Specifically, Chick-Fil-A donated chicken sandwiches in January to a conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute that "promoted traditional marriage between a man and a woman."
According to the Oracle, the business "has donated more than $1.1 million to various organizations with similar agendas."
Here is the first part of the article:
Notice how they lead you to think that Chick-Fil-A is anti-gay before they tell you that they donated to a conference that supported traditional marriages between a man and a woman. Which leads me to ask, is that the same thing?
Kindell Workman liked eating at Chick-fil-A because she found its fast food products superior to others and thought it was one of the better options available in the Marshall Student Center (MSC).But she said her opinion changed once she learned that the company had donated food to several anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) organizations.As a result, Workman, president of USF's largest LGBT student organization, P.R.I.D.E. Alliance, and several other students will boycott the on-campus Chick-fil-A franchise this week.The privately owned Chick-fil-A chain caught media attention in early January when a franchise in Pennsylvania donated chicken sandwiches to a conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute that promoted traditional marriages between a man and a woman.According to equalitymatters.org, Chick-fil-A has donated more than $1.1 million to various organizations with similar agendas.Though Workman said the company's donations should not go ignored, the bigger issue the boycotters, who organized through a Facebook page, want to address is USF's support of the company."It's contradicting USF's policy (of non-discrimination)," she said. "USF is pro-equality (and) pro-student rights. USF is one of the most phenomenal universities when it comes to the LGBT community, but then how are you going to say that it's OK to support Chick-fil-A? The University is contributing to the funding of this type of organization. I'll honestly say I like Chick-fil-A, but have I been eating at Chick-fil-A? No."
According to the Oracle, "Don Perry, vice president of corporate relations for Chick-fil-A, said many of the accusations from LGBT boycotters are 'a bit unfair.'"
Kathryn Milavsky, a Christian who is part of the Christians in Action (CIA) campus ministry at USF, says that Chick-Fil-A's pro-family stance does not translate into being anti-gay. "I don't think that they're the same thing at all. You can be anti-gay and support a traditional marriage, but just because you support a traditional marriage doesn't mean that you're anti-gay."According to the company's website, its corporate purpose is "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us." Perry said this doesn't mean the company is anti-LGBT."We're not anti-anything," he said. "We're just doing what we've always done. We're not taking up a political agenda or coming from an advocacy kind of position. Some have taken that out of context and said that if we've supported family causes, that translates to being anti-gay. That's a bit unfair to say that by supporting traditional family values we're anti-gay. We respect all people."
Because I didn't support the boycott, I decided to buy from Chick-Fil-A yesterday. Specifically, I bought 10 chicken sandwiches and 10 orders of waffle fries for my Wednesday night Bible study group.
The employees at the on-campus location looked visibly annoyed that I was ordering for a group, as I didn't realize that they closed two hours before the rest of the food court. I asked them if they had heard about the boycott. They hadn't, but they commented on the fact that it had been a slow day. I apologized that I had come in a half hour before closing and proceeded to show one middle-aged female employee the article.
She said she couldn't believe that people were calling Chick-Fil-A anti-gay. "See, now I can't believe that," she said. "'Cause I'm looking around and she's gay, she's bisexual, he's gay..." She commented that having worked at another Chick-Fil-A location, they hired gay people all the time. "And they're saying that Chick-Fil-A is anti-gay?" She scoffed lightly. "Makes no sense to me."
After finding out why I was ordering, the employees were much more congenial with me, and gave me the order with a smile. But the woman reminded me of something that I had forgotten about: Business at the USF food court is conducted through Aramark. Proceeds don't directly profit Chick-Fil-A, nor do they directly harm it.
So why were people boycotting the on-campus location?
According to the Oracle, Indiana University's South Bend campus has gotten Chick-Fil-A removed from their food court, and Kindell Workman, president of USF's P.R.I.D.E. chapter, hopes to get it removed from USF and other campuses too.
I feel that if you were to ask most Christians about homosexuality, they would say that they are accepting of all people. Personally, I have gay friends. I think they can do what they want. I don't judge. If they want Jesus, he's available. Most Christians I've met take the same view. But of course that doesn't stop me from caring about families and marriages—I mean, I'm in one. Apparently to some people, it's not enough for Chick-Fil-A to love families and be silent on the gay "issue." They also have to:
- Become more political
- Turn people into "issues" (which Christians don't really believe in doing)
- Take a certain view that they might not hold
This kinda reminds me of the story about the British couple who couldn't continue fostering 5-8 year-olds, not because they were anti-gay, but because they simply hadn't thought about talking to a young child about sexuality or telling them that homosexuality was "a good thing." Apparently to Britain's lawmakers, their neutral position is radical in light of new anti-discrimination laws.
As an end note, my dear husband brings up the point that Microsoft donates to countless organizations that students may or may not agree with, yet all universities use their products. But barring a food chain from using a retail location on campus because it supports family values would be truly discriminatory.
Watch out, because even if you take a neutral position on something, you can be accused of being intolerant in this crazy world.