Why I’m Going to Eat Chick-Fil-A’s Hate Chicken (Even Though I’m a Liberal)
Chick-Fil-A has jumped on the bandwagon! By taking a public stand for or against same-sex marriage, many companies have been deepening their pockets by manipulating our spending-power. Seeing the potential profits, Chick-Fil-A has supporters of traditional marriage dancing on a string to the tune of “We’ll Buy Your Food if You Support Our Cause!” No matter how you slice it, Dan Cathy stands to make a lot of money from the free publicity spurred by his antagonistic comments towards gay marriage. It almost makes a person wonder if his motivation is entirely pure. To Mr. Cathy: Kudos on using your religion to make a few bucks. Hey, off topic, you know greed is one of the seven deadly sins, right?
Of course, here in North Carolina, proud home of Amendment One, people are lining up around the block to show their support for Chick-Fil-A. And although I hear in Asheville they’re planning an Equality rally to protest, the reality is that boycotting chicken has actually given the company more business. By protesting, concerned citizens are providing Chick-Fil-A with something more valuable: Free advertising. In fact, ABC news confirms that the company had a record-breaking day on Wednesday. I won’t even lie, all this talk of chicken has made me really crave Chick-Fil-A biscuit, and I almost never eat there.
Gay employees of Chick-Fil-A franchises are also feeling trapped. Homosexual workers are getting attacked by all angles. Coming out, or talking to the media about their support of same-sex marriage, could easily get them fired.
The majority of the company is definitely against them. By that same token, the general public is coming in congratulating them for supporting “faggot haters.” Yes. That is a direct quote.
One news story even mentioned a gay employee of Chick-Fil-A who was both praised for hating gay people, then lambasted for being part of a company that supports hatred. Ease up, everyone. That “Hate Chicken” may actually be paying the bills of hungry, homosexual employees at Chick-Fil-A, who are stuck in a very awkward situation right now. The company is a franchise, and not all employees and owners worship Dan Cathy and his doctrine.
Here’s the reality, coming from a Leftist, Tolerance-Loving, Peacenik Hippie who thinks everyone in love deserves a chance to get married (and divorced!): Dan Cathy has a right to his religion. He has a right to run his company based on religious ideas. Why are we persecuting him just because he happens to be the executive of a fast food chain? The people next door to me probably voted for Amendment One, but I’m still going to bake them cookies for Christmas and smile when I see them outside. If the man makes good chicken, eat his chicken. Your $3.69 isn’t going to really make or break the issue of same-sex marriage. By turning your boycott into a protest movement, you just ended up lining Dan Cathy’s pocket.
The sad fact of the matter is here in North Carolina, where people love fried chicken and traditional marriage, a boycott will not do much good. Our Southern supporters of same-sex marriage will have to rely on Northerners to carry the boycott.
Think for yourself
Give the employees a break. You wouldn’t go into McDonalds and give an impassioned speech about your stance on abortion, so what makes you think the college kid just trying to save up for next semester’s classes wants to hear your opinion on gay marriage? That kid has never even met Dan Cathy and has his or her own viewpoint. I know if I worked at Chick-Fil-A, I would be absolutely offended by the massive turn out on Wednesday, and I certainly wouldn’t want be congratulated for “standing up for traditional marriage.”
Nobody wants to be pigeonholed. A Christian doesn’t want to be called a “bigot” because he’s trying to follow the Bible. A liberal doesn’t want to be called a “sinner” just because she believes church and state should be separate. Chill out and eat some chicken.
Or better yet, how about both sides stop being so discriminatory and self-sighted and donate the chicken sandwiches to some homeless kids? Then none of us could be called haters.