Chick-fil-A CEO only deserves equality award if it’s Opposite Day

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The Urban League of Greater Atlanta is throwing its fifty-second Equal Opportunity Day Dinner on Saturday, November 16; the theme for 2013 is “Celebrating Champions of Justice and Equality.”

At the event, select honorees are recognized for their civil rights and economic empowerment work; this year’s award winners include Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), the last remaining of the Civil Rights Movement’s “Big Six,” and…Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy.

Wait. What?

Was he voted in on Opposite Day?

For those who managed to block it out of their minds, Cathy first made headlines when he said on a radio show, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

When DOMA was struck down, he posted on Twitter, “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.”

And then he quickly deleted said tweet, rather than stand behind his bigotry a second time and see what else happened to Chick-fil-A’s profits.

The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) announced in September 2012 that Chick-fil-A had “ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights,” and declared in an internal memo that company policy was to “treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation.”

Okay, great, but did any of that reflect an actual change of heart, or were they just making amends with the LGBT community for the sake of their bottom line? According to FENUXE, Chick-fil-A is apparently still donating quite a bit to groups that are in favor of “traditional” marriage alone… which is a pretty strong indicator that Cathy hasn’t changed his point of view one bit.

Sure, it’s great that company policy (at least in theory) is to treat everyone equally, but this is like Paula Deen getting an award from the NAACP because she apologized for her not-so-long-ago racism (and using slurs was basically the least of it). Somehow, I don’t see that happening.

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