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01/04/2011

Chick-fil out: Pennsylvania Family sponsorship seems grounded

by Jeremy Hooper

Very interesting: Either Chick-Fil-A has pulled sponsorship from the upcoming Pennsylvania Family Institute/Family Life effort, or the person responsible for the promotional materials (on PFI/Family Life's end) has chosen to mask the fried sandwich company's name:

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Chick-Fil-A Vanishes From Anti-Gay Event [Joe.My.God]

The beauty part, if Chick really did choose to Fil-A their name away from PFI? That nobody had to really rise up in rage on this one. This site first put it out there, with the stipulation that others should make their own decisions about how to proceed. Others then ran with the item in their own ways. And from that, some sort of determinations seem to have been made, based on a balance between Chick-Fil-A's desired corporate image and the public persona that PFI has chosen to carve for itself (which has gays and their marriages as a front and center money cause, something that will only grow as PA's marriage equality fight advances). That's the way this kind of thing is supposed to work.

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*EARLIER: We first spotted and noted the sponsorship

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*Oh, and for those who noted that this particular "Art of Marriage" seminar isn't specifically anti-gay? Yea, well -- the organization behind the concept on the larger scale, Family Life, embraces/features all kinds of anti-gay teachings. Teachings like this...

Help! My Child is a Homosexual - [FamilyLife.com]

and this...

Gay Marriages … What's the Big Deal? - [FamilyLife.com]

and this...

"These days our media bombard us with the idea that God created and blesses other kinds of sex, like that practiced by homosexuals. You will need to share with your child that there is a radical homosexual element in our culture saying, “We’re going to be in your face. You’re going to see us kissing on television and in movies. We want to become acceptable.”

Our children must know that just because some group wants to validate their behavior, that does not make it right in God’s eyes. Our children need to learn how to hate the sin (see Romans 1:26—27) while loving the sinner."

Teaching Your Teen About God's Views on Sex [FamilyLife.com]

So while we've focused on PA Family Institute for this one leg and this one sponsorship, there would seem to be an even larger concern attached to this "Art of Marriage" paintbrush.

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*UPDATE:

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*UPDATE, 1/6: Now PFI's Michael Geer is trying to spin this, aided and abetted by a sympathetic media outlet: The one where Michael Geer lies about this site [G-A-Y]

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