Chick-fil-A does it's charitable contributing through a company called WinShape. In 2009 (the most recent data available) WinShape donated to the following causes:
- Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994,199
- Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
- National Christian Foundation: $240,000
- Focus On The Family: $12,500
- Eagle Forum: $5,000
- Exodus International: $1,000
- Family Research Council: $1,00
What readers may not know about me is that my parents are very religious, and I am familiar with some of these groups. While these groups definitely have a "gay is a sin" vibe, I wouldn't call them hate groups. (If that is the case then my church could be considered a hate group, and I guess I've contributed to a hate group because I donate money in the collection plate). Exodus International's whole purpose is to minister to gay people. (They also want to "turn" them straight, which I don't think can be done. But, if they are trying to minster to these people they obviously care about them and therefor it stands to reason they don't "hate" them.) People are calling them hate groups, when they really have no idea what these groups even do!
I was brought up in a house where we were taught gay is a sin. I live my life believing it's not my place to judge. I think we should all have equal rights, and I have friends who are gay. To me, being gay is a non-issue. I support their right, just as I support Mr. Cathy's right to donate his money to whoever he wants. These groups are not out there beating up gay people or inciting violence. They don't want to have all gays arrested. They simply believe what a lot of Americans believe. That homosexuality is a sin. I don't agree with them, but I don't have to. This is America. We can believe what we want; we can donate to whom we want. If his beliefs make people not want to buy his chicken, then fine. That's their right. But to turn this into a political debate is sickening to me. To beat this man up when he speaks his mind irritates me. Mostly because half of the people beating him up for what he said, are the same people I hear telling gay jokes and fearing someone they know will come out of the closet. This country is so aware of political correctness we are afraid to say what we think. Mr. Cathy had to know that is views would be met with criticism. He said what he felt anyway, which is more than I can say for a lot of people I know. So while I don't agree with his views, I applaud him for not hiding what he really believes. It's a refreshing change for once.
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