Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Will you be at Chick-Fil-A tomorrow?

Let me tell you. I love Chick-fil-A. I probably stop by one once a week? I used to love their original chicken sandwich. Then they came out with their spicy chicken sandwich. Oh my goodness people, heaven in your mouth. So good! Then they brought the Spicy Chicken Biscuit to their breakfast menu. Oh yea baby, perfect way to start my morning. Can we talk about their waffle fries, and pair that up with their buttermilk ranch dipping sauce. You know I dip my sandwich in it too. Mmmm.
I have fond memories of Chick-fil-A. After my Dad was forced to stop working due to medical reasons he would take me to high-school. First stop, our local Chick-fil-A. He would get a sausage biscuit and fresh lemonade and I would get a chicken biscuit and a Coca-Cola. Almost every morning, that was our routine (if not, you could find us at Shipley's).
Let's move on to college. We had a huge selection with multiple dining halls. I loved me some Taco Bell, cheap and perfect for a college girl's budget but we had a nickname for them, Taco Hell. If I ate there I had no idea if I would be making it to my afternoon lectures. I'm a smart cookie, but I still need some instruction from my professors. Enter Chick-fil-A. You would often find myself and Mychael buying the chicken nuggets and having them with pasta I brought from home. Delicious! Or you would find us grabbing a sandwich before scurrying off to our next class. The food was great, and the staff there was the friendliest on campus.
Now there is life after college. My local Chick-fil-A morning staff knows me, not by name but by car and by my order. I'm the mayor on FourSquare there. You'll find Mychael and I dining at any one of them from time to time. In fact the night we got engaged we had just returned from Chick-fil-A. Mychael says had he of had the ring on him, he probably would have proposed to me right then and there.
Now, tomorrow August 1st has been declared Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to show support for traditional marriage. You can read the article on it here. There are endless amounts of articles written on the CEO's anti-gay beliefs. I'll let you Google those. Let me tell you. I had no issues with the CEO's beliefs. Those are his personal beliefs and everyone is entitled to their own. I have many friends who strongly oppose gay marriage, I also have those who don't care and those who are gay themselves. My issue came from news reports stating that profits from Chick-fil-A are used to fund anti-gay agendas. I don't want my money going towards that.
My parents raised me to love everyone and give everyone a chance regardless of their sex, race, religion, beliefs, or sexual orientation. I firmly believe in gay marriage. I believe that you should be able to marry a person regardless of their sex if  you are in love. Am I saying that I will never ever step foot into a Chick-fil-A again? No. I just won't be going there tomorrow. I can tell you I probably won't be there as often either.
Will you be there tomorrow?
(Please note: This blog post is not intended to start a war on my blog page. Please be respectful of others and their opinions. Don't fight dirty.)

Check out another blogger's perspective here: Cherie @ Pink Nightmare

18 comments:

  1. Nope. Won't be there. While I'm perfectly okay with opposition to gay marriage (everyone has their beliefs.) I'm NOT okay to having anti-gay groups funded. As a lesbian that deeply upset me, and as awesome as I hear CFA's waffle fries are, my money isn't going towards funding hate.

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  2. I believe this falls under freedom of speech and he is allowed to have his own opinion. If I ate Chick-fil-a I would continue to eat there - and not bc what the CEO said but bc if I like the food I am going to eat it.

    People should be able to speak their mind, tell their opinon, and geez eat where they want to.

    Great post! And I love the disclaimer.

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  3. Admittedly, I am a vegetarian, and I don't eat at Chik-fil-A anyway. But if I did, I would absolutely stop patronizing them based on their hateful agenda. I believe that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but I also believe that consumers are entitled to choose where we spend our money.

    Chik-fil-A has given MILLIONS of dollars to anti-gay groups to ensure that they remain oppressed. This is appalling to me. I work with incarcerated people, children with parents in prison, etc. . . there are far better places for one's money to go than anti-gay marriage groups.

    I am sad that they are having a day to "support traditional marriage." "Tradition" used to be slavery, women not having the right to vote, etc. Some "traditions" should not continue.

    Here's a good perspective on the issue. And thanks for such a thoughtful blog post!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/conor-gaughan/chick-fil-a-homophobia_b_1711566.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

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  4. I couldn't agree with you more and I love how you put this. We ALL have our beliefs and I'm not going to put someone down because of their's. If I don't shove my oppinion down your throat then don't shove yours down mine. I've stayed quiet will all this drama, but it's definitely been hard.

    I won't be at Chic-fil-a tomorrow, as the closet one is an hour away, but I probably wouldn't have went anyway.

    Love this post!

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  5. I love love love this. I will certainly not be eating at Chick-Fil-A tomorrow, or ever again for that matter. I cannot give money to a company who actively gives money to support anti-gay agendas.

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  6. This was so well written. I couldn't agree more with the conclusion you came to. There is an ocean separating me and the closest Chick Fil A but even if there wasn't I most certainly would not be eating there tomorrow, or ever again. Hatred has no place and certainly will not be getting my money.

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  7. The reason I am not going to Chick-fil-a tomorrow is because I have OCD and have a hang up about food and a fear of someone poisoning my food. It's weird, but I'm not kidding! So since so many people hate Chick-fil-a now I'm thinking, although unlikely, it is not beyond someone doing something malicious.

    As far as their stance, I have backed Chick-fil-a on this one. I am a Christian but I don't discriminate or condemn or judge. I don't personally care about who marries whom. But I think Chick-fil-a has been the bigger person in the matter. They have all the right in the world to say they support whatever they want and to donate to whatever they want. Yet people are outraged. I bet we'd be surprised to know what all CEOs use their money for. I mean, I can see why people would not agree with the company and decide not to go there, but all this hoopla and trying to ban the restaurant? That's too much. They are standing for what they believe in just like Nabisco did with a "gay pride" Oreo. I think a lot of information about Chick-fil-a has been twisted around. They put out a statement saying that they treat everyone with respect, which is true, and that they believe the government is who should decide about the marriage issue, and they're right. Anyway, that's why I feel the way I do about it.
    I love how respectful and articulate your post is! Very good!

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  8. I also support Chick Fil A - and for the very reasons Holly stated above. I think things have been blown totally out of proportion. Yes, we will be eating there tomorrow before church. For the record - I have several gay friends - I love them very much.

    I applaud your well written post.

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  9. Very well-stated, Celia.

    Like you said, the CEO is entitled to his beliefs and to donate profits wherever he wants. But I don't have to contribute. And I won't.

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  10. Great post! I was wondering if anyone would say anything about it. While I believe we are all entitled to believe in whatever we choose I would not be going to support their agenda.

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  11. The part that boggles my mind is, what are "profits" from a company? Someone has to get that money. I'm assuming it goes up the chain to their CEO. So is the "profit" that is being used to support anti-gay agendas his money? Profit can't just hang out there in the air. Then could any of our pays be "profits" so, my company's profits go towards nail polish and pug rescue? I literally don't know the answer, but just something to think about. Where would that money go if it wasn't going there? Who does the money belong to?

    I will actually likely be there because I'm traveling for work and it's the only fast food I'll eat besides the occasional Subway. I am not anti-gay at all and not fervently anti-gay marriage. But I support the CEO of a private company having beliefs, whatever they may be. Tolerance means being tolerant of things you don't believe in, too. People who are angered by this just shouldn't go anymore... I hate the animosity he is on the receiving end of. I support his right to an opinion, and the most delicious fast food in the entire nation... not to mention THE BEST service. I don't care WHAT their CEO supports when they provide such great product and service compared to the other options!

    If tomorrow was about supporting CHICK-FIL-A and not certain values then I'd be there all 3 meals.

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  12. momFITtingitallin practially took the words right out of my mouth.
    I doubt I'd to go Chick-fil-A today as it will likely be super crowded, and when I go out to eat, I'm hungry and nothing standing in the way of my getting food because I get crabby. But I don't think that all this stuff will stop me from going in the future, as I just really love their food, especially the fries!!

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  13. Couldn't agree with you more. It has never been about the CEO's personal beliefs, it's about the fact that Chick-fil-a profits go towards anti-gay organizations. That is what I am not okay with.

    I am so proud to be from Massachusetts, which has really led the way in terms of gay equality and rights. I fully supported Tom Menino in his urging of Chick-fil-a to not set up shop in Boston. There are 2 other locations of MA, but Boston has a massive gay community and I can see how it would be a slap in the face to have this company be present in our city.

    Ultimately, the backlash the CEO has received has been misguided. But he also needs to realize that if you choose to showcase your personal beliefs and also involve your business in your political standpoint? You're going to get a political response back.

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  14. I am not anti-gay, nor am I for it. I don't really care to be honest because it does not affect me.

    Now this whole issue on boycotting chik-fil-a is ridiculous! It's the CEOs right to freedom of speech! It is also Chick-fil-a's right to spend their hard earned money wherever they please! The left side is always looking for anything and everything to whine about. Stop complaining and grow up. It's America people. Get over it!

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  15. I love that you wrote this post in a way to state your opinion but it isn't at all offensive.

    I do not have the same beliefs as the CEO, but I will not be boycotting CFA. To me, it's a fast food restaurant and I like chicken, so I'm going to eat it if I want! ;)

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  16. I. LOVE. THIS. I never understand what was going on with this whole issue that's risen but your post educated me on it. We don't have a Chik-Fil-A in my area (which is sad because I'd really like to try it) but I'm totally with you. I don't care whether you're gay, straight, whatever. Anyhow, now I'm rambling. Just wanted to say this was an awesome post and I definitely have the same beliefs as you :)

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  17. I don't have a Chick-fil-a anywhere near me, so I wont be going there anyway. But with all of this happening, I'm glad I don't. I don't want to get caught up in this mess, and I don't want my money gig toward hatred and discrimination. Love this post, and your blog!:)

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  18. While I do believe in freedom of speech, I also believe in the freedom to love who you want.

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