Friday, August 3, 2012

HoneyFern and Chick-Fil-A

HoneyFern supports unequivocally equal rights for all who walk the face of the earth: gay, straight and every shade of the rainbow. This means that all people should enjoy the same protections and freedoms, regardless of anything. Full stop.

Chick-Fil-A has the same protections and can say whatever they would like; this is a sacred right of the American people and it is truly what makes us American. They are a private company, and, as such, are not beholden to shareholders or the public. They can run themselves as they choose, including making statements about their beliefs and staying close on Sundays.

Be that as it may, HoneyFern will not be patronizing Chick-Fil-A due to statements made last week and their history of discrimination against the LGBT community. We are a private, non-profit school and are not making this statement politically but morally and ethically.

A friend of mine scoffed at our little boycott; we are only three people, and we rarely eat at fast food restaurants. Chick-Fil-A is (was) only an occasional indulgence. No matter. It is something. This is not a ploy to change Dan Cathy's mind; he is definitely set in his beliefs, and he is entitled to his opinion. Best case scenario would be a retraction of his divisive statement and an honest attempt to make life better for the LGBT employees at his restaurants (see how they feel about the controversy here; eye-opening). It is hard to reconcile the perky, pleasant employees at the drive-through with the vitriol being fired back by the company and its most loyal customers; hopefully this can be resolved in a manner that actually respects the rights of everyone involved.

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