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.”
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.