Chick-fil-A

A month of Controversy, August Blogging from A to Z dry runChick-Fil-A, it’s still yummy!

OMG - You people who are all anti-Chick-fil-A are stupid. And you people who are rushing out to support Chick-fil-A are equally stupid. Hear me? You are ALL stupid. Let me tell you why.

It’s not like Chick-fil-A got up on its pedestal and said, “Let me tell you what I think about homosexuality, bitches!” Unlike the majority of Christian churches, who cannot WAIT to tell you how “bad” homosexuality is.

This yummy food establishment was minding its own business, just pushing its chickens-over-cows agenda like it always does, when out of nowhere they were forced to take a public stand. Hello — they are a Christian organization! Of course they are not down with homosexuality! You are stupid if you ever thought they would be!

However, Chick-fil-A would never have made a stand on the issue at all if not forced into a corner. You asked them how they felt about an issue, and then got mad when they answered the question honestly instead of hemming and hawing about it.

The Original Snow Village from Department 56 Chick-fil-A® Billboard

Skyline Original Chili Recipe, 15-Ounce Cans(Pack of 6)Here’s the thing. Chick-Fil-A has always been one of the cleanest, friendliest establishments I’ve ever visited — right up there with Skyline Chili, my other favorite place to mow down dinner selection. The staff in both these eateries acts eager to serve, the manager-on-duty runs around checking on people like it’s a fucking five-star restaurant, and the restrooms are always sparkling. At least, that’s been my experience here in the Dayton area. If your local Chick-Fil-A and/or Skyline Chili doesn’t hold true to these standards, I’d be mighty surprised.

I don’t know if Skyline is Christian. I don’t care. Their food tastes great & their people serve me well. Same holds true with Chick-Fil-A. Christian or not, whatever their personal beliefs, they are doing something right when it comes to keeping this customer, as well as their staff, happy.

Now look. I am not Christian. At least, not in any sense of what the majority of Christians would believe makes me “allowed” to be part of their exclusive “club”. So I’m not going to debate that issue. At least, not in this particular post. My point is this: As a non-Christian, I can totally get a hate on when it comes to the nasty, murderous, hypocritical practices in the the church engages regularly.

BUT — I can also recognize when decent Christianity is operating correctly: properly paying its employees, for example, and creating a fun working atmosphere. I don’t have to agree whether or not Christ existed and came back to life in order to enjoy a damn fine chicken-fucking-nugget.

On the opposite side of this, however, I am equally — well, no, as usual, I am even MORE SO — appalled by the Christians running out to support what they have dubbed an anti-gay establishment. People who have never taken in an abused teen (I have), who have never helped bag up food for the homeless (I have), who have never given a second of thought to serving those less fortunate — these people are running out in droves, standing in line literally for HOURS, blocking traffic — all to perpetuate a hateful message it was never Chick-fil-A’s intent to send.

I’m a liberal. I’m a democrat. I’m pro-choice. I embrace equality of ALL — regardless of race (because stupid comes in every color), or sexual preference (because I don’t give a shit what’s going on with your crotch), or religion (because faith in the unseen is just as stupid as an absolute assurance that there is nothing to have faith in altogether). And I am going to keep eating at Chick-fil-A. Just as soon as all the damn Christians clear out and go back to selling Mary Kay.

5 comments
Wallace1770Mary
Wallace1770Mary

I posted on Triberr regarding this Tempest in a Teapot, which it really is, but it's writ large. and Aaron and Andi-Roo, your views are so beautifully written and well-expressed. I have come to love you both through your writings in the short time I've been acquainted and I'm getting one hell of and education.  I really have nothing to add but this; as more and more people become involved, the issue becomes more and more muddied. It's not just about gay right vs anti-gay anymore, it's about corporate power, symbolism and greed. It's also about good vs evil now. As more and more people pay attention to this, our attentions are drawn from things that are truly important. Job rates, politics, economics. I may be a little crack-potty(?) but I really had nothing else to say. You both said it so very well. Thanks for all of this, A and AR (your new names; PD sucks today)

dadblunders
dadblunders

Andi-Roo, You see this is why we get along. I love you are filled with controversy and I couldn't agree more with you about most of it. I didn't make any posts about Chick-Fil-A until Dan Kathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A made an ass of himself. I actually had been on the fence on the issue until they did one thing. I didn’t make one mention of it previously for that reason. It wasn’t until I went to Chick-fil-A and saw a sign stating the Jim Henson toys were recalled that I made up mind. I went and researched it and provided tons of background on it to give a statement before I posted Values Shouldn’t Cause Causalities. In my opinion (and its actually why I didn’t discuss the money issue that was given to various causes by him) he is a public figure and he actually influence a a vast majority of people. Like so many public figures before him I think he needs to make a very vocal, public apology. People of influence think everyone else isn’t paying attention and they have the right to slide by in life saying, doing and feeling with little or no consequence. I think that is why the money he might or might not give by his company is not my issue. I respect his opinion but it doesn’t mean I have to value it. I think that when you completely isolate a segment of population because you don’t like them you are doing humanity a disservice. I realize that he feels strongly on the issue. Strong enough to come out on the record. It is in that action that I disagree with him. It is my opinion that because of who he is there are times he needs to learn to keep his mouth shut. The company took the opposite approach and actually stepped it up a notch instead. They could have just said the partnership between them and Jim Henson was ending but no they have to say its a toy recall. A toy recall that now has brought my child into it. Chick-fil-A decided to make my child a causality of this senseless hate. Its one thing to be passionate about opinions and views but its entirely different when you start trying to tell people that your child “might” have a defective toy that has passed all safety inspections. In a sense Chick-fil-A is being childish. I can say I will fight for peoples rights. I have been known to sign and petition congressman over the ERA, over educational equality and over same-sex marriage. I can do that without ever telling a person they are wrong for their beliefs. I can tell everyone I respect them, I admire their passion and I even commend them but I still don’t have to agree. Chick-fil-A has done good things for my family. My niece worked at Chick-fil-A and received a college scholarship from them. I do not doubt their sincerity in working for families. I can tell you without a doubt if my son worked Chick-Fil-A i would support him. My only doubt is in their vocal opinions by a person that represents these values that I strife to teach my son. I want my son to understand and belief that all life has value. I think as CEO you have a responsibility to the public to just say, "I don't feel your question is relevant and I am not going to answer it." Just my opinion Andi....I hope you still respect and much as I respect you....after all there aren't to many of us that actually know the answer to life, the universe and everything! Aaron

Andi-Roo
Andi-Roo

M, you really summed it up well in one sentence: "It's not just about gay right vs anti-gay anymore, it's about corporate power, symbolism and greed." *BAM* and there it is.

Andi-Roo
Andi-Roo

Of course I still respect you, Aaron! We don't have to agree on 100% of things in order to be friends, contrary to what some might think! :) And it just so happens I really like your response here.  I, too, think CFA has done some great things for people. For one thing, their food tastes great. It's always been one of my fav places to eat. I love taking my daughter there for mommy-daughter-dates, too, because their play-land is clean & the staff is really watchful. My best friend worked at a CFA in HS & was able to pay for her own car, gas, & insurance, & I'm pretty sure they helped her get into college, too. Ironically, she is extremely liberal & not happy with the anti-gay movement, so I do wonder how this leaves her feeling now.  I was late reading your post about how Values Shouldn't Cause Casualties. I wish I had read it before writing this post. I hate the idea that my money will support an ugly cause with which I strenuously disagree. I do. I hate it. But banning that restaurant will only make things worse, IMO. There are still people with jobs who have nothing to do with the issue one way or another. We don't really live in a world where banning is any longer effective.  More than that --- I agree with you --- how is treating someone crappy effectively teaching them that treating people crappy is, well, crappy? I think the dude is a douche. But I think the KKK is full of douches, too. And, much as it would pain me, I'd fight to the death for their right to be douches. Because freedom means having the room to be as stupid as you want, so long as it doesn't physically harm anyone. I have a lot of "personal bans" in place that I'm not able to follow through on, because our current world organization doesn't allow for my personal shopping choices. At least, not at my low economic level. Gimme a few million & my abilities would be much less impaired. I'd love to ban Walmart. I'd love to ban Target. I'd love to ban CFA. I'd love to ban Farmersville, the town in which I live. Instead, though, I try to be the best person I can be, provide the best example of decency I possibly can, & show my children that you can deal with people who don't think, look, & act like you. I'm a Dem. w/ mixed-race children, living in an all-white, Rep village. You think I don't run into ignorance on a daily basis?  By comparison, the supposed "battle" with CFA has got nothing on my day-to-day doings. So I'm gonna eat the shit out of their chicken. And I'm gonna keep teaching my kids that people suck. And I'm gonna keep showing them how to deal with that publicly. And in public I'm gonna keep on being that nice person with the best-behaved kids ever. I'm also gonna keep ranting online. Just as CFA has more than one side (the CEO is not the server), I have more than one side, too. I'm the nicest, most generous bitch you will ever meet! :)

Wallace1770Mary
Wallace1770Mary

The codicil I would add along with the power, symbolism and greed. It's intentional. We're meant to be distracted, so we don't see the dirtiness of what they're doing. If I sound all black helicopter-y, it's intentional.