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Boy Scouts and Chick-Fil-A oppose gays

Boy Scouts and Chick-Fil-A oppose gays

Today’s news reports that the Boy Scouts and the chicken sandwich purveyor Chick-Fil-A confirm their anti-gay stances.

From Reuters:

The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday said the organization would continue to deny gay people membership, saying that the policy “is in the best interest of Scouting.”

The decision is the result of a two-year evaluation by the organization prompted by repeated criticism, as well as support, for the policy, the organization said in a statement.

“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of Boy Scouts of America.

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-Fil-A, as reported in On Top Magazine, has conceded that his company is opposed to gay marriage. In an interview with the Christian publication the Baptist Press,

Cathy answered, “Well, guilty as charged,” when asked about his company’s record of supporting groups opposed to marriage equality.

“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”

Last year, as the company’s links to anti-gay groups came under increased scrutiny, Cathy announced that his company would no longer “champion any political agendas on marriage and family” and claimed that Chick-Fil-A has “no agenda against anyone.”

According to Equality Matters, Chick-Fil-A donated $3 million to groups opposed to gay rights, including the Family Research Council (FRC) and Exodus International, between 2003 and 2009. In 2010, the company gave more than $1.9 million to such groups, more than any other year for which public records are available.


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Nicole Porter

Mr.Fisher, it seems like you’re a reactionary when it comes to my post. At least read them before you comment. I said I shop at Home Depot…Home Depot considers itself to be “inclusive”, yet I shop there because they have good products. Secondly, wouldn’t “boycotting” my parish include not showing up at all? If you have a personal gripe with me, e-mail me and we’ll handle it there. But please stop with these ridiculous posts in reply to me.

Bill Dilworth

John, I’m not sure to what extent an organization that requires belief in God can be considered “secular.” At any rate, yeah, institutional homophobia is a sin, but I’m not sure why it ought to be determinative of whether or not we participate in something. Gay people volunteered for the armed forces long before anti-gay policies were ended, for example. Without the presence of gay folk in the armed forces, I doubt those policies would have ended yet. Declining to give homophobes the gay-free zones they want is not appeasement.


I don’t believe in boycotting business because of their political positions.

OH COME ON, Nicole!

You’ve told us you refuse to pledge to your TEC parish, because of GC & “815”. You emphatically DO believe in “boycotting business because of their political positions.” Just not because of ANTI-gay positions.

In the famous words of Judge Judy, “Don’t pee on my leg, and tell me it’s raining.” You can fool yourself, but we can all see right through you.

JC Fisher

Nicole Porter

It’s acceptable for a private organization to have whatever requirements for leadership they want. If what they are doing is so unjust, God wouldn’t have that organization stand and be blessed.

John D

Yeah, I’m an Eagle scout, but I’m appalled by the appeasement I read here. Is it really acceptible for a large, secular organization to emphatically denigrate gay boys and men? Does my church, at least at the parish level, support this abomination? Institutional homophobia is a sin, simple as that. And I state that as a man celebrating 34 years of “traditional’ marriage.

John Donnelly

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