After months of pressure from an anti-gay-marriage group, McDonald's Corp. has given up a director's seat and will stop sponsorship of a national gay business organization.
Richard Ellis, who until last month was vice president of communications of McDonald's USA, has resigned from the board of directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, franchisees were told in a Sept. 23 memo.
McDonald's USA, which had made a $20,000 donation to the chamber and became a 2008 chamber sponsor, said it would not sponsor the organization in 2009.
Ellis, the company said, "made a personal decision to step down" from the board after he got a new position with McDonald's Canadian operations. "It is our policy to not be involved in political and social issues. McDonald's remains neutral on same-sex marriage or any 'homosexual agenda' as defined by the American Family Association," the memo said.
In May, the group called for a boycott of McDonald's over the fast-food chain's association with the gay business organization. The American Family Association, based in Mississippi, runs American Family Radio.
"Our concern was: Here is a family-friendly company that has, all of a sudden, joined hands and became a partner and ally with an organization that is absolutely attacking the moral foundation of our nation; trying to redefine marriage in our nation," said Buddy Smith, executive assistant to the group's chairman. "All we were asking is that they just simply be neutral in the culture wars and focus on doing their business and remain neutral."
The chamber, based in Washington, D.C., said it doesn't lobby for same-sex marriage.
Franchisees were feeling the heat from their customers, said Richard Adams of the Franchise Equity Group consultancy. "It was a huge issue for customers in the South. They put a lot of pressure on franchisees," he said.
There are time when I wonder, for all we say abour corporations being so all-powerful, if anyone has the balls to stand up to this small band of bigots. I'm really running out of places to go. NBC, Ford, now McDonald's......is there anyone out there who will get in the face of these maggots and call them out for what they are.
In the meantime, hand me that Whopper....
Now to my inbox. Its seems that Little Timmy, NoNeck's spawn, has learned to write:
California marriage activist James Lambert will be addressing the Los Angeles city council on Tuesday, October 21, 2008.
Essentially, he will be asking city council members to support traditional marriage via Prop 8. He will present a pledge for council members to sign in support of traditional marriage. Already gay web sites are sprouting up trying to confuse the voters to vote no on Prop. 8.
At 10am he will be addressing city of Los Angeles, CA (non-agenda comments usually are held during the first 30 min of their meeting).
Support from AFA members would be appreciated. You can CALL your city council member and ask him or her to PUBLICLY support Prop. 8, or you can attend the meeting's first 1/2 hour to vocally support James' efforts.
Well, Little Timmy, my councilperson's name is Tony Cardenas. And I AM writing him to not support your stoonge, Mr. Lambert.Your amendment is failing, Timmy, your world is crumbling. I am just afraid what would be your next move when it does.
Finally, evidence that this foolishness starts to damn early every damned year...and again from the inbox:
It's hard to believe that there are companies and individuals who want to ban "Merry Christmas" and replace it with "Holiday Greetings" because, they say, they don't want to offend anyone.
Christians can take a stand and proclaim to our communities that Christmas is not just a winter holiday focused on materialism, but a "holy day" when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We can do it in a gentle and effective way by wearing the “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas” button.
You can help preserve our tradition of greeting others with a “Merry Christmas” by taking a vital leadership role in AFA’s "Project Merry Christmas."
Here's how. AFA is making available an attractive button and Glossy Sticker that carry on our tradition of saying “It's OK to say Merry Christmas."
Purchase enough buttons for each member of your church and enough Glossy Stickers for each family to have one to go on their automobile. Urge your fellow members to wear their buttons and display the Glossy Stickers during the entire Christmas season.
If you are unable to sponsor your church yourself, ask your Sunday School class to make it a class project. You can even order buttons and Glossy Stickers to share with co-workers, children in Christian schools, customers, etc.
Some might think simply wearing a button or displaying a Glossy Sticker is a small thing, but God can use small things to make a big point, and to create opportunities to share the Good News. And what a great time to do that at Christmas!
AFA is asking individuals like you in thousands of communities across the nation to head up this project in their local churches. Your willingness to underwrite the cost for your church and enthusiastically promote this project is the key to making an impact in your area.
OF Course, its ok to say "Merry Xmas," as it is ok to say "Happy Holidays." Personally, I'm just about done with the whole holiday, since you can't do anything on that day, can't make any money, can't go anywhere, yada yada yada.
But Donny Dear....THIS F*CKIN' EARLY, MAN?!?!?!?!?!????
Don't you....and anyone else....have the decency to at least wait until f*ckin' Thanksgiving for this sh*t? Thank you KSDK of St. Louis for starting the ball rolling by going all-Xmas ON OCTOBER F8CKING TENTH!!!!!!!!! Thanks loads, a88holes!
Sorry for the explitives, but Jesus, Don, we can have this little war anytime after the last week in November. I mean I know you hate me (so does the rest of the net, actually), but have a little mercym, would ya.
I guess not.
Happy Holiday, m*thaf*cka.