Jon Stewart of The Daily Show addressed the Chick-fil-A controversy last night, and summarized the whole affair so neatly, both in his condemnation of the mayors who actually did try to violate the organization’s First Amendment rights and with his poignant conclusion about the inevitable outcome of the LGBT marriage equality debate, that I just had to post it here:
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Heads and nails, all of it. The only issue is that Stewart and other critics make it sound like the problem is all about the CEO’s personal bigotry, when the fact is that the company’s corporate profits have been funneled by the millions directly towards viciously homophobic Christianist groups that actively fight against any and all forms of LGBT rights, and who even support Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill (which is currently more or less in limbo, but not defeated). I couldn’t say how many who protest Chick-fil-A’s CEO’s anti-gay stance are aware of this particular little detail, but it seems like it would bear mentioning when discussing the company’s anti-gay policy, especially given how much clearer the whole issue becomes when it’s taken into consideration.
The Chick-fil-A issue is not about free speech. It’s about an organization that is lending direct support to groups that openly call for gays and lesbians to be stripped of their rights and even thrown in jail – and overseas, outright slaughtered. Anyone who goes and buys food at Chick-fil-A in a show of solidarity isn’t a patriotic supporter of religious freedom. They’re a bigot.
Edit (08/03/12 4:06 PM ET) – Slightly edited for style.