Chick-Fil-A Stops Donations To Anti-Gay Groups

September 19th, 2012 // 131 Comments
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Hate politics? Let the pretty pictures of girls making out carry you away.

A little over seven years ago, I was renting an apartment from a stingy, old investment banker who at the time I should’ve pegged as, of course, deeply conservative and religious but the place was conveniently across the street from a bar, so it’s a miracle I’m remembering any of this. Anyway, I start a relationship with a girl and decide to have her move in which I figure is no big deal, it’s 2004, the town elders aren’t going to peg us both as witches. So I ask my landlord to put her on the lease, he asks me to come down to his office and what follows is a completely true story. As I enter the room, I notice he’s seated at the table with a Bible in front of him. He then asks me to sit down, condemns my living in sin and proceeds to literally read scripture at me. I take about a minute of this before informing him my dad’s a pastor, so he’s really not bringing any new information to the table and then point blank ask him if he’s going to keep taking my money or not. The next day he adds my girlfriend to the lease, and not a word of this is spoken again which is exactly what this reminds me of. Via Gawker:

In a letter addressed to Alderman Moreno and signed by Chick-fil-A’s Senior Director of Real Estate, it states, “The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.” In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.
Additionally, they have sent an internal memo to franchisees and stakeholders that stated that, as a company, they will “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender,” and that their “intent is not to engage in political or social debates.” This statement was placed into an official company document called “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are.”

You see, despite the amount of bigots who showed up last month to hate faggots, I mean “Derfend f’eedom a speech!” Chick-fil-A found itself in the position to lose a ton of lucrative college dining contracts and so, like a Godly man of principle that he is, Dan Cathy immediately bent over and said, “I’ll be good.” Via The Huffington Post:

Reliable sources who do not wish to be identified at this time tell the HuffPost Gay Voices team that Dan Cathy, the fast food chain’s president, “welcomed campus leaders to a private luncheon in Atlanta on Thursday to discuss diversity, hospitality and the opportunity to find common ground.”

Of course, the most amazing part of this story has yet to come, and that’s when the blubbering evangelical masses cry “Censorship!” while completely oblivious to the fact that absolutely no one was censored here, and it’s free market capitalism who plunged the fried pickle straight into a willing Chick-fil-A’s bun. And, yes, John Travolta did teach me economics. How could you tell?

UPDATE: Turns out Chick-fil-A was pulling the age-old Christian move of lying for Jesus. Of course.

Photos: Bauer-Griffin, Splash News

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  1. ” “Derfend f’eedom a speech!””

    Except it was a freedom of speech issue. Sure the 1st amendment may protect us from being thrown in jail or ticketed..But who cares? At this point id rather get a ticket. If you’re in the public eye and exercise your right to free speech and its something that isn’t shared amongst the majority there will be even more severe consequences than actually getting a ticket. If you’re a rich athlete and say something wrong orgainizations will then use HARASSMENT tactics, copy+paste neato little pretyped templates as well as post the contact info of all of that persons endorsements,etc then harass said people DEMANDING that person be dropped. GLAAD demanded that poor airline pilot be fired right after they demanded an apology and got one. You can’t whine about wanting to be treated equal but then turn around and call for boycotts, demand a person be fired,etc for saying something you don’t agree with. At this point in time you can’t even disagree with a gay or black guy without being labeled a racist or a homophobic bigot. ppft. Remember kids, its ok to have your own opinion, as long as it agrees with everyone else.

    I think the funniest part out of this lame ass chick-fil-a crap is the LGBT community DEMANDING a boycott, but chick-fil-a ended up having record breaking sells. Nice job, all they did was create publicity that made the company even MORE money to donate to anti-gay organizations. America’s stupidity never seizes to amaze me.

    • Methinks you don’t quite understand how freedom of speech works.

    • In case you missed it, that “poor airline pilot” was fired because the Southwest flight attendants didn’t think indefinite suspension without pay was sufficient for the barrage of bigotry coming from the cockpit regarding the lack of suitable flight attendants available for the captain (married, family man) to fuck on a layover. Apparently the captain’s co-workers weren’t quite so sympathetic about his comments on ageism, sexual orientation and the requirement of overall fuckability to meet his needs as you seem to be, and felt that a “sorry I got caught” apology just wasn’t enough to make up for the massive disrespect he obviously had for them all. Southwest makes a big deal about inclusion and they had to stand behind that – so don’t be a fucking across-the-board bigot and misogynist and expect to continue to work for them if your true colors come out.

      Funny, most people wouldn’t see their outrage as “HARASSMENT”, but then again, you haven’t got a fucking clue as to what freedom of speech actually means, so no wonder.

      And in spite of Chik-Fil-A having “record breaking sells” last month, it also got them cock-blocked, pardon the expression, from expanding in Chicago and other major metro areas across the country. The corporation’s stopping donations to anti-gay marriage groups for that reason alone, so if you think your August sammich dollar is going to end up in NOM’s pocket, think again.

      But hell, that implies you even thought in the first place – which you obviously didn’t.

  2. Gay Rights Supporters Kiss-In Protest Event Chick-fil-A
    Mario Starr
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    I could convert these two lipstick lesbos, no problem.

  3. Gay Rights Supporters Kiss-In Protest Event Chick-fil-A
    neen
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    they are just girls looking for attention, bet they aren’t even lesbians.

    • Thats generally how most girls are. “Claiming to be bi” in front of guys solely for attention. Most if not all women are attention whores.

      Both of these women are attractive, ask yourself this. Have you ever actually see an attractive lesbian couple where you wanted to plow both of them? The answer is probably no :P

      • The answer is very yes. I’m guessing you probably haven’t been around too many lesbians. They’re pretty much like any other demographic: some are ugly, some are ridiculous hot, most are somewhere in the middle at a reasonable level of attractiveness.

      • Rachel

        Well I actually am Bi and not for attention. Most young lesbians range from average, to pretty attractive, to ridiculously hot. I’ve seen a lot of lesbian couples where both were bangable. Yeah a lot of straight girls will kiss another girl for attention but I hate the idea that it means an attractive lesbian couple is OBVIOUSLY straight attention whores. Besides even if they were straight the point is they’re supporting a cause.

  4. Brooke

    Oh, Fish, you and your Christian fanatic run-ins… No wonder Christianity left a bitter taste in your mouth.

  5. yikes

    Didn’t Jesus say, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” Apparently, this was forgotten by several of my “extended friends” on FB who posted photos and commented with glee about being at Chick Fil A until midnight that one night it was open late, happily cramming their chubby maws with chicken and other fried shit in a mouth-foaming frenzy with other dingbats over their hatred of homosexuals. Looks like I’ll be doing some FB posting tonight.

  6. Blech

    ” “Derfend f’eedom a speech!””

    Girl or guy, Fish is a genius with these kinds of lines!

  7. I could easily turn all those chicks into real lesbians.

  8. Gay Rights Supporters Kiss-In Protest Event Chick-fil-A
    Bionic_Crouton
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    Alright! Dinner and a show!

  9. Gay Rights Supporters Kiss-In Protest Event Chick-fil-A
    Bionic_Crouton
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    This held everyone’s interest until the Cinnabon across the street started serving alcohol.

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    Gabe Kaplan
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    Dad? What are you doing here? Where’s Mom?

  11. Gay Rights Supporters Kiss-In Protest Event Chick-fil-A
    bewbs
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    Billy Bob Thornton now wears a vial of Jon Hamm’s blood around his neck

  12. ChaCha

    As someone who supports gay marriage, the way this whole Chick-Fil-A thing went down just doesn’t sit right. I realize Dan Cathy’s freedom of speech was not violated, but it certainly seemed like certain city officials were using their political positions to punish him and the business for expressing an opinion and donating to a cause they ostensibly disagree with. I have no problem with boycotting a business if you don’t like what they stand for or where their money is going—by all means, hit ‘em in the pocketbook. On the other hand I don’t think a lot of the support that Chick-Fil-A got on the appreciation day was as much about “hating fags” as it was a reaction to this guy being absolutely vilified as an evil, hateful bigot for his opinion on gay marriage; as much as I disagree with the position that gay people shouldn’t be able to marry, I don’t think that everyone who opposes gay marriage or who supported Chick-Fil-A is a bigot who hates fags (unlike Fish apparently).

    I don’t know; it just seems like the gay marriage movement has become more focused on vilifying the opposition, rather than presenting real arguments as to why gay marriage should be legal and how laws preventing gay marriage are discriminatory. The fact is that many people do not condone homosexuality or gay marriage; even some non-religious guys who get off on hot “bi-sexual” chicks making out aren’t too keen on “fags.” So now that there was a big old hate fest piled on to this company, no more donations under the company name to this organization that proponents of gay marriage don’t like; he prioritized his company’s bottom line over publicly supporting an organization, which was the right move (I don’t know why Fish would take a jab at his principles—it’s not like he was bribed into officiating a gay wedding ceremony, or in any way turned around and endorsed gay marriage). I would imagine that at this point some religious institutions and organizations are wondering what they will be in for if gay marriage is actually legalized across the board.

    I just don’t think I’m always going to like the outcome of people/businesses being politically pressured to bend over and be good (I suppose good = not publicly supporting the “wrong” side of a controversial issue).

    • You can’t have it both ways – since the Supremes have upheld Corporate Personhood and allowed Citizens United to make political expenditures under the First Amendment, to start boo-hoo handwringing now because Chik-Fil-A caught heat for their very vocal political position is, to put it mildly, pretty fucked up on your part.

      Dan Cathy can publically donate to whatever he wants, but there will be fallout, just as there was when Oreo went Rainbow Pride and various conservatives wrote in, swearing they’d never buy that gay faggot rainbow cream variety, in Jesus’ name, amen, or any package, ever. (Since the multi-colored cream variety didn’t actually exist, it demonstrably proved reading was not a strong point for them, but I digress.)

      What Fish is pointing out is Chik-Fil-A’s hypocrisy – I doubt that Dan Cathy has converted overnight, but what he doesn’t like is not being able to expand in metro areas that oppose his bigotry, so now the corporation is suddenly all respectful of everyone’s diversity. So basically, when it comes to tne money, just where are those wonderful Biblical ideas that Cathy upheld so firmly, Praise Jesus, amen?

      “I don’t think that everyone who opposes gay marriage or who supported Chick-Fil-A is a bigot who hates fags (unlike Fish apparently).”.

      Just as a matter of curiosity, how would you define someone who opposes equal rights for someone who’s Asian, American Indian, or black? What would you call someone who doesn’t think women should be able to vote or own property? What term would you use for someone who thinks Jews or Catholics shouldn’t be allowed to hold public office, or thinks that atheists shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children?

      Big news, sweetheart: if you’re advocating that someone should be barred from enjoying the rights that you have because of how they look, or how they worship (or don’t), what genitalia they have, or who and how they fuck, then you, my friend, are a bigot. Sorry. Uncomfortable thought, isn’t it? Just plug in any other group in your statement and you’ll see how clear the bias is.

      BTW, the “argument” for gay marriage is that if any other citizen in this country over the age of consent can enter into the civil contract of marriage, then it’s discriminatory to deny that right to same-sex couples. It’s just as wrong as it was when couples of different races were barred from marrying.

      I would imagine that at this point some religious institutions and organizations are wondering what they will be in for if gay marriage is actually legalized across the board.

      Religious institutions and organizations aren’t taxed or audited because they’re not supposed to be corporate political entities – the government has a hands-off approach due to separation of church and state, but unfortunately religious institutions are increasingly failing to respect that separation. Religious freedom in this country means you don’t have to condone something if your religion opposes it, but you don’t get to dictate terms in the secular arena based on your religious notions. No one’s gonna force you to officiate in a same-sex marriage if your doctrine prohibits it, any more than any clergy can be forced into an inter-faith service now. If someone has religious grounds for not wanting same-sex marriage, then they shouldn’t marry someone of their gender. Dead easy. But they shouldn’t even think of trying to prevent others from having the rights they enjoy based on the fact that they have a little book of stories that they think everyone else has to live by, simply because it works for them and they choose to believe in it.

      • ChaCha

        “Just as a matter of curiosity, how would you define someone who opposes equal rights for someone who’s Asian, American Indian, or black? What would you call someone who doesn’t think women should be able to vote or own property? What term would you use for someone who thinks Jews or Catholics shouldn’t be allowed to hold public office, or thinks that atheists shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children?”
        Like it or not, things are just more complicated when it comes to sexual orientation; peoples’ opinions on this are all over the map, and the country is in a rather difficult place with the whole issue; many people (especially ethnic minorities and women) still take issue with sexual orientation being equated with physical traits that can’t be hidden; then there are the people who think that it’s a lifestyle choice, and even if one is sexually attracted to people of the same sex, they can and should avoid acting on the urge; some people view marriage as a sacred institution between one man and one woman; it doesn’t help that homosexuality is seriously frowned upon in most cultures and religions; also doesn’t help that all kinds of people (many of whom would call themselves supporters of gay rights) continue to “insult” people by calling them gay or fags; others are just wigged out by same sex hook ups; society is just not at a place where ALL these people can be written off as bigots; when people are written off as bigots, we seem to stop actually debating with them, and the gay rights issue is not at a place where the debating can or should stop. We are decades past the civil rights and feminist movements; most people in this country now agree and take for granted that women and minorities should have equal rights, so yeah it’s pretty easy these days to write off the few stragglers without argument; not the case yet with the gay marriage debate.

        “BTW, the “argument” for gay marriage is that if any other citizen in this country over the age of consent can enter into the civil contract of marriage, then it’s discriminatory to deny that right to same-sex couples. It’s just as wrong as it was when couples of different races were barred from marrying.”
        Yes, I know; I completely agree with the above as well as with your argument re religious institutions; these are the points that should be emphasized and repeated; I wasn’t suggesting that there is no argument for gay marriage, but that the focus of the movement seems to have shifted to name calling and labeling, as if the opposition were now limited to a few back wood rednecks and religious extremists: not the case at all.

        Also, was not boo-hoo handwringing as you put it; as I stated, I have no problem with people boycotting or swearing off Chick-Fil-A, or writing letters or picketing or sitting there kissing a same sex partner; this thing seems to have gone beyond in a way that gives me bigger picture concerns.

        “what he doesn’t like is not being able to expand in metro areas that oppose his bigotry, so now the corporation is suddenly all respectful of everyone’s diversity. So basically, when it comes to tne money, just where are those wonderful Biblical ideas that Cathy upheld so firmly”
        Just not seeing hypocrisy here; as a CEO, no, he does not like not being able to expand into metro areas; I don’t think he abandoned or contradicted his biblical ideas by releasing a “respectful of everyone’s diversity” statement; it was the right thing to do for the business, and while I’m he did it for the financial bottom line, probably good for employee moral; one can certainly argue that opposing gay marriage is inherently disrespectful of diversity, but that’s not a fact carved in stone by any means.

      • Like it or not, it actually isn’t that complicated. Look up the definition of “bigot” some time – “a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.”

        You either think someone else is a second class citizen, unworthy of the rights that you enjoy for whatever abitrary designation, and are happy to violate everything this country is supposed to stand for, or you actually believe that everyone is entitled to the same rights and is guaranteed to be equal under the law – no waffling, end of story.

        I don’t give a flying fuck if you think it’s a lifestyle choice or not – religion is also a “lifestyle choice”, and if we don’t persecute people and deny them basic rights because of who or what they choose to worship, there is no basis to deny anyone any rights because if who they “choose” to love. If homosexualty is indeed as inherent as race or eye color, then the violation is all the more egregious.

        “We are decades past the civil rights and feminist movements; most people in this country now agree and take for granted that women and minorities should have equal rights, so yeah it’s pretty easy these days to write off the few stragglers without argument; not the case yet with the gay marriage debate.”

        I beg to differ – as long as people are still denied basic civil rights and women are denied basic medical care when insurance pays for viagra, then we AREN’T “decades past” jack-shit.

      • ChaCha

        Yes, I know what the word bigot means. Do you not see how it can apply to people on either side of a whole number of issues? I’m just not interested in using this word to define all people who oppose gay marriage for any reason. Are you really going to stick someone who says “I believe marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman, but gay people should be able to enter into civil unions” under the same umbrella with the “GOD HATES FAGS” guy? Really? (and before you start preaching to the choir on the civil unions thing, I don’t agree with the above argument, but it is nonetheless an argument that’s out there).

        “You either think someone else is a second class citizen, unworthy of the rights that you enjoy for whatever abitrary designation, and are happy to violate everything this country is supposed to stand for, or you actually believe that everyone is entitled to the same rights and is guaranteed to be equal under the law – no waffling, end of story.”

        It’s all well and good for you to say that, but given the complexity of human beings and the diversity of the U.S. it’s never “end of story.” People are going to disagree about what a “right” is, they’re going to disagree about what groups of people are entitled to what rights, they’re going to disagree about what traits rights should be based on, they’re going to disagree about whether and to what extent one groups’ rights infringes on other people’s rights; insist all you want that everything is black and white, these kinds of disagreements aren’t going away.

        “If homosexualty is indeed as inherent as race or eye color, then the violation is all the more egregious.”

        Yet another issue that’s being debated and researched and argued over, and about which there doesn’t seem to be a consensus; and of course we pesky humans don’t make it simple, what with some people knowing they were gay since before puberty, girls making out at frat parties to get guys turned on and guys who don’t have access to women deciding that a hole’s a hole. And what will happen when there is some kind of consensus? People are going to disagree, and there will be more arguing. It’s what we do.

        “I beg to differ – as long as people are still denied basic civil rights and women are denied basic medical care when insurance pays for viagra, then we AREN’T “decades past” jack-shit.”

        Okay, so I was responding to your example about women being denied the right to vote and own property, but let’s go with this. But first I must beg to differ in return: We are indeed decades past the actual feminist/women’s movement as such; we continue to debate certain issues that are of particular interest and concern to women, but there isn’t at the moment an even somewhat cohesive “movement.” I would say we are currently in the midst of a gay rights movement.

        Societal dialogue is constantly changing; issues are going to continue to come up, and more issues are going to arise out of those issues. It seems by your thinking that someone who might have been fairly open minded 5-10 years ago could currently be a misogynist participating in a war on women, depending on their ability to “keep up” and come to THE ONE correct opinion about a specific issue.

      • Please read again – you can believe whatever you want about marriage, you’re entitled to your opinion. And that’s as far as it goes – you opinion.. But when you start proclaiming that anyone else’s civil rights should be curtailed based on your opinion or belief structure, then yeah, you are a bigot. No ifs, nds or buts.
        No one has to love anyone else or embrace every diversity – but when you attempt to make other people second class citizens and deny them the rights you enjoy for no other reason that you dislike who they are, or what genitals they’re packing, or how they roll in any other way, shape or form, then you’re a bigot.

        FYI, “Civil unions” are not even close to being equitable with marriage – visit the argument behind “separate but equal” The very fact that you are trying to categorize any group as “separate” means you are discrimiating against them – there is no possible way they can be considered as equal, since they are not being included in your group because of a very basic distinction. Therefore they are automatically being excluded as being “unworthy” or “lesser” because of that difference.

        No matter what excuses you make about “complexity”, you are tying to parse differences and become an apologist for idiots. We’re either all entitled to equal rights, or we aren’t. If we’re not – for whatever reason – then we are embracing the premise of second-class citizens, which is not the concept this country was based on, and we have made a lie out of Constitution and the Declaration. It’s very simple.

        Whether or not you get drunk at a frat party and get to say “no” has fuck-all to do with anything. You have an extremely incoherent thought process – try and remain on point and stay away from shiny objects.

      • ChaCha

        “Whether or not you get drunk at a frat party and get to say “no” has fuck-all to do with anything. You have an extremely incoherent thought process – try and remain on point and stay away from shiny objects.”

        Your absolutely right! Except I didn’t write anything about getting to say “no” when you get drunk at a frat party. Please follow your own advise.

      • ChaCha

        And I don’t think it’s the least bit fucked up on my part to be concerned with how city officials go about getting their way–even if I happen to agree with them right now on THIS particular issue.

  13. Craptard

    What I don’t understand in this whole who cares non controversy is, if a corporation’s sole purpose is to make money, how does giving it the fuck away to ANY group promote profitability? I can see community relations shit to give off that ‘responsible corporate citizen’ crap, but not groups that just promote some esoteric social cause.

    • Aside from the fact that corporations sponsor tax-exempt charities and non-profit organizations all the damn time for PR purposes, and take a nice tax break for it, thankewverymuch, just take a look at their sales for August. The “profitability” came from like-minded people who were pleased as punch to support Dan Cathy and the Biblical definition of marriage. Choke, I mean, Eat, A Chicken for Christ, if you will. However, it was fucking short sighted because 1) that spike just isn’t sustainable for any great length of time, and 2) it endangered their plans to expand in Chicago and other metropolitan cities outside of the Bible belt. Which is the sole reason they’re now ll of a sudden so unbiased and respectful of all mankind.

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    thomas
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    two whores looking for much needed attention. They got attention.

  15. I guess they just realized hot lesbians are gay too

    “what do you mean we’re not endorsing hot chicks making out”

  16. Kodos

    hey turns out this was

  17. Kodos

    Hey; turns out this whole episode was BULLSHIT and was just some Chicago alderman shooting off his mouth because, hey, Democrats can’t ever lose, and them Christians are just EEVVIILL!!

    Chick-Fil-A hasn’t changed their donations at all.

    Planning a retaction, Fish? No?? Of course not.

    Buncha slack-jawed liberal fuckwits on this site.

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    JustSomeone
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    Hot lesbians….The only good thing about gay rights movement

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