When I was younger, I and my group of 4 friends liked to travel a few towns over to go "malling". Fun times. We window-shopped, we giggled at all of the sexually explicit, gag gifts at Spencer's Gifts, and we ate good food. Well, what we thought was good food. We congregated during every. single. mall. trip. at Chick-fil-A. I ordered my chicken sandwich with extra pickles and a side of waffle fries. I was 13, and didn't yet have to worry about my figure. Those were the days!
Apparently, Chick-fil-A is serving up a little something different with its' chicken sandwiches these days.
Namely, a big bowl of homophobic, anti-equality rhetoric and support for anti-equality organizations.
Over the past few weeks, the relationship between Chick-fil-A, its' charitable organization, the WinShape Foundation, and other anti-gay/anti-equality orgs such as the National Organization for Marriage and Focus on the Family has been revealed. Chick-fil-A and WinShape directly fund, host conferences for and support these organizations and their homophobic positions/rhetoric against equality.
The WinShape Foundation's Retreat Center, described as a "Christian pastoral environment" that provides a retreat for Christian couples and/or families, when asked if its' center would be open to the LGBTQ community, simply said this:
"WinShape Retreat defines marriage from the Biblical standard as being between one man and one woman. Groups/Individuals are welcome who offer wholesome, educational conferences and programs that are compatible with Biblical values and WinShape's purpose."
So, are we welcome? Or not?
Here was their follow-up:
"We do not accept homosexual couples because of the statement in our contract."
I refuse to accept your chicken sandwiches...no matter how many pickles you throw on the top. Your chicken just can't mute the foul taste you've left in my mouth.