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Old 08-03-2012, 09:53 AM   #1
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Ugh.

Free speech -- great. Outing yourself as a bigot -- better. Now I know what business NOT to support.
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He has a right to free speech, as do those who spend/spent money at his business. It is what it is.

Why anyone would mix business and strong personal beliefs is beyond me. I don't think it's a recipe for success when the issue is a social stick of dynamite.

I respect everyone's right to free speech, but sometimes the best thing to say is nothing. I have to be careful about peppering my words with personal opinion on social issues when it's tied to my income. Feeding my family is my foremost goal.
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Why anyone would mix business and strong personal beliefs is beyond me.
It's a bit more than that, even. He has funneled millions of dollars to hate groups through his tax exempt foundation.

"Cathy Family Foundation," as I understand it, is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt non-profit. Through it, he funnels money to such entities as American Family Association, Family Research Institute, Focus on the Family, and The Heritage Foundation.

Sounds like money laundering to me, which violates the terms of maintaining a 501(c)(x) tax-exempt status.
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They make good chicken and have good iced tea. Really, I could careless whether or not he supports gay marriage. He has that right as an american. As long as he is not infringing on the rights of others or discrimnating against them, he can have whatever belief he wants.

To be honest, I haven't been following this very closely and I believe he just spoke out against gay marriage. So forgive me if there was more said that I'm not aware of.
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It's a bit more than that, even. .
I've only followed the story on a cursory level.

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What's the prime reason that this foundation exists? It is some sort of charity?
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That had me wondering, too. Why even say anything? He's the CEO of a fast food joint. Why even bring it up?
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Everything I've read has led me to believe it's a faith-based foundation that donates to different things. Looking at the website donations go to churches, colleges, a homeless shelter. The donations to those other various groups aren't located on the website, at least, not that I can see.
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I don't care what he does with his wealth, but let's not call giving money to hate groups "charity." And let's certainly not allow it to happen on a tax-exempt basis.
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Everything I've read has led me to believe it's a faith-based foundation that donates to different things. Looking at the website donations go to churches, colleges, a homeless shelter. The donations to those other various groups aren't located on the website, at least, not that I can see.
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I don't care what he does with his wealth, but let's not call giving money to hate groups "charity." And let's certainly not allow it to happen on a tax-exempt basis.
He gives money to churches, colleges, and homeless shelters.....so where do you get hate groups again?
And more importantly, what makes these groups that you are referring to "hate groups"? That is a pretty strong term to just throw around.
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That had me wondering, too. Why even say anything? He's the CEO of a fast food joint. Why even bring it up?
So anyone in a position of wealth and/or power isn't allowed to have beliefs or opinions?
I agree, he will have to suffer the consequences if there are any, but if people have the right to protest his businesses, he has the right to have an opinion.
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