During this recent Chick-fil-A mania I keep hearing about the supposed “hate groups” that Chick-fil-A donates to. Who exactly are these groups of hate that benefit from CFA?
Well, I guess I am one of them. CFA on several occasions had donated food for our youth ministry and even college Christmas parties. The teenagers hear a message about how the two most important commands of Jesus are to love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself, and then they eat chicken. CFA has been contributing to other such hateful events all over the country.
CFA also sponsors the hateful bigots at Victory Junction Gang Camp, (http://www.victoryjunction.org/) which is a charity that puts on camps for terminally ill children.
The media is leading the public to believe that the Cathys are the first business owners to donate to anyone. Remarks about how corporations should not be giving away money from their customers are filling up social media. So just to see the other side of the coin, here are a list of companies that give money towards gay rights:
Allstate, Amazon, American Airlines, Apple, Applebee's, Best Buy, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Costco, Delta Airlines, Ford, Gap, General Motors, Gerber Baby Products, Hilton Hotels, Home Depot, IMB, Levi's, Marriot International, McDonald's, Microsoft, Nationwide, Nike, Olive Garden, Pepsico, Proctor and Gamble, Red Lobster, Rite Aid, Sears, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, State Farm, Target, United Airlines, UPS, Walgreens, Walt Disney Company.
We also need to realize how incomplete this list appears to be, as several of these companies are actually mother companies. Pepsico, for example, is more than just Pepsi products; Pepsi owns Gatorade, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Grandma’s Cookies, Oberto, FritoLay, and Quaker; there is also Disney, which practically owns the world. Spending money at any of these places will eventually put money into the hands of gay marriage supporters.
There are also companies that will match their employees’ personal donations to the Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). Some of the more popular companies on this list are:
AARP, Allstate, American Express, Bank of America, Ford, General Electric, Gillette, Hewlett Packard, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, John Hancock, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Pfizer, Polaroid, Prudential, Starbucks, and Verizon.
Please don’t misunderstand the point of this blog. I am NOT calling for a boycott of all or any of these companies. If you choose to do that, that is up to you. My point is very simple: if each and every one of these companies have the legal right to donate to/support causes that they believe in (which they do), then Chick-fil-A and companies like it should be afforded the same right and respect to use their proceeds in like manner.
Now here is my Chick-fil-A finale and I will be finished with this topic. Christians, stop criticizing other Christians for going to CFA. I understand the need to be cool and relevant by being the few who didn’t go there, but all the posts about judgmental, intolerant Christians are actually both judgmental and intolerant. Judgmental in that you are judging someone’s motives, which you can’t know, and intolerant in that you are not tolerating their right to eat at CFA.
In other words, you are doing exactly what you are bashing others for doing. And while opining about how CFA consumers are not showing love to homosexuals, please realize that you are not showing love to CFA customers.
There. I’m done posting about Chick-fil-A. But I will continue to eat more chicken there.
(Related Post: Why I Ate at Chick-fil-A)