Here’s the thing about Chick-Fil-A

2 Aug

First thing’s first- their food is great. Second thing’s second- no matter what you think, let’s be civil. People are people no matter what they believe or who they love.

Everyone is posting articles about the Chick-Fil-A owner who donates profits to an Anti-Gay Christian group. Lots of people seem to have a lot to say. Here’s one of my favorites, so far.

So Truett Cathy happens to think gay marriage is wrong. I don’t agree with him, but that’s his opinion and he can say it if he wants. That’s America and we’re lucky we can listen to people we agree with and people we don’t agree with too. The other option is pretty bleak.

It happens that Cathy is the owner of a popular restaurant chain called Chick-Fil-A.  So he has a little more sway in terms of $$$ than the average bear (me and probably you too). That’s why we care.

Honestly, I admire him for sticking to his beliefs. I just wish his beliefs were a little (or a lot) more tolerant. And I do not want to argue beliefs. The Bible is interpreted by thousands of people in thousands of ways. I also think that’s pretty cool. It’s like we’re all trying to get to the same place on our own little journeys, even if you’re not into the Bible at all.  So how about you take your path and I’ll take mine? Ok, great.

As my wise father always says, “Don’t talk politics or religion. I’m not going to change your mind and you’re not going to change mine. How about them Cardinals?”

This whole ordeal reminds me a lot of the Komen scandal from earlier this year. Your support is your voice. Whether you’re donating to an organization that spreads funds out within the community or eating waffle fries, you’re backing a cause. If you want to keep jobs in the US, buy things made in the US. If you don’t agree with Coke’s business practices, buy Pepsi. If you think Kanye is a masochist, don’t purchase his cd or go to his concert. Don’t think kids should be in beauty pageants? Don’t watch Toddlers in Tiaras. So eat at Chick-Fil-A, or don’t. Your choice.

It’s social responsibility. I’m not the poster child, I don’t research every choice. I like to make educated ones when I can though.

I saw someone compare it to sponsorships of professional athletes. If they screw up, they lose the sponsorship dollars. So if you think Cathy screwed up, pull his sponsorship and go to Taco Bell, or whatever.

Take it one step further and don’t harass people who do. It’s their choice. I’m all about standing behind a cause, but not forcefully. This is not a secret, they know too. If they agree, maybe they’ll join you. If they don’t, they still have the freedom to eat chicken.

I’m not sure this news calls for a protest, or people demanding free chicken, or mayors not letting the chain build in their city. I think it’s a much simpler and less violet choice than that: either eat there or go somewhere else. That’s what you would do if the food tasted bad. You wouldn’t eat there. You also wouldn’t protest outside of the restaurant. Let this work itself out.

Don’t force your beliefs or religious ideologies on me. Don’t force your protest on me either.

You do you.



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