Seven Reasons to Stop Talking About Chick-F**-A.

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Aug 2, 2012
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I absolutely do not agree with Chick-fil-A’s company president Dan Cathy’s stance on gay-marriage.

“We are very much supportive of the family–the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy is quoted as saying.

Sure, Cathy has a right to free speech, yada yada yada. Does he have a right to his religious beliefs? As backwards as I think they are, yes. But…

I think it’s crappy that he and his company pumped millions to groups that advocate against gay rights and even support ex-gay therapy.

That’s just plain old bigotry. While the company can claim they don’t discriminate because they serve gays at their restaurants and even hire them, if they’re supportive of anti-gay groups well that’s just… discrimination.

I just read this (excerpt from The Huffington Post):

One gay employee who works at Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., and asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing his job, says he is getting it from both sides. On the one hand, there is the customer who came in and said he supported Dan Cathy and then “continues to say something truly homophobic, e.g. ‘I’m so glad you don’t support the queers, I can eat in peace,'” the employee, who is 23 and has worked for Chick-fil-A since he was 16, wrote in an email. On the other hand, he continued, “I was yelled at for being a god-loving, conservative, homophobic Christian while walking some food out to a guest in a mall dining room.”

That just proves, all people—religious or not—can be downright mean and ignorant. Ugh.

Whatever the case, I’m tired of hearing about it. I’m tired of seeing it in my facebook and twitter newsfeed. I’ve never eaten at Chick-fil-A and I never will. Even if they decided to pump millions of dollars into clean energy, I would not eat their “food.”

Source: via Bethany on Pinterest

Anyway… here are seven reasons I think we should stop talking about Chick-f**-A:

1. The company itself is not worth our energy. Don’t like ’em? Don’t eat there.

2. They serve junk food that no doubt comes from factory farms.

3. Some chickens are gay. Is that a lifestyle choice? I think not. (That’s a somewhat random and potentially irrelevant factoid, but I found it interesting and thought you would too.)

4. Talking about them ad nauseum means free press for them. That leads to more sales and more money to funnel into anti-gay groups.

5. We need to talk to each other about gay rights. Not at each other via Chick-fil-A.

6. Chick-fil-A is a dumb name. Don’t they know how to spell filet?

7. I’m pretty sure we have bigger chickens to fry than Chick-fil-A (i.e., gay rights minus Chick-fil-A, sex trafficking, poverty, starving children, obesity, climate change, gun violence).

8. Chick-fil-A contains dimethylpolysiloxane, otherwise known as anti-foaming agent, and other unsavory chemicals. Yum yum. (That’s a bonus reason, free of charge.)

Now start again at number one. Please add more reasons in the comment section.

This is not a paid endorsement of Chick-fil-A.

Okay, one last word from political satirist John Fugelsang…

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About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


50 Responses to “Seven Reasons to Stop Talking About Chick-F**-A.”

  1. LynnBonelli says:

    I completely agree. I allowed myself to get all pissed off yesterday as I saw post after post on FB, some from friends saying how good their Chick-fil-a tasted. Personally, I don't eat fast food so, like you, I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there regardless of their position. Perhaps I would add to your list that Chick-fil-a is bully company. They are suing a small business who is making "Eat More Kale" t-shirts for copywrite infringment (funny thing about the stance of freedom of speech except if it comes to their 'logo'). The shirt was not intended to be an "anti-CFA" shirt and was originally sold at the farmers market by a farmer who had a bumper crop of kale. Anyway, I also think that when we give so much like to this whole issue there comes a point when both sides start to look like extremists…esp calling out employees of the store and lumping them in with Cathy's beliefs. What happened to approaching everything with loving kindness? Sometimes I think the best approach to mean spirited, bigoted bullies is to do the exact opposite of what they expect. I.E. don't act the same way they are…

  2. Guest says:

    I don't see anything wrong with Chick-Fil-A putting money towards trying to help gays become non-gays. That's a great service for those that want become non-gay. No one is being forced to be straight. As for gay rights, what rights do they need that they don't already have? the right to marriage? Well why is there need for them to have the right to marriage if its been defined for years as a union between man and woman? If the government wants to create a union certificate so people can be united regardless of their gender or family relationship then that is great. Gays, cousins and anyone else that wants to commit may get united but for the rest of us who feel marriage is for the purpose of uniting a man and woman, for the original purpose of procreation, marriage can be our thing. And as the video posted, there is a lot of misinformation. Christians believe that the new testament rules replace the old testament laws so that stoning is not allowed today. But the old testament does show that homosexuality has long been held by Gods' peoples as a wrong thing to do such as lying or adultery or fornication, etc. The new testament is not full of laws but asks that people believe in Christ and follow Christ example and that includes forgiving one another and not throwing stones if you are not perfect. Many bible translations do list homosexuality among other sins that people can go to church for. (1 Timothy 1:9-11) And that is okay. We all need help. No one is perfect. What is not okay is hate. It is not okay to hate gays or anyone else for that matter.

  3. jess says:

    ^ "As for gay rights, what rights do they need that they don't already have? the right to marriage? Well why is there need for them to have the right to marriage if its been defined for years as a union between man and woman?"

    Gays in long-term committed relationships want the right to marry so that they can have the same tax, insurance, and end-of-life type decision rights as straight married couples.

  4. Holly LeCompte Ng says:

    I, too, agree, Lynn, and I also agree with Lynn's statement about the influx of FB posts and "…friends saying how good their Chick-fil-a tasted." I find it very disheartening that so many people actually seem "proud" of their support of CFA. And it pisses me off that–in my opinion–some, maybe many, are using freedom of speech as a smokescreen for their homophobia. I believe in free speech, too, but I won't defend it at the expense of another human being's rights.

    And, yes, what's with that name? For years I've pronounced it with the emphasis on "fil"…you know, like the sportswear company. Okay, so maybe I'm just as dumb as their name. :o) Moving on now…

  5. __MikeG__ says:

    I personally can have simultaneous concerns about matters both great and small. And I know for a fact that I am not close to being the smartest person on this rock. So, there must be other people who can have concerns about small/medium/large subjects all at the same time as well. If doesn't make sense to say people cannot have small concerns just because larger concerns also loom.

    Tired of others talking about the bigotry inherent at Chick-Crappy-Food? Tired of others talking about Chick-Intestinal-Pain supporting bigotry in the guise of charitable donations?

    Then stop talking to the people who still want to talk about Chick-Stupid-Name. That way you are happy and get to not talk about Chick-Stupid-Name. And people who are not done with the subject get to continue the discussion about Chick-Gag-N-Barf without you. Problem solved.

  6. Bec G. says:

    i happen to completely disagree with you. dialog is how we manifest change; check out martin luther king jr., malcom x and segregation, or margaret atwood and patrirchy, or ani difranco, or gandhi… when has *not* talking about an issue and the surrounding hailstorm helped? ever? at all? i get that your intention is to stop drawing attention to chic-f**-a and its bogus policies. but that's the opposite on my intention. i want people to understand what true intention really is: that where you put your money is has consequences. and as someone who IS gay, i don't want to stop talking about my discrimination, or the bias that exists against me. it isn't just the bigotry at chic-f**-a that is disconcerting, its the fact that a religiously based company, with a religiously based definition of marriage, is donating money to organizations that want to list homosexuality as a crime. punishable by exportation. a company where the president's hate speech: "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about." affects my every day rights as a human being. chic-f**-a has also been cited as being directly discriminatory to gays within the company, even unjustly firing them, which last i checked is against the law.

    So, now, I don't want to shut up, or be shut up, or have anyone else shut up, about a company that is a) unlawfully firing its employees based on age, race, sexual identity, gender, marital status, ability, etc. b) a company that would like to fund legislation, and help groups pushing legislation, which would depict me as a pedophile, a heathen, and would make the love between myself and my partner illegal. in fact, i want more people to talk about it. i want people to start making the connection to what they talk about and their actions. to where they put their money and where their money goes. to what people are talking about, and creating change.

    so please don't ask me to stop talking about it.


  7. yogacatattack says:

    Yes, we have probably talked about this issue enough (today will be my last day) :)

    The reason it was helpful to me to hear so much about it from friends is this: I rarely eat fast food (not yet so far this year), and if I were going to choose to eat some kind of fast food, I would probably choose a burger anyways……
    However, now that I know how this company donates their profits, and that my money *MY money* would be donated to support hate and bigotry, I will NEVER eat there ever again. And I will happily, peacefully, explain the reasoning to others and as we spread the word, less money is funnelled into hate.

    For all those who ask, doesn't he have the right to freedom of speech/freedom of religion–what I would say to him is:
    Yup, you SURE do, bigot!
    And thank goodness that you do–thanks for outing yourself.
    Here's what America is doing about it.

  8. Justin says:

    Interesting points in the article, but very contradictory. Lets write about reasons as to why we should stop talking about that chicken place, only to talk about it in the comments section (like kids at recess).

  9. Patti says:

    Isn't writing this post keeping the talking going? Ironic.

  10. Laurel says:

    Why do liberals do nothing but cry & gets really old. If Christians disagree with your ways on marriage we are gay heaters & bias…Don’t. eat at Chick-Fil-A simple as that. You have your believe’s and have NO problem vocalisting your hate towards Christians but GOD FORBID IF WE VOICE ARE VEIWS!

  11. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Laurel, you are a brave person for entering the Elephant's Den with your views. I commend you. However, I foresee the possibility that some self-styled grammarians here just might try to discount your argument with irrelevant comments on language usage. If so, be forewarned all ye grammarians! I will spring to Laurel's defense! And, being a linguist, I have some weapons at my disposal, not to mention sympathy for the underdog.

    Be that as it may, Laurel, what do you think of this? Government should not be involved in this issue at all. Liberals are wrong to attempt to legalize their own definition of marriage. But conservatives are also wrong to attempt to legalize THEIR definition. Defining marriage is NOT a proper government function. Let free people decide freely who they marry. And where to eat!

    Good day to you

  12. eric says:

    by firing up all the fast food eating self righteous folks in our country, they'll eat more chicken and die of cancer and diabetes. seems like a good plan to me.

  13. cesar says:

    Great post Lynn. I absolutely agree. Just don't eat there. If they refuse to serve Gay clientele, that's a different story. They are doing there own negative, or positive, promotion. I actually applaud their exercising of freedom of speech. Now we know who to support with our dollars, and who not to, if we wish. (Actually I don't eat there anyways)
    You ever wonder how many other places that we deal with, as far as buying food, clothes, anything we engage with really, has a completely different viewpoint than our own?

    From a Buddhist perspective, this makes me think of the last verse from a classic short text,

    "If there is grasping, you do not have the View"

    amen :)

    cheers folks! i love this world. :)

  14. tomgrasso says:

    Actually, I don't care as much about the company or the views of the CEO…what I care about is the REACTION that has been created. Chic-fil-a Appreciation Day? I mean WTF is that if nothing more than a bunch of bigots getting all happy that their bigotry has a voice?

    @ Laurel. It is not about your views, or the views of Christians. It is about the ACTIONS of those who wish to oppress the liberty of a certain group THEY disagree with. Face it, Christians (and Chic-fil-a) want us to be all concerned with their "right to free speech" (which no one is threatening to take away from them by law), but they don't want to (and work quite hard to oppress) the rights of others to simply MARRY whatever adult they feel like marrying.

    And yes, Laurel, if you are stopping two people from marrying because they are gay then you are gay haters. So much so that you (or those like you and Dan Cathy) spend MILLIONS OF $$ to oppress homosexuals. I would say that is an act of hatred, not love. You can get as sensitive as you want about it, but let's just stop pretending that you are filled with love when you step on the throats of homosexuals while treating them like they are deviants not deserving of the same happy married life you may enjoy. If you love freedom like you pretend you do, then simply let people do as they wish as long as they aren't hurting YOU. Last time I checked, two men marrying had no impact on you whatsoever except in that thing you call a mind.

    Voice your views if you want, but if your views favor bigotry and hatred expect to be called a hateful bigot. I'm not sure Jesus suffered and died for you to hate someone the way you do.

    @ Mark, it is ABSOLUTELY the job of government to protect the rights of citizens so as long as the rights of homosexuals are being violated the government has no choice but to step in and ensure those rights are protected by legislation. This nation cannot afford to "devolve" into a religious state guided by unrealistic religious principals spelled out by cave dwellers 4000 years ago (oddly, that text is littered with deviant sexual activities of some of its greatest characters). We are better than that, or at least we should be.

    Sorry, but this issue angers me as few do. I love my gay friends and acquaintances…and frankly don't even think of them as gay until some Christian-with-a superiority-complex comes around spewing their hatred. It bothers me that those people I love have to hear the bigoted rhetoric from a lost faith that has gone from "love your neighbor" to spending its money not on feeding the hungry, but on making sure only a woman and a man can get married. HOW UTTERLY SHAMEFUL.

  15. Marya says:

    Thank you so much for your post. Whatever we give our energy to grows and this is certainly not an ideology that I want to grow.

  16. Dave says:

    Too much hateful rhetoric. You peeps are becoming part of the problemo…..

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  18. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Right on, Dave. Being a wordy person, I would elaborate. It’s so EASY for us humans to see the logic of our own morality. People here accusing the other side of hatred are taking that easy way out. It IS possible to believe that marriage is only proper between a man and a woman and still be a good person. Don’t tell people who think that way that they are hateful. Tell them, “Fine, but please don’t try to legislate others based on your beliefs.”

  19. BRV says:

    When you use the term "gay rights," people jump on the "expectation of gays to have special rights." Instead of gay rights, why not just plain old rights like everyone else? NOT special rights. Just the right to keep a job, marry the person you love, etc.

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