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  • Outraged Conservative Christians Claim Chick-fil-A 'Goes Gay'

    Conservative Christians are attacking Chick-fil-A for sponsoring an LGBT Christian film festival.

    A conservative Christian has created a Change.org petition demanding Chick-fil-A explain why it is sponsoring Level Ground, an organization that hosts an annual LGBT Christian film festival. 

    "Per our research and findings, Chick-fil-A is a sponsor of 'On Level Ground' ... which is 'a movement' that 'creates space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts,'" the petition reads.

    And it attacks the Level Ground's sponsors, claiming they "promote an agenda which is contrary to Chick-fil-A's corporate stance on Christian values regarding marriage and stewardship."

    "In light of these findings, we ask that Chick-fil-A issues an official response regarding this sponsorship, along with any statement your team feels is necessary to clarify Chick-fil-A's corporate stance regarding previously stated Christian values on marriage and stewardship."

    Conservative media outlets are sharing in the petition creator's outrage.

    "SHOCK AS IT’S REVEALED CHICK-FIL-A IS SPONSORING A ‘CHRISTIAN’ LGBT FILM FESTIVAL," reads one headline. "The LGBT Mafia is making a full-court press for their case that God accepts actively, out of the closet homosexuals and homosexuality," the article reads, calling Level Ground a "Sodomite film festival."

    "Why Is Pro-Marriage Chick-fil-A Sponsoring an LGBT Film Festival?," asks another.

    "Media Mum? Chick-fil-A Drifting Away from Traditional Values, Toward Gay Agenda," charges a third.

    As usual, the conservative christian "news" media machine deals in outrage, not research or investigative journalism, so they didn't bother to do any work, they just reported on the petition, and then on those who reported on the petition.

    Meanwhile, over a Vox's food website Eater, an explanation direct from Chick-fil-A.

    It turns out, Chick-fil-A is not sponsoring an LGBT Christian film festival (although perhaps they should.) The sponsorship comes from one local Nashville, Tennessee franchise owner. "The operators make decisions on local sponsorships," Chick-fil-A told Eater.

    Last year, as NCRM reported, one California Chick-fil-A franchise owner was lambasted by conservative Christians for sponsoring a fundraiser to support anti-bullying efforts, and for sponsoring Level Ground in 2013.

    And no, Chick-fil-A hasn't changed its stance on LGBT issues, they're still anti-gay. They've just agreed to stop funding anti-gay groups and have stopped, at least for now, voicing ugly anti-LGBT rhetoric.


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    Hat tip: The Advocate

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    • commented 2015-11-02 19:13:21 -0500
      GOODGAWD….!! Evolve already, Chicken likken!

    • commented 2015-11-02 17:04:38 -0500
      @meri Justice
      Another thing to consider is the history of persecution against those who don’t persecute. That may sound/read strangely, but imagine being a white family with anti-segregationist views living in the South during the 50s and 60s. Speaking publicly about those views would make this family a target, waking up to find a burning cross and angry mob outside their home. The only option they really have is to stay quiet, vote and patiently wait for better days.

      When we look at every act of social progress in this country, we do find that those fighting for their equality take the greater share of the risk. But there has always been a risk to support that equality, with the scale of that risk going up and down based on location, era and issue. Whites who sought to end slavery, men who welcomed women voters, Christians who are good neighbors to Muslims, Jews and Atheists (and now LGBT)…

      The oppressive mind set sees any disagreement on their ‘side’ of the issue to be an act akin to treason and betrayal (even heresy and blasphemy depending on the issue), and have always responded accordingly (from shaming to lethal violence). As such, those voices which call for equality from such positions have generally been conditioned to take the ‘meek’ approach due to the repercussions of speaking boldly.

    • commented 2015-11-02 14:59:08 -0500
      @firmly, not one person is defined by their sexuality, it is only a small part of who we are. If you think that this article is defining who we are by where we stick our dicks, I would suggest you go ahead and reread the article without judgment.

    • commented 2015-11-02 13:56:21 -0500
      Per our research and findings, Chick-fil-A is a sponsor of ‘On Level Ground’ … which is ‘a movement’ that ‘creates space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts,’"
      And it attacks the Level Ground’s sponsors,
      That’s an attack? It sounds like praise to me.

    • commented 2015-11-02 12:12:09 -0500
      Tired of the view that where you stick your d**k defines everything about you. Ugh. Can we please move on to substantive conversation and news?

    • followed this page 2015-11-02 11:05:07 -0500

    • commented 2015-11-02 10:00:28 -0500
      BJ Lincoln, That is the problem the only voices you hear are the Christian Haters, the christian churches that Accept LGBT people do not speak up, on the most part, but the few that do their voices are NOT heard. IDK if its because the ones who accept, only accept because they fell they have to and maybe not really want to? or they just want the local community to know they accept, but they dont want the whole world to know they accept ? but the ones that actually speak up, their voices are squashed out by all the Haters.

    • commented 2015-11-02 09:37:30 -0500
      There are plenty of christian churches who welcome LGBT people with no strings attached. Why aren’t they fighting back? Where are their loud voices against the lies and hate of the right wing nutjobs?

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