Over the past couple weeks Chick-Fil-A has been under huge fire for their religious beliefs and how it dictates their business operations. I think there has always been a silent world of people who consciously don’t eat the fried chicken goodness solely because of the beliefs of the company owners, but the protest became less silent when it was publicized that a Chick-Fil-A franchise was donating food for an event held by an Anti-Gay Marriage organization. It even triggered Dan Cathy (the founder’s son, and now CEO) to post this video on Facebook.
Although I read the original news article and saw the video above I had kind of put it out of my mind; that is until I was in VA today and mentioned to a few people that I would be eating Chick-Fil-A. I think my exact words were “I’m gonna go gorge myself on Chick-Fil-A now”, to a friend on gchat who’s response was something along the lines of “I am currently not so amused by Chick-Fil-A”.
Later the same afternoon I posted this on twitter and immediately got this response from a friend “mm, chik-fi-la. It’s good stuff. I quit eating it though because of their prejudice against homosexuals.#keepyourhatechicken :D”.
Who knew just running through a drive thru to enjoy some delicious waffle fries and savory chicken nuggets with a big ol’ Dr. Pepper would cause so much controversy…not in the world, but in my head. Now I’m torn. On one hand, I do NOT agree with the Christian ideal that marriage is only between a man & woman, I am whole-heartedly a supporter of gay marriage. On the other hand, is it really worth it to ban eating such fabulous food (which I only get on my trips back East) because of the beliefs of the company owners? Is it really worth it?
It reminds me of the time when the Southern Baptists wanted to boycott Disney because they were having a “Gay Day” at Walt Disney World. Do Baptists, or any Christians for that matter really boycott Disney anymore? There are always extremist, but I’m talking about the normal society, go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays Christians, not the crazy people who live in communes.
Do you know the religious beliefs of every company you do business with? Sure, Chick-Fil-A is vocal about their beliefs, but what if every business owner was. If you are a hard core democrat would you stop frequenting your favorite store if you knew the owner was republican, decorated his store with red elephants, and posted political signs during election time? Is that any different? Ladies, what if you found out your hair dresser was into witchcraft, but he/she was the only one who cut your hair so fabulously?
And do we apply this to businesses alone? I have a lot of friends who have opposing views from me. Heck, if I’m willing to not eat a delicious chicken sandwich because the CEO of the company who makes it doesn’t believe in gay marriage then do I have to stop associating with anyone who has those same beliefs to not be a hypocrite? If that’s the case I’d have to disown my entire family!
I get why people aren’t eating Chick-Fil-A. I get why some people don’t eat meat for “ethical” reasons. I get why some people change the channel when Modern Family comes on. I get it. We all have beliefs, and we’re all entitled to them.
Where do we draw the line on boycotts and disassociations for personal beliefs? Do I need to start filtering my facebook friends? Do I have friends fill out a questionnaire before I’ll meet them at the bar for a drink? Do I not eat the chicken?