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I am massively behind in reading submissions from our clever and competent readers! Trying to catch up, and saw this submission about Chick-Fil-A from Erica Strahm, who we actually met in person a few weeks ago when we participated in our radio station’s Night with WIBC event. She found this ridiculous story about a New Orleans High School, and wrote about it:
As far as restaurants go, when I think about the culture of kindness and community, Chick-fil-a is the first place that comes to mind. So, I was shocked to find out that Lusher High School in New Orleans has decided to decline a donation of a Chick-fil-a lunch for its teachers because Chick-fil-a donates money to organizations that support traditional marriage. Notice I said, “supports traditional marriage”, not “supports anti-LGBTQ”. Supporting traditional marriage doesn’t automatically mean anti-LGBTQ!
Wasn’t Chick-fil-a there on the SUNDAY following the 2016 mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub with free food and drink? In case you’ve forgotten, Pulse was a gay establishment! Doesn’t everyone who goes to Chick-fil-a receive a “my pleasure” no matter who you are and what you look like? Didn’t Lusher High Principal Steven Corbett hear what Ellen DeGeneres had to say a couple weeks ago, when she said, “When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way I do. I mean be kind to everyone.”
Chick-fil-a is being a kind, community partner in offering to donate lunch to Lusher’s staff. Why can’t Principal Steven Lusher be kind in return by accepting it?
Every company supports and donates money to causes. It’s likely that you’ll never find a single company that shares the exact same beliefs as you. If you boycott every single company that doesn’t share your exact beliefs, chances are you be naked and hungry without a cell phone or any other material possession!
Yup. She’s absolutely right. And her point extends a bit further too. I often see comments from conservatives who insist that we shouldn’t support Hollywood entertainment in any form because of how liberal everyone is. But here’s the thing. I want to be entertained, and since so few entertainers are conservative, I’m not left with a whole lot of entertainment choices. So whaddyagonnado.