Well color me chicken-fried surprised. In an astounding reversal, Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop donating money to the anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. So says an advocacy group in Chicago -- the same city that was blocking any new Chick-fil-A restaurants from opening there.
Can you believe, after all the bad publicity and the counter-demonstrations, Chick-fil-A has actually changed its staunch position? But before you get teary-eyed over the power of compassion to win over hate, let's make one thing clear: It looks like this is really about money.
Chick-fil-A wanted something: More restaurants in Chicago. Chicago wanted something: More fried chicken without a side of bigotry. And amazingly, the two sides were able to get together and hammer out a deal. Chick-fil-A also agreed to distribute an internal memo stating the restaurant will "treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation."
I guess when push comes to shove, what Chick-fil-A wants more than to rain on the gay parade is to MAKE SOME MO-NAY. So yeah, if you put it that way, Chicago, I guess one can be a little more flexible about one's views on ho ... homo ... (it's okay, Chick-fil-A executives, you can say it!) homosexuals.
Meanwhile, Chick-fil-A isn't confirming or denying the agreement, just saying, "We have no agenda, policy, or position against anyone." Wow, Chick-fil-A, the Switzerland of fast food! And you know what? Fine. I think most of us don't want our restaurants to have any agenda besides feeding us the food we want to eat.
But I'd be lying if I didn't admit I'm taking a huge amount of satisfaction in today's news. I'm picturing Dan Cathy angrily stroking a cat somewhere like Dr. Evil and shouting, "ALL RIGHT, STOP THE DONATIONS. YOU WIN THIS TIME, SODOMITES. JUST GET ME MY CHICAGO RESTAURANTS!" Um, but mostly I'm happy that equality won this battle. Sunshine and rainbows!
What do you think about Chick-fil-A's agreement?
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