Chick-fil-A’s Values Bashed by Gay Rights Advocates

1 Feb

Chick-fil-A is a fast food chain that has always been close to my heart—and stomach. The signature Chick-fil-A sandwich—a hand-breaded chicken breast between a buttery, white bun—is popular amongst Southern homes and college students who want to rush and grab some “real chicken”. I personally like to eat mine with Polynesian sauce.

Recently, however, the chain has been suffering some backlash from gay rights advocates. Donated Chick-fil-A sandwiches will feed people who attend a February seminar called “The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design”, in Harrisburg, Pa. The marriage seminar is by one of the state’s most outspoken groups against homosexuality.

The uproar caused the company’s president, Dan T. Cathy, to post a video on the company’s Facebook fan page to “communicate from the heart that we serve and value all people and treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect,” said a company spokesman, Don Perry.

Chick-fil-A’s religious affiliation has always made the company stand apart from the rest and supports Christian organizations- such as Focus on the Family. A petition has begun on the Web site change.org, asking the company to stop supporting such groups, because they are perceived anti-gay. However, since the company remains privately owned—founder Truett Cathy’s two sons run it—it can easily keep its faith-based principles.

When it comes to spending money and food, most people buy what is good. Douglas Quint, who operates The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in New York during the summer, says people should make informed decisions about their food. This has caused some supporters of same-sex marriage to turn their nose up on waffle fries and Chick-fil-A nuggets. Whether this will detrimentally affect Chick-fil-A sales, we are unsure. But one thing is for sure, I will continue getting myself a number one combo for as long as the Chick-fil-A black and white cow entices me in.

To read more on this subject, see A Chicken Chain’s Corporate Ethos Is Questioned By Gay Rights Advocates by Kim Severson

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5 Responses to “Chick-fil-A’s Values Bashed by Gay Rights Advocates”

  1. tdhobby February 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    This blog post caught my attention right way!! This first thing I thought of was “not Chick-fil-a, thats one of my favorite fast food places!”
    As I read on, I really admired that you too were concerned and took a lot of time to resarch what other people have said about the issue. I didn’t even realize that Chick-fil-a had a facebook until I read this.
    I am shocked that people can be so outraged at a company for just wanting their product to be out there, they are just trying to spread the goodness to northern states, there is no crime in that. Homosexuals should be protesting against either company though, they are clear in their beliefs.

  2. kylelashcraft February 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Chick-fil-A is wonderful Christian organization that has the unwavering values that individuals following Christianity should have too. I heard that because of their values on same-sex marriage, NYU banned Chick-fil-A from having a franchise location on their campus. We should all follow the example of Chick-fil-A.

  3. TFW March 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Knowing what I do about Chick-fil-A it is understandable why they would donate to this cause. It would be dis-heartning if they didn’t. Isn’t this America where we are suppose to be “free” to run our companies as we see fit? If people want to get political with their food – go ahead – though it’s a shame that you would block a good chicken sandwich just because it doesn’t agree with your politics.

    • rmlaflam March 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      I agree! Companies should be allowed to support which causes they choose. And yes, who could turn down a great chicken sandwich? Thanks for the comment!

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