Earlier today I posted this satirical take on the moral quandary some have expressed over whether or not it’s right to knowingly support a business that not only openly opposes something you believe in, but actually works to abolish something you claim to be a fundamental right.

It was all of five minutes before I started receiving texts, emails, and a reply to the post that pointed out that someone has actually offered a solution to this offensively absurd “problem.”

What harm can this do? Well, it certainly brings to mind the sale of indulgences, but it’s not quite that cruel. Instead, it promises to offset your purchase of Chik-Fil-A by noting that your equitable donation to the marriage equality movement will outweigh the contribution you make to hate groups vis a vis your purchase.

Except it’d be better to only make the donation towards marriage equality than to do both. By perpetuating the success of Chik-Fil-A and ensuring their profit margin isn’t harmed, you are contributing to the very thing you claim to despise.

I want to believe that stuff like “Chicken Offsets” is a good thing in that it solicits donations that otherwise might not come in. However, I can’t help but think this comes at a price and continues the inane dialogue over whether or not one can afford to support marriage equality and put your money where your mouth is. Especially considering that all it requires you to do is not bring it to a place that prides itself in having so much animosity towards you and hate towards those you claim to support.

In short: is just not eating that shit really that hard?


One Response to Life imitates art—er, blog

  1. Chris H says:

    And here is what is super funny-sad:

    Chick-fil-A dude probably knew that you and I are not his target demographic.  Deep-fried Southerners who still call it “The War of Northern Aggression” are, not us.

    Therefore, by making this hoopla, he didn’t lose any measurable business from us (once again, I doubt he fears a vegetarian boycott), but he did flame up his #1 customer base who now thinks that eating that heart-stopping crap wins one in the war for Jesus (even though Jesus never said anything about gays.  Not once.  I’ve really been looking.)

    So… in fighting against this the couldn’t-organize-themselves-out-of-a-paper-bag left ended up generating business for a company they hate.

    See?  Funny-sad.

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