Connect with us

LGBT Leader Embraces Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy, So All’s Well?

Published

on

In what many may see as a shocking twist, the leader of an LGBT organization has spent the past few months developing a relationship with Chick-Fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy, and now calls him his friend.

So?

In the olden days, aka the 1950’s, and ’60’s, it was not at all uncommon for leaders of political parties to socialize. There was civility and even statesmanship in politics.

When I was growing up in the 1970’s and ’80’s (OK, the ’60’s too,) we never knew our neighbors’ political affiliations. Heck, even my father refused to declare he was a Republican (in his later, wiser years, he became an avowed Democrat.)

Shane Windmeyer, the founder and head of Campus Pride, an LGBT students’ right group, had lead strong attacks against Dan Cathy and his Chick-Fil-A corporation for their funding of anti-gay groups and strident opposition to marriage equality.

Now, after calls, texts, and even a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl as Cathy’s guest, Windmeyer says, “I am coming out in a new way, as a friend of Chick-fil-A’s president and COO, Dan Cathy” because his view of the man was “flawed.”

In “Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A,” at The Huffington Post, Windmeyer also says Cathy has opened the books on Chick-Fil-A’s charity, the Winshape Foundation, and no longer does he see contributions to extremist anti-gay groups, like Family Research Council (which was never a huge recipient of Chick-Fil-A money).

But Windmeyer also acknowledges that Cathy, while seeking to understand him and gay people better, will “never change.”

And that’s OK.

The “culture wars” and the battle to extend marriage to same-sex couples was never about Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A, chicken sandwiches, or — as too many on the right falsely claimed — Dan Cathy’s “First Amendment” rights.

But they are about funding anti-gay hate.

Until Dan Cathy, the Cathy family, Chick-Fil-A, the Winshape Foundation, and any other non-profits the Cathy family funds stop funding groups that are working to oppose equality for LGBT people, the LGBT community should not support Chick-Fil-A.

Every dollar donated to groups that actively oppose the rights of gay people is a dollar that feeds hate, which fuels the anti-LGBTQ suicides of our youth and teens at rates quadruple those of their heterosexual peers.

It’s great that Shane and Dan are friends. I hope that more gay people take an active role in reaching out to those who oppose us, and try to get to know them as human beings. And I hope more people like Dan Cathy do as well.

Those friendship are important, and part of the larger equation to a world where discrimination and hate end.

Friendships are important. Words are important. Deeds are important.

When Chick-Fil-A stops funding hate, I’ll be happy to have a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich. Maybe even a deluxe.

 

TODAY AT 2:30 PM ET The Huffington Post is hosting a live chat on Windmeyer’s “coming out” and the LGBT community’s relationship with Chick-Fil-A.

http://embed.live.huffingtonpost.com/HPLEmbedPlayer/?segmentId=510690662b8c2a03c5000633

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

CRIME

Josh Duggar Dealt Another Blow as Judge Refuses to Suppress Video Evidence in His Child Porn Case

Published

on

Josh Duggar was dealt yet another blow on Monday, after a judge refused his attorneys’ request to suppress video evidence in his bombshell child pornography case.

Duggar, once a darling of the religious right, an executive for an anti-LGBTQ hate group, and a “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star, was arrested by U.S. Marshals and charged with two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was involved in the investigation.

“In Mr. Duggar’s case, he has not shown that federal agents acted with reckless disregard for proper procedure,” U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks said Monday in denying attorneys’ requests, as the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports. “And he certainly has not shown that the agents acted in bad faith. Moreover, Mr. Duggar cannot show he was prejudiced by any delay; the devices remained in law enforcement’s safe keeping throughout this time period, and the probable cause warranting the initial seizure of the devices remained viable through the date of indictment.”

In 2015 news broke that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teenager, according to his parents.

Just three weeks ago the judge refused nearly all of Duggar’s attorneys’ requests, including dismissal of all charges.

His attorneys have tried to get photographs that include the 33-year old Arkansas native’s hands and feet suppressed, and even tried to have the case dismissed because the head of the Department of Homeland Security at the time of the investigation under then-President Donald Trump was, according to a federal judge, “unlawfully” appointed.

Trial is scheduled to begin November 30.

Continue Reading

RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Glenn Youngkin Brags About Support From Opponents of LGBTQ Equality Just Weeks Ahead of Virginia Election

Published

on

Republican Glenn Youngkin is continuing to rally anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ extremists in his bid to become Virginia’s next governor. Most Virginians support legal equality, including marriage equality, and most Virginians believe abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances, but Youngkin continues to seek and tout endorsements from groups that oppose LGBTQ equality and want to make abortion illegal. Youngkin has told activists that he will go “on offense” against reproductive choice once elected, and he has refused to say whether he supports marriage equality.

In a press release dated Oct. 8, Youngkin boasted about endorsements from the Family Research Council’s political arm, the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC, and longtime anti-abortion and anti-equality activist Penny Nance, head of Concerned Women for America.

FRC supports “total abortion bans” that criminalize abortion at all stages. The organization has been designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and has long promoted anti-Muslim bigotry. None of that kept Youngkin from agreeing to speak at FRC’s annual conference for religious-right activists earlier this month, where speakers delivered Christian nationalist and bigoted messages. Delivering his own speech, Youngkin urged the activists, “Lock arms with me!”

A Youngkin campaign press release touting the latest endorsements included a long quote from FRC’s Tony Perkins smearing the Democratic nominee as a threat to religious freedom and claiming that Youngkin “understands the values that are important to Virginians.”

Nance has devoted much of her professional life to making abortion illegal and worked tirelessly to help former President Donald Trump pack the Supreme Court and other federal courts with like-minded judges. She spearheaded a $500,000 campaign backing the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Nance is also a strident opponent of LGBTQ equality, even opposingreauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because CWA claimed it would create “new protections for homosexuals.” When the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at a gay couple’s wedding, Nance sent an email with the subject line, “Ruth Traitor Ginsburg.”

Even though Virginians soundly rejected Trump, Nance claimed that the Trump-endorsed Youngkin will “uphold the values of Virginians.”

The Virginia Society for Human Life is an affiliate of National Right to Life, which supports abortion bans, including the recent extreme Texas law that bans abortion as early as six weeks and is now being challenged in federal courts. In September, Youngkin’s campaign touted National Right to Life’s endorsement, along with that of the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List.

 

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

Continue Reading

RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Greene Goes on Twitter Rampage Promising to ‘Take Back the House’ by Endorsing Candidate Primarying a SC Republican

Published

on

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is promising to “take back the House” by endorsing a candidate who is primarying a GOP Congressman in a safely-Republican district in South Carolina. If she’s successful and her candidate wins the primary and the November election she will have increased Republicans’ hold on the House by exactly zero seats.

“Repubs must take the House back & FIRE Nancy Pelosi in ‘22,” Greene tweeted Tuesday afternoon . “The only way to do that is w/ America First Repubs who fight & not cower in fear like so many spineless RINOs who care more about being liked by the Fake News & their Dem counterparts than they do about America First.”

The candidate she is endorsing, Graham Allen, is primarying U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, a hard core Republican who opposes masks and, along with his family, contracted COVID. Rice, first elected in 2012, did vote for Donald Trump’s second impeachment.

On his website Allen explains his reason for running for Congress: “Tom Rice abandoned his duty to represent the conscience of the voters of his district when he sided with Nancy Pelosi to support the sham impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.”

Aside from a few words about protecting the First and Second Amendment, restoring “the integrity of our elections,” and defending “our country from foreign threats,” including bad trade deals and migrants at the border, Allen lists zero policy positions.

Greene also attacked Democrats, falsely claiming they “are no longer an American Party. They’re the party of woke corporate communism. They’re party of AOCs Green New Deal which enslaves us to cheap Chinese energy. They’re the party of skyrocketing inflation, illegal invasion at the border, vaccine mandates & election fraud,” all of which are false.

 

 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 AlterNet Media.