The Chick-Fil-A Contretemps. Really?

I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A.  I’ve been there a time or two and wasn’t that impressed.  When their COO came out earlier with his bone-headed bigoted remarks about gay folks, I shrugged my shoulders and moved on.  The company’s position is well known.

Several public officials have disinvited Chick-Fil-A from communities, activists on both sides have lined up to support or criticize the company.  So here’s my thing.  Activists can call for boycotts all they want.  Or they can organize “support Chick-Fil-A days” all they want.  I’m okay with other companies (i.e. Jim Henson Co) deciding to not partner with Chick-Fil-A. I’m even okay with public officials saying that they don’t share the company’s stated values and those values are not representative of their communities.

I’m not okay with them using their public positions to keep Chick-Fil-A out of their communities.  I’m glad politicians are speaking out against the company’s bigotry.  Chick-Fil-A’s owners and management have a right to be stupid and bigoted.  The discussion itself it crazy though – it’s not about chicken, it’s about giving our dollars to people who actively use those profits to hurt the glbt community.  Greenwald is right on this issue.

At the end of the day though,  find myself saying “Really?”  We’ve wasted how much time talking about what some mouth breather said?  Boycott away.  But it’s wrong for public officials to use their positions to keep Chick-Fil-A from doing business.  The whole thing has been a PR disaster for the company and KFC is laughing all the way to the bank.  Now can we move on to something that matters?

  1. #1 by brewski on July 28, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Glenden,
    I am 100% in agreement with you. Spot on.
    I am vegan so I have never eaten at a Chick fil A and I am sure I never will. But it is more than wrong for public officials to use their positions to block businesses of people they don’t like, it is unconstitutional.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-25/chicago-s-unconstitutional-attack-on-chick-fil-a.html

  2. #2 by ironic on July 28, 2012 - 11:33 am

    It’s all that Brewski and so much more, like, uh, stupid. If CFA wants to sue these clowns it won’t be a problem. Free money.

    Never eaten there, but being under assault for what you believe by public officials gives me a reason to eat there.

    Heck if we can shop at Wal Mart and make the biggest retailer we sure can eat chicken from a family chicken shack that doesn’t agree with gay marriage.

    We don’t all think alike, and don’t have to eat there, no amount of these assaults on the values people hold are going to change what they think, only they can do that. Get over it and get on with your life.

    Aren’t Americans learning anything at all from the 12 yr debacle in the MidEast?

  3. #3 by ironic on July 28, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    To wit, you going to stop being gay because CFA says it’s bad? You going to stop trying to get married? It is so flippin’ stupid it defies description.

    I am very impressed with what Germany has done by declaring all marriages civil unions as far as the state is concerned. If you wish to complicate your union with religious or spiritual vows..it is duly noted, but not enforceable by the state, you fight that idiocy out in civil court on your own dime. The pathway to dissolution of the union is clear and predictable as the ending of over half of marriages themselves.

    Most people don’t even bother, as they all retain their state healthcare and retirement rights as individuals and don’t need marriage to put your squeeze on the insurance/pension plan.

  4. #4 by HappyHeathen on July 28, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    Total agreement. Public officials can weigh in on discrimination but hopefully not use their office to punish companies that think other than what they do.

    Living in beautiful downtown Puyallup there isn’t a Chick-thing anywhere near here so can’t not eat there to make a statement. But on the plus side, living in the neighborhood of a whole bunch of billionaires, Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced a gift Friday of $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington’s same-sex marriage law. This after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates each donated $100,000 to support the law.

    Our state legislature passed a law making it legal for gays to be married in our state. The governor signed it. NOM ( Mormen funded) was able to get enough signatures to put the marriage law up for vote this November.

    So that is where we are at. The hell with Chick-a-mathingy……….

  5. #5 by brewski on July 28, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    Total agreement to get the government out of the marriage business. Not sure how they got in the business in the first place. Marriages have been around a lot longer than governments have been around. Governments have come and gone so marriage will outlast the US. This is the problem, governments get their noses in people’s business, then they start passing out favors to some groups over other groups. Straight over gay. Married over single. Homeowners over renters. Borrowers over savers. This is just another example of the need for simplification and stop micromanaging everyone’s lives.

  6. #6 by cav on July 29, 2012 - 11:20 am

    My Deity dines on nothing but Chickin-Frickin-A. There’s something in the special sauce that makes for a more ominous deity.

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