Today is the day. To some, it is Wednesday, the middle of the week. For me, after working seven long days and nights, it’s Friday. It’s also August 1st and there’s only five months left in 2012.
And, thanks to failed presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, it’s national “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The Baptist minister wants you to head out to your local Chick-fil-A restaurant, have lunch or dinner to show your support and stand up for the morals of this great country.
So far, so good. I’ve written one full line about the chain restaurant without bashing them.
We all know the story about the COO of the company, Dan Cathy, speaking out against marriage equality. As I’ve said before, that’s his choice. We have choices in America. That’s what the great men and women — black, white, Asian, Hispanic, gay, straight, bisexual, lesbian, or questioning — in this country have fought for and even given their lives and their sanity for — to give us the right to go to Chick-fil-A today or not.
It’s that simple. Chick-fil-A has good food. At least, it did in the early-1990s when I ate there back in Kentucky once or twice. I wouldn’t know today if it tastes any different because I won’t eat there or at Cracker Barrel or at White Castle.
Cathy has a right to oppose marriage equality (he’s not alone) and some have argued with me that’s there’s nothing wrong with the chicken chain donating its money to whatever groups or organizations it wants. For the record, Chick-fil-A has donated millions to groups that not only oppose marriage equality, but also gay rights.
On the other hand, companies like amazon.com and Google have donated huge sums of money to the fight for marriage equality.
So why is okay with me that Google and amazon.com donate money for causes I believe in and I’m complaining that Chick-fil-A donates money to organizations that I don’t agree with? Is that hypocrisy on my behalf?
No! Google and amazon.com are donating money for the good of a group of people in our society. Some of those groups that Chick-fil-A donates money to oppresses that same group of people in our society.
Here is a hypothetical question: do you think people would raise hell if a large corporation donated money to companies that worked to stop interracial marriages or to promote the Ku Klux Klan? We know that the KKK is a far-right group of terrorists that hates blacks and gays. Would you support businesses that support organizations that try to hold people back and deny them their rights — something that our country’s foundation is based on?
Large corporations should be able to spend their money how they see fit? However, it shouldn’t be detrimental to people fighting for their rights to live just like any other American.
Like the Palins (another failed political family in Alaska) and Huckabee, you have a right to support Chick-fil-A today or you can go to KFC for lunch or dinner because they “do chicken right”.
I’ve now stated my opinion, Mike Huckabee’s, and Sarah Palin’s. What do others think?
Well, some are organizing “Kiss Mor Chiks” this Friday. They want same-sex couples to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.
But, not all gay groups believe a boycott against Chick-Fil-A is the right way to go.
The executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, (personal opinion coming here: a self-loathing group), R. Clark Cooper released this statement: “Turning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One makes LGBT people look superficial, vindictive and juvenile — everything that we as a community have worked hard to overcome.”
I’m sorry Mr. Cooper, while you’re right that gay people and their straight supporters have fought a long battle for equality, whether it’s for marriage, job security, or basic rights, here’s where you’re wrong. Raising awareness of who Chick-fil-A donates its money to is not “superficial, vindictive and juvenile”.
This is a battle that I am happy to fight. We shouldn’t have to fight for the same rights as the next American. When tax time comes each spring, I don’t get benefits for being a second-rate citizen. I pay the same taxes as the next person without having the same federal rights.
I agree with Cooper that “the ‘movable middle’ moves both ways”. The fight for full equality for the LGBT community will be won with the middle moving to the right side of history and equality. But, it’s going to take those “superficial, vindictive and juvenile” gay activists (remember, those are the Log Cabin Republicans’ words and not mine) to raise awareness. And, that’s what I do and I’m proud of it.
Tonight when I go to the Mississippi Valley Fair to see The Band Perry, I might have chicken. But, it won’t be from Chick-fil-A.