I became aware that Chick-fil-A was a conservative Christian chicken joint early on. On a Sunday, I ventured to a shopping mall food court where every fast-food vendor booth was lit up - well, except for one. Chick-fil-A. I didn't think that was abnormal. I had worked for a grocery store that gave workers Sundays off for worship and rest. And I appreciated that.
Soon after this realization, I surfed the web a bit to research the popular chain. The owner, S. Truett Cathy, is a devout Southern Baptist, and his company's official statement of corporate purpose states, "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."
In early 2011, news outlets became aware of the corporation's anti-gay marriage stance. It garnered negative attention, but not to the amount that it received recently over comments by Cathy.
The Baptist Press published an interview with the head honcho, where he confirmed his pro-traditional family views. He also said, ""We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
This caused massive uproar. Every social media outlet broadcasted boycotts of the chain. And now the politicians are getting in the mix. The mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, has said that the city will not allow any franchises to open in the metropolis. Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor, has stated, "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values." And it isn't just liberals shouting from the rooftops. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, declared next Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." The Rev. Billy Graham will be there that day in support of the restaurant.
Want to know my thoughts? I make no bones about the fact that I can be pretty "liberal" in many categories. But I don't classify myself as a "liberal" because it has the same bad connotation that being a "conservative" does. I think you should think for yourself - not for any political party and their blanket beliefs.
To be clear, I am for gay marriage - BUT, and I mean but, that doesn't mean that others have to be. If my family or friends or whomever don't feel that way, fine. I'm not going to unfriend or boycott them. That would show intolerance on my part which is absolutely ignorant.
In this case, I am completely in disagreement with the boycotts going on across this nation. On Facebook, I am sick and tired of people posting how "anti-gay" Chick-Fil-A is. Have they said that they hate gay people? Have they said that they won't serve gay people? No. The owners and the corporation itself are allowed to have their own beliefs and should be respected for being open and honest to the general public.
I have a feeling that if boycotters researched some of the companies they frequently purchase from, they will be surprised that many don't share the same general viewpoints or agree with their mission statements.
It's okay to have debates about this very important issue, but we don't have to agree. This Chick-fil-A squabble has become ridiculous. You know when Roseanne Barr, the queen of morons, gets into the ring - it's time to back up the truck.
If you don't like what the restaurant is serving up belief-style, then don't go. But this doesn't have to be a public spectacle.
And seriously - it's just a chicken food joint.
Will I eat there again? Absolutely - I love delicious food.