Chik-Fil-A: The Great Flap

If you’re listening to the hard left, you’d believe that the boycott of chicken chain Chick-Fil-A is working and the brand is being dealt an irreparable blow.

Unfortunately for them, this is pure fantasy. There’s a CFA restaurant right next to my loft, and these days the place is absolutely packed. The dining room is stuffed to the gills and the drive-thru line quickly wraps around the building. Every CFA in the country seems to be getting more business these days.

We all know what the kerfuffle is about. Dan Cathy, the company’s CEO and the son of founder S. Truett Cathy, recently said “guilty as charged” when asked by the Baptist Press if he supported traditional family values. He never specifically singled out gay marriage; he did single out divorce quite specifically, but the way things have gone you’d think Cathy held a forum in support of Fred Phelps and called for us all to be rounded up and herded into concentration camps.

Roseanne Barr said that everyone who eats at CFA deserves to get cancer. After then saying that people who feed their kids at CFA are guilty of child abuse, she went on another nazi-cursing tirade against the chain. Non-celebs went completely bats as well, commenting that CFA sandwiches are “deep fried in hate” and called traditional marriage “a sacred bond between two consenting bigots”.

The really frightening thing about all of this, however, is what elected government officials are doing now. It began with Boston mayor Thomas Menino declaring that CFA was banned from Boston and he would see to it that it was nearly impossible for the company to get proper permits to operate. As soon as he did that, actress Eliza Dushku promptly tweeted, “That’s right, B!” (Eliza, you’re breaking my heart here…I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer and SMG is still my celeb girl crush, but I once had a crush on you, too!) That was followed by Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno swearing to block CFA from opening a new restaurant in his district. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel backed him up, saying that “Chick-Fil-A values are not Chicago values” (strange, since gay marriage is illegal in Illinois and nobody in Chicago politics has moved a finger to change that). San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee then tweeted that the nearest CFA restaurant was 40 miles away and “I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.” DC mayor Vincent Gray has now said that “I will not support #hatechicken”.

Calling them a bunch of lunatics is being too nice. They’re outright violating CFA’s First Amendment rights, and frighteningly so. Their reason is that they strongly disagree with Cathy’s beliefs, and they think that because they disagree and can claim that CFA discriminates because of Cathy’s beliefs they have the right to stop the chain from growing, opening new stores and creating more jobs. Our tax dollars hard at work.

First of all, let’s clear the air here: being against the legalization of gay marriage does NOT equal being anti-gay. It certainly does not deserve the title of “hatemonger.” I know a few gay people who don’t believe in legalizing gay marriage. That does not make them hatemongers, they simply want to live their lives in peace and not have to worry about who might be offended. Second, I routinely go to CFA. My item of habit is their grilled chicken sandwich deluxe. I have never, not once, EVER been discriminated against by any employee. In fact, most of them know me by name and chat with me while I’m waiting. They all know I’m gay and not a single one of them cares. CFA employees have frequently been the most gracious I’ve encountered.

Third, it is beyond comprehension that any government official would dare to infringe upon the rights of any person. What would these same people say if a conservative mayor forced a gay-owned-and-themed business out of their city because of religious objections to their beliefs and/or lifestyle? I can tell you now, they’d all be howling for the DOJ to investigate. It’s perfectly acceptable, though, when liberals want to do it.

Boycotting isn’t un-American, and none of us have claimed that it was (Fox News certainly hasn’t, and you’re lying through your teeth when you claim they have). If you want to personally boycott the place, that’s your right. You may not, however, tell them that they’re not allowed to open or expand in your city because of your disagreement with the owner. I will be the first to stand up for their rights, because if I sit back and let you violate their rights, then mine will be next.

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10 thoughts on “Chik-Fil-A: The Great Flap

  1. Well said Mel! We don’t have a Chick-Fil-A where i live, but if we did i would deffinately go there. I am glad to hear that they are doing quite well theses days. I also don’t support Gay Marriage myself. I really don’t see the point at all!

    l also think it’s just stupid how the left think that just because that a restaurant doesn’t support Gay Marriage means they are anti-gay.. that’s not true at all. And lastly, i am glad to hear that they don’t actually hate gays.. i was wondering if a gay person went to a Chick Fil A, how where they treated? And i guess not too bad:) I hope this makes sense?.

  2. When was the last effective boycott…? We all love our Big Macs, CFA Waffle Fries, Starbucks coffee, hassle-free Progressive Insurance, etc. etc. etc. American companies really produce great products and it’s difficult beyond the “temper tantrum stage” to effectively boycott ANYTHING. (Remember WholeFoods…? lol) That being said, the line has officially been crossed in a MAJOR way with gov’t suddenly becoming the arbiter of what’s good and decent and what they’ll “protect” us all from. We’re moving into Brave New World territory and I don’t feel one bit alarmist in saying that.

  3. Personally I would not eat there because of their donations to NOM and Exodus International. Also his statement was not the most gracious, CEO-like way of stating his opposition to gay marriage (“arrogant generation”, “God’s judgment”) so what the next natural disaster on US soil is blamed on gay marriage? It’s sad that with mayors working to prevent CFA from opening restaurants in their cities, the debate has shifted from simple boycott based on where CFA’s earnings are going to debate about “freedom of speech”. Of course he is free to make certain statements and give money to whatever law-abiding organizations just as others are free not to give CFA their money!

    And for the commenter who says “when was the last effective boycott”… do you feel the same way about voting? After all the chances that any election is decided by a single vote are very very slim and unless you live in Ohio or Florida chances are your vote in the next election counts for less than your purchasing decisions for things like fast-food.

  4. I don’t get the hullabaloo. As long as the company is not discriminating against gay patrons or employees (or anyone), what is the problem? So people can’t feel the way they feel? I disagree but I think actions are more important than words. If someone says something offensive, that is now considered as bad as doing something offensive. I would say that this CEO would have been smarter to not say anything but as long as they are not practicing discrimination he can believe what he wants.
    Saw this online (noticed it because it’s in NH and I didn’t even know they had one here):
    http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/31/sole-nh-chick-fil-a-franchisee-to-sponsor-gay-pride-festival/
    People get excited over all the wrong things. A kitten getting stuck in a drain might get national attention but a government agency allowing arms across the border that result in the death of a Border Patrol agent as well as the brother in law of a Mexican prosecutor and countless others is ignored for months.
    AndyB, NH.

  5. I understand your point, Mel, but as a Christian who is trying to improve communication across the gay divide, it’s depressing to learn of all the conservative Christian groups that have come out in favor of CFA and their expression of support of the “biblical definition of marriage”. I just wonder how they are going to enjoy the move to legalize polygamy, which was commonplace among the patriarchs of the Old Testament.

  6. Oh, I don’t agree with all of the groups that have come out in support of CFA. Don’t get me wrong. When they talk about the biblical definition of marriage I always wanna ask, “which one? Solomon’s or Paul’s?”

    That always makes their heads spin around.

  7. I applaud you and your sense of balance in a highly emotional situation.
    It is the epitome of disrespect to hate someone for who he or she is.

  8. I don’t care about their stance on marriage. I really don’t. But what I do care about is their donating to Exodus International, the grand umbrella organization of “pray away the gay” institutions and ministries, as well as the Family Research Council, who truly is anti-gay.

    THAT is worth boycotting over. Not a flap by the president.

  9. It makes me sad, of course, that the issue of equal rights (aka marriage) is still such a big deal for folks. I honestly don’t care if they want to call me married to my wife, call us life-partners, or make up some crazy phrase to describe our relationship, or if they don’t want to call it anything at all. I don’t care, so long as I can have equal rights and protections under the law as supposedly guaranteed me.

    Having said that, this whole CFA thing is so ridiculous. I mean, boycott away if you want to, that’s your right as an American, but boycott for the right reasons. I don’t give my business to them because of their donations to hateful organizations. However, as long as they’re not denying gays business or employment, then whatever. If the CEO wants to say those things, he can. The first amendment isn’t just for the people that agree with you.

    Sorry, I’m a little scatterbrained right now, but I think I have made my point, even if I muddled it up a little 🙂

  10. Thank you.
    Your last sentence is a point I consistently try to get others to understand.

    ” I will be the first to stand up for their rights, because if I sit back and let you violate their rights, then mine will be next.”

    “I do not (always) agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
    Voltaire

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