Three Atlanta organizations receive HIV/AIDS grants

Elton John is doing good work in Atlanta. Well, to be specific, the foundation bearing his name—the Elton John AIDS Foundation—is giving money to three local organizations. The EJAF is joined by the Elizabet...
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Why we’re sick of the ‘chikin’ controversy (and why it matters anyway)

Chick-fil-A protest

By the time this newspaper hits stands, it will be more than two weeks since thousands lined up outside Chick-fil-A restaurants, answering the call of Mike Huckabee, the failed GOP presidential candidate turned conservative commentator, to celebrate “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” Aug. 1 to thank the chain for being “willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse.”

It will be about two weeks since LGBT people held their own counter-protests, ranging from kiss-ins at Chick-fil-A restaurants (Aug. 3) to a day of support for Starbucks and other gay-friendly corporations (Aug. 7), and even a day dedicating to backing locally owned “gay-loving” businesses instead (Aug. 8).

In that time, gay couples haven’t broken up and turned heterosexual, Christian marriages haven’t suddenly grown stronger, and public opinion hasn’t been shifted from its seemingly inexorable — though slow — progress toward justice for LGBT people.

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Chick-fil-A fatigue

Why we’re sick of the ‘chikin’ controversy (and why it matters anyway)

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Don’t give to an ‘Army’ that excludes you

They’re a staple of holiday shopping, as ubiquitous as Muzak carols and endlessly repeating “one day” sales: Salvation Army bell ringers stationed just outside store doors, playing on Christmas spirit (and perhaps a little consumer guilt) to get you to drop a few dollars into their ever-present red kettles.

It would merely be a sweet charitable tradition, except that the Salvation Army is no mere charity.

The organization, which conducts numerous programs to aid the poor and others in need, is a militaristic church — a church that does not accept gay people unless we never act on our desire for love and intimacy.