Sunday, January 30, 2011

"If You're Eating Chick-fil-A, You're Eating Anti-Gay"

Bet you didn't even know that was possible.
ATLANTA — The Chick-fil-A sandwich — a hand-breaded chicken breast and a couple of pickles squished into a steamy, white buttered bun — is a staple of some Southern diets and a must-have for people who collect regional food experiences the way some people collect baseball cards.

New Yorkers have sprinted through the airport here to grab one between flights. College students returning home stop for one even before they say hello to their parents.

But never on Sunday, when the chain is closed.

Nicknamed “Jesus chicken” by jaded secular fans and embraced by Evangelical Christians, Chick-fil-A is among only a handful of large American companies with conservative religion built into its corporate ethos. But recently its ethos has run smack into the gay rights movement. A Pennsylvania outlet’s sponsorship of a February marriage seminar by one of that state’s most outspoken groups against homosexuality lit up gay blogs around the country. Students at some universities have also begun trying to get the chain removed from campuses.

“If you’re eating Chick-fil-A, you’re eating anti-gay,” one headline read. The issue spread into Christian media circles, too.

The outcry moved the company’s president, Dan T. Cathy, to post a video on the company’s Facebook fan page to “communicate from the heart that we serve and value all people and treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect,” said a company spokesman, Don Perry.


Among some customers who are not religious, the outcry seems like overkill.

“I’m not a fan of Jesus at all, but I still go to Chick-fil-A maybe once a week,” said Tony Parker, 25, of San Antonio. “Your reason for not going to a fast-food place is bad customer service and poor food quality, not religion.”

But Douglas Quint, a concert bassoonist who operates The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in New York during the summer, said he believed that people should make informed decisions about their food.

“It literally leaves a bad taste because I know the people who are putting this food in my mouth actively loathe me,” he said. “I’m all for freedom of religion, it’s just that I know where I want my money to go and I don’t want my money to go.”
Of course, there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A "actively loathes" gay people, and last time I checked its employees don't go around force-feeding Chick-n-Strips to homosexuals.

What's the problem here, again?

h/t: Mitrebox. Cross-posted.


Rhymes With Right said...

You know what the problem is.  it is freedom -- in particular the freedom to believe, express, and act on things not approved by the Left.

Blue Collar Todd said...

I guess that makes me "anti-gay". The Chic-Fil-A store near where I live regularly does family type events. They had a Daddy/Daughter night out that was great.

Some more of my thought about the gay agenda having nothing better to do than molest this business.

FelixAndAva said...

Yet another good argument for throwing financial support to Chick-Fil-A. They're a LOT more tolerant than gay groups who want to destroy Judeo-Christian morality so they don't have to deal with anyone not thinking their selfish pursuit of pleasure is just dandy.

Michael Ryan said...

Shouldn't your final declaration be the other way around? If Chick-fil-A discrimated against gays wouldn't it want to prevent them from eating chicken?

Toejam said...

I thought gays only ate foot-long weiners and a pair of meatballs?

el polacko said...

what's so wrong with any group deciding not to spend their money in a business that actively fights against their interests ?  chick-fil-A is free to continue to act in any way it chooses and its customers are free to decide whether or not to support them.  that's the free marketplace in action, isn't it ?

southernsue said...

i wondered how long it would take the left to attack chick-fil-a. this business is run by a chrisitan family, you know the unit that the gay agenda loves to attack.

i believe that these activists groups are the same people that cause havoc in other countries. they are here to disrupt our way of life. they are destined to lose their cause, which is to tear America apart.

Anonymous said...

Hey, gays - are you saying Chick-Fil-A has no right to their Christianity?

How about you get over your little snit-fit and learn to get along with people who don't like you. Cause no matter who you are, nor where you are, nor what color, handedness, political affiliation OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION - SOMEONE WON'T LIKE YOU.


Go be gay in a muslim country, if you want to see oppression. In fact, get your little but over there and protest the greater evil.

Oh, you want to protest comfortably, like the feminists?