We’re worried about the political views of chicken sandwiches and waffle fries…really?

So from what I can tell, the big Chick-fil-A fight is over freedom of speech and freedom of thoughts. But the problem is I’m lost on this whole matter.

To recap: Chick-fil-A company’s president, Dan Cathy, claimed it was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family” and standing against same-sex marriage.

That was followed by a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others calling for boycotts. Some are planning a “Kiss Mor Chiks” event for Friday in which same-sex couples kiss outside Chick-fil-As across the country.

So let me get this right and I preface everything else in this post as my opinion only and that I support personal freedoms to the point where it doesn’t infringe on anyone else or harm anyone in any kind of way: Those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are protesting for their rights by protesting against the freedom of thought for the folks who run Chick-fil-A, a privately held and operated company.

OK, am I missing something here?

And to be clear, my own opinions concerning same-sex marriage, etc. are irrelevant but here they are anyway: I don’t care. I live my life my way and others are free to do the same. So, the Chick-fil-A folks are free to close their eateries on Sundays and they are free to oppose same-sex marriages and the like. And I think those protesting the Chick-fil-A policies are free to protest. Getting confused? Me too.

It just seems a little weird that the same people who say they have the right to choose their lifestyles are getting all up in arms because the Chick-fil-A people are doing the same. That’s why it’s so confusing.

And then of course like we Americans like to do, we join hands, arms, whatever for the latest cause. And then the politicians jump in, Hollywood jumps in and man the country is off and running on the latest hip thing to get worked up about.

According to published accounts, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister, declared the day “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” after the company’s president, Dan Cathy, claimed it was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family” and standing against same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A released a statement attributed to Steve Robinson, executive vice president marketing that said, “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chick-fil-A. We appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time. Our goal is simple: To provide great food, genuine hospitality and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”

On Wednesday, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation had a counter action called “Skip the Sandwich, Support Equality,” in which people were encouraged to donate the average cost of a Chick-fil-A combo meal at $6.50 to the organization. For 25 years, GLAAD has advocated on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Jim Savant of Chadds Ford supports the Chick-fil-A position so much, he patronized Chick-fil-A for lunch and dinner.

“They should have the right to do whatever they want as a business,” he said.

I’m sorry but I guess what I really think is that at times we should learn to mind our own business.

And for those who disagree with Chick-fil-A, here’s a thought: don’t go there and buy the food.

There are things like disgusting, disgraceful shows on television that I totally disagree with. Sixteen and pregnant, Jersey Shore. So what do I do? I turn them off. Just like the people don’t have to patronize Chick-fil-A.

Again, it’s a strange dynamic and sometimes it does get so confusing. I suppose I just think there are more important things to worry about other than some Chick-fil-A executive who personally opposes same-sex marriage and who closes the joint on Sundays.

I don’t care. And please don’t lecture me – either side. Those who support Chick-fil-A or those who represent gays, lesbians, etc. Just let everyone do their thing and everyone mind their own business. We’d probably have a lot fewer problems in society if we’d stop trying to shove our personal beliefs down each other’s throats.

Chick-fil-A? Oppose same-sex marriage if that’s important to you. Support same-sex marriage? Fine. And I know the states don’t all recognize same-sex marriages and other related issues. That’s why you organize and elect politicians who can change the laws you feel strongly about.

But please stop protesting chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. I just think it makes us look silly around the world when there are babies dying of hunger, men and women dying from disease, terrorists blowing up neighborhoods killing people and generally our planet is going to hell. When you look at all that stuff, what the folks who make chicken sandwiches and waffle fries shouldn’t matter – even a little bit.


— Andy Hachadorian


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17 Responses to We’re worried about the political views of chicken sandwiches and waffle fries…really?

  1. The good news is we have a choice and I choose not to spend my money at Chick-Fil-A. I also support free speech. I don’t agree with the company’s judgemental opinions and financial support of organizations where all people are not treated the same. Pretty simple. The question is “What is your breaking point?” At what point would you boycott a company that publicly states their beliefs – no matter what it may be – race, color, gender, sexual preference, how many times you marry, religious beliefs etc. Or does it not matter to you what they say….as long as you like the product, you’re in?

  2. Bob Orr says:

    Well spoken, Andy.

  3. princessofpaxil says:

    They certainly have the right to speak out about their position.I find their position offensive and I have the right to eat No More Chikin-I found the copycat recipe on line and can make it at home….

  4. The problem is that Mr. Cathy sends millions of dollars to hate groups that persecute LGBT people, and works to deny them their basic civil rights. I find that to be extremely offensive. He has a right to his opinion, but when he backs it up with major donations of corporate money to hate groups, he has crossed the line. That is not OK, and should be curtailed in any legal way possible. I hope he chokes on his chicken. He is no Christian- he just impersonates one, and rather poorly at that.

  5. bob says:

    true it is funny how people accuse others of hate crimes and all you see in their response is hate. Hey notright how about the hategroups you support who goal is to eliminate the most defensless people on earth the unborn child. See anything can be lables as a hate group or racist but as Andy said we would be much better off without people like you twisting things simply because what someone says or things is not your opinion. Just remember opinions are like butt holes everyone has one. As far as I know yours is not absolutly right and if you believe in it then defend it with words that support it not by slandering others and using lies and half truths to defend it. I give the man credit he believes something he defended his beliefe and not once called someone stupid, racist, ignorant or brainwashed. BTW I do know several people who do work at chick-fila who are gay and they are treated the same as all employees, one is a manager. Also never in all the times I have eaten there have they ever refused to serve a gay customer. You know what they do not even ask that question when you come in. You are greated warmly treated great and givin a good meal.
    princess Isupport your choice to not go there that is your right and am glad you exercies it.

    • Notrightbutcorrect says:

      The issue is not about Chick- fil-A refusing to serve gay people, or hire gay people. I’m quite certain they do both. The issue is hearing Mr. Cathy openly condemn and discriminate against the rights of gay people to get married, which is a right I exercised when I married my lovely wife. He arrogantly states that he knows God’s position on this issue- Really? He has sent millions of dollars to groups and organizations that openly discriminate against gay rights, and who actively oppose the rights of gay people to marry the person they love, which is something you and I probably have taken for granted. He says that the Bible teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman. The problem is, the Bible never has said that. Tell me what book, chapter and verse makes that statement. This is just his personal, bigoted belief, which he is entitled to have. However, when he uses his wealth to push his beliefs on others who don’t believe the same thing, he is discriminating against a legitimate minority. This is what’s wrong with Mr. Cathy’s actions. Believe whatever you want, but mind your own business, and don’t try to force your unwarranted beliefs on others, who only ask for the same rights he enjoys.

  6. bob says:

    laviticus 20:13

  7. bob says:

    wow there is the hate again and well as in the post above using lies to prove your point. he did not do any more then say he believes because of his religious beliefs that it is wrong. Now just like anybody else he is allowed to give money to politicians and other religious based groups who fight to change the law. Did you feel upset when those people sent money to”hate groups”who wanted the law changed to allow the right of women to kill another human because they did not want it and it was still inside her? again tomato, tomoto i thing the bigotry is yours

  8. bob says:

    look it up

  9. bob says:

    love it when a simple few words keep a person spreading misinformation to swallow hard and go quite

  10. MLM says:

    No, Bob. We’ve realized that responding to you is pointless. All you’re going to do is point to the bible and call everyone a hater simply because we don’t agree with YOU or Dan Cathy.

    • bob says:

      excuse me but the moron with the half truths stated it is not in the bible and anybody whith a mind and computer can see it is in every bible. Just trying to keep close minded people like you honest. But I am sure I am wrong somehow because it is not supportive of your narrow minded views.

  11. bob says:

    well they also say petafile is not a choice it is part of you should we allow this since it is a ligit minority. At what point do we relize that tolerance is just a word used to excuse inapropriate behavior? I could care less if 2 men sleep together but I do not think we need to waste time passing laws to legitamize something. If it is wrong punishment will be handed out in the after life. If it is not then it is not either way it does not effect me. Again funny how I have to be bombarded with their”righious opinion”, because they think it is, yet these same people fail to acknowlege anothers right to his beliefs and acting on them. Strange how equality for all has changed to equality for any we can get a vote from

  12. Chris says:

    Its a civil rights issue, not a free speech issue. Thats a total canard. Nobody is stopping anoyone from selling their chicken. “Conservatives” are even better at playing the victim than “liberals” it seems.

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