My son and I often stop by McDonald's for a bite to eat after homeschool bowling on Fridays.
But not today.
I first heard about McDonald's in 1963. I was a kid. Kennedy had been shot. I heard the news on the radio in a new white Ford station wagon while crossing a D.C. bridge.
We were returning from having been stationed in Germany. The Cuban missile crisis had come and gone. I saw the howitzers in Gelnhausen, lined up and ready to roll.
Sometime later, stateside, we were in Columbus, Ohio. Twenty-five cents, I think, for a McDonald's hamburger. What fun! A great welcome home!
But not now.
Not today, in light of reports that McDonald's has decided, apparently, to declare war on my family. And to declare war on the civilization of liberty, independence, creativity, and humanity under God that my Dad fought for in World War II.
Reports such as this -- "Pink Arches? McDonald's Buys Into Homosexual Agenda."
And reports such as this: "McDonald's Gives Support to Homosexual Agenda."
And this: "McDonald's Signs Onto 'Gay' Agenda."
For Christians, this is a matter of stewardship and "loving thy neighbor" -- Why spend good money on a morally and socially corruptive business?
For families, this is a matter of child protection -- Why support a business that helps fund organizations that disrespect the heart of family life?
For human beings, this is a matter of liberty under God -- Why help finance groups that turn their backs on the Declaration of Independence, the Founding vision, and the living Creator who holds it all together?
If you say you can do without all of that, then I say we can do without McDonald's.
Why, apparently, those McDonald's people can't tell the difference between right and wrong.
Between the wrongness of discriminating against someone on the basis of his or her beautiful and God-given skin color and the correctness of rejecting trumped-up victimhood and pretend discrimination based on membership in an ethically challenged but politically powerful interest group.
Information from the Creator, not to mention simple lessons in biology, says there's a difference between diversity and perversity, between being pulled over for driving while black and being guilty of sinning while human.
A hamburger's worth giving up and giving in to all that?
McDonald's is now on trial.
The fries are good. Even great. But the worldview they support isn't fit for human consumption.
Maybe we'll stop by Chick-Fil-A instead. It's a little out of the way, but I hear they like families.
Real families -- not ones made up by the ACLU last Tuesday.
And what's an extra mile or two to vote with your pocketbook? One way or another, you always pay for your convictions.
* Update: Chicago radio host Sandy Rios and I are scheduled to discuss "No McDonald's Today" at 4:35 p.m. Monday afternoon, April 7, 2008. More here. Central Time.
** Update: See also, "Faggot" Easy to Defend: Surprising Help From Secular America
*** Update: See also, Rosie O'Donnell's Oppressive Coat
Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report (articles).