Maybe you have already heard this before, or like me are just learning of it now, but Chick-fil-A has a foundation called, Winshape. I think everyone should be aware of what Chick-fil-A does with it's billions of dollars. Winshape donates money to causes, one of them being Exodus International, whose mission is to liberate the world from homosexuality.
In 2009, Exodus sent three men to preach about the dangers of homosexuality to Uganda. In addition to explaining to them how homosexuals can be converted to heterosexuals, they also told them how they posed a threat to values expressed in the Bible. But, they didn’t stop there with their agenda. They went on to convey that homosexuals are evil and sodomize teenage boys. That they will eventually turn a marriage based society into one of sexual promiscuity. And a month after their visit, a bill was passed in Uganda called, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 aka “Kill the Gays” Bill, which was designed punish homosexuality through death by hanging.
Since when is it a crime for being born different?
The men from Exodus claimed to be surprised to learn that their hateful rhetoric inspired a bill that imposed the death penalty on homosexuals. But maybe they should have thought of that before using words that inspired hate? How does one claim to represent God and then promote hate anyway? I am still working on wrapping my mind around that idea.
What do you think God would say about this? Did God intend for people to use the Bible to spread hate, to demean and degrade people, to violate their rights, to make the lives of gay people worth less than other lives? The result of Exodus’ meeting in Uganda has Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity saying, “Homosexuals can forget about human rights.” However, the harsh stand that Uganda has taken has softened a bit due to pressure from foreign countries threatening to refuse money in foreign aid. Now they will just change the death penalty to life in prison…and that’s if we can believe them.
And what about the three men from Exodus responsible for starting this hate campaign against gay people in Uganda? Well none of them want to be tied into it any more. They are backing away from the very legislation they so articulately inspired AND helped write. One of them actually said, “That’s horrible, absolutely horrible,” he said. “Some of the nicest people I have ever met are gay people.” He was disappointed the bill was so harsh. Too little, too late, don’t you think? And as for gay Ugandans? “Gay Ugandans already describe a world of beatings, blackmail, death threats like “Die Sodomite!” scrawled on their homes, constant harassment and even so-called correctional rape.”
Maybe next time someone orders and takes a bite out of a Chick-fil-A sandwich they will get a sense of satisfaction thinking they are supporting tradition family values. Maybe they can also take pride in knowing that their money is being put to good use, and they are helping rid the world of gays, one hanging at a time?
Maybe this is a good time to ask, “What would Jesus do?” I am pretty sure He would not order a Chick-fil-A sandwich. I think He would order a fish filet from McDonald's, a company that puts it's money into the McDonald House, helping sick children and their families, and He would embrace all gay people.