Sigh...I've tried to stay out of this one because I hate to associate GMTN with this issue but:
the roadie said:
Unless the employees all took a vote, the controversy is coming from COO Dan Cathy, an individual, and he's the one taking a stand.
I whole heartedly disagree with that view in this case. His statement was in defense of his company's actions
, namely donating millions of Chik-fil-A's profits
to not just "pro-traditional-marriage" organizations, but to hostile anti-gay hate
groups. This is not hyperbole; this is fact.
Despite their rallying cry, nobody
is disagreeing with his right to say what he did, to have his beliefs or to direct his company based on those beliefs. Plenty of large companies are unapologetic in their religious roots, and rightfully so. However, this is not, nor was it ever about supporting freedom of speech or religion
; it's about the ramifications of excercising those rights.
Standing behind your beliefs: worthy of support, heck, even if I disagreed.
Using those beliefs to justify spending millions to lobby for making homosexuality criminal (not just marriage) and for bills against the US condeming the Ugandan "Kill the Gays" law: protected speech but not worthy of one dime. Like your mother used to say: "it's not what you say, it's how you say it"
Let me ask: If you found out that CFA donated to groups supporting the KKK would you still support them?
So no, I will not "appreciate" a company's hate under the guise of 1st Amendment rights.
All that being said, I do strongly disagree with the mayors who have threatened to keep him out of their cities. That's just unconstituational and hypocritical grandstanding at its worst.
I don't mean to inflame, only educate. Now, back to the technical sections...