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.
"Hatred has no place in our culture," McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman said. "That includes McDonald's, and we stand by and support our people to live and work in a society free of discrimination and harassment."
You can watch McDonald’s commercial supporting the gay pride march in San Francisco here.
For those of you with children, let me assure you that participating in this boycott will make a very positive impression on your children. Depending on their ages, you don’t have to go into great detail as to why you no longer eat at McDonald's. All you have to say is they are now supporting ideas and actions that go against the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Many years ago when my children were elementary-school age and below, Cheerios cereal was a pantry staple. Then we found out General Mills was a supporter of Planned Parenthood. I stopped buying General Mills products and my children did not participate in the “Box tops for Education” promotion. The Catholic schools in our diocese stopped participating in this promotion as well. It was tough for my kids to give up this breakfast favorite. But it also taught my children that all of our actions must be consistent with our Catholic principles. Now that my children are young adults, they each tell me that the boycott of Cheerios made an important impact on their view of faith in action. I am sure that those of you who forgo Happy Meals will teach a similar lesson.