The petition was posted by Reagan Stewart of Douglasville, GA on the site Change.org — a site often used by liberals to promote their pet causes. Rather than drawing more visits to the petition’s page, we are including the full text of the petition for you here:
I wanted to bring the attention a concern that have arisen that I find deeply concerning. I ‘m sure you are aware of the controversial stories in the media lately about Chick-Fil-A. It deeply saddens me to see that the school my daughter attends is still selling their product each and every Thursday morning. I’m well aware of the views that the president of Chick-Fil-A Dan Cathy has towards the LGBT community. I have no issue with that. This is a free country and his opinions are free for him to express. My issue is that his company is actively donating millions of dollars to certified hate groups like (The Family Research Council (FRC) ) that are actively seeking to promote discrimination towards and lobbying for legislation against the LGBT community. Every Thursday that I drop my child off at school we have to see that the school is supporting these organizations. Although the school is not actually donating money to known hate groups. The school is helping to do just that. As you are aware there are many citizens in this county that identify as part of the LGBT community and some are students and faculty in this school system and some are friends or family members. I find it very insensitive that Paulding county refuses to acknowledge this issue and continues to use Chick-Fil-A for its fund raising. That’s why I feel I must bring this to your attention.
I’m asking for the immediate removal of all connections to this company until the company can remove the donations to these know certified hate groups. I have no issue with the opinion’s of these people I just have very strong feeling of our school system indirectly financially supporting them. We feel it sends the wrong message to the youth of this county especially the LGBT youth. I’m sure that the community has other companies that would be willing to support our children’s fundraising needs without alienating some of the student body, faculty and parents. It would go a long way to supporting the rights of the student, staff and children that don’t believe in this injustice.
The Family Research Council (FRC) is a Christian organization that promotes its beliefs. That is not hate. What is hateful, frankly, is the left’s complete and absolute intolerance for any beliefs by Christians or conservatives that do not align with progressivism. Whether you support Dan Cathy’s believes or think otherwise, he has the right to believe what he wants, and send his money to any charity he chooses. And, the FRC has the right to spread its Christian message that gay marriage is wrong under the faith.
Given that Michelle Obama wants healthier school lunches, the school system may be hard-pressed to find chicken elsewhere of the same quality for a similar price.
Candi Goldman, a conservative who resides in the Paulding County School District, explains her position on her blog:
I know that my community has a majority when it comes to conservative values and it is that majority I am now calling upon to raise up and have their voices heard! I, for one, will not allow this one person to dictate to my community what will and will not be allowed in regards to fundraising in the schools of my community.
At the time that we posted this story, there are 197 signatures on Stewart’s petition with 1,303 needed to complete the required signatures. While the exact posting date is not visible, the petition appears to have been online for a few weeks.
Goldman has posted a counter-petition where she has gathered 54 signatures since this morning.
The signatures which will likely carry the most weight are those from residents of the Paulding County School District.
- Chick-Fil-A Voted Out By Elon University Students, Booted From Other Campuses In North Carolina (huffingtonpost.com)
- Tuscaloosa Chick-fil-A donates proceeds to ‘Get Jackie home for Christmas’ (al.com)
- Dozens line up outside Chick-fil-A (toledoblade.com)
- Petition Seeks Chick-fil-A’s Removal from Paulding Schools (dallas-hiram.patch.com)