Think With Your Head—Vote With Your Feet

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Responsible Consumerism— Stand Up For Something.


I’m putting this thread up as a reminder and also as an idea bank for family and values friendly businesses, are there some like Leatherby’s that you support because of p8?  I recently went to Leatherby’s Sacramento.  It was awesome icecream and I was happy to see the anti-boycott going well.  The place was packed.  I spoke with one of the waitresses and she was positively emotional about the support they were getting from the community.  I love that.  I think that’s one of the beauties of the campaign, it galvanized the masses and turned us all  into activists!  Family activists!  Count me in.  —Beetle Blogger



  1. MIMI said,

    December 8, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Well this is a bookmark I’ve been looking over for some time. These guys have my no vote.

  2. sally said,

    December 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Here’s another vote for Leatherby’s! My son goes there with my grandkids! They’re a family place!

  3. sally said,

    December 8, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Don’t forget El Coyote. Margorie is a friend of mine. She is a good person.

  4. Amanda said,

    December 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    American Family Association writes July 10, 2008:
    McDonald’s: those opposing SSM motivated by hate?

    Throwing out any pretense of being neutral in the culture war, McDonald’s has taken up the rhetoric of gay activists, suggesting those who oppose same-sex “marriage” (SSM) are motivated by hate.

    AFA has asked for a boycott of McDonald’s restaurants because of the company’s promotion of the gay agenda. AFA asked McDonald’s to remain neutral in the culture war. McDonald’s refused.

    In response to the boycott, McDonald’s spokesman Bill Whitman suggested to the Washington Post that those who oppose SSM [”same-sex marriage”] are motivated by hate, saying “…hatred has no place in our culture.” McDonald’s has decided to adopt the “hate” theme used by homosexual activist groups for years.

    Whitman went on to say, “We stand by and support our people to live and work in a society free of discrimination and harassment.” Mr. Whitman has intentionally avoided addressing the reason for the boycott. This boycott is not about hiring gays or how gay employees are treated. It is about McDonald’s choosing to put the full weight of their corporation behind promoting their agenda.

    McDonald’s donated $20,000 to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in exchange for membership and a seat on the group’s board of directors. The NGLCC lobbies Congress in support of same-sex “marriage.”

    McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner said the company will promote issues they approve. “Being a socially responsible organization is a fundamental part of who we are. We have an obligation to use our size and resources to make a difference in the world…and we do.”

  5. waltzinexile said,

    December 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Actually, y’all, the McDonald’s boycott by the AFA is over. You don’t have to give up your Big Macs:

  6. Woman on the Street said,

    December 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Waltz–good thing my moral compass doesn’t depend on what the AFA is doing. I find it disturbing that McDonalds is a member of the NGLCC. They have chosen a side that says “equality for everyone” which sounds great… except when you look closer you realize that “equality” comes with a price, regular everyday people like myself will have to give up rights I currently enjoy to just appease a small minority group. A group that I might add, that has made choices that come with consequences. I can practice responsible consumerism by choosing to spend my money at other more family friendly establishments. I don’t think a big mac is worth the price of compromise. AFA or not, we won’t be supporting McDonalds.

  7. Woman on the Street said,

    December 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Please send McDonalds an email letting them know you don’t approve. I’m writing an email right now. Please stand up and let your voice be heard.

  8. waltzinexile said,

    December 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Did either of you READ the link I included? McDonald’s will NOT be renewing its membership in the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

  9. waltzinexile said,

    December 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    LOL I didn’t notice that comments #6 and #7 are by the same person. Oops. Sorry.

    Woman on the Street,
    Would you mind elaborating on the rights that “regular everyday people like [yourself] will have to give up”?

  10. beetlebabee said,

    December 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    So, McDonald’s looks like it’s currently trying to distance itself from the gay community, but not really. I don’t advocate organized boycotts, just informed, responsible everyday consumerism. Looks like they said some pretty lousy stuff. –bb

    McDonald’s Denies U-Turn on Gay Rights Support

    Following a link from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s website leads to a promotional for children’s Happy Meals at the McDonalds website

    Those who oppose homosexuality for religious reasons are participating in “hate,” according to an official for McDonald’s, the worldwide purveyor of Big Macs and Happy Meals.

    “Hatred has no place in our culture,” corporate spokesman Bill Whitman told the Washington Post in response to a campaign by the American Family Association for a boycott of the burger-and-fries outlets because of the corporation’s advocacy for the homosexual lifestyle.

    “That includes McDonald’s, and we stand by and support our people to live and work in a society free of discrimination and harassment,” Whitman said.

  11. waltzinexile said,

    December 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    The NGLCC membership lapses this month; so until the end of December, McDonald’s will be a featured member on their site.

  12. beetlebabee said,

    December 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I love this “what you ought to know” guy. He has a whole site full of infomercials, stand up comedy routines….I especially like his gay marriage episode from back in November.

  13. mommyspy said,

    December 9, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    waltzinexile, you ask the tired question “so what rights would regular everyday people have to give up?” I can’t believe that you, an active blog reader and commentator, have not had this carefully explained to you. Are you paying attention????

  14. waltzinexile said,

    December 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Apparently not closely enough, no. I’m sorry to be so tiresome, but I really was looking for an answer about the surrender of rights. I consider myself a “regular everyday person” too, so it’s important to me to fully understand what rights I might have to give up.

  15. mommyspy said,

    December 9, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Going on the assumption that people of religious faith can be included in the “regular everyday person” category, I believe that the re-definition of marriage is creating a serious conflict between the state and religious belief, and by extension, freedom of speech and freedom to act according to one’s conscience. Lawsuits between gay and lesbian individuals and people of faith are becoming more numerous and the California Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that it does not think the Federal or State constitutions provide a religious exemption to laws mandating identical treatment of same-sex couples or gay and lesbian individuals (since the legalization of same sex marriage in Califoria 2008). In other words, the legalization of same sex marriage gives official government endorsement to the idea that those who believe in husband/wife marriage are bigots and subject to punishment and restrictions as such. I do very much fear for my freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to act according to my conscience.

  16. Leslie said,

    December 10, 2008 at 1:53 am

    waltz- In light of the lawsuit that eHarmony lost, it seems that one right a small business owner could be forced to give up is the right to keep their business small and/or specialized. eHarmony is being forced to expand their business to include an entire separate service for gay and lesbian singles. I am really glad I closed my business before a judge started telling me what to do!

  17. waltzinexile said,

    December 10, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Mommyspy and Leslie,
    I appreciate you pointing these things out; I hadn’t thought about it that way before.

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