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Give Up My Waffle Fries? Are You Kidding Me? But ...

By Rae Lewis-Thornton

August 8, 2012

This piece originally appeared in Rae's blog, Diva Living With AIDS.

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I'm This is NOT who we are as a people. It is NOT. This is NOT what our religion is all about. May I suggest you pick up Theologian Howard Thurman's, Jesus and the Disinherited. He was Dr. King's Professor at Morehouse.

So, I say what I mean and mean what I say ... I choose not to ever eat at Chick-fil-A because Cathy the CEO, chooses to give his money to spread hate about gay lifestyle and to turn back the hand of time on the rights of women. It is estimated that they have spent 5 million dollars supporting disenfranchisement of people. Click here.

I would respect him more if he was just a strict fundamentalist who truly practiced what believes. But he is not living his faith, he is rich and dangerous. Not only does he spread hate, he supports organizations that set women's rights back a century or two. I cannot in my right mind support this madness that I see around Chick-fil-A.


You all need to READ! It's one thing to support someone because they hold true to their values, it's another thing to support someone and you don't even know what their values are in its fullness, or to pick and choose the one value you agree with them on. The bottom line, the money is used to support ALL of their distorted ideas about the faith and not just the one you agree with. I'm done!

And you don't need to tell me that homosexuality is a sin or that I'm going to hell. I've already been told that I was not a Christian and that I was a whore. I'm so glad I know who I am and whose I am or I would be lost trying to follow you.

Instead, why don't you pray and ask God for forgiveness because of your judgments of people. You nor I have a heaven or hell to put someone in.

I'm just trying to live the best life I can in the best ways I can for my good and the good of others. I don't see, how all this self-righteous jabber going on is doing that. But what I know for sure, I will never eat Chick-fil-A again. Waffle fries are not enough to sell my soul to hate and ideologies that turns the tide on women.

Some Other Blog Posts on Chick-fil-A and/or Religion:

Just in case you don't read any of the links I provided, this was taken from the Huffington Post article on Religion. Now, Christians, think on these things:

Looking at the life of Jesus we see that Jesus made room for those cut off from the rest of society. Jesus put a name and a face on all who had been forgotten or pushed aside, even the dead. Jesus called us to carry our cross daily and follow him. ... "The Christian Left" -- left hate behind; left prejudice; left callous attitudes; and followed Jesus as HE left the 99 in the fold, to go find the ones who were lost, ignored, excluded, overlooked, abandoned, uncared-for -- all "the least of these." We left hard-heartedness in order to be like the Samaritan who stopped to care for those in need.

Unfortunately in this country today, we have a sort of spiritual revival of the Pharisees -- people who don't want to practice love, grace, or compassion, but would rather try to bury people under legalistic demands that they themselves aren't capable of keeping. Culturally crusading right-wing Christians have substituted the Gospel of Jesus Christ for a Gospel of Morality. They've made it more about following rules than loving God ... and loving their fellow brothers and sisters. This is unacceptable.

Love God and love people. Forgive people over and over again, as you have been forgiven by God over and over again. Show mercy, as you have been shown mercy by God. Help the weak, the sick, the depressed, the poor, the jailed, the oppressed, the marginalized, the outcast -- for one day you could be weak, sick, depressed, poor, jailed, oppressed, marginalized, outcast. It is also the only reasonable response to God's overwhelming grace -- sharing the same grace with the world.

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Rae Lewis-Thornton is an Emmy Award-winning AIDS activist who rose to national acclaim when she told her story of living with AIDS in a cover story for Essence Magazine. She has lived with HIV for 27 years and AIDS for 19. Rae travels the country speaking and challenging stereotypes and myths about HIV/AIDS. She has a Master of Divinity degree and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Church History. Rae has been featured on Nightline, Dateline NBC, BET and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in countless magazines and newspapers, including Emerge, Glamour, O, the Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Jet, Ebony, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few. She earned the coveted Emmy Award for a first-person series on living With AIDS for Chicago's CBS News.

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