Why the LGBT Community Should Call Out Chick-fil-A as a Promoter of Hate and Why You Should as Well!
As an openly gay man and Democratic Party chair in a predominantly Red County in North Carolina, it comes as no surprise to me that the recent debate over Chick-fil-A’s monetary support of anti-LGBT groups has become a rallying cry for free speech on the rabid-right side of the issue.
It has become the calling card of the fringe/tea-party element to turn a legitimate issue of human rights violations into a freedom of speech or religion issue in order to coral the masses into regurgitating the chorus of support for Cathy and his religious views in spite of where the paper trail leads.
What the public needs to realize is that the money Cathy donates to these hate groups does not go to support a local church, feeding the hungry or educating the poor. (although his company does support some groups which do) It eventually ends up in the hands of groups which support death squads in Uganda that seek legal protection to seek out and arrest homosexuals with a possible death sentence for these individuals. (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/01/1115751/-What-really-makes-the-gays-mad-about-Chick-fil-A).
Most of the gays I know, myself included, have no issue with a corporate executive stating their religious or personal views on an issue. It may not make prefect business sense, but they too have a right to freely express their personal opinion. Where the concern comes in is when a corporation funnels money to groups which unequivocally state they hate a specific segment of the population and then hide behind religious indignation to justify an action that is clearly not biblical family values.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has said this about the LGBT community, “They are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful...pawns of the enemy.” Perkins has a long history of attacking gays and supporting radical legislation and tactics to stop the progression of equal rights and human rights. If this is worthy of religious support then God help us.
The bottom line here is that the gay and lesbian community is a vital part of America. We are in your neighborhoods, a part of your communities and honest, hardworking citizens who ask for and deserve nothing less or more than to be treated with the same dignity and respect as other Americans.
If you support Chick-fil-A you are not supporting their religious or personal rights to expression as their spin meisters and puppets would have you to believe, but you are supporting a radical agenda that will stop at nothing short of the eradication and silencing of a group of fellow citizens.
Gays and lesbians have no qualms about people having personal opinions for or against our community. You are allowed to your personal opinion. However your personal views end when they promote death to fellow LGBT individuals because of their sexuality.
So eat more chicken if you like, stand in line for their customer appreciation day and post references to free speech and religious tolerance on-line. Just understand this truth. Your monetary support of a sandwich with a pickle on it goes to support groups which promote the death of gays in Africa as well as hate speech in America. Secondly when you stand up for Dan Cathy’s right to support these groups you are aiding and abetting these actions and using the Bible to hide the true intent of the wicked actions of these hate-groups.
There is much more to this story than chicken and personal freedom of expression. It involves death squads, persecution, manipulating the masses, using religious freedom to distort the truth and the wish to silence a whole community of individuals who wish you nothing but peace, love and understanding.
Eat more chicken......I don't think so.