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So you are supporting Chick-Fil-A during its recent controversy and your reasoning is that they should not be "punished" for sticking by their beliefs and values. Some of you are more honest and admit you don't like the LGBT and you feel as a Christian you are being persecuted. All right. I'm not here to change your mind.

But I am going to attempt to clarify. First off, Chick-Fil-A is not being punished for their beliefs. It's a smart move to have presented it that way and excellent spin by those in the media supporting them and there internet base. I can't stress that enough, smart as a whip, it was terribly easy to wind all of their supporters up on the base of that. But it doesn't make it true.

The reality is that America is predominately Christian, claiming that you are being persecuted or Chick-Fil-A is is simply wrong. People who are LGBT would love to give all their business and money only to places that support them but the reality for them is every day they have to make a choice and fork over money to any number of business and people that degrade them constantly. We are a very small portion of a very large population. And it has long been known that this chain was not friendly toward us.

What has happened is the noise ratio has gotten louder. Jim Henson's company found out precisely who they were in bed with and opted not too. That is not persecution whatsoever neither is it punishment. If you are going to claim your stance is because they should have their beliefs respected then show the same respect to Henson's company. The puppeteer and voice of Scooter (The Muppets) happened to be homosexual and after he passed Scooter was retired out of respect, which is why he is not in The Muppets Christmas Carol. The character has since returned but Jim Henson and his company have had their beliefs and values for years as well and it just so happens that Chick-Fil-A's and theirs do not align. If you demand respect for one, than I demand respect for the other.

The second point, the one that really needs to be made. Chick-Fil-A is playing the victim here and it's embarrassing. What's wrong with the words belief and values as they are being used is they sound so innocent and sweet. We're just a poor Christian chain just trying to do the best we can and do business by our beliefs and values. Beliefs are one thing, actions are another and the truth, the facts, are that this business has donated millions to anti-gay movements and known hate groups. That's what the real issue, it's not that they don't believe gays should be married, it's that they are funding, substantially, people who go out of their way to destroy, demean, and ruin the lives of people they don't even know. That's not a very Christian value if you ask me. I don't think the Jesus I believe in would go for that and I don't think the Christians I know should go for that either.

Again, if beliefs are too be respected for Chick-Fil-A, than it's only fair that you respect those of Henson Co and the individual who does not want their money going to known hate groups.

As far as the Mayor of Boston goes, change out the minority and see if you still have a problem, if a chain came in that only hired white males and donated millions to the KKK and Aryan Brotherhood because that's what their beliefs and core values were would you want them in your neighborhood? Are you going to take to every social media outlet and preach how you're just defending that poor company from unfair persecution? Because it's identical. You can hide behind the Bible but it doesn't make it right.

And I like Facts:

Date: 2012-07-26 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Chicago is trying to keep out a Chick-fil-A also. I'm pleased that the representatives of some cities are saying "no thanks, go take your hate somewhere else."

(Alas, stupid DeKalb has a Chick-fil-A.)

Hobby Lobby is another fake Christian business I refuse to patronize.

Date: 2012-07-26 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
An online friend recently polled out very outspoken knitting forum for advice on whether or not to take a job at Hobby Lobby - the general consensus was "Take their money! If you still feel guilty, put some of it toward a pro-gay charity/org!" She took the job, is loving the work (craftiness ALL THE TIME!) and I believe is putting a portion of her income into philanthropic donations opposed to the company line.

Date: 2012-07-27 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think that's a lovely way to go about it as well. In these lean times I don't expect anyone to hurt themselves by not accepting a job. I've worked all my life surrounded by people who held completely different ideals than I did. It was stressful and emotionally wore me down but as a young mother (then) I had to do what I had to do.

Date: 2012-07-27 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm staying out of this whole mess after this. I'm proud of the Muppets for what they have done and proud of places that refuse to let hate in. That said, there is a planned "sit in" in the works for Chick-Fil-A where in LGBT and those who stand with them against hate are going to go Chick-Fil-A with the express purpose of buying a meal while wearing/something that will reflect who they are and what they are doing. I applaud that as well.

I don't have any Hobby Lobby's near me so I'm afraid I know next to nothing about them.


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