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Militant gays: Don't eat mor chikin

Chik-fil-A now on receiving end of gay intolerance:

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.

Providing sandwiches and brownies for a local seminar is not an endorsement or a political stance, Mr. Cathy says in the video. But he adds that marriage has long been a focus of the chain, which S. Truett Cathy, his deeply religious father, began in 1967.

The donation has some fans cheering and others forcing themselves to balance their food desires against their personal beliefs.

"Does loving Chick-fil-A make you a bad gay?" said Rachel Anderson of Berkeley, Calif. "Oh, golly, human beings have an amazing capacity to justify a lot of things." Ms. Anderson has been with her partner for 15 years. They married in California during the brief period when same-sex marriage was legal in 2008. They have 7-year-old twins. A visit to her spouse's family in North Carolina always includes a trip to the chicken chain.

But as she learns more about the company, Ms. Anderson is wavering about where to eat when they travel to Charlotte in April.

"I'm going to have to sit with this a little bit," she said.

On the other hand, Rhonda Cline, a dental hygienist in Atlanta and a devout Christian, has only gotten more outspoken in her support. She was one of nearly a thousand people who logged onto the Chick-fil-A Facebook page to comment on the issue.

"I applaud a company that in this climate today will step out on a limb the way the Constitution allows them to," Ms. Cline said in an interview. "This is the United States, so we should be able to practice our business the way we like."

But religious values are not the main reason Ms. Cline goes to Chick-fil-A.

"I'm in a crunch at lunchtime, and these people are fast and they are smiling and they act like they are really happy you're there," she said.

Haven't had a Chik-fil-A sandwich in ages... might just have to have one today.


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Comments (21)

Why is it that every time s... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Why is it that every time some whining victim group wants to boycott a business I feel a great urge to patronize that business? I've never eaten in a Chic-fil-a restaurant but I will certainly go out of my way to now.

Don't try to get that Chick... (Below threshold)
Tom Kelly:

Don't try to get that Chick-Fil-A sandwich today. They are closed on Sundays.

Listening to all this dribb... (Below threshold)

Listening to all this dribble, I can see why liberal heads are ready to explode and they walk about in perpetual gloom. Every decision to purchase must be based on political correctness.

Note to gays: I know it will come as a shock, but most folks don't spend every waking hour consumed by your 'issues' or 'lifestyle'. Matter of fact, the only time it comes to the fore is when you choose to rub everyone's face in it. You then feign indignation when some choose to tell you to piss off.

Gays are more interested in... (Below threshold)

Gays are more interested in where they put their penis then why a deeply faithful company wants to honor God. This is a shakedown pure and simple. Ala Sharpton and Jackson. Their are many pro gay commenters on this site and I wonder how you feel about this. ww

I know where I'm eating lun... (Below threshold)

I know where I'm eating lunch on Monday if I can find one.

I'm sick and tired of the perpetual rage of this crowd. If they don't have a burr under their saddle, they go out looking for one. Get a life already.

As an agnostic and a pro-ga... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

As an agnostic and a pro-gay-rights liberal, I can tell you that Chik-fil-a would have to do a lot more to lose my business than what they've done here. I LOVE Chik-fil-a.

Every Chik-fil-a has excellent, fresh food, excellent service, and excellent levels of cleanliness. Every transaction is accompanied by an "It's my pleasure!" by the staff members. And every unit I've ever visited is always busy as hell.

Because one franchisee in PA sponsors a seminar by an anti-gay rights group won't keep me from eating at my local restaurants. That's just silly. I might not eat at the one in question, if I ever visit that area, but swear off the whole chain? No way.

Never heard of Chik-fil-A? ... (Below threshold)

Never heard of Chik-fil-A?

Would try it now even though I don't like chicken. Militant gai acti-lobbyists wont be happy until everyone has to pass their rectal exam to exist.

Why is it that every tim... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Why is it that every time some whining victim group wants to boycott a business I feel a great urge to patronize that business? I've never eaten in a Chic-fil-a restaurant but I will certainly go out of my way to now.

I'm with you, Jim.

I've dealt with Chick-fil-a... (Below threshold)

I've dealt with Chick-fil-a before in charitable scenarios. Most CFA managers will donate iced tea or food to a charity event that they feel brings value to the community. Always with CFA logo'd cups and plates :)
In NJ and PA I know of CFAs that have donated food and drink to Jewish youth groups and the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Boy and Girl Scouts when they are doing fundraisers and benefits. Point being, they focus on the events more than the groups. If the event/goal is in line with CFAs ethos and will provide a bit of word of mouth advertising, CFA goes for it. Even with religious groups that are not 100% in line with CFA's Southern Baptist core.
That said, good luck to the gays in their latest boycott. Just don't be shocked if CFAs sales don't go down even a bit. Or if the majority of people in CFA's territory think you're making a mountain out of a molehill. Again.

The politics of liberal tol... (Below threshold)

The politics of liberal tolerance. We must tolerate the most vile of opinions and actions, while those that demand the most tolerance, show the least.

My oldest daughter went to ... (Below threshold)

My oldest daughter went to work at the local Chick-fil-A at 14 years old, the only fast food restaurant that would hire people that young. She worked there 3 years, and went on to college at Berry, Truett Cathy's legacy institution where he gives scholarships to former high school employees. Chick-fil-A menu was available at the Berry cafeteria, which pleased my daughter to no end. To this day, she, now an MBA with an executive postition, most often chooses Chick-fil-A for a meal together (she loves the Dwarf House Saturday breakfast) because she knows the quality demanded by the Cathy family and delivered at every store. For her, it's a matter of trust and faith in the people and product.

Jesus chicken indeed, bless their hearts! Closed on Sunday makes me treasure Saturday, hope for Monday, and remember I should be in church.

Notice the similarities to ... (Below threshold)

Notice the similarities to the union movement? If you do not conform or bow to us we will "strike/boycott". It is way past time to stomp out this political activism.

Just wait when they remove DADT, they will start demanding this and that. That is their Modus operandi. You give in to us and we own you.

Were you guys this outraged... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Were you guys this outraged when Focus on the Family, or whoever it was, tried to get people to boycott Disney over some gay-related kerfuffle a few years back?

These things NEVER work, it seems to me, if the target is popular.

People will eat where they ... (Below threshold)

People will eat where they want. If someone's boycotting it - too bad.

"Jesus Chicken"? I've never heard it called that - and I'd probably laugh at anyone who did. I don't see how or why food has to be associated with activism, and if someone's getting their shorts in a wad about CFA sponsoring a seminar about marriage, then likely their shorts are a bit too tight to begin with.

"Haven't had a Chik-fil-A s... (Below threshold)

"Haven't had a Chik-fil-A sandwich in ages... might just have to have one today."

I concur

"Jesus Chicken" ... nice. ... (Below threshold)

"Jesus Chicken" ... nice. And again this kind of anti-Christian bigotry brings up a question I have never heard a militant gay rights activist answer -- if the gay rights movement is so anti-Christian, why does their number one issue revolve around forcing the Christian church to let them participate in one of its most holy sacraments?


"Note to gays: I know it... (Below threshold)

"Note to gays: I know it will come as a shock, but most folks don't spend every waking hour consumed by your 'issues' or 'lifestyle'."

Just the homophobes.

And there is plenty of evidence that this business hates gays.

As we wrote about a few weeks ago, Chick-fil-A's charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, has been particularly active in the fight against marriage equality. They've hosted conferences with some of the leading opponents of gay marriage in this country. A higher up at WinShape has even praised the efforts of anti-gay activist David Blankenhorn for working against marriage equality, and for articulating a solid reason why American culture should reject same-sex couples.

Now comes some email correspondence that Good As You has shared on their blog, where the WinShape Foundation's Retreat Center -- a center run by the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A -- admits that they have a severe distaste for LGBT people.

The email correspondence goes a little something like this. Someone writes WinShape an easy question about whether their retreat center is open to LGBT people. WinShape's response:

"WinShape Retreat defines marriage from the Biblical standard as being between one man and one woman. Groups/Individuals are welcome who offer wholesome, educational conferences and programs that are compatible with Biblical values and WinShape's purpose," WinShape wrote back.

Kind of some corporate speak, right? So the activist wrote back: can you just give a clear-cut answer? And WinShape confirmed:

"We do not accept homosexual couples because of the statement in our contract."

And so it goes like this: Chick-fil-A is a restaurant where franchises frequently donate to anti-gay organizations like the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Focus on the Family and others. The restaurant's charitable arm, WinShape, holds conferences for opponents of gay marriage and praises their work. And this charitable arm's Retreat program puts a blanket ban on gay couples using their facilities, because they "do not accept homosexual couples."

Yet the President of Chick-fil-A still says that all people, including LGBT people, are treated with respect by the restaurant? Huh, what a funny definition of respect.


Woop - It ain't ho... (Below threshold)

Woop -

It ain't homophobes who are obsessed with teh gay.

When you make the direction your plumbing points the be-all and end all of your existence, checking everything else against it, deciding what's good or bad exclusively by whether said group or organization supports your particular pluming preference, then it's not everyone else that's 'obsessed'.

When that pack of fools was advocating a boycott of Disney, I shrugged. When this pack of fools advocates a boycott of CFA, I shrug. Eat what you want, and die like a sentient being, that's my motto.

Gay marriage? I simply don't care. I think gay marriage is a vastly untapped legal market. I also think that gay marriage will be culturally acceptable in about 20 years - but like everything it takes time. But hey, screw patience... and the folks screaming for it don't seem to get that they're not exactly doing much to advance their cause.

The Gays can pound sand. I... (Below threshold)

The Gays can pound sand. I'm going to pick up some chicken sandwiches and write a letter to them to hold strong against queer extortion.

Do the gays really want to ... (Below threshold)
Bill Johnson:

Do the gays really want to deny someone their own 'way of life'? Darn, weren't they all upset about that?

Rump ranger hypocrites..go eat elsewhere, or starve - I care not.

I will never eat at Chik-Fi... (Below threshold)
James H:

I will never eat at Chik-Fil-A again!! Well ... not because of this political thing. Mainly because there's no location really convenient to me. I mean, should I drive 20 or 30 minutes just to stop by and not eat there?






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