Chick-Fil-A-OK… Unless You’re Gay?

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Thought for the day:

In light of the recent Chick-Fil-A brouhaha, and with several prominent cities threatening to block construction of new restaurant locations in their neighborhoods, the question of civil rights has once again come into question.

I don’t pretend to have the answer to that question, though I definitely have an opinion.  We have the Supreme Court to rule on the matter of what is a “right” and what is a “privilege” and maybe this particular discussion will go before them at some point.  However, I doubt it, as Chick-Fil-A has already sustained enough bad press and are backing off of the issue as fast as they can.

So, here’s my challenge to you:  whenever you read an article about the Chick-Fil-A issue, substitute another company of your choice, but make it good… say Citibank, or BP.  Then substitute “gay marriage” with a different cause or group of people near and dear to your heart.  And then finally, change “Christian” to any other religion or organization you choose.

Here are what excerpts from some articles might look like:

In early 2011, a Publix grocery store in California donated food to an event conducted by the Council of Conservative Citizens,  one of that state’s most outspoken groups against blacks and interracial marriage.  Advocates on both sides weighed in, and students at some universities began trying to get the chain removed from campuses.

(http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/us/gay-rights-uproar-over-chick-fil-a-widens.html)

My question is, how does that make you feel?  Do you want to patronize Publix?  Even if they don’t discriminate in their employment practices, do you feel differently about their attitude toward their employees and perhaps even customers?  Would you feel comfortable/be willing to shop there if you are black?  If you were an official in a town where a Publix was to open, would you want it there?

Again, I have no answer.  It’s just something to consider on both sides.

(For the record, I LOVE Chick-Fil-A.  I think their service is exemplary and I have had nothing but pleasant experiences whenever I’ve been there.  It would/will be really hard to give it up.  I just feel like I can’t put money into a coffer from which it might be directed toward something I feel so strongly about.  Sorry, CFA.)

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7 responses »

  1. The issue here is not whether or not you agree with CFA’s stance. The issue is Freedom of Speech. You can choose to patronize those businesses that align with your values; and boycott those that don’t. But it is ABJECTLY WRONG for government to interfer with those businesses and their right to conduct business – as some are now doing with CFA (blocking permits, etc.) If you allow this to happen, what is next? We need to let goverment know that what they are doing is WRONG and that they must STOP before our Freedom slowly starts to disappear….

    • You mean like equal rights for gays, which are denied every day? By our government? Like that? Until everyone is treated equally in the eyes of the law, regardless of what the Bible says, it’s worth making a fuss to call attention to an injustice.

      Legally, they can’t block permits. It won’t happen. However, I did forget that Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage. So I can see where the conflict is coming from.

      I’m not saying it’s right. I’m just saying think about it. Hey…I’ve got mine. Where’s yours?

    • Now that I’ve had a few more minutes to think about it, this argument is really a perfect example of what my original post was suggesting…substitute the specifics, but in reverse:

      “The issue here is not whether you agree with the Bible’s interpretation of marriage. The issue is Civil Rights and an individual’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You can choose to associate with those people who align with your values, and to avoid those that don’t. But it is ABJECTLY WRONG for government to interfer with individuals and their right to marry – as some are now doing with gay individuals (refusing the same rights as married couples insisting on civil union, not recognizing same sex benefits, etc.) If you allow this to happen, what is next? We need to let goverment know that what they are doing is WRONG and that they must STOP before our Freedom slowly starts to disappear.”

  2. Again, one’s postion on traditional marriage is not the issue. Freedom of speech is. Free speech means ALL speech is protected, not just what we think is correct.

    • I never said that it wasn’t. I just find it curious how people pick and choose who should have freedom and who shouldn’t. Chick-Fil-A is choosing. If Chick-Fil-A feels some discomfort by the criticism of their stance, I don’t feel sorry for them. They can choose where to open a restaurant. Maybe they should choose to do so in an area where they’ll feel more welcome. I don’t know. Like I said, I don’t have the answer. I like the spotlight on them though. It keeps people talking, which is always the first step toward effecting change.

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