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Anonymous asked: Don't get it. Chick-fil-A's owner discriminates, so we shouldn't eat the chicken? To me this is like not buying a burger at McDonalds because one of the employees there likes the color yellow but My favorite color is blue. Discrimination is nothing new, but it's High up there. Buying a piece of chicken is not the same as donating a million dollars to the Get-The-Gays Club. I could of course give more, realistic examples in other fields. Like Tiger Woods and all that...
It is not simply a matter of the fact that the owner is a bigot, it is a matter of what he does with his money as well, among other things. Chick-fil-a has donated over $5 million to anti-gay groups that depict gay people as pedophiles, want to make “gay behavior” illegal, and even say gay people should be “exported” out of America. They would not have the $5 million to donate in the first place if it was not for people supporting their company and buying their food. The opinions and views of a low level employee really don’t mean much of anything as a reflection of the entire company, but when you have the company itself openly donating money in its own name to hate groups, they are showing their true colors.
I understand that discrimination is nothing new but that doesn’t mean we should tolerate it or simply roll over and say “oh well, that’s the way the world works”. This is an opportunity for the American people to say we do care what these large companies do with their money, we do care what groups and views they financially support, and we do care if they are funneling money to bigoted individuals that are actively attempting to undermine views we ourselves hold. Perhaps this is a step in the right direction of holding corporations accountable for their donations. Being more aware of how these hate groups get their money, where it comes from, and if any of your money may end up in their pockets is a good thing. Most people would never knowingly give money for any goods or services if they thought it was going to next be in the hands of bigots.
I understand your point of view that buying a piece of chicken is not the same as donating a million dollars, but buying a piece of chicken is allowing a corporation to continue on that will donate multiple millions of dollars to one of these groups. You are not directly supporting these groups, but you are indirectly supporting them by supporting the business that allow these hate groups to continue to exist. On a daily basis my money may end up being funneled in to hundreds of different things that I don’t personally agree with but I can not in good conscience give my money to a business where I KNOW it will end up going to something I can not agree with. Just because you buy Chick-fil-a doesn’t mean you support anti-homosexual hate groups, but if you buy Chick-fil-a you do help those hate groups to continue to spread their ignorance and bigotry.