The most well-known corporate entity in the world has incurred the wrath of several organizations.
On Wednesday, Liberty Counsel in Orlando, Fla., joined the American Family Association in Tupelo, Miss.; Naperville-based Americans for Truth About Homosexuality; and the Illinois Family Institute in Glen Ellyn to hold a press conference outside of McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook to discuss their boycott of the fast-food giant. The groups are irked that McDonald’s has joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, donating $20,000 to the NGLCC and placing one of its executives on the chamber’s board.
The groups also take umbrage with a recent comment from a McDonald’s spokesman: “Hatred has no place in our culture,” Bill Whitman said in a July 4 article in the Washington Post. “That includes McDonald’s, and we stand by and support our people to live and work in a society free of discrimination and harassment.”
The NGLCC is a “radical homosexual activist organization that pushes the homosexual agenda, including calling for legislation of so-called ‘same-sex marriage,’” according to a Liberty Counsel press release. “In doing so, McDonald’s has publicly sided in the ongoing culture war against the majority of Americans who hold traditional family values.”
“McDonald’s should focus on food quality and safety issues instead of attacking the values held by the majority of people worldwide,” Liberty Counsel founder Mathew D. Staver said in the release. “Marriage between a man and a woman is the norm throughout the world. McDonald’s personal attack against those who support the traditional definition of marriage, while siding with a narrow group that promotes a radical redefinition, shows that company executives are out to lunch. McDonald’s might as well change their signs to read ‘billions and billions insulted.’”
The boycott may have some impact. The AFA ended a two-year public campaign against Ford in March “after the automaker largely stopped advertising its Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in the gay media,” according to the Washington Post article.
The groups have a right to air their grievances, but is this the appropriate issue to be fighting? Certainly McDonald’s has hampered individuals’ religious freedom in more serious ways than simply joining a chamber of commerce. It is the epitome of corporate America, after all, so joining a chamber of commerce is a no-brainer.
With all apologies to David Letterman, here is my Top 10 List of Better Reasons to Boycott McDonald’s:
No. 10: Shamrock Shake can’t always deliver on promise of heavenly bliss.
No. 9: Hamburglar has never repented for coveting his neighbors’ possessions.
No. 8: Golden Arches interfere with flight path of angels.
No. 7: Ronald McDonald believes the Egg McMuffin descended from the Fillet-o-Fish through evolution.
No. 6: Nutritional value information on menus unlocks the Da Vinci Code.
No. 5: Grimace once caused international uproar by claiming he was more popular than Santa Claus.
No. 4: Latest corporate Employee of the Month at McDonald’s bears suspicious resemblance to L. Ron Hubbard.
No. 3: No one has been able to use the phrase “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” in a hymn.
No. 2: Mayor McCheese insists he has authority to draft his own Ten Commandments.
And the No. 1 Better Reason to Boycott McDonald’s: The McRib — You call that thing kosher?
That’s my take on the issue. What do you think?
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