Friday, August 31, 2012

Chick Fil-A's Allies in Funding Anti-Gay Efforts

Chick Fil-A has deservedly received a great deal of condemnation on the funding provided to anti-gay organizations by the company's controlling family.  But the company is not alone in providing lots of money to those who would like to see LGBT citizens re-criminalized or worse.  Huffington Post has a piece that identifies some of our other enemies.  Here's a run down:

The Knights Of Columbus:
According to RightsEqualRights.com, The Knights of Columbus donated $1,425,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8.

Jim Walton:
Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton and an heir to the WalMart fortune. He also serves as CEO of Arvest Bank, which operates in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.  In 2008 Jim Walton donated $75,000 to Family Council Action Committee's campaign to keep gay couples from adopting in Arkansas.
 
The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: 
According to an interview with the New York Times, a strategist for Protect Marriage, an anti-gay organization working to keep same-sex marriage illegal, claimed that nearly one-half of the $40 million raised to support Proposition 8 was donated by Mormons. Another Protect Marriage member "estimated that Mormons made up 80 percent to 90 percent of the early volunteers who walked door-to-door [to gain Prop 8 support] in election precincts."
 
Thomas S. Monaghan, Domino's Founder:
The famously pro-life and anti-gay rights Domino's Pizza founder financed a ballot initiative in 2001 aimed at removing sexual orientation from a Michigan city's nondiscrimination ordinance.  Still, the company has managed to stay out of the public fray. "We're not a religious company. We're not a political company. We're a pizza company," a Domino's spokesman told USA Today earlier this month.
 
Terry Caster, CEO Of A-1 Self Storage:
A-1 Self Storage CEO Terry Caster and his family donated $693,000 to support Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative banning gay marriage, according to San Diego City Beat.
 
Alan Ashton, Co-Founder Of WordPerfect:
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ashton, who made his fortune as one of the founders of the WordPerfect Corporation, donated $1,000,000 to support Proposition 8.
 
It is important to know one's enemies and act accordingly.  Why give your hard earned cash to a business or organization that hates you?   Of course, I find the hypocrisy of the Knights of Columbus especially sickening.  They are an organization founded to protect families and children yet to date have NEVER condemned the Catholic Church hierarchy for  its conspiracy to protect child rapists on a global basis.  Instead, the Knights of Columbus has its nose so far up the ass of the hierarchy it is truly a miracle that the leaders and members have not suffocated.
 

1 comment:

Brandt Hardin said...

If companies are people and people vote with dollars then the destination of the restaurant’s donations are open for public debate. It very well should be an issue as to where peoples’ hard-earned money goes after the chicken goes down their gullet. This issue has made our little feathered friend the modern martyr as Chick-fil-A laughs all the way to the bank. Watch the poultry be nailed to the cross and pierced by the spear of destiny at the hands of those devious cows on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/holy-rollin-poultry-on-cross-chick-fil.html