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1) This isn't about free speech. The COO is allowed to espouse any opinion he likes (even if I think it's moronic). If this were just about free speech, I would have been in line with everyone else. 2) This isn't even about him donating money to anti-gay causes. As wrong-headed and hateful as I think that is, these are legal charities and he has every right to donate his money. 3) The fact that he earns his money from my eating at his restaurant still wouldn't be enough for me to alter my behavior. It would be impossible to meaningfully interact in any sort of economy if everyone you bought stuff from had to have your exact same views (in this case, in terms of what charities they donate their money to). 4) The real problem is that Chik-Fil-A is donating COMPANY profits to these anti-gay causes. Where's the business justification in that?! This is why I can no longer eat there. I don't want to directly contribute to a company that is funneling part of the profits to what I consider to be a hateful cause. (To be fair, I don't think companies should be donating to any non-business related political causes.) 5) Finally, it really isn't 'shitty fast food'. It's quite good and the staff are all really, really friendly. It sucks that my personal protest (as small as it is) might be affecting these individuals. But until Chik-Fil-A stops donating to these hateful groups, I won't be giving them any of my money. If they stop (even if they still publicly espouse anti-gay opinions), I'll eat there again.
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