In my entire time on the internet I’ve never come across such unthinking, blind belief in stupidity as when I encountered the ‘born again’ Christians’ feedback to my complaint about Iris Robinson referring to gay people as an ‘abomination’. Following Iris’ lead, most of them attempted to legitimise their bigotry through modernising it via religious equality legislation, others chose the more blunt path of undisguised hatred for hatred’s sake.
Their compatriots in the US are also at it. The American Family Association has called for a boycott of McDonald’s by its members for being proactive in its support of diversity, specifically homosexuality:
McDonald’s Vice President of Communications Richard Ellis recently joined the board of directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
The anti-gay AFA claims that the multi-national restaurant chain is “refusing to remain neutral in the culture wars.”
Are you remotely clear about what that means? Me neither. Their website says it’s not about the hiring or treatment of gay staff, nor is it about gay customers. It appears to be about the diversity agenda itself, which will involve employers like McDonald’s joining organisations like the NGLCC, which will involve acknowledging civil partnerships and same-sex marriages (in areas they aren’t obliged to by law) and will see them promoting themselves at gay events like San Francisco Pride. This should be no surprise – they’re likely to take the same tack with age, gender, disability, race and of course religion.
And this is where their boycott shows itself for what it is. Corporations are never neutral, and the diversity agenda is not about one minority group’s untapped resources being brought on board at the expense of another’s. McDonald’s Chief Diversity Officer Pat Harris says:
“We treat our employees and our customers with respect and dignity, regardless of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other factors.
“We support out employees’ personal involvement in organisations of their choice.
“We will continue to support our people and their right to live and work in an inclusive society.”
with the AFA responding, saying:
“We are not telling McDonald’s who they can hire to work for the company, nor are we demanding that they stop serving Big Macs to homosexual customers.
“This issue is about the world’s largest fast food chain allying itself and partnering with an organization that lobbies Congress to enact laws that we feel can be used to repress religious freedom or undermine the sanctity of marriage,” AFA said
McDonald’s retaliated saying:
“while one McDonald’s employee is affiliated with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), McDonald’s is in no way ‘aggressively promoting the homosexual agenda’ as suggested in the [AFA] newsletter.”
which drew this from the AFA:
“To refer to Richard Ellis, who is the vice president of communications for McDonald’s, as ‘one McDonald’s employee,’ as if he is a teenager flipping hamburgers, is disingenuous at best. While ‘aggressively’ is admittedly a subjective term, AFA believes that giving money to and partnering with a homosexual lobby organization is certainly an enthusiastic promotion of the homosexual agenda.”
Of course the notion of a ‘homosexual agenda’ is itself a homophobic one. To suggest that striving for equal rights under the law, in a society driven by the rule of law, not the superstition of scripture, is somehow a subversive agenda is completely ludicrous. What these bigots laughingly call an ‘agenda’, is the NGLCC’s lobbying programme. It makes no mention of gay marriage, but does follow Stonewall‘s UK lead in seeking changes of the law in areas where rights are not equal, particularly where equality would improve the lives of LGBT workers, which in turn would improve business performance. We also return to the competition I’ve referred to in a previous post, of human rights colliding, and indeed the bottom line is the same. By insinuating that lobbying for gay rights equates to attempting to ‘restrict religious freedom’, the AFA is running a bogus argument and a poor smokescreen for homophobia. The point of equal rights is that they are based on the (obvious) presumption that we are all equal; campaigning for one right is not the presumption of rescinding another. There’s plenty of room, unless of course their ‘religious freedom’ were to involve the ‘right’ to bigoted behaviour based on thin air. Wouldn’t that be a surprise?
Is dedicated to working with members of Congress in a bipartisan manner to pass common sense legislation in the areas of LGBT equal rights and business parity for LGBT business owners. The NGLCC believes there is a need for fundamental changes in access to heath care, taxation, and general principles that will allow for more prosperous business.
The NGLCC regularly communicates with members of Congress through lobby visits, letters and congressional testimony to ensure the needs of the LGBT business community are being heard.
believe(s) in holding accountable the companies which sponsor programs attacking traditional family values. (They) also believe in commending those companies which act responsibly regarding programs they support.
AFA supporters receive a monthly letter about a specific issue with a recommended action such as sending a postcard or making a phone call. In addition, supporters receive the AFA Journal with news on various moral and family issues.
The same Holy Bible that calls us to reject sin, calls us to love our neighbor. It is that love that motivates us to expose the misrepresentation of the radical homosexual agenda and stop its spread though our culture. AFA has sponsored several events reaching out to homosexuals and letting them know there is love and healing at the Cross of Christ.