The Chick-fil-A Debate

As most people who know me are aware, issues that deal with justice and equality fire me up. This being the case, as soon as I heard about Chick-fil-A’s donations to anti-LGBT organizations last year and CEO Dan Cathy’s feelings about homosexuality, I swore off ever eating there again — not that I am a big fast food fan to begin with, but I was even more assured that this particular joint would never receive a penny from me again.

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My stance proved more of a problem for my significant other, who is a big fan of the eatery and was torn about the situation — he wanted to support me and the LGBT community, but at the same time he didn’t think his personal choice to eat there would have any great effect one way or the other.

A couple of months ago, stories appeared saying that Chick-fil-A was separating itself from politics and would not be donating to the organizations it had been, being a business that proclaimed to cater to every customer. While that was heartening to hear, I was skeptical. As of this past week, evidently my skepticism was warranted.

ThinkProgress reported that Chick-fil-A has been amping up their anti-LGBT donations in recent years, doubling their 2010 donations ins 2011. In writer Josh Israel’s words:

“In 2011, the group actually gave even more to anti-LGBT causes. Its contribution to the Marriage & Family Foundation jumped to $2,896,438 and it gave the same amount to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Christian Foundation as it had in 2010. In total, the anti-LGBT spending exceeded $3.6 million — almost double the $1.9 million from the year before. … In essence, Chick-fil-A’s “charitable” contributions in 2011 were no less hateful than in 2010 — just less transparent.”

And where does all of that money come from? Directly from sales; meaning, from the pockets of customers like my boyfriend.

Perhaps these statistics will help convince him and others with his view that where they spend their money matters in a far broader sense than the convenience of a quick meal.

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