Even Chick-fil-A not anti-gay enough for conservatives anymore

Chick-fil-A has conservatives feeling some kind of way this week. Not the usual “love the smell of bigotry and biscuits in the morning” kind of way, but rather the “burn the heretic for actually being pro-gay” kind of way.

You see, they’ve done some snooping on the Interwebs and found out that the ravenously anti-gay company is listed as a sponsor for Level Ground’s annual LGBT Christian film festival. And those colors don’t run. As concerned Christian Steven Policastro wrote in a Change.org petition, titled “CFA Goes Gay, Corporate Needs to Know!“:

Chick-fil-A, via Wikimedia Commons

Chick-fil-A, via Wikimedia Commons

Per our research and findings, Chick-fil-A is a sponsor of “On Level Ground” (www.OnLevelGround.org) which is “a movement” that “creates space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts.” And upon further inquiry, your sponsorship of this organization supports pro-gay organizations such as:

-The Christian Closet (gay-affirming Christian counseling)
-The Center For Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (promoting the gay agenda in Christian ministry)
-Therapists 4 Equality (LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy)
-The Reformation Project (an attempt to bring the gay agenda into the church’s theology)
-Believe Outloud (an organization to promote gender equality to Christian clergy)

and many other groups that promote an agenda which is contrary to Chick-fil-A’s corporate stance on Christian values regarding marriage and stewardship.

The petition stops short of accusing Chick-fil-A’s company as a whole of catching the queer, and instead assumes that this sponsorship has been arranged without corporate headquarters’ knowledge. Which is good, because that’s actually the case. The organization as a whole was not responsible for the sponsorship; one local franchise in Nashville, Tennessee was.

That hasn’t stopped conservative media from picking up on the story, warning that the bastion of Evangelical values from bigotry to heart disease is “Drifting Away from Traditional Values, Toward the Gay Agenda.”

One would forgive the oversight, save for the fact that this isn’t the first time a local Chick-fil-A has invited national conservative scrutiny for doing something that could possibly be construed as not-anti-gay. Last year, a franchise in Hollywood, California hosted an anti-bullying fundraiser. The previous year, that franchise was a sponsor at — you guessed it — Level Ground’s film festival.

So don’t worry, concerned Christians. Chick-fil-A is still consistently anti-gay. They just don’t force all of their franchises to be as ardently anti-gay as their national umbrella organization. If that represents a capitulation to the forces of evil, then fine. Good luck finding your hate wings elsewhere.

(h/t The New Civil Rights Movement)

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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