• Thu, Aug 2 2012

People Explain Why They Love Chick-Fil-A

Did you know it was Chick-Fil-A appreciation day yesterday? It was. My reaction was “why would they celebrate this now, when Intolerance day is so soon? It would be like having “sweetheart day” on February 13th.” No. Sorry. Joking. Intolerance day is not a real holiday, although I’m sure Hallmark is on it. But apparently people are coming out in droves to support Chick-fil-A. While I love (love) Chick-fil-A’s  food and would, honestly, probably eat some nuggets if they were handed to me, I don’t love their outlook on homosexuality, and I would prefer to patronize chains that do not proudly oppose gay marriage. So, I was curious if there were any people who supported Chick-fil-A for reasons other than “they really oppose gay marriage.” I mean, in part because I’d like to find a good excuse to eat there. Here are some tweets where people explain their views:

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  • JenniWren

    Ugh. Saw this on the news yesterday and was both stumped and disgusted. Pretty much anyone who joins these things is publicly declaring that they’re a bigot.

    • epilonious

      Several of the people interviewed in line didn’t agree with Cathy on Gay Marriage but were going there to shove it in the faces of the municipalities that were trying to ban Chick-Fil-A in their town because of Cathy’s views on Gay Marriage… which is the far scarier precedent (because don’t you think some towns would ban gay-owned businesses if they could?).

      But hey, you want to call people you don’t agree with bigots, enjoy.

    • Holden

      epilonious – So if Wendys came out tomorrow saying they believed black people shouldn’t be allowed to vote and donated millions of dollars to the KKK, that wouldn’t be bigotry in your opinion? And the people who conitnued to support them were just super free-speech advocates but totally not racist at all, right?

  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    Yes, Chick-fil-A certainly had a windfall on Wednesday. But unless the opponents of marriage equality for Gay couples eat there EVERY DAY, I don’t think Chick-fil-A is going to benefit much in the long run:
    http://research.yougov.com/news/2012/07/27/chck-fil-takes-perception-dive-fast-food-eaters/

    Having your own personal opinions, and conducting your own personal life as your religious beliefs dictate, is one thing.

    Working actively to deny others the rights, benefits, and protections that you yourself take for granted is quite another.

    Dan Cathy donates millions of dollars in Chick-fil-A profits every year to organizations that work actively to deny law-abiding, taxpaying Gay Americans the rights, benefits, and protections that he takes for granted. Fine, he’s entitled to do so. And no doubt many people who agree with him will eat at Chick-fil-A more often. Maybe they should eat there EVERY day; it will do WONDERS for their waistlines and blood pressure. But I think the majority of Americans who now support some form of marriage equality for Gay couples will take their money elsewhere. I have LOTS of Straight friends, and although they say they like the food at Chick-fil-A, they would rather not have their money being used for anti-Gay causes.

  • Lastango

    I don’t know where you are getting your tweets, but these are not representative of the explanations I’m reading. The primary reason I’m reading about relates to freedom of speech, and is a reaction against state oppression. People are alarmed that the wheels of government have begun to churn against a private business based on the lawful views of Dan Cathy, the chain’s owner. Mark Steyn had a column about that:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/312542/tolerance-enforcers-mark-steyn

    So, it is possible to support gay marriage and still support the company against these assaults. Someone might be particularly inclined to do that if they view the governing class as inherently dangerous to our freedom. They perceive that, when people lose their liberty and their property, they usually lose it to their own government. It isn’t necessary to be a conservative in order to defend the company on those grounds, because the real goal is to defend not the company per se, but rather the Constitution and our rights. If politicians in Chicago can block a business based on the owner’s beliefs, they can coerce you and me too if they don’t like what we think or say.

    Further, some supporters of the company are alarmed at what they see as the Left’s deliberate mischaracterization of Cathy’s views in order to polarize the public, raise money, and galvanize the progressivist coalition in the runup to the November election. Some people, including gays who continue to eat at Chik-Fil-A, point out that being against gay marriage does not mean one is against gay people. An objective read of what Cathy actually says does not produce evidence of hate. Here… start with this:

    http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38271

    On a practical level, some observers think the Left shot itself in the foot trying to demonize Chik-Fil-A. In essence, they agree with your tweeter who wrote, “If you liberals think these Chik-Fil-A lines are long, wait until you see us in November.”

  • Fabel

    I heard (or more likely read, in a comment somewhere on Facebook or a site much less awesome than The Gloss) the argument that Chick Fi- A is a business, & states or cities (like Boston) have no right to prevent businesses from opening wherever they want. So that’s a…pro-business standpoint, I guess?… that has potential for being warped into something that makes sense.

    It doesn’t, though. If a business announces a viewpoint that has NO place in modern society, cities and its people have a right to react by boycotting.

    • epilonious

      1. While chick-fil-a is owned by a guy with backwards-looking ideals, Chick-Fil-A doesn’t discriminate. They serve LGBTQ people and hire LGBTQ people and give scholarships to LGBTQ people and don’t give a crap about their marriage status because, well, they’re a fried chicken fast food restaurant. They don’t perform marriages in Chick-Fil-A.

      2. The idea of a municipality banning a business because of the opinions of the owners is a really, REALLY bad precedent. As I mentioned below, don’t you think there are towns that would love to ban gay-owned businesses?

  • Lindsay

    http://www.facebook.com/las04j/posts/10102152627539003?notif_t=feed_comment

    That is my rant about this issue and the comments it received. I firmly believe that equality is a civil rights issue. I also had to point out to someone that has a white mother and black father that there was a time when his parents were not legally allowed to marry. I don’t care what Dan Cathy says. I agree that Chick-fil-a has always been pretty open about their beliefs. I stopped eating there when the Equality Matters article came out in November regarding where some of the profits go. Freedom of speech doesn’t come without consequence. Eat there if you wish. My hope is that the supporters of discrimination of any group will eat there often. Maybe they will complain about the cost of their healthcare when they get diabetes and think that “Obama Care” wasn’t such a terrible idea. I do hope I outlive them all by trying to eat clean and see a day when gay or straight doesn’t matter when it comes to rights.

  • Larissa

    There’s a difference between calling someone a bigot for not agreeing with you, and calling someone a bigot for actively attempting to withhold human rights from a certain group of people. Darling, that is the definition of a bigot. Did you think Chik-Fil-A just sits around talking about being anti-gay? They can do that till the damn cows come home, power to em. It’s the fact that they actively support and give millions towards oppressing a group of people. If that’s not bigotry…well, let’s just say i don’t think that word means what you think it means.

  • Steph

    If you want to go there but feel guilty about it, just donate the cost of the meal to an LGBT organization. That’s what I plan on doing, if I ever go there again.

  • KRose

    I’m sad that this article fell in line with almost all the other articles regarding chic-fil-a and didn’t attempt to be non-biased whatsoever. I thought it would actually show the opinions of some intelligent people and why they went to chic-fil-a as a thought-provoking piece.

  • Lindsey

    As someone who has worked in fast food I can’t imagine how awful yesterday was for the employees. Out the door lines are a nightmare.