Religious Right boycotting McDonald’s. Anybody want fries?
Posted: 01 August 2008 06:11 AM   [ Ignore ]
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“McDonald’s is officially under boycott from Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association (AFA). The AFA, a Mississippi-based Religious Right outfit best known for obsessing over sexual content on cable and network television and its vociferous opposition to the “homosexual agenda,” has been going crazy lately because McDonald’s has made it clear that its family-friendly policy includes gay families.

To the homophobes of the Religious Right, it’s the end of the world. Wildmon and his crew have been carping about this for months, and the right-wing media is all atwitter. (I did get a kick out of this rather lurid headline from WorldNetDaily: “McDonald’s profits help fund naked homosex-fest.” It sounds like a tagline for porn spam.)

To its credit, McDonald’s has told Wildmon to go stick his head in a deep fryer…“We treat our employees and our customers with respect and dignity, regardless of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other factors. We support our employees’ personal involvement in organizations of their choice.”

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As much as I dislike their food, I have a sudden craving for fries.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 07:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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So by equating the “Religious Right” with the AFA, you’ve really just made a generalization.

Kudos to McDonald’s for responding graciously.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Oh, I said Religious Right because of this quote “AFA, a Mississippi-based Religious Right outfit.” That is what was reported, so that is how I entered it.

But regardless, AFA started the boycott, and has received enthusiastic support throughout the Religious Right community. So I personally don’t feel it is generalizing. Isn’t one of the main agendas of the Religious Right to “fight the homosexual agenda”? And in that case, wouldn’t this simply be an example of their work?

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Posted: 01 August 2008 10:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Jules - 01 August 2008 08:14 AM

Oh, I said Religious Right because of this quote “AFA, a Mississippi-based Religious Right outfit.” That is what was reported, so that is how I entered it.

But regardless, AFA started the boycott, and has received enthusiastic support throughout the Religious Right community. So I personally don’t feel it is generalizing. Isn’t one of the main agendas of the Religious Right to “fight the homosexual agenda”? And in that case, wouldn’t this simply be an example of their work?

Exactly. They stand solidly with Fred Phelps and his nutters, who stand at the funerals of service people, claiming they are dead because “America is too tolerant of gays”. Birds of a feather.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 12:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Here, it’s not just the AFA:

Christian Right Press Conference at McDonald’s World Headquarters to Support Boycott.” (Emphasis on “Christian Right” the group itself says they are speaking for the Christian Right, not me.)

A compiled list of groups that have joined the boycott includes, but is not limited to, the following:

- American Family Association (AFA), which launched the McDonald’s boycott
- Liberty Counsel
- Americans For Truth
- Culture Campaign
- Illinois Family Institute
- AFTAH (Americans for Truth About Homosexuals)
- Family Taxpayers Foundation
- Save Biblical Marriage
- as well as hundreds of homeschooling organizations and churches.

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When all are taken into account, it’s safe to say the Religious Right is boycotting McDonalds.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 12:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Jules - 01 August 2008 12:06 PM

Here, it’s not just the AFA:
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When all are taken into account, it’s safe to say the Religious Right is boycotting McDonalds.

Ironic, because smart people prefer Wendy’s.

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Posted: 01 August 2008 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Jules - 01 August 2008 08:14 AM

Oh, I said Religious Right because of this quote “AFA, a Mississippi-based Religious Right outfit.” That is what was reported, so that is how I entered it.

But regardless, AFA started the boycott, and has received enthusiastic support throughout the Religious Right community. So I personally don’t feel it is generalizing. Isn’t one of the main agendas of the Religious Right to “fight the homosexual agenda”? And in that case, wouldn’t this simply be an example of their work?

That’s disingenuous.  McDonald’s is a “fast-food outlet.”  But it’s not Burger King, Wendy’s, or Jack-in-the-Box.

Has the “Religious Right community” enthusiastically supported this boycott?

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Posted: 01 August 2008 01:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Jules - 01 August 2008 12:06 PM

Here, it’s not just the AFA:

Christian Right Press Conference at McDonald’s World Headquarters to Support Boycott.” (Emphasis on “Christian Right” the group itself says they are speaking for the Christian Right, not me.)

A compiled list of groups that have joined the boycott includes, but is not limited to, the following:

- American Family Association (AFA), which launched the McDonald’s boycott
- Liberty Counsel
- Americans For Truth
- Culture Campaign
- Illinois Family Institute
- AFTAH (Americans for Truth About Homosexuals)
- Family Taxpayers Foundation
- Save Biblical Marriage
- as well as hundreds of homeschooling organizations and churches.

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When all are taken into account, it’s safe to say the Religious Right is boycotting McDonalds.

Okay.  I’ll buy that, then.

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