were staunchly against same-sex marriage, putting the chain at the center of a whirlwind culture war resulting in boycotts and anti-boycotts across the country. Two months later, on Sept. 18, Chicago civil rights group the Civil Rights Agenda announced in a press release, “Alderman Proco Joe Moreno confirmed that Chick-fil-A will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations and that they have clarified in an internal document that the company will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual
orientation.”

The LGBT community and supporters rejoiced across the country.

But it sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, Moreno may have spoken too soon. Melissa Gray of CNN said this month that Dan Cathy is publicly contradicting what his company executives said.

On Sept. 21, Mike Huckabee posted a comment on his website from Cathy stating Chick-fil-A had not agreed to change their stance. Cathy said, “There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.”

So much for the dream that America would no longer be split by a chicken sandwich and waffle fries.

But, just for a second, imagine if the franchise did decide to stop funding anti-gay organizations. Instead of being separated by the political leanings of a fast food chain president we could spend our time focusing on other things.

If Cathy had decided to stop his donations and focus his money on more constructive organizations, it would be amazing.

Not only would it reassure the American public what we believe about civil rights matters but it would also bring us that much closer to a more accepting America.

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