Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chick-fil-A redux

Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A sent this tweet yesterday, in response to the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act. It was later deleted.

Does this mean that Chick-fil-A ought to be subjected to indignation and boycotts once again? Not for this. This is Dan Cathy expressing his opinion. He has every right to do so. I don't need to be in idealogical agreement with the president of every restaurant I eat at or company I do business with. This is the thing that Mike Huckabee and many Chick-fil-A defenders seemed to misunderstand: The previous brouhaha with Chick-fil-A was not about Mr. Cathy expressing his opinions; it was about about Chick-fil-A, through its WinShape Foundation, donating millions of dollars to organizations with anti-gay agendas, such as the Family Research Council and Exodus International. A portion of Chick-fil-A's profits were being funneled to groups that are harmful to LGBT people. It wasn't about what Mr. Cathy was saying. It was about what he was doing.

As a result of the boycotts, Chick-fil-A pledged to stop donating to such controversial groups. Every indication is that they have kept their word.

So, although I think his opinion is terribly wrong, Mr. Cathy's tweet yesterday would not compel me to stop eating at Chick-fil-A (but it sure doesn't inspire me to eat there either, which is perhaps why it was removed).


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