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Chick-fil-A & Donations

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Chick-fil-A is best known for its chicken and past antagonism to the LGBTQ+ community.  Most recently, the company became the focus of attention when some Notre Dame students objected to allowing the company to open a restaurant on campus. Notre Dame ultimately decided in favor of Chick-fil-A, noting a change in which organizations it donates to. The main change was dropping donations to groups that are seen as anti-LGBTQ (or at least unfriendly). This, as would be expected, has angered the culture warriors of the right. Despite this “betrayal”, Lindsey Graham was willing to “go to war” for the corporation. Quibbling over chicken chunks in a pandemic might seem irrational but one can make a case that this is an important fight. I, however, will not do this. Instead, I will focus on the subject of corporations, choices, and donations. This is a matter of ideology and ethics. The right, as would be expected, has what seems to be an inconsistent position on corporate donations and choices. After all, they have made corporate money into protected speech, have argued that corporations should be free to do as they wish, but have also threatened corporations for expressing views that they dislike. But a consistent “principle” can be found under these inconsistencies: the right wants corporations to do what they (the right) like and do not want corporations to do what they (the right) dislike. They cannot, obviously, present this true principle—it lacks rhetorical power and, worst of all, shows that they do not have meaningful principles. Fortunately for them, they can consistently get away with their inconsistency: their base does not seem to recognize the inconsistencies or, if they do, they do not care. The right also does not care what the left thinks, so essays like these do not matter one bit to them. While I do disagree with Chick-fil-A’s past stance on LGBTQ rights, the people controlling the organization do have the moral right to spend their money as they choose.. . .

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