A national fast food restaurant chain is in hot water over comments made on a religious belief. Chick-fil-A, known for its fried chicken and waffle fries, is hearing it from both sides as they have become the new focal point in the religious debate on same-sex marriage and homosexuality. The president of Chick-fil-A has gone out on record stating his feelings on same-sex marriages. It is well known by anyone who visits Chick-fil-A often enough that the company follows along with traditional Christian values. Information about it is posted up in their restaurants and on their website. The store is closed always closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and every Sunday. But after hearing the companies top representative speak bluntly on how he feels about same-sex couples, they have been feeling the wrath. They are getting trashed by many progressive stances, people are calling for boycotts of the restaurant and some cities are even banning them from opening new locations in their respective metropolis. It all culminated where two former Republican presidential candidates have called for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” to encourage people to eat there, but the controversy is not ending there.
The company of Chick-fil-A bares no secret on the way it feels about its view on religion. With them being closed on Sundays and if anyone paid attention to any in-store literature while waiting for your order, its kind of obvious. But earlier this summer President and COO Dan Cathy brought it to the forefront of the public’s attention and said on a syndicated talk show, “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’. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
His comments of a “Biblical definition of the family unit” have only been clarified and amplified by him and the company over the course of the past few weeks. In the weeks afterward, boycotts have been called. The mayor of Boston Thomas Menino said that he would not allow Chick-fil-A to open any new franchises in the city unless they open up their policy. Even Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s mayor, commented that “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”
Politicians on the other side are firing back though. Former U.S. presidential candidates Mike Hickabee and Rick Santorum have called for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” for supporters of “traditional values” to support Chick-fil-A by eating at the restaurant at some point during the day on August 1st. Almost every one of the 1,600 Chick-fil-A locations were packed full of people and customers. Many there to join the cause and show their support for Chick-fil-A and it’s Biblical tradition on same-sex marriages, while others there just because they like the food. Either way, this new divisive issue is again pitting two parts of America on one side or the other. If that wasn’t enough political spotlight on a fast food restaurant, on Friday the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will be calling for their response to this imposed Chick-fil-A day with a “National Same-sex kiss day.” Now on Friday sex-sex couples are supposed to be going to their local Chick-fil-A and while enjoying their meal, show a little public display of affection with their partner.
Not for nothin’, but for those who want a good meal and enjoy their Chick-fil-A with no agenda, it’s kind of funny that their money is getting twisted into a political statement. I have to admit, they are one of the best fast food chains, when it comes to all around tastiness of their food. And no matter which location you go to, you’ll hardly see a better bunch when it comes to the customer service aspect. But I have to ask, is eating Chick-fil-A today, or any day for that matter, an endorsement? Chick-fil-A made a lot of money today. Imagine if Huckabee and team called for a “Small Business Appreciation Day” and then tons of small businesses got flooded with passionate customers and publicity. It’s amazing what people can encourage each other to do.