Yup, it’s true. By now most of you have heard the confirmation that Chick-fil-A, the fast food restaurant chain openly supports anti-gay groups and political agendas. Chick-fil-A’s President Dan Cathy, told Baptist Press that the chain is “guilty as charged” in supporting the biblical definition of family. I think we know what that means. A report from LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters concluded that Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million between 2003 and 2009 to Christian groups that (openly and actively) oppose homosexuality.
As far as I can follow, logic dictates that homosexuality is not something is to “be for”, or “opposed to.” It just is — and is someone else’s sexual orientation. Gay men and women all over the world are having sex right now. Do people opposed to homosexuality feel like their rights are being infringed upon? right at this very second? If not right at this moment, then when? You let me know.
Many people are (justifiably) coming out (no pun intended), condemning Mr. Fil-A. People are Facebooking and Tweeting, “I’m never eating there again!” But I’ve also seen posts that reflect my sentiments, “I’ve never eaten act Chick-fil-A but now I’m definitely not going there” …or something to that nature.
But I feel like me merely “continuing not to go to Mr. Fil-A’s restaurant” doesn’t really actively punish them for their open support of discrimination. And while it’s not my duty to do so, sometimes going beyond a simple boycott is a good thing.
So, along with my previously-unknowingly, now-knowlingly boycott comes an encouragment. I encourage any and all gay people to stop by your local Chick-fil-A for bit. Not to cause a scene, or to yell, or to even protest — at least not in the conventional way. But I say hold hands. Lovingly kiss nearby these little shithole fast food joints. Just let them know what’s up. I just think it’d be funny if there were gay people hanging out outside Chic-fil-A spots for some period of time, but not going inside to eat.
So pretend to be a customer. Tease ‘em. Just enough for the local employees to notice —just enough for them to report this nuisance up to corporate headquarters, to well, give them that much more to worry about these days, in addition to the media firestorm.
To reiterate, I’m NOT encouraging anyone to break laws, to be violent, or to be vulgar in any public setting. But if you’re gay, and a fan of PDA’s (public displays of affection), and find yourself in the Atlanta area, Chick fil-A’s corporate headquarters is at 5200 Buffington Road Atlanta, GA 30349.