Chick-fil-A, The “Kiss In”, and The Trevor Project

I have heard some very genuine thoughts from people I care about in regards to Chick-fil-A. In my own comment section, pinkpistol issues a challenge for those of us stating that we support first amendment and are not anti-gay.

I have to admit that I’m on the fence with the planned “kiss in.” Not the idea of it, but how I’m afraid some will execute it.  Plenty of people, regardless of orientation, lack common decency, and I fear this event is likely to bring that out. And so, I will not be showing up to show my support.  Also, I don’t know how me going and not kissing anyone of the same sex really supports anything.

The very genuine reaction that I’ve heard is that although the people in the LGBTQ community believe the CEO of Chick-fil-A should have every right to state what he believes.  They cannot in good conscience spend their money with an organization that will use those profits to support anti-gay causes. This is completely legitimate, and I fully support anyone voting with their wallets. It is also understandable that the out pouring of support for Chick-fil-A feels like a slap in the face. Particularly when we tweet and Facebook and write blog posts about it.  Yeah, I want to stick it to the leaders in Chicago and Boston, but I do not want my friends to be collateral damage.  As a Christian, I cannot abide the hate directed at this community.

And so, here is what I propose. I can think of no better organization serving the LGBTQ community than The Trevor Project. For every dollar I spend at Chick-fil-A, I will donate a dollar to The Trevor Project. To me, this seems like a better way to love my neighbors and support what I believe in than slapping them in the face. Join me?

14 thoughts on “Chick-fil-A, The “Kiss In”, and The Trevor Project”

  1. Sounds like you have really made a great choice, I am becoming convinced that most of the government, and all those that want the power bent in their favor for whatever have forgotten what the targets were. Way too much damage to the innocents. I am sure that the best course is taking the road to loving all of God’s creatures for their perfections and their faults. That is as difficult as Christ telling us to pray for our enemies. Still worth working up to that standard.

  2. I am going to ask what I hope is a legitimate question. As a Christian (specifically Catholic), I cannot support acts or lifestyles that I believe are sinful, OTOH, I have a duty to love those persons, and respect their God given dignity. It’s a fine line. It is not my intent to “slap anyone in the face.” Does any money from the Trevor Project go to support other organizations that I might not in good conscience support?

    My respectful apologies to those with same sex attraction who are reading this. With your permission, I will pray for you.

    1. I was able to confirm with the treasurer that the only funds that go outside the organization are for things like sub-leasing space or co-sponsorship of events.

    2. You cannot support the act of certain acts that you believe are sinfull, yet how long has the church kept secret the molestation of minors? How many jews did the church leaders in Europe during WWII turned into the nazis? Christianity has become a country club which it is ok for Christians to “sin” as long as they are members of the club. But everyone else gets put on a spotlight. Let the one without sin cast the first stone…I guess lots of christians are stone throwers.

  3. You are a reasonable woman, and have made a gracious offer. And thanks for offering a rational and sane discourse on this subject.

  4. Question…
    “…cannot in good conscience spend their money with an organization that will use those profits to support anti-gay causes.”

    I have not been following the ins and outs (pun not intended) of this whole goat rodeo as closely as I should. All I saw was The Full force of Govt being brought against a private company because of one man’s religious beliefs. What “Anti-Gay” causes does Chik-Fil-A and Mr. Cathy support? I can understand some of the fury directed against them if they do support anti-gay programs, but not if they just do things to support traditional families.
    That Guy´s last blog post ..Tactical Firearms in Katy, TX supports anti-gun laws

    1. They give money to organizations like Focus on the Family that actively lobbies for things like DOMA and against gay marriage.
      I had the same question. It is only a small portion of what their charitable foundation does, but it is a part of it.

  5. I think you touch on this in the 2nd paragraph, but I think it’s a point worth making explicitly: I know a LOT of conservatives (generally libertarian leaning) who really just don’t care much about ‘gay’ issues, and would probably get on board with the ‘equality’ arguments save for two things:
    (1) They think gays should settle for ‘civil unions’ because they see no compelling reason to re-define a definition of marriage that’s essentially as old as civilization.
    (2) They’re actively repulsed by the attention whore antics of things like “kiss-in’s”. When gays go the ‘flamboyant’ route, it drives a big honkin’ wedge in the notion that they’re “just like us” except gay. Because, at the end of the day, I know I can’t see pictures of the Folsom Street Fair and think: they’re just like me. There just aren’t too many conservatives out there who will walk down the street wearing strappy leather with a latex ponytail hanging out of their poop chute.

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