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Chick-fil-A sending mixed messages

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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

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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3 Comments on Chick-fil-A sending mixed messages

  1. microdot71 // Oct 1, 2012 at 9:29 am //

    Here's what I find "amazing" in all of this: the assertion that anyone's civil rights were violated by Cathy's opinions about homosexuality. The man expressed an opinion and contributed his private resources to support groups that share his opinion. That's it, nothing more. The vitriol expressed by the LGBT community probably came a lot closer to violating Cathy's civil rights. It certainly violated those of front-line employees who were caught in the middle.

  2. alrightythen007 // Oct 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm //

    I find it very interesting that some communities are all about equality and freedom of speech until it offends them and then they lash out and scream foul and ask others to help them stop the offending party by boycotts and protests. Wouldn't be nice if we could all stand up for what we believe in and say so, oh wait we can. That is one of those little items that make this such a great country. Let us all keep that in mind when you want someone punished for the very thing you are asking them to extend toward you. Tolerance.

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