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Boycotts: A leftist tactic by gays, but a ‘Christian value’ when gays are the target

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Over the past few weeks, Chick-fil-A has met a poignant voice of opposition to their anti-gay policies and their outspoken opposition to the civil equality of homosexuals.

In recent years, Chick-fil-A has donated at least 2 million dollars to numerous anti-gay groups (many registered as official “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center).

They have also supported various “ex-gay ministries,” organizations whom the American Psychological Association have repeatedly and universally condemned for their ineffectual and, in most cases, deleterious techniques, and their lack of medical authenticity. Dan Cathy (Chick-fil-A president) and Truett Cathy (Chick-fil-A Founder) have both made their opposition to gay rights vocal, in recent weeks.

So, it should be apparent where there is a hefty opposition to Chick-fil-A, by the LGBT community and those who value their equality. Unsurprisingly, however, many right wingers, who sympathize with Chick-fil-A’s homophobic views, have labeled this opposition as “bullying,” “leftist intolerance,” “an affront to Christianity,” and “an attack on Chick-fil-A’s free speech.”

They say this as if boycotts are a new phenomenon, or as if they are an exclusively “leftist” tactic.

One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association — one of the most prominent anti-gay groups in America — has based their entire organization in boycotts and threats of boycotts.

Through various email campaigns, One Million Moms (in reality, less than 50,000 based on their Facebook supporters) routinely attempt to intimidate the sponsors of any and all TV shows that dare to include such things as gay characters, with threats of mass boycotts.

In their exact words, they plan to “clean up the trash in media” (yeah, that’s not ominous language). This is an organization that has undertaken the expressed mission of purging the American media of all lifestyles and values that are in conflict with their religious views.

This is a group that doesn’t simply boycott politically active companies. They actively work to censor any and all media that even acknowledges the existence of groups they don’t approve of.

So, tell me something, conservatives. Do you consider that to be an affront to free speech or to religious freedom? Is that what you would define as “bullying and intimidation?” No, of course not. That’s just “good old family values.”

In the eyes of conservatives, spreading disdain for minority groups, funding campaigns against their equality, and seeking to marginalize them in every way possible in the media and public sphere are all examples of civil and respectable behavior.

However, if someone (say, for instance, a member of the minority group in question) seeks to oppose such groups, either through vocal opposition or their active avoidance of their businesses, than that is an example of militant bigotry and intolerance.

Once again, we are faced with the ass-backwards conservative narrative in which the degradation and suppression of a minority group is a hallmark of civil discourse, while any and all opposition is extant of intolerance and totalitarianism.

It is disheartening that people, living in the year 2012, still push this socially incoherent narrative. However, their endless grasping at straws demonstrates that their crippled ideology is on its last legs. Their disingenuous pleas for sympathy are reminiscent of the indignity and petulance of individuals like George Wallace in wake of desegregation.

There is nothing more pleasing to me than the wounded ego of a bigot, forced to endure the “tyranny” of equality.

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39 more reader comments:

  1. god is pretend, bible is BS, gay is OK

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:26am
  2. Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:27am
  3. They have made a complete mess in our parking lot, basically screwing 5 separate business’s and causing nightmare traffic. They claim to support this place yet shutting down ours.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:28am
  4. Hypocrits!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:28am
  5. I don’t think we should boycott things, honestly. I think we should flood them with our fabulous selves and our families and gay the place up so bad they’ll be puking kitten giggles and unicorn farts. Or whatever rainbows are made of.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:29am
  6. Have anyone thought of just going to Atlanta enstead?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:29am
  7. To be a Christian is to be like “Christ”.. Unforunately, that doesn’t exist anymore. People have become haters instead of lovers and supporters. Everyone is turning on each other. Must be something in the water? But it’s not just GAYS that the target in this issue. If you look at his statement closely, he mentions “our first wives” … Basically meaning that if you are divorced, getting divorced or were not a virgin before marriage, then you’re not a part of what they consider “family values”.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:30am
  8. Ugh…these people are annoying (right-wing nuts)

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:30am
  9. I feel that we as consumers should spend our money where it would be best served knowing that in some cases, we have no choice. At the same time, I do not feel that the public sector (e.g. city governments) should deny any company to do business in their city based on their belief structure (and not how they comply with the law). If the GLBT/T supports that, it will definitely backfire on us in the future. http://michichan.com/node/54

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:31am
  10. there is a support rally at the closet chik fil a to me..im openly gay..my mom wanted to go :(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:31am
  11. The site is not loading properly for me in any browser. Anyone else having this issue?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:34am
  12. boycotts work. and this one is worth keeping up. take a moral stand against anti-civil-rights donors, don’t fund discrimination.

    http://www.politicalgroove.com/2012/08/chick-fil-as-brandindex-drops-40.html

    EVERY ACTION MATTERS and EVERY VICTORY COUNTS.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:34am
  13. They have made our parking for my business and 5 others impossible. So we should suffer and loose money so they can make a point? many of our clients are elderly and have no where to park, that is not being a good neighbor.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:35am
  14. @sarah make a sign about gays and go stand with them haha

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:35am
  15. Just doused half a dozen idiots at a Chik-Fil-A with rainbow glitter.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:36am
  16. As consumers, we have the ultimate say so authority in making valid fair choices upon where we spend our dollars for products/services. I choose to boycott organizations which are working to decrease the quality of my life and those I love. If this is the only route toward acheving equality for all, indeed it is the moral & correct choice of free minded consumers. If a corporation spends thousands to reinforce bigotry/homophobia/racism/sexism/ageism – be prepared to stand behind that particular ideal.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:38am
  17. As amusing as that is, Chris, be careful, as that can be construed as “assult.”

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:42am
  18. Bigots in the name of Christianity.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:44am
  19. I cant. my sister works there. Which isnt good eaither..they are having a protest friday.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:46am
  20. but she is working so i couldnt go

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:46am
  21. i think everybody in the world so love everybody it dosent matter if they are gay bi transexural transgender homosexural i take people that are different the way they are so yep i just dont understand chick fil,a but whatever

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:47am
  22. hey chris what gives you the right to walk up and adsault someone just because you disagree with them i dont like little boys who walk around with rainbow glitter. maybe i should sprinkle u with fairy dust. grow up and realize walking away makes you the better person

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:51am
  23. Michelle- it’s become rather evident that they are NOT complying with the laws, nor do they have a written policy against discrimination (the issue being pressed in Chicago).

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:53am
  24. Not always Natalie not always

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:01am
  25. Is it really that hard to simply boycott their food and move on with life? So fucking stupid. Both sides are just idiotic.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:01am
  26. “All of the supporters of Chick-fil-a that say a business is entitled to their belief. Aren’t these the same people that were in an uproar over JcPenny’s decision to hire Ellen Degeneris. JcPenny was not pushing an agenda they only hired Ellen for advertising and they said to boy-cot JcPenny’s.” – I love it when I wake up in the morning and Barack Obama is President.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:05am
  27. Zack Musick: No the idiotic ones are the people who couldn’t care less but have no problem with Using those rights after others fight for them.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:11am
  28. Michelle Bradley: There is ALWAYS a choice. I DO believe that City Government has a place denying some companies, or would you enjoy Neo-Nazi or KKK businesses right next door to your apartment? Bigotry is Bigotry, the only difference is the Target.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:14am
  29. You’ll always have restaurants and stores that either don’t support or are steadfastly against homosexuality. I agree when it comes to us having a real say in what happens to those establishments. If we don’t spend money, they don’t get money. And if they don’t get money, in this economy, businesses go under. Chick-Fil-A will have more problems than they can afford in the end. People protesting, boycotting and refusing to eat at Chick-Fil-A franchises will far outnumber the people who side with the restaurant. Equality’s a problem. If you’re homophobic, you’re most likely also racist, sexist and other forms of prejudice, as well. Homophobic people often hide behind bibles and religion as it they’re a justifiable reason for dispelling homosexuality. Society’s damaged and if it’s not any better by now, in the year 2012, chances are it may not get much better for, not only this generation, but generations to come. It’s unfortunate but it’s true. But as long as we, as a community of the LGBT and LGBT supporters, stay together and stay strong, there’ll never be anything that can take away the rights that were promised us.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:15am
  30. I’m sick of people making this such a bigger deal than it really is. The man was ASKED about his company’s views on the traditional family, and gay marriage, he didn’t bring up the topic! So why are you people crucifying him because he answered honestly!? He never “Attacked” the gay community, or denigrated anyone in his interview! If you choose to boycott them, then that’s your issue! But don’t tell a business they can’t open somewhere, just because they don’t share the same views as you do, it’s unconstitutional. It seems to me that YOU are the people doing the discriminating! If this man truly is a follower of Christ, and what the Bible says, then he hates no one at all. For what God hates is the sin, not the person. All I can say is that you are missing out on some good chicken! ;) Your loss.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:17am
  31. “an attack on Chick-fil-A’s free speech.” It’s not an attack on their fundamental right to free speech: they have the right to say whatever they want and we have the right to agree or not, we also have the right to severe our customers’ ties with this enterprise and recommend others to do the same. Free speech is respected, although respecting free speech doesn’t mean we have to respect their opinion.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 12:16pm
  32. K.j. You obviously don’t know what good chicken is. Whether the man was asked or told about his bigotry all by himself, the matter is he did actually finance these organizations, and his opinion has been pronounced. He has a right to his opinion, though respecting his right to an opinion doesn’t mean that this opinion must be respected. “Hate the sin not the sinner” BULLSHIT! If you hate what one is doing, then you have something against this person.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 12:23pm
  33. While I reserve the right to disagree with some things, this I do not. We who support human rights are being accused of the very acts against rights companies like CFA are committing. This is rocky ground to be sure. However, religion is religion and you have the right to practice as you see fit so long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of other human beings. And the constitution is the document which protects human rights from infringement. I have the right to boycott. I have the right to marry. I have the right to speak my mind. So WHY do others have the right to deny my rights? Who is the culprit here?! CFA can sell their nasty chicken where the sun don’t shine and spend their proceeds where ever they like. But that doesn’t mean MY monies will contribute to the infringement upon human rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 12:27pm
  34. And I type this as a Christian AND Constitutionalist. I believe they go hand in hand because Jesus rocked the boat of his time to CHANGE the way societies infringed upon the rights of others. Far as I’m concerned, I’m carrying forth the very messages of Jesus.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 12:31pm
  35. As my little way of giving Dick-fil-Aholes a middle finger, I had a lovely K.F.C. today. A lovely bigotry- and hatred-free K.F.C.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 12:42pm
  36. They can cluck off

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 1:31pm
  37. Religion should have no role in politics. Politicians fought against that hundreds of years ago. Not everyone has the same views, so why enforce it? Especially if it has to do with individual rights and equality. I forgot what time period it occurred between the separation of church and state. It made sense in history and I agree 100%.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 2:41pm
  38. This event reminds me of the 1969s where racial rights were issued in some of the most violent ways possible. Back then it worked, but it wont today. We all know better than to use violence. Ghandi’s words still mean somethings.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 2:52pm
  39. Hypocrisy in a church? SHOCKING!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 5:27pm