Oh hey gurl, hey! It’s Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy, and he wants you to eat mor chikin! He’s here because some of you think the whole company is a giant homophobic institution just because one of its local, independently owned stores was going to donate food to the Pennsylvania Family Institute’s “Art of Marriage” conference. Which some of you think is anti-gay! (Ahem, it is.) “Recent events have called into question the principles of Chick-Fil-A,” says Cathy, before he attempts to assure you that giving food to a group for free is “not an endorsement of the mission, political stance, or motives of this or any other organization. Any suggestion otherwise is just inaccurate.” All this hubbub over the Pennsylvania situation is just “confusion” (although, Cathy notes, “marriage has long been a focus of Chick-Fil-A”). So all is good in the world again, right? Not even.
By giving food for free to an organization that actively discriminates against a certain class of people — let alone one that exists for the sole reason to cheerlead discrimination — Chick-Fil-A is, despite what Cathy insists, actively endorsing the mission of that group. Handing over some delicious chicken sandwiches to conference attendees says Chick-Fil-A wants this group to be a part of society and political discourse. That’s fine for your local PTA meeting and Little League team. It’s not fine for your average statewide bigoted group that works day and night to prohibit gays from enjoying the same rights as straights.
It’s as simple as that.
Because if Chick-Fil-A really made its decisions to give away food in a blind manner, and didn’t consider “the mission, political stance, or motives” of the groups it helped out, it would have no problem donating a few Chick-n-Strips and Chicken Nuggets to the next white power rally, or to Jared Loughner’s prison cell, or to the new conference I’m starting called Gays United Against Anti-Gay Groups. I would like 100 Spicy Chicken Sandwiches, please.