Wednesday, Chick-fil-A, a Christian-based fast food restaurant, began taking reservations for a free breakfast promotion taking place Sept. 6-10. However, that free breakfast will come with a side of anti-gay Christianity.
Chick-fil-A, a southern-style chicken sandwich franchise and a self-identified Christian company, has a history of promoting discrimination against members of the gay and lesbian community. Indeed, Chick-fil-A has been donating considerable resources to anti-gay causes, including Christian extremist organizations labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Chick-fil-A has a well documented history of actively promoting and supporting the following anti-gay Christian extremist organizations: the Focus on the Family Institute, the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage, the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Exodus International and the Family Research Council. These groups are some of the most vehement and vicious anti-gay groups in the country.
The controversial fast food franchise has drawn criticism across the country for their anti-gay politics. Change.org reports:
Students at the University of North Texas, the University of New Orleans, Mississippi State University, Gainesville State College, Indiana University (Bloomington Campus), and Texas Tech University have all launched petitions, calling on their schools to stand up for the LGBT community. The goal? To tell administrators at these schools that if campuses are truly to be safe and inclusive for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, than businesses on these campuses must not support efforts to discrimination against the LGBT population.
Aside from their political agenda, Chick-fil-A also monitors their employees for possible “sinful” behavior. Equality Matters reports:
Chick-fil-A requires potential franchise operators to disclose their marital status, number of dependents, and involvement in social, church, and other organizations. Employees may be fired for engaging in “sinful” behavior…
The following is a sample of relevant tweets from Wednesday’s Twitter stream:
I want Chick-Fil-A, but they hate gay people and I hate when people hate like that so idk what to do.
Chick-Fil-A is ANTI-GAY?! OH COME ON!!! #MyWorldIsOver#WhyGodWhy#IWillProbablyStillEatThere
gay peeps: have breakfast on the phobes! RT FREE breakfast entrée @ participating Chick-fil-A’s, go sign up…
If you didn’t already know, Chick-FIL-A is homophobic. They do not support gays and they give millions to anti-gay politicians.
I almost feel guilty when I eat Chick-fil-A, like I just contributed funding for some gay dudes to be bashed over the head with a bible.
This shout out goes to all my gay friends! I love you guys but I had me some chick-fil-a. It did however taste homophobic.
For some, Chick-fil-A’s nationwide Breakfast Giveaway carries a moral price too high to pay. What do you think – will you patronize a business that in pursuit of a biblical agenda finances anti-gay politics and vigorously promotes the notion that same-sex couples don’t deserve equal rights?