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02/08/2011

Fil-AFA: Getting our Chicks in a row was the goal, so mission accomplished

by Jeremy Hooper

During the whole Chick-fil-A brouhaha, some people, both conservative and not, wanted to attach false motives to this site's work. People said we were calling for a boycott, when we never did. Others accused us of twisting items that Chick-fil-awe had documented within inches of their lives. And especially on the "pro-family" side, there was this general idea that by simply noting the record as Chick-fil-A chose to establish it, we were somehow being "bullies."

But the truth is that from start to finish, we only had one goal. That was: To inform the public about this particular company and its allegiances, so that all consumers could move forward with their pickled buns coated in a more transparent, more honest sauce. Just as we report on companies' pro-equality efforts (typically proudly pitched to us via glowing press release), we only see it fair to report on the "pro-traditional values" efforts of other American businesses.

And because of this work, we all are in a more honest place. Chick-fil-A now knows that we in the LGBT community don't like expressed bans on our families or marriage strategy sessions that go against our civil equality. And we now know that Chick-fil-A is the darling of very far-right, very anti-LGBT groups like the American Family Association:

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By all means, AFA: Let Mr. Cathy know that you appreciate, stand with, and share his "values." We'll make note of that, just like we make note of the fast food choices that do raise the AFA's blood pressure:

And hopefully from here on out, everyone will have the gizzards to stand by their messages rather than shoot the messengers.

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