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07/09/2008

One-sidedness, thy name is AFA

by Jeremy Hooper

Want further proof that the American Family Association is banning all dissension from their Boycott McDonald's website? Well check this out. Over the past half hour, we have tried to leave a few comments on the site. Two of them were benign encouragements of gay support:

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But then to be sneaky, one of our comments was a play on the McDonald's "I'm loving it" jingle that was in favor of the anti-gay boycott:

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So which of these three do you think cut the mustard? Well see for yourself:

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That's it, AFA -- Keep showing us that you're the "good, decent, and truthful" ones!! people are really starting to catch on.

Boycott McDonald's comments [AFA]

**UPDATE: THe AFA has now pulled our decoy anti-gay quote.

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Good thing we got the screen cap, huh?

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Your thoughts

I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'm guessing most of the posts are from AFA staffers. There were just too many posts in such a short amount of time to seem valid.

It reminds of something that happened a few years ago after the whole Janet Jackson incident. Some right-wing group stated that they sent thousands and thousands of angry letters to the FCC about what happened. Turned out they were just photocopies of the same letter signed by a handful of people.

Posted by: stojef | Jul 9, 2008 3:44:38 PM

Well "worry" is not the right word, stojef. Laugh at the constant deception is more accurate.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 9, 2008 3:48:37 PM

Wow! They must be keeping a pretty close eye on your blog to have responded that quickly!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 9, 2008 3:50:52 PM

This is my favorite...:"My family & extended family will not patronize any McDonald's products nor contribute to THE MCDONALD HOUSE."

How "Christian" of them. The Ronald McDonald House is a great organization. I've volunteered with them before. It provides shelter for parents and kids who have to go to a hospital and can't afford to stay in hotels while their kids get treatments. It also provides for the very many dietary limitations of its tenents.

AFA Supporters = Anti gay = Anti-kid = Anti Family

Posted by: | Jul 9, 2008 3:57:26 PM

One benefit of AFA allowing comments, even if they censor anything pro-gay, is that it is our window into the world of AFA supporters who probably keep the small donations flowing. And that world is obviously inhabited with buffoonish simpletons. So I'm in favor of their comments because it makes them look even more ridiculous than they would otherwise, and that's a feat.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Jul 9, 2008 4:21:46 PM

I love this post which was documented by the Huffington Post:

"Dear, McDonald's. Last week I ate a cheeseburger at your restaurant. If I would've known it was created by gay loving hands, I wouldn't have purchased it. Don't you guys know gays were behind the holocaust? First Jews, and now the family. What is next, McDonald's? Are you going to help gays eradicate sand? WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT SAND!?!?"

Now, this piece makes me think they [AFA] missed a spot when they were stamping out dissent...or maybe they don't understand the concept of farce, focusing instead on NARTH...

Posted by: Timm | Jul 9, 2008 5:16:54 PM

Yesterday, my girlfriend and I went to McDonalds, although we rarely eat there. I ordered a salad and bottled water and then informed the manager that I would be supporting their company for no other reason than because the AFA, a right wing, anti-gay 'christian' organization, was boycotting them as a result of Mickey D's refusal to discriminate against GLBTQ persons.

Posted by: Kristi | Jul 9, 2008 5:32:02 PM

LOL!!

The AFA are such lunatics, it's hilarious!

Posted by: Scott | Jul 9, 2008 5:37:54 PM

I wonder how long AFA staffers sat around writing fake comments to make there website look like it has a large base, because there are some truly ridiculus comments (virtually all of them) but particularly the ones that all the the same ridiculus line.

I particularly likes "...my family will boycott your restaurants in our area and go to Traditional family oriented restaurants."
and which ones are those, the ones without the rainbow flags and waiters in leather and sailer caps (not that I have found this to be my experience at the local McD's)? If you want true "traditional" family dinners try cooking at home.

Posted by: Patrick B | Jul 9, 2008 7:07:29 PM

I went to McDonalds for lunch twice this week. On purpose. Because of the AFA... sigh, if only they would boycott my gym instead.

Posted by: Timothy | Jul 9, 2008 8:40:25 PM

It doesn't surprise me. They only want a voice geared to their narrow minded audience. I think it is absolutely funny that people in this country that swear by AFA are this blind and stupid. Personally I hope they don't give up as I find their stuff numbingly amusing.

I commented to one of their things once and what I got was an e-mail back to me saying that the woman would pray for me.

Some people are amazingly unreasonable.

Posted by: Traci | Jul 9, 2008 8:50:06 PM

My partner and I just ate at McDonald's tonight for the first time in months. We will be going there much more frequently now, thanks to AFA. Had the Asian salad which was actually quite good.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Jul 9, 2008 9:08:45 PM

<---went to MacDonald's tonight also.

Posted by: Scott | Jul 9, 2008 10:17:41 PM

I am temped to go with the anti-boycott, myself, even though I have a hard time considering McD's as food.

Maybe their health and well-being will improve as a result?

Reckon I could be a optimist, after all.

Posted by: Troy | Jul 10, 2008 4:30:14 AM

All the comments about "I thought this was a family place!" as if gays don't have families, as if we're not part of the human family.

Posted by: Jason D | Jul 10, 2008 7:51:41 AM

Family place? come to think of it, drug stores sell condoms, and condoms prevent families. Maybe AFA should start a boycott against stores that sell anti-family condoms!

Posted by: keltic | Jul 10, 2008 12:52:00 PM

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