Back in February, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) announced that Richard Ellis, vice president of communications for McDonald’s USA, had been elected to the board of directors.
This might be terribly exciting news for gay and lesbian business owners, but it’s not noteworthy enough for me to break out the pompoms. In fact, I’d have never known there was a gay and lesbian chamber of commerce if WorldNutDaily hadn’t gotten folks in a snit about McDonald’s being listed as a sponsor on their website, which is why, they claim, Ellis was added to the board.
Personally, I don’t understand why the sponsorship is such a big deal. I know several gay and lesbian people. They eat Big Macs. And I’m fairly certain sexual orientation doesn’t alter or influence your willingness to consume shitty burgers. So, why shouldn’t McDonalds donate to an organization which represents a portion of their customer base?
Alas, the American Family Association doesn’t see it this way. They circulated a national alert yesterday, explaining that McDonald’s “gave an undisclosed amount of money to the NGLCC in return for being recognized as a major promoter of the homosexual agenda.”
Major promoter of the homosexual agenda? What the hell does that even mean? And what is this agenda we’re constantly encouraged to oppose? Can I get a copy of this? Will it be covered in the Big Homosexual meeting? Can I come or is this an exclusive thing?
Seriously, this “agenda” cannot simply be a code word for “progress toward equality.” Otherwise, wouldn’t taking a stand against the “homosexual agenda” be the same thing as taking a stand against equal rights? Sounds less noble and bit sinister when you phrase it accurately, huh?
Wait! Is the NGLCC requiring McDonald’s to print on their chicken nugget boxes: “Children, Ronald wants you to be gay!” No? Well, maybe there’s submiminal messages in the drive-thru intercom squelch? No? Well, then I’d have to say this crusade is pointless, hateful and pathetic.
Nevertheless, Don Wildmon, founder and chairman of AFA, told the Southern Baptist Press yesterday, “If they [McDonalds] continue like they’re going, then I think we would very seriously consider looking at a boycott. Following our success with the Ford boycott, I think we could generate some numbers that would impress McDonald’s.”
In March, AFA announced the end of a two-year boycott of Ford Motor Company during which Ford’s North American sales declined an average of 8 percent per month
(This had absolutely nothing to do with changes in the economy but is directly attributable to Buying Power of the Blessed.) The group also claims they were successful in their boycott against Wal-Mart.
Ooooh, you hear that McDonalds?!
Unless you comply with the wishes of the SBC, AFA and NUTS Immediately and stop giving money to controversial groups, these people will crush you like they have Wal-Mart and Ford.