Fighting Hatred And Proper Nutrition

First, the homophobes launched a boycott against Nabisco, because they posted a photo of a Rainbow Oreo in support of Pride Day.

Then, the COO of Chick-Fil-A came all the way out of the closet on his support of antigay causes, to the tune of millions of dollars in donations. There aren’t any Chick-Fil-A restaurants in New England. So, I bought a Protest Chicken Burrito at Chipotle.

I mean, this is awesome. I’ve always been grateful of the many contributions that LGBT 11% of the population has made to our society. I’ve admired their courage in the face of irrational and caustic hatred from those at all levels of power. Their ongoing work to secure their fair share of rights, to inspire the vast, vast majority of us to be vocal in our support, has only made our nation stronger.

With that statement on the record and out of the way: cool! I can have a burrito with sour cream and guac, and put off Salad Wednesday for another day or two! I mean, sure, I can have a burrito any time I want one. But it’s rare that I can have a burrito and be all sanctimonious about it.

I invite any homophobic corporate executives at Pepsi, Sony Playstation, and whoever the hell it is who’s in direct competition with Segway to go ahead and make their next move. Please. Soon. Summer’s short.

24 thoughts on “Fighting Hatred And Proper Nutrition”

  1. We have Chick-Fil-A here in KC. I won’t be going to it any more. Completely agree with you Andy. Never understood the irrational hatred of LBGTs.

  2. There’s one in the Burlington mall. Good food—dubious theology—reprehensible politics.

  3. What’s in the Protest Chicken Burrito? By pure coincidence, I was just about to head out to get a Peace and Universal Brotherhood Steak Bowl (the “Peace” is the mild salsa, and the “Universal Brotherhood” is every other topping they offer).

  4. You should have titled your post, “Fighting hatred by hating the haters even more!” subtitle, “and boycotting them back too!”

    I’m not attacking your stance on the cause, but really, consider what you have done to “fight hatred?” This post, and the Daily News article you linked to, are not helping spread harmony, they encourage attacks on the other side. Hatred cuts both ways.

  5. Its no surprise since Chick-Fil-A is a mormon owned business. They don’t even open on sundays because of this.

  6. Daniel has correctly pointed out the irony of hating haters, but why the leap to assuming hatred on the COO’s part? He has a different point of view that many of you don’t agree with. Celebrate diversity in all views. By the way, you’ll never browbeat/insult people over to your point of view by insulting them and assuming evil intentions in their hearts. Their faith (not Mormon, btw) informs what they believe. I never had definitive opinions, one way or the other, about LGBTs. Live, let live. I must say, though, all of the immediate demonization of anyone who dares to have a different opinion evokes a negative response to your cause. Don’t eat the damn chicken, but lighten up on the sanctimonious outrage.

  7. Daniel said: “This post, and the Daily News article you linked to, are not helping spread harmony, they encourage attacks on the other side. Hatred cuts both ways.”

    Wow, boycotting bigots is as bad as bigotry! Who knew? I guess those “uppity negroes” were just being hateful jerks with all those lunch counter sit-ins and bus boycotts and so forth. They must’ve been stirring up hate, not fighting for their right to participate in public life without being subjected to oppression and shame simply for being who they were. I never would’ve guessed the real truth about nonviolent forms of protest had you not taken some of your valuable time to to post that supremely helpful comment, Daniel. Thanks.

    BaileyJer said: “Don’t eat the damn chicken, but lighten up on the sanctimonious outrage.”

    You know what? Screw that. Screw the idea that it’s sanctimonious to be outraged about this. Screw the idea that we need to lighten up just because some bigots are motivated by faith. Faith is not a get-out-of-jail free card; reprehensible actions and ideas must be criticized and challenged vigorously no matter what motive lies behind them.

    It’s supremely ironic that you expressed a personal philosophy of “live, let live”, yet are trying to make excuses for people like the Chick-Fil-A COO. In case you hadn’t heard, Focus on the Family, the “charity” he donates millions to, actively works against LGBT rights. Rather the opposite of “live, let live”, don’t you think?

    FotF is in some ways a modern Ku Klux Klan. At one time, the Klan enjoyed widespread public support. At one time, Klan-enablers could (to a wide swath of the population) plausibly claim the mantle of neutrality while making tone-troll arguments against people who did even minor things to fight back against the Klan and the mentality it embodied.

    You’re an enabler, BaileyJer. I’m sure you don’t think of yourself that way, but the thing is, you don’t have to think of yourself as evil to do evil.

  8. Where’s the like button?

    As a damned yankee who ended up far from home, the intolerance of the “new south” is pretty stunning some days. Of course, the intolerance of the rest of the country (see the Boy Scouts decision of this week) is really sad, too …

  9. Not business-like, money doesn’t have sexual orientation. They must not be a publicly held company, to be able to do that.

  10. Tim, I don’t know you, so I’m not going to spend time trying to disuade you of your erroneous assumptions. The tone of your post makes my point. Thank you. That was easy.

  11. I wouldn’t call boycotting Chik-fil-a hating the haters. I would say it is voting with your dollars. I don’t want to know my money is going to causes that fight equal rights. So I will choose to spend my money with companies that support equality. I don’t hate Chik-fil-a I just won’t give them my money. They can believe what they want as long as they don’t try and force those beliefs on others. If you don’t like gay marriage don’t marry a gay person. But don’t tell everyone else they can’t because you don’t believe in it.

  12. Is there some kind of template or boilerplate text that people like “BaileyJer” use, because I keep seeing the exact same thing over and over again in any “discussion” about civil rights.

    First comes the ridiculous assertion that speaking out against bigotry is itself bigotry. That’s absolute nonsense, which Andy mentions in his follow-up post.

    Then, if you don’t have a leg to stand on and don’t want to address the issue, you can simply say, “Well, I NEVER!” and act as if you don’t have to bring facts — or even rational opinions — to bear if people are going to be so RUDE.

    Here’s what I think is pretty rude: denying people civil equality. Reacting to the direct oppression of a minority by saying, “Well, everyone’s entitled to his opinion.” That’s pretty rude, too. It’s patently absurd to suggest that my right to equality is a topic about which reasonable people can disagree. It’s not a rational, reasonable, or justifiable “difference of opinion” to say that I’m not entitled to everything my friends and family are entitled to. Period.

    It’s possible to say extraordinarily offensive things politely; that doesn’t make them any less offensive. And if you’re unable to address anyone’s truth without objecting to their “tone,” then it’s clear you have nothing to say that’s worth listening to. If only the people who insist they’re taking a non-bigoted “live and let live” stance, while at the same arguing for the unequal treatment of a minority, would be barred from voting to restrict our rights, then we wouldn’t be having these non-discussions in the first place.

  13. Chuck, Chuck, Chuck. You’re projecting – and totally missing my point. Ever heard the old maxim, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”? You immediately lose possible allies when you launch into your “if you disagree with me, you’re a hater.” Make your point without insulting those who disagree with you.

    Your posting is sophistry.

    There’s no template or boilerplate because people disagree with you. A lot of people disagree with you, Chuck. So, don’t reduce their beliefs to a notion of them using a template.

    You don’t like freedom of association, do you Chuck? You want to coerce people into associations YOU believe in. If they don’t agree, you can simply say, “Well, I NEVER! and act as if you don’t have to bring facts — or even rational opinions — to bear if people are going to be such HATEFUL BIGOTS.”

    Etc., etc., etc.

  14. Try addressing any of the points without being condescending, BaileyJer, and you’ll have an actual discussion.

  15. There’s one of their locations in Burlington, and one in Peabody. The Cathy family (the founder/owners) aren’t Mormon, they’re evangelical Christians who close all locations on Sundays as it’s biblical. And as yummy as their chicken sandwiches are, and as cute as their cow spokespeople are, I’d starve at this point before I’d support their values and their way of doing business.

  16. 1st. Marriage isn’t a right. If it were you would not need a license to get one.
    2nd. It’s not just gay people that have the issues Andy listed with regards to health and such. That Aunt you have that never got married is in the same situation. Civil Unions is the answer.
    3rd. Why is it a surprise to anyone that the people in charge of one of the biggest fast food chain restaurants that isn’t open on Sunday to support the religious definition of a family.
    4th. Just because you are against gay marraige doesn’t mean you hate gay people, you want them demeaned, or anything to happen with them.
    5th. Is a piece of paper from the government really going to make you any more happier then you are now?
    6th. Gay people will be treated like normal people when they act like normal people. There shouldn’t be coming out parties for gay people or parades for gay people. If you don’t make it a big deal no one else will either.

  17. The heavily financed opposition to gay marriage is only partially based on personal beliefs: a larger component is a direct result of Rove and Company ginning up local ballot measures as a way to turn out the evangelical vote in past elections. They figured if they could stir up a non-issue issue, then people who fear imaginary enemies would vote for GOP candidates while they were there “preserving the sanctity of marriage.” Sadly, it worked.

    Never underestimate the cynicism of the neo-conservative noise machine which manufactures outrage at abortions, gun control, taxes and regulations as a way to ensure that powerful rich people can control the political process.

  18. And, yes, a married gay doesn’t effect your personal life, if you aren’t gay, anymore than gays having sex in the 50’s (if was criminal even if J Edgar was doing it) effected your life then. It’s pure bull to pretend otherwise.

  19. Great piece, Andy. I’m here working in Senegal and in West and Central Africa and I love your article. Here I am working hard to ensure that children get the best deal possible in very difficult situations and the last thing that anyone needs are these dreadful homophobes – I just wish we could move on and grow up. Love your site, by the way. Cheers. Jeremy

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