Jul 27, 2012
In the interest of disclosure, I'm all for marriage equality and have written and acted in support of it.
Many have expressed outrage about this, even though he never once mentioned homosexuals. His company has a policy of non-discrimination of employees that are gay, but his religious beliefs are unacceptable to a lot of us. Hell he has the same views on gay marriage as once did our president circa 2008. Therefore a boycott was called for his views, and many have pledge never to eat at Chick-fil-A.
The mayor of Boston has threatened to deny Chick-fil-A permits, only to pull a 180 on it when he probably realized denying a company a permit based on their religious views is probably against a little thing called the First Amendment. Talking heads are discussing the wisdom of the CEO's comments, and many are paying attention to the future of the company.
The boycott is as stupid as it is misguided. Boycotting a franchise will do little to hurt the pocketbook of Dan Cathy, unless they were calling stock brokers to stop trading in shares. And really, if the company went to hell he would still be richer than you'll ever be, and will laugh as he released Filipinos on his private island to partake in human hunting. It will only hurt the franchise owners, who already shelled their money to the Cathy family when they bought the restaurant, and the people they employ, the 99% if you will.
If you really wanted to take the moral high ground in activist consumerism, then you probably shouldn't buy gasoline, as some of the member countries that make up OPEC tend to look down upon homosexuality, even going so far as to believing they need to be put to death. Yeah, you need to buy a bicycle. You'll pad the wallets of Chinese manufacturers who run inhumane sweat shops to buy your neat little technological device that you're using to read this, or the clothes you're wearing, without giving two shits about the people making those products.
I know it's hard in a world with few moral absolutes to try and only give money to companies that are progressive and think exactly like you do about every issue, but to call out Chick-fil-A, when you willingly spend your money on things that contribute to people with far worse ideologies and practices is hypocritical at best.
If you don't enjoy Chick-fil-A sandwiches and still feel that not going there will make a difference, by all means don't go there, but don't profess your holier than thou boycott of tasty chicken as if you're some edgy, finger on the pulse of social politics. It makes you seem like as much of an idiot as Dan Cathy is.
“It’s clearly unconstitutional for the city to deny permits based on a person’s opinions. It opens the city up to criticism and even litigation.” - UCLA law professor Eugene Volok
Chick-fil-A beef puts mayor in pressure cooker