McDonald’s boycott

sigh.  Goodbye, golden arches.  Hello, Wendy’s.

I avoided posting about this, but it’s only getting worse.  We like McDonald’s $1 value menu, and used to stop in when we found ourselves in town at mealtime without a plan.  It’s not health food, but a $1 double cheeseburger has a certain appeal and it goes a long way toward filling a hungry belly.  A couple of large orders of fries go a long way among a group of children.  It was a nice little family splurge – one we probably indulged in too often.

But no more.

First, McDonald’s paid $20,000 to become an official “organizational ally and corporate partner” of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and secure a seat on the group’s board of directors.

That was enough to convince many Christians to boycott McDonald’s, but some of us continued to patronize them.  We needed a bit more motivation, and McDonald’s has provided it.

  • McDonald’s also sponsored the 2007 San Francisco Gay Pride parade with a television commercial.  In the ad, a McDonald’s official brags that it is “a company that actively demonstrates its commitment to the gay and lesbian community.”
  • In response to the boycott, McDonald’s spokesman Bill Whitman was quoted in the Washington Post suggesting that those who oppose same-se*-marriage are motivated by hate, saying “…hatred has no place in our culture.” McDonald’s has decided to adopt the “hate” theme used by gay activist groups for years.
  • 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.”

There’s more.  Use the search button on the AFA website to see how actively McDonald’s is courting this God-hating segment of the population, or visit the Boycott McDonald’s website.

What will we do about it?  Pray for the repentance of McDonald’s officials; pray for God’s mercy upon a nation which tolerates open homosexuality; and boycott McDonald’s.

I’ll make it even easier for you to get started on the boycott: click here to download the petition.  Each form has space for 10 signatures.  Print it, sign it along with 9 other people, and mail it to the address on the form.  Then hand out new copies to everyone you know so they can have their friends and family sign as well.  If you’re really motivated, consider including an addressed, stamped envelope when you give copies to your friends.

Ways to make your boycott effective:

  • Pray for God to change the hearts of McD’s officials.
  • Call or visit local McD’s to politely tell the manager why you no longer patronize the chain.
  • Sign the online petition, and email the link to your friends and family.
  • Leave a comment on the AFA’s Boycott McDonald’s site.
  • Print out this petition and distribute it.  Don’t forget to mail yours, and encourage others to do so.
  • Make photocopies of your filled-in petitions to deliver to McDonald’s locations near you.
  • Blog about your disapproval of McD’s stance and/or your participation in the boycott.  You can be sure McD’s is watching.

P.S.  Let’s not turn this into a discussion of how God feel about homose*uality or those who practice it.  God speaks clearly against the practice in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, condemning it in no uncertain terms.

Comments

  1. Whispersoftly says:

    1 more reason to boycott McDonald’s. While saving a female customer from an attacker an employee was shot several times and now the Mcdonald’s will not pay worker’s comp. He has $300,000 in medical bills. 2nd Mcdonalds in now going to import beef from South America which in not governed like North American beef.

  2. Hi Kim,

    I should have asked first, but I linked this entry to a post I wrote today on my blog. I really liked what you wrote and it made my brain go into overtime. Please let me know if you prefer I “unlink” you!

    ~Angel

  3. Richard M. says:

    Kim, I appreciate you taking the risk in posting this. Don’t let your heart be troubled by those who believe a false gospel and preach strange doctrines.

    For the record, I am not a huge fan of loud boycotts, protests, etc. And I think it is healthy for Christians to debate whether those methods are the most Christlike response to evil. But that is a far cry from raising a fuss over a boycott because you believe a false gospel and preach strange doctrines.

    I hope you understand that some of the attacks you got for this post are based on a false gospel.

  4. Around 11:30 this morning yesterday morning,Melissa left the following comment

    “Sex between consenting adults is completely different than the rape of a child or child exploitation. I don’t think anyone here would condone any kind of abuse towards a child.

    The issue is, religion shouldn’t have a place in politics (separation of church and state). That doesn’t mean that you can’t uphold what you believe it, but rather that you can’t force others to believe what you believe. What if the majority of Americans were Mormon and everyone decided that the national religion should Mormonism? You probably wouldn’t be happy, right?”

    I want to take a moment to respond directly to this and then I’m closing comments on this thread.

    First Melissa asserts

    Sex between consenting adults is completely different than the rape of a child or child exploitation. I don’t think anyone here would condone any kind of abuse towards a child.

    She is correct that no one here is condoning that; however, the gay lifestyle is very condoning of pedophilia, a point Pastor Doug Wilson made well here and that I think was Mrs. C’s point.

    Secondly she asserts

    “The issue is, religion shouldn’t have a place in politics (separation of church and state).”

    Here she is completely off base. Religious expression is inescapable. The idea that “religion” has no place in the public sphere is in itself a religious statement. It is never a matter of whether or not someone’s religion will be enforce in the public sphere but a matter of WHOSE religion will be. Secular humanism and the relativism it brings are inescapably religious. Personally I prefer the eternal standards of God’s Word be enforced rather than the whims of the humanist and his relativist friends.

    Lastly she asks

    What if the majority of Americans were Mormon and everyone decided that the national religion should Mormonism? You probably wouldn’t be happy, right?”

    Right. Because Mormonism is false.

  5. Just an FYI,
    Wendy’s supports adoption and foster kids. A great use of profits 🙂

  6. Honestly I don’t care what McDonalds do with their money. I go pay and receive what I am paying for and that is all I care.

    I live in Mexico so the food quality is a lot better, you actually don’t get sick from eating at MD.

    My point is, we have no right to judge an individual or a company for their actions, we cannot control the world. Is up to the Lord to judge us all when the time comes.

  7. Wow. I don’t have an opinion on the McDonalds thing, just wanted to say I am stunned by the way people – commenters here and McDonalds themselves – are flinging around the accusation of hatred here. Expressing an opinion critical of someone’s behavior is not hate, it’s just – an opinion.

  8. Melissa says:

    Michele,

    Of course no one is perfect, but you’re right that we should never stop striving to be.

    My problem is with the targeting of McDonald’s. How many people here have a Bank of America account or a Pepsi product in their house? Both of those are also major supporters. Some people mentioned going to Burger King instead of McDonald’s. Well, Burger King is also a major supporter. My point is, if you’re going to make a statement by boycotting you have to do your homework, especially if you’re representing a faith.

    If you boycott one while patronizing another, what kind of statement are you making to your community and your children? Also, what kind of example are you if you sign a petition knowing that you won’t likely follow through?

  9. Melissa & Carrie,
    i can only speak for myself. I think I will at least TRY to do the right thing and hope that I do not fail and in the process become a false witness. It sounds more appealing to me rather than tell people to NOT do the right thing and be a stumbling block to others.
    If Christian never TRY then what is the point?
    I am trying. It’s an honest effort. If someone doesn’t think so then am i to give up? Please tell me WHERE in the Bible that it says to GIVE UP because you can’t be perfect? We all know we are sinners, so does that mean when the task is too big and tall , we shouldn’t try? For fear of looking like a hypocrite to non-believers?
    And why do either of you assume that people are not trying or they are going to fail from the get go? Failing does not mean you did put in an effort. And encouraging people to follow their convictions speaks a lot more than encouraging people to not even try.
    I tell my children all the time it is not the amount of mistakes that measure a persons character but how they handle them. No one is perfect. God knows that. We will all make mistakes but he does require that we TRY.
    God Bless,
    Michele

  10. like melissa pointed out, there are so many huge corporations we *should* be boycotting in the name of consistency, but we’re not. i’ve got a huge beam in my eye, so i can say nothing about the speck in others.

  11. We do not participate in boycotts, but we do not go to MC Donalds for other reasons like all their food makes me sick and is so gross, I feel ill just thinking about it!

  12. I want to point out that it has been reported that the American Girl company has withdrawn it’s support of Girls, Inc. after the outcry of the public voicing their opinions on the affiliation between them.

    We have enjoyed AG for many years, but have recently become aware of The Girls of Faith dolls, books, and clubs! Wonderful, beautiful products with a lovely message and historical foundation.

  13. Mrs. C.,

    Sex between consenting adults is completely different than the rape of a child or child exploitation. I don’t think anyone here would condone any kind of abuse towards a child.

    The issue is, religion shouldn’t have a place in politics (separation of church and state). That doesn’t mean that you can’t uphold what you believe it, but rather that you can’t force others to believe what you believe. What if the majority of Americans were Mormon and everyone decided that the national religion should Mormonism? You probably wouldn’t be happy, right?

    I’m sorry, because I know this is off topic a bit, but I believe this is the real issue. McDonald’s or any other corporation has the freedom to support who they wish, just as you have the freedom to frequent any store you wish.

  14. Kim and co, please shoo the kids before reading my comment.

    Ok.

    I appreciate the love the sinner and hate the sin sort of *idea* and know that’s what Jesus would do, but neither would He tolerate it lightly around His kids. It’s a *sin* just like “sx with animals and children” is a sin…

    I abbreviated b/c you seem to, so I’m hopefully being polite, but I HAVE to say it! Sx with children is disgusting, deplorable, and should have NO PLACE in corporate America!

    So why can’t we say that about “h- sxual” behaviour??

    Just wondering and I hope I didn’t muddy the waters with my comment. God bless.

  15. What amazes me is that you are not being intolerant by choosing what your finances go to support, but many posters were intolerant of your posting and decided to make very intolerant accusations defending their own tolerance.

  16. I think the boycott is a waste of time. AFA has a long history of ineffective boycotts against, among others, Wal-Mart (for selling “Brokeback Mountain” DVDs), Ford Motor Company (for advertising in gay-friendly publications), and the American Girl dolls (because the maker contributed to a youth organization that was pro-choice and supported the acceptance of lesbians). In 2005, it finally called off its unsuccessful nine-year boycott of Disney (for its “embrace of the homosexual lifestyle“).

    McDonald’s should follow Disney’s lead and ignore the right-wing protests. After all, during the nine years AFA was boycotting Disney, the company saw record profits.

  17. Goodness, I stopped eating at McDonald’s five years ago. Didn’t anyone read “Fast Food Nation” or see “Supersize Me?” McDonald’s is poisoning our bodies, and that’s more sinister to me.

    Melissa, thanks for the list of companies. Most interesting.

  18. Wow!! I too am surprised at the number of people who seem to be so accepting of sin. I am also surprised at the number of people who are so willing to “throw stones”–the way I read my Bible, homesexuality is no different than me eating that Big Mac, fries, and shake I don’t need or commenting on a blog with nothing but mean spiritedness and insinuation!

    I won’t be boycotting McDonalds. I don’t think boycotts make one single bit of difference but I don’t have any problems with people who choose not to patronize the restaurant for whatever reason. To me, boycotts are a great example of why legalism never works.

    For “clueless”–I believe some people use the asterisk because certain browsers/e-mail won’t accept the word “sex”.

  19. Thanks for posting this. Good by, McDonalds. Wendys will definitely be getting our business. They support adoption and that is what our family is all about.
    This is a wonderful “teaching moment” for our children, too.

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