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Published:July 5th, 2008 12:29 EST
Conservative Group Calls For Boycott of McDonald's

Conservative Group Calls For Boycott of McDonald's

By Robert Paul Reyes

McDonald`s is a ubiquitous feature of the American landscape, a town without a McDonald`s is like a town without a gas station.

McDonald`s golden arches welcome Americans of all ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. All that`s required for entrance to a McDonald`s is a hunger for calorie-laden junk food.

The McDonald`s corporation isn`t interested in our political beliefs or private sex lives, they are only concerned with emptying our wallets.

McDonald`s has not only conquered America, it enjoys a worldwide hegemony. When I`m in a foreign country and I enter into a McDonald`s it`s like finding refuge in an American embassy.

It`s usually leftists, like me, who attack McDonald`s for their homogenization of America. McDonald`s and other franchises strip small towns of their uniqueness, now all towns and cities look the same with their McDonald`s, Starbucks and Taco Bells.

But now a conservative group that has a vendetta against homosexuals has called for a boycott of McDonald`s:

"The American Family Association (AFA) launched the boycott yesterday because McDonald`s joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce several months ago and placed an executive on the group`s board of directors, in addition to donating to the chamber.

The association asked McDonald`s to remove itself from the chamber but the burger-maker declined, leading to the boycott. `We`re saying that there are people who support AFA who don`t appreciate their dollars from the hamburgers they bought being put into an organization that`s going to fight against the values they believe in,` Tim Wildmon, the association`s president, said yesterday."

Quotation from Washington Post/Frank Ahrens

I applaud McDonald`s for not giving in to blackmail. I`m not crazy about Big Macs or greasy fries, but I will patronize McDonald`s for standing up for human rights.

Right wing boycotts of companies with gay-friendly policies don`t have a record of success. Disney World has been boycotted by religious nuts because they allow gays to rent the park for Gay Day celebrations. Disney World has all the business it can handle, and I would guess that many of their customers are conservative Christians.

Unfortunately, bigotry has always been a part of the American landscape. Fifty years ago the AFA would have called for a boycott of restaurants that serve blacks.

I urge all Americans to patronize McDonald`s as a way of fighting bigotry and homophobia.