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07/03/2008

AFA now trying to tarnish Golden Arches

by Jeremy Hooper

Well the American Family Association has yet to make the big McDonald's announcement that they've promised for today. However, we see no need to wait for the McSillies' upcoming press release. For we can exclusively reveal that because of the fast food chain's perceived support of gay rights, the AFA will later today launch this site:

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Yes, that's right -- Like Disney and Ford before them, Mickey D's has become the latest American corporation to suffer at the baselessly extremist, rabidly anti-gay hands of Don Wildmon Inc. The McNugget company's "sin"? The refused to shun Vice President of Communications Richard Ellis for his decision to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

::sigh:: If ever there were a reason to eat carbs, gays, this just might be it!

Boycott McDonald's [AFA]

**After the jump, find the letter that set the AFA off:

Mcdletter
(click for full size)
(download pdf)

**UPDATE: The AFA has now made the announcement official on their One News Now site: AFA calls for McDonald's boycott [ONN]

**UPDATE2: As Queerty points out, the AFA has made a point of saying:

What the boycott of McDonald’s IS NOT about
• This boycott is not about hiring homosexuals.
• It is not about homosexuals eating at McDonald’s.
• It is not about how homosexual employees are treated.

So it seems even they know that the boycott is gonna be seen as extremist, and are therefore trying to defuse the scrutiny. Only problem for the AFA? Their reason for boycotting is just as bad as the non-reasons! Whether it's a direct attack on gay customer or employees or an attack on particular employees role in a pro-gay capacity, this situation is still about the company supporting diversity (something the AFA resists at every turn). This war against gay support not only affects the above-listed bullet points, but also the well-being of human beings everywhere.

The AFA can issue as many caveats as the want. Those of us who support the acceptance of LGBT people as part of the spectrum of normalcy realize what their agenda is all about!

**UPDATE, 7/7: Check out some of the comments being left on the AFA's boycott site. There are some real doozies. And of course, as per usual with the AFA, all pro-gay voices are being silenced:

Gays destroying sanctity of McNugget intake [G-AY]

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Your thoughts

i now might just be forced to buy their veggie burger at their nyc locations
http://www.queersunited.blogspot.com

Posted by: queerunity | Jul 3, 2008 8:46:55 AM

Hey, Jeremy,

I'm surprised that AFA would admit to their members EVEN eating fast food - you know, "healthy body - healthy soul" - I find it hard to believe AFA will bring down many "M" signs in the U.S.

Posted by: tom | Jul 3, 2008 9:20:57 AM

I have really been disappointed in the quality at McDonalds lately, but I think I might just have to go and buy a crap load of burgers and fries! (They have veggie burgers? are they good?)

Posted by: Randy | Jul 3, 2008 9:43:45 AM

So AFA gets their panties in a twist over a $20,000 donation to NGLCC? That's chump change to McD's. I don't eat at McD's but I'd gladly go buy something off the dollar menu and give it to a homeless person just to show my support!

Posted by: keltic | Jul 3, 2008 10:13:06 AM

Well they'd better not eat at Burger King and probably a number of other fast food restaurants either, since many are doing precisely what McDonald's is doing. Bad news for them also is that both Coke & Pepsi have bought into the "gay agenda" as well so it's no sodas anywhere for them either...

http://www.outandequal.org/resources/groups/ERGcorps.asp
http://www.nglcc.org/corporate/partners

Posted by: John | Jul 3, 2008 10:20:37 AM

I'm Lovin' it! LOL
AFA has got to be the biggest laugh around these parts. First Ford and now Mac's.
Conservatives sure know how to liven up the holidays with their silliness.

I lost 63 pounds, and counting because I am staying away from fast food but after reading this I think it is time to run down to the nearest one and pig out before going to work.

Posted by: Traci | Jul 3, 2008 10:21:48 AM

Well here's just hoping they don't learn that water and oxygen sustain our gay lives. We'd hate to see them kill their followers with mindless gay hate.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 3, 2008 10:26:18 AM

Randy I never had their veggie burger but I heard they were pretty good. I don't know where you are located and if they carry them by you I know that Manhattan McD's carry them.

Posted by: queerunity | Jul 3, 2008 10:26:55 AM

I would love to see the faces of the kids when soccer mommy tells them they can't eat McDonald's ever again because of the gays. haha Maybe this will be a catalyst for parents to find healthy alternatives for their kids.

Posted by: Shaun | Jul 3, 2008 10:33:27 AM

I never knew they had a veg. burger either. I must admit that my veg. self really haven't been in a McDonald's in years. I have gotten an iced coffee or two from the drive-thru, but haven't paid attention to the menu.

Oh, but for those Manhattanites who do want a good fast food veg burger: Johnny Rockets has an AMAZING one!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 3, 2008 10:34:56 AM

Good, Maybe Jesus will also get these idiots to a gym...Oh no, homos there too!

Posted by: gadget | Jul 3, 2008 10:35:44 AM

One approach to this is to wrench their petition. Go to the petition and at the name and email boxes type in your thoughts for example:

First Name: "James_Dobson_is_an_ignorant_biggot"
Last Name: "AFA_is_evil_incarnate"
Email: "I_support_Mcdonalds_supporting_all_americans@A1.com"

While it may add numbers to their petition, overtime it may diminish the impact of the AFA's antihuman email petitions.

Posted by: Straight Allan Ire | Jul 3, 2008 10:36:06 AM

Straight Allan: No, no -- it's really not best to do that. The AFA will still count you as a supporter, and will add you to their roster as such. We've seen it happen many times before:

http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2006/09/thats_mr_no_way.html

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 3, 2008 10:44:20 AM

but yet these fucking morons are okay with the crap the mcsh*ts serves day in and day out to our fat *ss nation. Jerks.

Posted by: thomas jefferson | Jul 3, 2008 10:49:10 AM

Is it just me, or is the AFA's greater agenda (and its articles of faith) somehow rooted in warped delusions of "traditional White Christian Honour and Privilege" as epitomised apartheid South Africa?

Posted by: IludiumPhosdex | Jul 3, 2008 11:20:32 AM

kudos, all. Forgot about veggie burger too. lldium ... I think you've got it now how do we get the MSM which is part of the entire White Supremecist Movement to acknowledge it.
After all HRC looks about the same to me.

Posted by: LOrion | Jul 3, 2008 11:39:20 AM

Man, what a quandry. I never eat the garbage McDonalds sells - I have too much respect for my taste buds.

I'll check their menu - maybe they have something.

I'm not very worried though - from what I've seen of the Focus on the Anus crowd, they won't be able to boycott - they love garbage

Posted by: Patrick ONeill | Jul 3, 2008 12:21:59 PM

Damn. Now I have to start eating at McDonalds.

Posted by: Morry | Jul 3, 2008 12:22:57 PM

Well this is def. one of those situations where you can be of two minds on the subject. Resisting the AFA does not necessarily have to mean support for McDonald's, and resisting McDonald's CERTAINLY doesn't have to mean support for the AFA.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 3, 2008 12:26:31 PM

I'd like to see them boycott it with a couple kids screaming in the back seat, IIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!! WAAAAANT!!!!!!!! AAAAAA!!!!!!!! HAAAAAPPY MEEEEAAALL!!!!!! they'll give in

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 3, 2008 12:52:16 PM

Well, Andrew, it's just like their Disney boycott of a few years back. Do you really think that even half of those who pledged to support the AFA kept their children from any and all things Disney-related? I don't.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 3, 2008 1:00:20 PM

It is not about homosexuals eating at McDonald's.

OHH Well this makes it all okay then!
Because really, one should HAVE to clarify that the baseless petition they are starting is not in reference to their apparent distaste for gays eating an McDonald's.

Posted by: Stef | Jul 3, 2008 1:09:15 PM

I just finished my #4 combo with a Coke. :-) I've been trying to patronize McD's ever since the news came out that they had a guy on the board at the NGLCC. I wrote them a thank you note a while back too. It might not be a bad idea for others to also write a quickie thanks.

Posted by: Larry | Jul 3, 2008 3:02:34 PM

I've never liked MickeyD's food, even when I was a kid. But I guess now, between this and their agreeing to pay the tomato-pickers more, I'll have to start eating there once in a while.

Posted by: Jean | Jul 3, 2008 3:55:48 PM

Has anyone reminded these fundies that McDonalds also supported Gospelfest witch had Donnie McClurkin as one of it's performers.

Posted by: ZenithNYC | Jul 3, 2008 7:37:28 PM

Actually I got a better idea. I couldn't do it with the Ford boycott, naturally because Fords are kind of pricey for everyday purchase but I can here.

Everyone should eat at McDonald's, and eat often. Just watch your figures folks, no overweightness ya know. Not healthy.

Keep all the wrappers and stuff and mail them to AFA in Tupelo MS

Just think of all the space in your local landfills that you will be saving for more important stuff.

LOL

Posted by: Traci | Jul 3, 2008 8:08:42 PM

Where they gonna feed their fat asses now? I'm McLovin' it!

Posted by: johnso | Jul 4, 2008 9:46:47 AM

The AFA doesn't post any of the posotive comments on their site. I know because I tried to post one. What are they so afraid of? Thank You McDonald's for showing your support.

Posted by: Michael Montanez | Jul 5, 2008 6:51:51 AM

Everyone seems to have the right reaction to this. I did go through theier site to leave a positive message to NBC when they went after Book of Daniel a few years ago. Now I am on thier mailing list. But that means you do get thier missives and get to see what's in thier minds.

What was great was Wildmon's (fondly referred to as NoNeck on my blog because...well...he has no neck) meltdown when Ford continued not to capitulate to the AFA.

I think we see the same thing happening to McDonalds. Today, I shall have a Angus ThirdPounder in NoNeck's honor!

Posted by: Don | Jul 5, 2008 2:05:08 PM

Everyone know that the Hamburglar is gay (thus the mask). Ronald MacDonald is in a Domestic Partnership in New Jersey, and happy meals now include a condom.

Posted by: edweird | Jul 5, 2008 3:14:25 PM

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