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Don't Turn a Chicken Sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One, Says Log Cabin Republican Executive Director

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Log Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper weighs in on the Chick-fil-A controversy in a HuffPost piece:

Rclarke_cooperTurning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One makes LGBT people look superficial, vindictive and juvenile -- everything that we as a community have worked hard to overcome. Remember, employers don't want drama queens on the payroll, military service is serious business, and marriage is not a right society grants to spoiled children. While in a perfect world our equality should not depend on our good behavior, in a world where our rights too often hinge on political reality, the way our movement conducts itself matters.

The "movable middle" moves both ways, and they don't like seeing people attacked relentlessly for their religion. Whatever the nuances, these voters see a man standing up for his beliefs against a politically powerful mob dead-set on driving him out of business. It's un-American, and when fellow conservatives are finally standing up and speaking out for marriage equality as consistent with the sober values of responsibility and commitment, splashing a popular American company with metaphorical chicken blood in protest is nothing less than friendly fire.

Even if marriage equality activists "won" and Chick-fil-A went out of business tomorrow, what would be gained? True, some businesses may hesitate to donate to antigay causes in the future, but LGBT people would have handed antigay organizations a weapon better than money can buy -- confirmation that gay people really are the thought police, willing and able to use the power of the state to impose our will on oppressed social conservatives.

Reminder: Tomorrow is Mike Huckabee's 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day'.

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  1. As I posted elsewhere, in Cooper's world, Rosa Parks gave up her seat.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jul 31, 2012 12:20:45 PM


  2. Yes, because $10 million in donations to anti-gay groups is just "superficial". This is why the Log Cabin Republicans are about as relevant to politics as Rich Little is to modern comedy.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jul 31, 2012 12:21:32 PM


  3. You know, I don't think we need any lectures from a group of people who fail to recognize that a mere 3 months ago it was Christians who said Christians should boycott Starbucks because of their public stance on gay marriage.

    I don't think anyone has missed the fact that the same politicians aligned with National Organization of Marriage (Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, etc.) are the very ones who touted the boycott on Starbucks and are now the very ones who are opposing the boycott on Chik-Fil-A.

    The matter of the fact is that NOM had an axe to grind with Starbucks, and thought Dan Cathy would be a good axe grinder.

    They were wrong....again.

    Posted by: Brian Bowen | Jul 31, 2012 12:22:04 PM


  4. Too bad this failed message comes from the gay republicans, who "make lgbt people" (scratch that - they make Gay White Men...) look like testicle-deprived doormats who never learned how to stand up to their bigoted piece-of-s**t Conservative families.

    yeah. we're the "thought police". just like those awful brown folks that Gay Republicans hate who were oh-so-"though police" a few decades ago when they dared to suggest that racial bigotry was, like, totes a bad thing.

    we get it, LCR - you cut off your balls to earn pithy tolerance. the rest of us who have a modicum of integrity will not join you in such a cowardly act, but y'all are free to keep it up.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 31, 2012 12:23:02 PM


  5. He should also note that a chain should take care when using their product for a negative message. Chick's QSR poling score drops dramatically after the interview:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/chick-fil-a-brand-approval-rating-anti-gay-controversy_n_1719359.html?utm_hp_ref=food&ir=Food

    They will need to spend millions in advertising to rebrand themselves.

    Posted by: Jon | Jul 31, 2012 12:23:30 PM


  6. PS to Cooper - the only ones being 'drama queens' are the ones who have to write a press release every time Dan Savage opens his mouth. They spend more time apologizing for our 'bad behavior' than they do taking a political position on the topics at hand.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jul 31, 2012 12:24:02 PM


  7. This guy wants to take us back to the McCarthy era, when the Homophile movers were asked to be nice. Well, we're in the 21st Century, the time for niceties is long gone. Most who support us, do so with the same disgust and anger that we feel. Go Proud come off as a bunch of self-hating Uncle Toms and I for one will not take direction from them!

    Posted by: TooBoot | Jul 31, 2012 12:25:20 PM


  8. Who is this woman and why are her lips moving?

    Posted by: VoenixRising | Jul 31, 2012 12:25:24 PM


  9. Hah! As if LCR and their GoProud stepsiblings don't have the race for Public Gay Enemy Number One cornered for themselves. Chick-Fil-A was never in the medals hunt for that one.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jul 31, 2012 12:25:45 PM


  10. Has a log fallen on his head?

    Posted by: Cecil | Jul 31, 2012 12:31:20 PM


  11. Log Cabin Rethugs are just too self loathing to ever take seriously. EVER!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jul 31, 2012 12:31:27 PM


  12. There is a fallacy in his statement that hitting this company amounts to friendly fire. Yes, there are some voices speaking up or marriage equality as a conservative value. But this company is decidedly NOT one of those voices. They are not 'friendly' -- so rejecting their homophobic ideology and financial contributions could not possibly be construed as 'friendly fire.'

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 31, 2012 12:32:30 PM


  13. More willful ignorance by the LCR. We are not making a chicken sandwich public enemy #1. We have a company that is actively funding groups that work to deny me rights and getting a tax break for these dollars. I don't think we are under the impression that we are going to drive them out of business, either. I would also love to hear his take on the various "family values" republicans that are making a big show of supporting chick-fil-a...nothing "in your face, homos!" about that!

    Posted by: curt | Jul 31, 2012 12:33:47 PM


  14. When my friends and loved ones choose waffle fries instead of the rights and welfare of my family, it not only makes me "superficial, vindictive and juvenile" ... it really pisses me off!

    Posted by: DiatribesAndOvations | Jul 31, 2012 12:34:54 PM


  15. No ones trying to drive the bigoted Chic-Fil-A out of business but we have a right to protest. The Hukabees, Palins and Santorums of the Republican Party promote boycotts of their own so the LGBT community should actively protest hate and intolerance wherever it rears its ugly face.

    Posted by: Martinorocks | Jul 31, 2012 12:36:24 PM


  16. Turning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number...makes Chick-Fil-A look really bad. Let's be clear: Chick-Fil-A turned a chicken sandwich into a Gay Enemy, NOT the gays.

    Posted by: Miguel R | Jul 31, 2012 12:38:43 PM


  17. Log Cabin and GOProud are nothing more than groups of self loathing queers who care less about the LGBT cause and more about their master's money. You people are doing a disservice to your own kind and is really shameful that you would support the party that doesn't care about you. So you go ahead and enjoy that bag of hate filled with dry chicken and even drier bun and pickle. It's your support of this hate that makes the rest of the LGBT community pity you.

    Posted by: Axelrod | Jul 31, 2012 12:39:05 PM


  18. Why would we expect him to understand, he still has more in common with Sarah Palin than the rest of us. His sexuality makes him gay, being a republican makes him an asshat and obviously as unable to use reasoning skills as the rest of conservatives.

    Nobody wants Chick Fil A to go out of business, just change the way they do business and to whom they give financial support. The choice is totally theirs. Don't blame the messenger. Now run along and deny climate change and evolution and leave the civil rights struggles to those of us intelligent enough to understand what's going on.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jul 31, 2012 12:39:45 PM


  19. Apologist Uncle Tom with a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. Shameful.

    Posted by: Sam | Jul 31, 2012 12:39:47 PM


  20. it does, however, serve as a perfect example of exactly what pressures anti-gay culture does to the weak and the wounded.

    look at what that pathetic man has been reduced to.

    those who don't have the orbs to stand and fight give cowardly and intellectually dishonest excuses.

    learn something, young'uns. this is what a modern-day eunuch looks and talks like.


    gay republicans also fail to accept the reality that they have a zero-percent success rate with convincing their own conservative peers to support LGBT Equality. right. it's use liberals gays that are to blame for the fact that......all the conservatives you're friends with don't think you deserve equality. yeah. keep telling yourself that sugar. it's also lady gaga's fault nobody wants to f**k you, too. i'm sure.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 31, 2012 12:44:20 PM


  21. Internal Cooper Monologue: "They may hate me... but they're rich! Perhaps if I slaver at their feet with sufficient deference, someday they will deign to admit me to their realm!"

    Slavish acolyte.

    Posted by: RReilly | Jul 31, 2012 12:46:04 PM


  22. Glad I have this spineless suit to tell me how to act like a "proper non threatening homo."

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 31, 2012 12:46:51 PM


  23. Brian,
    So because they boycotted pro-gay businesses, we should boycott anti-gay ones? Why let the anti-gay groups set the tone of dialogue?

    Three months ago people thought it was stupid and silly for them to boycott Starbucks, JC Penney, etc. so why is a boycott not stupid now?

    If you want to stoop to using the tactics that you were criticizing three months ago, then fine. But don't insult those that don't want to participate in your boycott.

    I think this Chick-Fil-A flap is silly. I don't agree with the LCR's reasoning, but ultimately I think that this particular boycott is useless and will not help or change anything.

    We've known that Chick-Fil-A donates to the AFA for quite some time now. So why this boycott has just now taken full force is confusing. The only difference between then and now is that this time the man expressed his personal religious belief. While you certainly do not have to agree with him or even find his beliefs acceptable, I should that you could at least be respectful. You can't demand respect when you don't give respect.

    If you don't want to eat there, then don't. Sort of like if anti-gay people don't like gay marriage, they shouldn't get one. But to will something out of existence simply because you don't like it or agree with it is wrong. And that wrongness is the centerpiece of our argument in favor of LGBT equality. If you'd rather undermine efforts that have been made for LGBT advancement an demonstrate that we don't take our own arguments seriously, then that's on you. But just realize what you're doing and the harm it causes to the LGBT movement.

    At the end of the day, nothing will change except we will have given the far right some more ammunition to criticize the left while failing to see their own hypocrisy.

    Posted by: John | Jul 31, 2012 12:48:34 PM


  24. The Chicken sandwich is officially the public enemy number 2, the number one enemy are the gay republicans. This guy is basically defending those who are invested in denying equal rights to all.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 31, 2012 12:50:42 PM


  25. The thing is that Chik-Fil- A has been an "issue" for a long time. It simply became "news" in the past month.

    It isnt simply the donations. The company has an ANTI-GAY stance. IE, gay people need not apply. Then there is also the issue of the CEO making statement after statement. Even if they werent giving money the company is still homophobic. Think Denny's and Blacks.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Jul 31, 2012 12:52:28 PM


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