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Stand Up For Chick-fil-A

| July 19, 2012, 09:16 PM | 17 Comments

Chick-Fil-A's signature chicken sandwich

There, I said it. I support Chick-fil-A! But not for their anti-gay stance, but for their right to take that stance!

While I am a huge supporter of gay marriage and the lifestyle, etc. I am also a huge supporter of businesses being able to determine their own guiding principles. This is one of the tenets our country was founded upon.

Right or wrong, Chick-fil-A has decided to “come out of the closet” and admit that they are opposed to the lifestyle. I say bravo to them. Not for their position, but for having the balls to come out and stand by their position knowing full well that it will have an impact on their business.

People are up in arms! I have heard talk of boycotting (which is a great idea) and worse. I have heard calls to burn some of their stores down and to vandalize their property. Is this anywhere close to the answer? Haven’t we progressed as a people, as a nation much further than that? Has it come to the point where disagreements in principle are settled by destroying your opponent’s property?

Boycott them all you want. That is your right; just as it is their right to take the stance they have. But, if you do, don’t do it half assed. Why stop at Chick-fil-A? Take a walk down your Main Street and find out the “gay” position of all of the businesses you frequent. My guess is that there are many who are opposed to the lifestyle–make sure you boycott them as well.

This November, we have a referendum on the ballot  about the whole gay marriage thing. The polls are indicating it is close to a 50-50 split. So I have to conclude that close to half of the businesses with whom you do business are indeed “anti-gay.” The only difference is that their books are not open for inspection and their COO is not as forthcoming (some may say foolish).

As for me and Chick-fil-A, I disagree 100% with their position regarding gays. I disagree with their Sunday policy (I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to buy a sandwich on a Sunday), but I do like their product and the employees who serve it are some of the most polite and professional fast food employees anywhere. When I go into a Chick-fil-A, I am not treated to a “God Hates Fags” tray liner. The employees are not preaching the position to me.  They are not pushing their corporate agenda, but they are pushing something to me over the counter– one damn fine chicken sandwich!

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  1. Jacob Karr says:

    So you think it’s right that your nation’s corporations donate money to influence others into what they want??

  2. LeahDaisyD says:

    Your point regarding testicles might be more valid if this issue hadn’t come up in March 2011, and Mr. Cathy and Chik Fil A denied supporting anti-gay organizations despite lots of proof to the contrary. However, the story didn’t catch fire then. Fast Forward and Mr. Cathy is speaking to the Baptist Press and bragging “guilty as charged” pandering to an audience he assumed shared his views. Then, today, the back peddling. But, you are right that we are free to spend our money where we choose. Personally, I don’t require every company I do business with to support gay rights, but if I find out that company dollars are being donated to anti-gay organizations; they are not getting my money. Everyone should read the 2007 Forbes article, “The Chik Fil A Cult” for detailed understanding on how the founder, a devout Southern Baptist, used his religious beliefs as the foundation of his company. The Southern Baptist Convention has heavily promoted this year’s election of an African American president, but the side note is that they took until 1995 “to adopt a resolution renouncing its racist roots and apologizing for its past defense of slavery, segregation, and white supremacism”. However, Chik-Fil-A was glad to take money from black customers before 1995 – just as Mr. Cathy has indicated that Chik-Fil-A is glad to take money from gays and other sinners and heathens today. Before the advent of social media, the gays and their heathen supporters would continued as blissfully ignorant customers.

  3. John Frenaye says:

    I am not sure that Chick-fil-A is influencing anyone at all. Aside from their Sunday policy, there is no outward indication that they are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, or Athiest organization.

    I totally disagree with their support of these groups. But I also totally disagree with other businesses supporting other groups–but I do not necessarily know about the support of Main Street Hardware or My Hometown Restaurant.

  4. John Frenaye says:

    I believe that to be quite a stretch to compare. However, since you went there, let me ask you a question…do you support, use, own a product by Kodak, Ford, Volkswagon, Bayer, IBM, Hugo Boss, Siemens, Standard Oil, Coca Cola, or Chase Bank? They all supported the Nazis.

    My point is that we all have the right to support whatever businesses and causes that we desire. And there is nothing wrong with the free market that allows that. However, do we know what other businesses also support these so called “hate groups”? Keeping in mind that the vast majority of businesses in America are small privately owned companies.

  5. John Frenaye says:

    I think as a nation we are beyond that. See my response to TONY as it is pretty much the same as I it would be for you.

  6. John Frenaye says:

    Thanks for mentioning the article, I will go look for it and read it. I used the term “come out of the closet” purposely as I am sure it was a difficult decision to come out and admit it, just as it is difficult for a closeted gay person to come out to their friends and family. Actually, there are plenty of parallels there.

    What will be interesting is to see how the SBC will support the AA President with his changed positioning on gays-both in the military and as it realtes to marriage.

  7. David Medley says:

    I will stand by CFA because they stand for what is right. True all American business.

  8. David Medley says:

    what does gay have to do with any of those types of people?

  9. David Medley says:

    It sounds like the fags are the ones doing the hating here. Stop being self righteous and hypocritical.

  10. David Medley says:

    Yeah how quickly they forget that the nazis rounded up the fags first believing them to be the lowest form on the evolutionary chain. (hitler got his ideas from USA geneticists and the evolution theory)

  11. LeahDaisyD says:

    I don’t think I was clear enough – the SBC just elected their own AA president of the SBC, and he does not view gay rights as a civil rights issue. So, I was not referring to the SBC supporting Barack Obama, as I am pretty sure they and the majority of Southern Baptists do NOT support President Obama. Of course, they aren’t thrilled with Mitt Romney either due to the whole Morman thing.

  12. LeahDaisyD says:

    I would like to see a whole lot more coverage on who companies are supporting/donating money to as I think consumers have a right to know where the dollars they spend end up. And businesses spend a lot of dollars. I think most people realize that companies hire lobbyists and donate to politicians, but I suspect that most people assume the donations are directly related to the business and its money making interests and not to supporting different social agendas. We need a whole lot more transparency. For me, the Chik-Fil-A story is especially heinous not so much for the gay marriage issue, but because these groups try to “re-educate gay children and adults”, which I know causes so much pain and suffering. The anti-gay messages of these groups also lead to the bullying that is so much in the news these days.

  13. Bob says:

    Well, I USED to be impressed by this blog… but by taking the side of Chick-Fil-A, and deciding it’s okay to support a restaurant that donates to hate, I’m removing it from my bookmarks. Sorry.

    The “see who supports them on Main Street” thing doesn’t fly, either. Of course you’re going to run into older homophobic folks down there. That still doesn’t make it right, and if I heard about it, I wouldn’t shop there, either.

  14. John Frenaye says:

    Isn’t that what makes our nation great? I am sad to see you leave sn do encourage you to stick around. As The Atlantic said, ‘Do we really want a country where people won’t do commerce with those who have beliefs different than their own?’

    Actually they also had a very good article.


  15. Annette RF says:

    Guess what? Some of the most “homophobic” people I have met are under 25. Whoo!

  16. Jacob Karr says:

    I agree completely. I understand their point of view, as I am from a Christian family and have studied the faith in deep, however I am not a Christian myself.

    For a business to fund political causes and politicians to fund businesses, in my eyes, is wrong. Say what you want and uphold your beliefs, but don’t mix business, religion and politics.

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