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October 16, 2012

Hate Watch: Mixing Religion Politics & Business Alienates Everyone

townhall.com chick-fil-a ad parody
A parody of the Chick-Fil-A ad I saw on the townhall dot com website.
Chick-Fil-A: Ignorance, Arrogance And Dumb Decisions Create Lost Profits And A Bad Reputation


By Roy Steele


There are certain websites I avoid like the plague, and the right-wing extremist website townhall dot com is one of them. Their contributors regularly defame the LGBT community, and make misleading statements about marriage equality, while decrying anti-bullying programs as a government conspiracy to deprive anti-gay bullies of their religious freedom. It’s all bullshit.

You probably know that internet advertisers try to keep track of the websites we visit, and then try to serve us with ads that cater to our interests. It isn’t a perfect science by any stretch of the imagination, and because of the “big brother” nature of being followed, the likelihood of me clicking on an advert is very slim.

I spend a lot of time reading political news stories and commentary, so I see a lot of politically oriented ads. I also read religious related commentary, so I see religious advertisements too. What fascinates me is that most of the ads directed toward me are for townhall dot com, or the Mormon church. The only reason I might consider clicking on one of these ads, is because something in the ad was especially provocative or outrageous, which happens very rarely.

The ad that caught my attention yesterday was “Do you support Chick-Fil-A’s Right To Freedom of Speech And Religious Expression?” (see photo at the bottom of this blog post).

I thought......we’re still debating Chick-Fil-A? This is an issue? This is simple and a non-issue in my book. Stay away from Chick-Fil-A.

The boycott will stay in effect until the company disavows the anti-gay remarks, issues an apology to the LGBT community, replaces the CEO, welcomes LGBT customers with open arms, and incorporates an anti-discrimination policy for the entire company - where they pledge not to discriminate in their hiring practices, on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification.

In case you missed it, here’s an abbreviated timeline of the Chick-Fil-A Fracas.

July 17, 2012  Chick-Fil-A CEO Says We Support Anti-gay Groups
Chick-fil-A CEO  told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged" of supporting anti-gay groups.


September 19, 2012  Chicago Alderman Receives Concessions from Chick-Fil-A

Chicago Alderman Moreno said the restaurant has agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations, in an internal document, and promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.


September 24, 2012  Chicago Alderman Asks Chick-fil-A to Clarify Stance
There were mixed messages coming from Chick-Fil-A so Alderman Moreno asks for clarification of their position.


September 24, 2012  CEO Says NO Concessions
“Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been. We are a hateful anti-gay Bible loving corporation.


September 27, 2012 Chick-Fil-A Employee Resigns  
"I feel right now that Chick-fil-A is a safe place for people to go in and hate, and they expect to get patted on the back for it, and I don't want to work in that kind of environment," Steve Cammett, 60, of Dunwoody, Ga., told CBS Atlanta on Tuesday. "Chick-fil-A allowed a mindset to continue, especially amongst their customers that seemed to think that Chick-fil-A didn't like homosexuals."

Cammett told CBS Atlanta that on that day, one Chick-fil-A customer approached an employee and was "putting their arms around the person and saying, 'We sure are glad that your company is taking a stand against those perverts.' And this person was gay, and they didn't know it."


I enthusiastically support a person’s right to free speech, and I wholeheartedly support an individual’s right to practice any religion they please. The CEO can say whatever he wants, and we’ll exercise our right to stay out of his restaurants.

The charge that Chick-Fil-A cannot exercise free speech, or practice a religion, is ludicrous! I think the CEO is doing just fine expressing his hateful thoughts, while wrapping himself in the Bible, in order to justify his bigoted point of view.

Our community, our friends, family and allies, will continue to boycott Chick-Fil-A for being a bad corporate citizen espousing discrimination, while donating money to anti-gay hate groups. That’s not hard to comprehend.

And I like McDonalds and KFC better anyway.




The actual Chick-Fil-A ad and question on the townhall dot com website.



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