Boycotting Chick-fil-A Solves Nothing

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Copyright 2012 Susan Stamper Brown

I ate at Chick-fil-A six times last week to do my part to show support for a company currently under attack for upholding wholesome values. Eating at Chick-fil-A last week was my version of offering a one finger salute to the activists who allowed their feathers to ruffle after discovering the privately owned restaurant chain supports the Biblical definition of marriage.

With all the clucking coming from these activists, one would think Chick-fil-A contributed humanitarian meals to Hezbollah or money to a militant anti-gay group like the group of Muslim men on trial in the UK for allegedly handing out leaflets calling for the murder of gay people and purportedly describing methods to eliminate them. According to the UK Guardian, one of the men claimed the brochure simply “expressed what Islam says about homosexuality, adding that it was his duty as a Muslim to condemn it.”

Then there is Chick-fil-A. A family owned and led organization committed to strengthening individuals, the family, and the community at large. The company reiterated their values in a recent statement articulating in part: “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1600 restaurants run by independent owner/operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena….”

The end. Curtains. Done. Forgetaboutit.

Oh, if only life were that simple. People are dying in other parts of the world because of their sexual preference, and people are worried about a chicken-serving fast food restaurant? That’s ridiculous on so many levels. Why can’t we celebrate the diversity we enjoy here in America over a chargrilled chicken sandwich and waffle fries?

The blogosphere is teeming with same-sex marriage activists labeling Chick-fil-A as a “hate group” and encouraging people to join them in a boycott against a company which is the antithesis of hate. Their public statement reflects their position, and the superior customer service I’ve personally witnessed over the years — to every customer, regardless of their size, shape, color, religion, sexual preference, or scent (I’ve eaten breakfast there after a few of my long runs, and I’ve never been turned away) – speaks volumes as to the character of this company.

Chick-fil-A donates millions of dollars annually to various organizations besides pro-traditional marriage groups. It provides food during times of crisis, similar to what they did last week for Aurora, Colorado police after the horrendous movie theatre massacre. It provides college scholarships, sponsors the Chick-fil-A Bowl, donating much of the proceeds to a range of charities and universities, and founded the WinShape Foundation which helps, among many other worthy causes, to support 11 foster homes.

We live in a free country, so we have the right to do just about whatever we want — within the boundaries of the laws of the land and our personal convictions. Despite what we’ve been led to believe, politics is not everything, so why do so many of us (including the conservative anti-Oreo cookie crowd) feel compelled to politicize everything, including businesses?

Somehow I don’t think we’ll ever get an answer to that question. Oh well, I need to put my money where my mouth is, so I’m off to the grocery store and drive-through to pick up Oreos and a chicken sandwich. Chop-chop.

36 Responses to Boycotting Chick-fil-A Solves Nothing

  • Susan, thank you so much for speaking out on this issue, and with the plain and simple common sense most people seem to have abandoned lately. It is so refreshing to read your thoughts and opinions. Thank you for what you do! God bless…

  • Chick-fil-A voiced it’s opinion. People who believe gays have a right to have their relationships recognized by law are voicing theirs by boycotting Chick-fil-A. So what? Not worth a whole rambling column about Muslims, donations made by Chick-fil-A, the customer service at Chick-fil-A, and oreo cookies. BTW, if you keep eating six meals a week at Chick-fil-A, along with oreo cookies, you are not going to be able to fit in your car to GO through the drive-through!

    • I eat the healthy meals at Chick-fil-A: The grilled chicken fruit salad, whole wheat grilled chicken wraps, grilled chicken sandwiches on whole wheat buns, yogurt with fruit, whole wheat bagels, and fruit cups.

      It seems lots of people are joining me in my effort, so, soon, I may not have to eat there as much. I do treat myself on occasion with an ice “dream” cone and waffle fries.

      • Just for my own information I looked up Chick-fil-A nutrition info. One of those wraps still has almost 500 calories and 13 grams of fat. A whole wheat brakfast bagel sandwich has about the same calories and a whopping 20 grams of fat. Add a few Oreos and you might be needing to buy a bigger car if the controversy goes on much longer.

        • Multi-grain bagels with creme cheese, not the sandwich. Ps, running long distances allows more calories.

          • I go to chick fila fairly often, and am now going there even more. It’s funny how the spiteful left is resorting to making weight comments, even on someone like you who looks like a model! I am also a long distance runner, size 2, and I Love chick fila. So there all you hate filled left wing immature drones. And, FYI; lesbians are more than twice as likely to be obese than a straight woman. So maybe they should just boycott all fast food period:)

          • They do have lots of healthy choices!

  • Ms. Morgan, you are correct, and a so is Ms.Stamper Brown. We are ALL entitled to our opinions. Ms. Stamper Brown was giving an example of some active haters, the specific Muslim group in her article. Disagreement does not equal hate, action does. Because Chic-Fil-A is not willing to promote the homosexual lifestyle, does not mean they “hate” homosexuals. I would be willing to bet they employ some. Does everyone that won’t eat at Chic-Fil-A in protest “hate” heterosexuals? I think not. Not supporting a cause does not make you a hater. We all get to choose what we support and what we don’t. P.S. the personal attack was really beneath you, Ms. Morgan.

    • Chris, homosexuality is not a “lifestyle,” it is a sexual orientation that one is born with. I do agree with you that just because the owners of Chick-fil-A do not believe in the legal gay marriages, it means they “hate” homosexuals. I thnk you are missing my point, however, which is if stating an opinion is no big deal, then why does Ms. Brown go on and on and on about the subject? And I do not believe that pointing out that eating junk food daily is unhealthy and will eventually makes people fat could be called a “personal attack.” Ms. Brown counter by stating she only eats the “healthy food” at Chick-Fil-A. Good for her!

      • Prove its something born with. It’s a lifestyle plain and simple

      • If you don’t want to read someone’s opinion on something, don’t go to their website/blog. -.-

        • Totally agree. If you don’t agree with something, don’t go to their website, their eating establishment, etc. etc. Same with the companies/people that support gays. If you don’t like it, don’t support them. This is America! We can disagree and not be hateful.

  • I find it ironic that a large business would give a rats a$$ about who marries who, but apparently the CEO and owner of Chick-fil-A does. That’s his prerogative, but what he fails to realize (or not) is that his personal opinions are reflected in the policies of his business (a good example is Sundays off). That said remember this: “you reap what you sow”.

    As far as you Ms Brown, your true colors (or lack thereof) are shining through!! Enjoy the feast!

  • The comments posted show exactly what is happening in this country. If you voice an opinion based on biblical teachings and truth, you are a bigot. I believe Chick Fil A will have a record sales day on August 1 and I plan to attend. If you want to live the homosexual lifestyle, good for you. But you have no right to tell everyone else they must accept it and agree with it. If you want respect, give respect. To my knowledge the chain has not refused to serve gays. So if you are just offended beyond belief that this chain would actually have the nerve to support traditional family values and their christian beliefs, don’t do business with them. I really don’t think you’ll hurt their profits and that is really what burns you! God bless Chick Fil A for standing on principal and values!

  • Just got back from Chick-fil-A in Baytown Texas. Have been by several times today and each time the lines have been amazing. I am very impressed by the support being shown to Chick-fil-A by the people. I have given this a lot of thought and it seems to me that this is not about one individual’s belief on the subject of Gay Marriage so much as it is an Americans right to both have this belief and the right to voice it.
    Both of these rights are guaranteed to us by our Constitution If any branch of our government whether it is City, State or Federal Government is allowed to interfere in these rights, our Constitution and ultimately our way of life is threatened. Many have died protecting and defending our right to the freedoms we enjoy by being Americans. Without these freedoms guaranteed to us by our Constitution we become like the countries so many are trying to flee. As Americans, i believe we need to show support in any way we can for our Country and it’s Constitution, not only for ourselves but for our Children and the generations to follow in the same way the generations before us did. God Bless The USA and Chick-fil-A!!

    • Fantastic comments, Cindy! I agree with you, Americans are fed up with the shredding of the Constitution by those who have little respect for traditional American values. Hopefully this spirit will carry over into the November elections.

      • Shredding the Constitution?

        If you are talking about public officials threatening to deny business licenses, you are 100 percent correct. If you’re talking about “Gays” boycotting Chick-fil-A, you are 100 percent wrong. I believe the right to voice your opinion (Mr. Cathy’s included) is what America is all about. As far as “traditional American values” that’s a moving target.

        Enough of my babbling. I would be interested in hearing (in this case) your take on why you stated: “shredding of the Constitution by those who have little respect for traditional American values”.

  • And you have no right to tell thm the way they chose to live their life is wrong.

    • We live in a free country; Mr. Cathy has the right to free speech. He owns a private business and can donate to anyone he wishes, just as you can. Because America does not have a state religion–like Saudi Arabia –Mr. Cathy can believe and worship freely, or not– just like you. And he can do whatever he chooses to do in his bedroom, just like you. We are blessed to be Americans, and we need work together to get this country on its feet again. Boycotts hurt everyone. Join me by eating oreos and waffle fries.

  • JOBS!!! Plain and simple, please look at the big picture! Chik-Fil-A is a honest paying job. Do you really think we can afford for yet another business to go under? Over what?? OPINIONS??!!! Come on America get on board we really can “jus’ get along”!!

    • Your comments are dead-on correct. People need to get over their temper-tantrums and work together to get America back on her feet. Boycotts are senseless and selfish.

  • Hi Susan,

    Chick-fil-a donates money to many groups. Some of these groups in turn donate money to organizations in Uganda that are extremely anti-gay. Aside from simply executing gay men, they believe that gang raping lesbians or women suspected of being lesbians will “cure” them and make them straight.

    Inevitably, some of these people will come to America and bring these concepts here.

    • And you fail to mention Muslim extremism rampant all over the planet here? If extemists get their way here in America, gays will run back into their closets and lock the doors behind them.

  • I posted this to chik-fil-a’s facebook page. I just wanted you to read it. Thank you.

    Who cares. Why do people care so much about what other people do? It’s not affecting you or me. “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I don’t see that happening. If you say it’s a sin, who cares. Doesn’t affect any one of you from getting into heaven or living a wonderful life. Open your minds, please. This is what causes fighting among people, hate towards different people, and turning your back on someone who needs help just because they are different. Freedom of speech does give you the right to say what you believe in, but when many opinions lead to fighting and people getting hurt. Why? Why would any of you want that? You can’t force your views onto anyone. If we can’t learn to accept people for who they are, we are going nowhere in this world. I would rather watch the news about how people are helping each other and what not, rather than how many people showed up for “Chik-fil-a Acceptance day”. This is my personal view on the world and I’m ashamed to live on it right now. I honestly hope people will change. But I feel that that is a dream that will never come true.

    • Susan, (this goes with what I posted above) this is just what I want you to read. I will not read your comments nor comments made by other people. I just want someone to look at all of this through a 19 year old girls view. You might say I do not know enough about the world to have any opinion on the matter. (someone might, I’m not saying it would be you). The truth is that everything about this chik-fil-a thing. All the fighting. All the arguments. All the people attacking each other on their views. What’s the point? What does it solve? I understand the second amendment. I understand you can post what ever you want on the internet. I understand I do not have to read a blog that apposes my view. I read it anyway because I love peoples views on things. The insight they can have is amazing. Just not how they affect other people. Some people will reply with an intent to anger you or bash you. I have none of those. And still don’t have any. I feel if we can’t move on from these little disagreements, we will never be able to come together as one community. Never being able to fully love each other as the bible says we should. Yes, I know God condemned the gays. Although, your interprentation of the bible is most likely different than mine. We all read it differently. Yet, we don’t condemn each other for reading differently, just acting differently. It’s a difficult concept to come around to. I just want to believe that if we focused more on the issues that actually affect us in life. We would thrive and become an amazing group of people. I just wanted to talk to you, and you alone. So thank you for your time in reading my post. If it makes you mad, I’m sorry. That was not my intention. Nor is it my intention to get into an argument with anyone. If you could. Would you please just delete this post after reading? Unless, you believe other people should read it. Then by all means do whatever you wish. I just don’t want more people attacking each other.

      Thank you for your time in this matter. I hope you have a wonderful day. And may the God of your choice bless you. (A saying my friends came up with in high school. Mostly used when people sneezed. Fun fact.)

      • Jannesa,

        Something to consider is Mr.Cathey’s comments were made in conjunction with an interview he agreed to with a Christian organization. They asked him a question and he answered it. Freedom of speech. I agree with you, things have gotten out of hand that people were upset because he had an opinion. It’s wrong his company was attacked by mayors not sharing his views.

        • The fact that you completly disregarded everything she mentioned in her comment proves that it is wrong for someone like you to attack anyone who does not support your views. She never said anything about how it is wrong that Mr. Cathey’s company “was attacked by mayors not sharing his views”. She asked why people have to have arguments over the dumbest things in the world. If you want to comment on someones comment, please take the time to actually read them.

          I believe that he was rightfully attacked for his opinions. If it is wrong for someone to love from another sex, then it is wrong to opinionize their own thoughts. This is pretty much what you are stating. This is the world’s logic.

          People have never agreed with each other. Like Janessa said, “Who cares?”

          You missed everything she said.

  • But it’s the fact that it’s affecting a lot of other innocent people that have done nothing to hurt anyone except love someone of the same gender. What’s wrong with that? Is it affecting you?

    She never brought up anything about Mr. Cathey or what was going on. Just the response it was getting from people. People attacking other people for what they feel for one another.

    • Following an audit trail is an accounting term, but is applicable here. Following the “audit trail” backwards to the beginning of the Chick-fil-A controversy takes you to a First Amendment protected personal opinion. The controversy began because certain people did not like that personal opinion. I have nothing more to say.

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