Three Reasons I Ate at Chick-Fil-A Yesterday.

In descending order of importance.

These guys really made out well yesterday. Mooooo.

1) Freedom of conscience, expression. The reason Boston, Chicago, and possibly Philly have threatened to ban Chik-Fil-A is because the owner had the audacity to express a belief that they find unfashionable. Seems Chicago values, Boston values, and Philly values don’t include tolerance or freedom of expression.*

2) I support traditional marriage. If a guy is getting persecuted for supporting a belief that is written into the very fabric of our beings as men and women, a belief that has been held since the dawn of human relations by every civilized culture, I’ll support him. Note, please that “I support traditional marriage” and “I hate gays” are very different statements. Don’t confuse them if you wish to engage in civil or intelligent discourse.

3) It’s tasty chicken. Since I was a kid and the Chick-Fil-A in the mall would pass out free samples of their chicken I’ve always liked their sammiches. So it was an easy decision to make. 35-minute drive, then a 30-minute wait in the drive-through line, with a totally packed dining room, but totally worth it. (And, for the record, the manager who was manning the drive-through window reported that yes, they were running out of some items when we went through at 8:30 p.m., in spite of getting a truck in with supplies at 2 p.m.)

*Note that number one did not mention what the unfashionable belief is? That’s because it doesn’t actually matter. In our system, if you disagree with the business model of a company you can vote with your dollars—don’t go there! But this push to use the power of government to punish people who merely express what some believe to be an unfasionable opinion is thoroughly unAmerican and sets a very dangerous precedent.



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  • Chris Shawver

    I doubt that most people foster any ill will toward gay people. But, I will ask gay marriage opponents and Chik-Fil-A supporters the following:

    If you did hate gay people, how would that hate manifest itself in the world?

    Would you deny them the same legal rights and privileges that you enjoy?
    Would you redefine marriage especially for them, granting and denying recognition of their relationship as they drive from state to state?
    Would you minimize the significance of their lifelong relationships so that you could tax them at higher rates, deny them health insurance, and withhold from them life insurance and social security benefits?
    Would you make it legal to deny them housing or jobs based solely on their sexuality?
    Would you deny them legal custody of their biological children based solely on their sexuality?

    That is just a sampling of the oppressive state of affairs faced by gay people in the US today. It’s a state of affairs created by conservatives who are just “expressing their opinion”.

    There may not be hate in your heart – but you certainly victimize gay people in ways that make it appear as though there is.

    • Anon

      Where are all these perceived injustices toward gay people happening? Give us proof. Maybe in Arab countries, but not here in the U.S. Gay people have the exact same legal rights- including marriage- that heterosexuals enjoy. We did not define marriage- God and Biology did. Far too many heterosexual couples live together without being married and have no concerns about SS benefits, being taxed at a higher rate, being denied health insurance from their partner, being withheld from their partner’s life insurance. Why is that? It is feasible to change the tax and insurance laws to include partners without changing the definition of marriage which would let government force citizens to believe what government dictates and not their conscience or faith.

  • Joe

    I was very disappointed yesterday and went hungry. Three times I tried but the lines were way too long. Much easier today and polite young lady told me they did twice there normal amount. So nice of those fascists to try and hurt these nice people only bless them with all this free publicity and new customers. They meant it for evil and GOD turned it to good, to paraphrase.

  • Darla

    I agree with this comment even though the gay community thinks they now walk on water. However, I will leave their choices up to the creator to take care of. They need to learn they are not the majority and never will be and learn to be polite human beings. They will get much more respect that way.

  • Anon

    I being a Catholic do not get what yesterday’s activism at Chick-fil-a. I get the support for the First Amendment BUT persecution? I would have rather used this example of what happened to the Owner to instruct/educate the faithful to donate to the Offices of Marriage and Respect Life across the U.S. Remind the reason for their partake at the voting booth this year then for them to spend their energy this way.

    All this revenue given to the Owner in this one day is guaranteed to go to causes we can agree with?

    I think it just drew more hostility! To which the gay community is now going to counter-react by a kiss-in! Yeah, that’s what we wanted to happen!

    • Bruce

      Do you accept Church teaching on marriage?

      • Anon

        Yes! Believe in it 100%.

    • Anon, too

      The “kiss-in” was a bust.



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