I like Chik-Fil-A. A lot. I’ve loved it for years because they offered comparatively healthy and way better tasting food and far superior service than any other fast food restaurant I’ve ever visited. And as often as not, the toy in their kid’s meal was a book as opposed to a piece of crap that fell apart in the car on the way home. McDonald’s, I’m talking to YOU here.
I am also a native Southerner (yes, it deserves capitalization) and am mostly Baptist. As for politics, I am a fiscally conservative liberal teapartying occupier. This means that I wholeheartedly believe that every single politician in Washington is as dirty as a hooker’s panties at four a.m.. Not that my background, religion, political affiliations or love of sweet tea and fried chicken for breakfast matters to you. However BECAUSE of these things, you have probably already formed an opinion of me and my unfailing support of Chik-Fil-A haven’t you?
Well guess what? I didn’t eat there today.
I did not stay home because I don’t support their president’s statements that he “supports a Biblical view of marriage as being between one man and one woman”. I wholeheartedly support his right to state what he believes. I wholeheartedly support his right to direct his company’s contributions to organizations that defend that particular view. He has the right to freedom of speech. And as a business owner, he has the right to support whatever organizations he prefers or to support none at all. And you have the same right to say what you want about it. Just try not to act surprised that the president of a company that’s closed on Sunday and was addressing Baptist organization actually made that statement. It makes you look stupid. And have the same right to support (or to boycott) the company with your hard earned dollars.
I stayed home because I didn’t want the hassle. Because if I support CFA, then do I have to boycott The Gap? Or HBO? Or Bud Light? Or Lowe’s? Because these companies give from their profits to GLAAD.
Do I have to cancel my insurance and trash my Pandora bracelet because I don’t believe in abortion and they support organizations support Planned Parenthood? Or quit shopping at Walgreens?
Do I have to do this? Do I have to do it everytime I disagree with a company who makes a corporate decision I don’t necessarily agree with? Is this how the Jesus that I say I believe in and follow would’ve done it?
Whatever your opinion on the subject, I am taking the $20 I would have spent today and giving it to my friend who is working her ass off to keep it together. I’ll be seeing her tonight at my gay friend’s house when we get together to love and support each other. I think that’s the way He would’ve done it.