This has been one busy week for me, and as such you probably will have noticed an absence of posts. I was not able to write an article today, but as a peace offering I have chosen to put together some helpful links related to the ongoing Chick-Fil-A controversy. I am guessing most of you are aware of the controversy I am referring to. However, for my Canadian friends, and any American ones who might be living under a rock, I will try and give a brief overview of the issue at hand.
Chick-Fil-A, a privately held American business, has over the last several years, donated millions of its dollars to organizations gay-rights supports feel promote the traditional definition of marriage (see end of post for a list of the organizations in question). With the same-sex marriage debate running hot and heavy in the United States, it was only a matter of time before the media questioned Chick-Fil-A on its philanthropic ways. When Chick-Fil-A’s President and COO Dan Cathy gave an unapologetic and unrepentant response, it was like chumming the sharks.
The outpouring of negative press has encouraged everyone, and his dog, to weigh in on this controversy. Private citizens who disagreed with Cathy’s alleged position have organized boycotts of Chick-Fil-A. In response to the boycotts, citizens sympathetic with his statements have organized Chick-Fil-A Appreciation days. Not to be outdone, a number of over exuberant local politicians have thrown their hats into the ring by publicly stating that Chick-Fil-A’s stance could cost the company if it was to apply for building permits or restaurant licenses. Some might say that last response is booth dirty pool, and a violation of certain liberties granted in the U.S. Constitution.
That is the Chick-Fil-A controversy in an oversimplified nutshell. So instead of weighting in and giving my opinion I thought I would provide four links to articles which I found helpful in sorting my thoughts on the issue. As always I can not vouch for everything associated with the linked pages, so use them at your own discretion. The links are as follows:
For those of you interested in the actual numbers, here are the organizations Chick-Fil-A supported (including dollar amounts) in 2010. The total comes to $1,974,380.
- Marriage & Family Foundation: $1,188,380
- Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
- National Christian Foundation: $247,500
- New Mexico Christian Foundation: $54,000
- Exodus International: $1,000
- Family Research Council: $1,000
- Georgia Family Council: $2,500