OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Recently, my wife and I made a surprising decision: we hired JCPenney to help supply us with our children's wardrobes (along with the cherished neighborhood thrift store just down the street).

Now, we don't typically do our shopping at name-brand outlets. However, it was the company's beautiful and unequivocal rejection of anti-gay hatred and bigotry which inspired us to make the move. Already, we have purchased several outfits for our young girls, which they adore (partly because they love summer dresses, and partly because they love why we chose JCPenney).

And while we have yet to buy any Oreo cookies after the brand's visual support of Pride Day -- which Kraft called "a fun reflection of our values" after massive pushback from anti-gay organizations -- we have hired Kraft to provide us with our gum: Trident.

Hiring is fun. It's always the easy part in this monetary, consumer-driven ecosystem within which we willingly (and sometimes unwittingly) participate.

Firing, on the other hand, is a less pleasant experience. Which is why it pains me to say that, unfortunately, my wife and I have come to a decision: we must fire Chick-Fil-A.

Now, truth-be-told, we do not normally consume fast food. Though, when on the road -- and we travel often to visit our disparate families -- we have hired Chick-Fil-A as one of a select few places at which we're willing to stop for meals. (Oh how my youngest pines for their waffle fries.)

No more, for after learning about the roughly 2 million dollars Chick-Fil-A donated to anti-gay groups in 2010 alone -- not to mention the millions more over time -- we've decided that we are firing Chick-Fil-A. For good.

Equality Matters reports:

The WinShape Foundation is Chick-fil-A's charitable arm, created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy in 1984. WinShape has received a substantial amount of funding from Chick-fil-A: in 2010 alone, WinShape received $8,067,161 from Chick-fil-A Inc. [WinShape 2010, Publicly Available IRS 990 Form via Foundation Center, accessed 6/27/12

In 2010, WinShape donated $1,974,380 to a number of anti-gay groups:

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

I encourage you to view the sordid details at Equality Matters to see not only how vile these organizations are, but how closely Chick-Fil-A's charitable arm is linked to a number of them.

Bottom line: Chick-Fil-A is actively supporting groups which, themselves, are actively waging war against marriage equality and the LGBT community.

So we've fired them.

Just one family.

Out of millions.

Which could do the same.

Follow me on Twitter @David_EHG

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to Writing by David Harris Gershon on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 06:15 PM PDT.

Also republished by LGBT Kos Community and Milk Men And Women.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.