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McDonald’s Stands Up to Anti-Gay Group

by Kilian Melloy
Thursday Jul 3, 2008

The anti-gay American Family Association, which condemns gay and lesbian family causes like marriage equality, has called for a boycott of fast-food chain restaurant McDonald's.

McDonald's, however, has given the AMA notice that it's not about to allow its policies to be dictated by anti-gay groups.

In a May 29 letter to AFA founder and chairman Donald Wildmon, Pat Harris, Global Chief Diversity Officer for McDonald's, wrote, "Our founder Ray Kroc once said, 'None of us is as good as all of us.'"

Added Harris, "This is a core value of McDonalds."

Harris' letter continued, "We treat our employees and our customers with respect and dignity, regardless of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other factors. We support out employees' personal involvement in organizations of their choice."

Added Harris in the letter to Wildmon, "McDonald's is a trusted and well-respected neighbor, employer and corporate citizen in communities across the U.S. We will continue to support our people and their right to lie and work in an inclusive society."

In response, the AFA has created a new Web site where the letter from Harris to Wildmon can be viewed. (The previous letter, from Wildmon to McDonald's, is evidently not available for viewing at the site.)

The Web site refers to a "gay agenda" and calls for viewers to print up petitions and contact McDonald's themselves.

Seethes the Boycott McDonald's Web site, "[The boycott] is about McDonald's, as a corporation, refusing to remain neutral in the culture wars."

Continued the online text, "McDonald's has chosen not to remain neutral but to give the full weight of their corporation to promoting the homosexual agenda, including homosexual marriage."

The Web site also exhorts viewers to "Show your support!" and sign an online petition. (No explanation is offered as to what, exactly, the signer of the petition is supposed to be supporting.)

The boycott seems to stem, in part, from McDonald's having aired a television commercial in 2007 in the San Francisco market during Pride. The commercial, as quoted by the Boycott McDonald's Web site, said that McDonald's is "a company that actively demonstrates its commitment to the gay and lesbian community."

But more directly, the AFA's call for a boycott follows the company's acceptance of one of its officers, Vice President of Communications Richard Ellis, having joined the board of directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

Notes online GLBT media source Good As You in a July 3 posting, "Like Disney and Ford before them, Mickey D's has become the latest American corporation to suffer at the baselessly extremist, rabidly anti-gay hands of Don Wildmon Inc."

Adds Good As You, "If ever there were a reason to eat carbs, gays, this just might be it!"

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


  • , 2008-07-04 01:10:12

    The AFA is nothing but part of the American Christian Taliban. Monsters whose religion is nothing but terrorism via threats of hell, and superstitions about an afterlife. And they have so little to offer decent people that they have to use hatred, hardly different then hatred used by Hitler, to gain power and money. They are not about families at all, they are about destroying societies with religious hatred, as has happened in the middle east.Three cheers for Mickey D!

  • Reddaddy012, 2008-07-04 13:58:07

    Every one head to Micky D today on the 4th of july

  • , 2008-07-04 16:02:06

    THIS IS GREAT! I am so happy to see a large cooperation not buckle because this hate-group cult starts breathing down their neck because the company supports equality. The AFA needs to realize that their beliefs are NOT right for an entire nation. There may be a few lost souls that support their initiatives, but this entire nation cannot be governed by the AFA’s beliefs. With that being said...I am going to go binge on McDonald’s!

  • , 2008-07-09 10:51:09

    When are ’genuine Americans’ going to stand up against the ’Christian Agenda’ and get back to the American Way (diversity, freedom of choice, liberty and justice, etc.) and toss these block-heads back to the curb with the rest of the trash talking ’special interest’ groups? Are these the same morons that think science is lying about evolution and such? If so, is there some way to help these misguided people, or are they beyond help? If I owned a McD’s, I’d thank members of this hate group for boycotting my business; wouldn’t want people like that around decent folk; ungrateful, anti-constitutional, anti-American fascists and subversives, not to mention delusional. I thought ’special interest groups’ like the AFA were considered to be political taboo these days, and that such rhetoric spewed by delusional mobs like these got ignored (and put on the FBI’s ’watch’ list for domestic terrorism). And why haven’t other Christian groups condemned this group for their outrageous behavior and comments? Don’t they feel embarrassed by association, or do all Christians in our nation agree with the AFA; do they all have the same agenda-- constitutional subversion and forced theology; what next--theocracy parading around as a pseudo-democracy? ’Looks like democracy, sounds like democracy--but oh--wait--it’s just another theocratic dictatorship pretending to be something else....’Could someone explain to me why in our country (U.S.) that it’s always some politically active ’Christian’ group that spews this hateful mantra into our society, and not some other religion? It just seems like the older I get, the more synonymous the title ’Christian’ is with ’Muslim’; can’t really see any difference; both seem bent on world domination and totalitarianism.Everyone should boycott the AFA....

  • , 2008-07-10 08:07:10

    You would be surprised how many educated, intelligent, decent, lovingAMERICANS do not support the gay agenda! Unfortunately we have been forced into silence because the gay agenda is so pervasive it threatens our own livelihood!!!

  • , 2008-07-10 16:10:33

    Well, if the "gay agenda" has anything to do with suppressing or eliminating the "Christian agenda" running rampant in our government, or any other religious doctrine trying to subvert the Constitution and public law, I’m all for supporting it and them. Your comment has inspired me to find out more information regarding the "gay agenda", whatever that is, since the Christian agenda is clear: subjugation, oppression, discrimination, anti-science, and a wealth of ignorance about life. It’s laughable how I’ve only heard the term "gay agenda" used by religious people, which I’m assuming you are (poster above). If you are a Christian, or some other religious person, with your own political agenda, I accuse you of being an anarchist, and will gladly seek to have you muzzled in the name of law before you pervert the justice system with your ’magical’ nonsense about god and your misguided ideas that homosexuality is not natural (it occurs in all mammals in nature, and you are from nature; let me guess--you don’t believe in evolution--yes?). I’m definitely going to ask one or two of the gay guys at work what this is all about.I don’t know what’s wrong with you Christians, or whatever you are, but your kind (all discriminatory insult intended by "your kind") gives the rest of the human race a bad name.I agree with the other poster that Christians and Muslims are the same kind of people. Each thinks that their god is the only god and goes by the name of their religion; ’god’s a Muslim’, or ’god’s a Christian’. I’m so tired of tolerating people like you and your imaginary friends.Do us all a favor--get the hell out of the U.S.; pack up and go back to England or wherever. Just take your nonsense and go. I’m all for tolerating people of all religious affiliation, and Constitutionally so, as long as they are kind enough to do the same in return. Otherwise, just get the hell out of here; you are not welcomed, especially if you don’t know what is and isn’t your business, such as someone else’s sexual orientation. There is no reason to treat queers any different from any other citizen in our country; what’s your problem? What’s your excuse for this blatant persecution of homosexuals? Your "belief"?Go to college; get an education; start understanding that the universe is much larger than human existence, and start looking for real knowledge and not the myths and legends of ancient cultures that thought illness was due to ’evil spirits’. wrong...with your mind...?

  • , 2008-07-29 14:20:56

    Wow! I was thinking maybe I was wrong in believing what Romans Chapter 1 states about Gays "They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.’ I thought because gays claim Christians are ’full of hate’ as McDonalds claimed, that meant that gays were loving. Not so apparently! Here you are saying that the Christian Agenda should be ended and that we shouldn’t believe the bible. I do not ’believe’ my God is the only God, I know He is. He is also God to the Muslims and other religious. See Romans. It explains a lot in a short amount of writing for people who so obviously have been deprived of God’s love.

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