It looks like Idahoans have a big appetite when it comes to hate laden chicken served up on a toasted homophobic bun. The opening of the restaurant chain’s Twin Falls location, on Thursday, makes it the fourth one to open in Idaho within the past year.
Not surprisingly, the Twin Falls media chose to ignore the controversy surrounding the brand, focusing instead on the PR department’s scripted opening day excitement.
But for those that don’t know, sometimes a chicken sandwich is more then just a chicken sandwich. In Chick-Fil-A’s case, sometimes it’s a donation to some of the most bigoted and homophobic causes in the country.
As we reported last year,”Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, The WinShape Foundation, has been particularly active in the fight against marriage equality. They’ve hosted conferences with some of the leading opponents of gay marriage in this country. A higher up at WinShape has even praised the efforts of anti-gay activist David Blankenhorn.
Last July,Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy spoke favorably of the company’s donations to anti-gay groups,““I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about,” Cathy told the “The Ken Coleman Show,” during an interview.
It looked like there was a little hope in September when Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno met with Chik-fil-A executives. It was announced that the company would end its donations to anti-equality organizations.
The news was to good to be true.
As The Dallas Voice points out,”Chick-fil-A later clarified that the contributions were misconstrued and they would continue to donate to current beneficiaries, some of which fund campaigns against marriage equality. The company released a statement that all customers are valued at its restaurants, but ultimately the company’s views didn’t appear to change.”
The Times-News reports,”…Owner Bill Ystueta says he wants this (the Twin Falls restaurant) to be about the community and our local economy, “We hired 75 people which automatically has an impact on the community, and then just the fact we’re a meeting place and creates excitement.”
Let’s just hope that none of those 75 employees happen to believe in marriage equality, the inclusion of the LGBT language in corporate non-discrimination policies or domestic partner benefits. If they do, we have a feeling they might just be out of luck.
The restaurant chain has opened locations in Boise, Meridian and Ammon-all within the past year.