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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chick-Fil-A a Big Ol' Homophobe?

It's no secret that I have professed my love for all things Chick-Fil-A. I grew up in the south so a trip to the mall was not complete without getting that perfectly fried piece of chicken on a white bun with pickles. No garnish, no condiment, no nothing. Pair that bitch up with some waffle fries and a soft serve ice cream cone and I am one happy bastard. However, it pains me to see in the news that Chick-Fil-A is throwing money and support behind some lame ass pro-marriage (read anti gay) group for some stupid ass conference in February. "The Art of Marriage" is designed to “help couples apply what the Bible teaches about marriage in a powerful way.” And since we all know it's Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve, that means the gays can all go fuck themselves. Why, Chick-Fil-A, why? Why must you soil your delicious reputation by spreading this lack of inclusion around our country? Can't you see that gay marriage is no more of a threat to heterosexual marriage than the Burger King chicken sandwich is to your chicken sandwich? Some people want to marry another guy and some people want to eat a Burger King chicken sandwich. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you have to be against it, does it? Would I ever eat a Burger King chicken sandwich? No, I don't like them. But I am not going to support an organization that wants to make them illegal either. Let's all live in peaceful marriage and chicken sandwich harmony, okay?

And don't even get me started on the "but the Bible says so" argument. We all know it says plenty of things that people have chosen to ignore like not working on the Sabbath and being stoned too death for adultery what not. Here are some things that are in the Bible that people seem to think are not important:
  • Leviticus 19:28 says, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.” Wow, this Jimmeny Cricket tattoo might have been a big mistake then.
  • Leviticus 19:19 says, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.” So that apron I wear at work? The cotton/poly blend? Sin!
  • Mark 10:11-12 says, “And He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.’” I know a lot of freakin' adulterers then. And so do you.
  • Deuteronomy 23:1 says in God’s Word translation, “A man whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off may never join the assembly of the Lord.” So I knew this guy in college who lost one of his balls when he was water skiing. He fell and the rope went between his legs and took one of his balls with it. I'm sure it hurt but not as much as his eternal damnation to the fiery pits of Hell.
My point is that just because it says so in the Bible does not mean it has to be the law for the United States in 2011. Chick-Fil-A, if you are so caught up in maintaining the sanctity of marriage, why not throw some of your waffle fries money to make divorce illegal? I get it, you're a Christian based company. You are closed on Sunday (which always sucked when I was a kid because that was my mall day and your ass was always gated up.) But can't you just do what you do best and leave the whole gay marriage thing alone? Get your ass back behind the counter and make some fucking chicken sandwiches and leave the gay marriage thing alone.

In the meantime, I will no longer be your customer. And I hope anyone who reads this will do the same thing. I ban you. As much as I love you, I shall forsake you. You're wrong, Chick-Fil-A. Just wrong.

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52 comments:

Donda said...

You have to be a Christian to work there. Why do you think they are closed on Sunday? I don't support their ideas but dayummm I love the chic-fil-a with extra pickles and ketchup!

Anonymous said...

Honestly... I'm from europe and there's no Chick-fil-a here but I used to be a Floridian and god damn it, there ain't nothin better than some waffle fries with polynesian sauce!

jennifer said...

But don't you know that if gay people are allowed to get married, they will breed and produce more gay people who will then take over the world with their gayness? We can't let them take over the world! Chick Fil-A is right--something just has to be done to protect the sanctity of marriage.
There is no better authority on marriage than a fast food restaurant, after all!
Uck. This makes me sick to read...I really did love their chicken sandwiches, too.

Jess said...

I just don't get it... If marriage is about love then it's insignificant who's involved, as long as they love eachother.

Joel said...

Chick-fil-A has a previous connection to anti-gay marriage: http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/is_your_chicken_sandwich_homophobic

Also, latest news reports say Chick-fil-A's been pulled as a sponsor for this latest stunt.

Kitten with a Whisk said...

FAIL.

marsha66 said...

WTF, I haven't even eaten there yet. Why is fast food getting involved in peoples marrage?

Name: female, I shit you not! said...

No problem here.
Never had one of those sandwiches or fries, so I won't know what I am missing! ;0)
I'd miss my gay relatives though.
Them I know!

Joel said...

Update

Anonymous said...

I love this!!! I'm all about quoting Scripture that makes others look like a retard;however, as much as I love the gays I could never forsake the chicken sandwich with extra pickles and the overly happy gay guys that serve it to me through That double drive thru window!

Bouncin' Barb said...

I live in the south. I have not eaten at one yet and now I will never eat at one unless I am on the brink of starvation, stranded in the middle of nowhere for 3 days straight and they are the only place within walking distance. How friggen' stupid are they?

Haruka said...

We don't have Chick-fil-a here, and now I miss it even less. I'm happy to live in Canada where I was able to legally marry another woman two years ago (anniversary in four days! :D)

thormoo said...

For a second it was a bummer to think I'm never going to eat another one of their Chicken Sandwhiches...then the feeling passed. What a joke...What are they God's anti-gay Gestopo now? It's just sad...

Kara Hoag said...

Jess, you have it all wrong. Marriage isn't about love, it's about a man and a woman making babies. Because that's what we need in this overpopulated world. More. Babies.

visions unto myself

Mary A. said...

Yeah . .. just leave politics out of fast food.

I live in South Texas and people here LOVE that crap. Is it because we don't have Portillos? I donngeddit

I did boycott TGIF's because they want their employees to say Happy Holidays & not Merry Christmas tho.

Doug and Mary Ann said...

Corporations should stick to their reason for being in business and stay out of our personal lives. I'm adding Chick-Fil-A to my boycott list along with Cracker Barrel. By the way, the McDonald's Southern Chicken sandwich is a close second to Chick-Fil-A's...check it out.

Laura Leane said...

As much as it pains me, I too will boycott delicious chicken sammiches until they decide that they have no business nosing around in other people's marital affairs.

P.S. They (meaning religious nutcases who think the bible is the letter of the law) know the idea of marriage was around long before the earth was even supposed to have been created by god, right? Just wondering...

Love You Bitchy!! Smooches :-*

gabriellemimi said...

No food is good enough if it means supporting that sort of ignorant hate. Except maybe a really good cheese plate with a nice glass of wine. No, not even that.

Noelle said...

No Chic-fil-a for me. Helps I don't have one here. I did work at one a million years ago as a teenager. Kinda loved that were closed on Sunday back then. Don't they still fresh squeeze lemon-aide? it was good.

Practical Parsimony said...

Grrrr...I was just getting ready to go to Chick-Fil-A in a few minutes. When I saw the Chick-Fil-A at the top of your blog, I took it as a sign that eating their meal tonight would not add an ounce to me. Oh, NO, Mr. Bill! Now, I suppose I can never have another chic-fil-a again. Although a committed heterosexual, I support those who choose another path. BW, that was a good rebuttal you gave.

Kate said...

What assholes.

I love the term "pro-marriage". Inferring that gay/lesbian couples are anti-marriage... and they're showing it by... getting married?

Sickening.

Bagel Fairy said...

I love how "pro-" whatever usually means "anti-" something else, because people can't just come out and admit they're discriminating.

It's amazing what companies will do, including pandering to ignorant simpletons. It's not about what the Bible says for people who buy into this shit, but what powerful men say about what the Bible says. Is it really that hard to look at an issue in a nuanced way?

This so-called "pro-family" bullshit is just as deplorable as the companies who appeal to bleeding heart Save-the-Planet types with their "fair trade" coffees and recycled napkins. I'd love to say they're not fooling anyone, but we know differently.

Anonymous said...

If you think that's bad, you should see what KFC is doing!

Lolamouse said...

What asshats! I knew they supported "Christian values," but actively supporting bigotry and inequality is intolerable. But why oh why do their sandwiches have to taste so good and their waffle fries have to be so delicious?!! A boycott would be so much easier if bigotry wasn't so tasty, but boycott I will!

Suzanne said...

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him is totally allowed to be a douche and take away all the rights of others."
-John 3:16, Holy Bible, asshat edition

(this is @SuzanneRoussin on twitter, but I couldn't get the darn thing to sign in correctly)

jnana said...

Hey you! Don't diss Burger King Chicken fillets.

Katie said...

Amen.

Well said, and I'm right there with you on the boycott. I will miss their chicken biscuits.

My kids are biracial, and not long ago there were laws that would've prevented my husband and I from ever getting married and starting a family. To me, gay marriage is the same thing. I am saddened to live in a country where there are groups working so hard to deny civil rights to people because of who they choose to spend their lives with. Love is love. And, there's not enough of it out there- in large part due to the organizations like the ones back by Chik-Fil-A.

The Empress said...

What a bunch of f*cknuggets. It's always the sanctimonious and judgmental that get up on their giant soap boxes and spew drivel like that from their mouths. Christians my ass. They should be ashamed!

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thefeebleartichoke said...

What is a fast food restaurant doing in the pro-marriage/family values arena? Well, they are neck deep in it as they are profitably covering the tracks of all the wives who have fled the kitchen hearth. How much has the dining industry profited since the Women's Lib movement began? And what did the Bible have to say about that? Aren't women saying they are fully equal to men? If so, then aren't all marriages sort of "gay" marriages? Food for thought.

sally said...

I will gladly boycott chik fil a. Thanks for the heads up BW.

Anonymous said...

see you at BK!

Anonymous said...

It's not just Chic-fil-a. It's Cracker Barrel and Target and Best Buy and Coors and Wal-Mart and Whole Foods and the candy company that makes Sugar Daddys and other corporations which get requests for funds from a variety of 501(c)3 organizations and political action groups. Some companies have very thoughtful guidelines that look to reflect the values of their customer bases. Others operate with one or two people making decisions based upon the owner or founder's personal interests. The companies listed above have long term records of supporting conservative political and/or religious causes with part of their discretionary funds. They also support many causes that those of us with a more liberal viewpoint would applaud, making a difference in literacy, education, world hunger, and disaster relief. So like anything, they are not all bad, but they also do great harm to progressive change. The thing is that these companies are transparent with their giving and funding. Rushing to the fast food franchise next door to Chic-fil-a might also lend support to efforts to deny gay marriage, but one would not know this since the giving patterns of the ownership are not necessarily readily available for public scrutiny.

Anonymous said...

For the record I didn't read the comments - except for Donda's and that is not true. They are closed on Sundays, but you don't have to be Christian.

All that said - if what they are purporting they will lose my business. This is bullsh*t. I always like that they were closed on Sunday, but I am a "blue law" child and enjoyed a day of nothing once a week - I miss it. Yes, I am old and no that doesn't have anything to do with being Christian. It was just a day off and was great for everyone.

The sooner people realize the Bible was written through a series of verbally told stories, handed down over the ages and purported to be "God's" law they will better be informed that it is all a bunch of hooey and the miracles and what not written can be scientifically explained.

I think I will just call myself Darwin. I just know I won't be purchasing anything at Chik anytime soon. Or ever.

Jessica B said...

What a bunch of Chick-Fil-Assholes.

Which kind of sounds like a gay slur, but totally didn't mean it that way. I am 100% pro equal rights!

I am also 100% with you. If I knew where there was one of these places, I would totally ban it from my list of acceptable fast food restaurants.

Seriously, what a bunch of crap. That makes me so mad. Way to go for putting this out there BW. Great job on the post.

Greg Becerra said...

I completely agree that they should just stick to makin' chikin. However, using the argument, "Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you have to be against it," is a contradiction with your choice to boycott them.

Again I agree that their business has nothing to do with marriage of any sort, so they shouldn't mix the two. But you and they are both making economic and political choices based on personal opinions. Nothing wrong with that. It's only contradictory when you do it then say they shouldn't do it.

The better argument is to recognize their right to have an opinion and take action based on it. Then, point out to them your same right as their customer, and only then boycott them. Subtle but important difference. Don't stoop to their own hypocrisy.

Now Hardee's has some truly awesome Chicken Tenders (get the honey mustard). If one were to ask Hardee's if they minded if their customers were gay married, there is a good chance they would keep their opinions to themselves and welcome any new customer. Then you get a little petition or pledge from Fil o' Chick customers to take their business to Hardee's or anywhere else (assuming Hardee's aren't a bunch of self-righteous assholes too).

Churches and businesses will always cater to money before beliefs. That’s where all the hypocrisy comes from in religion. They start off with Thy shalt not kill, and before you know it, they find out that ain’t so good for business to they say, Well I meant witches are an exception and we’ll tell you who the witches are. Individuals, on the other hand, are insane. They’ll drink poison Kool-aid if their Idol tells them too.

On the whole gay marriage thing. Personally, I think all marriage should be out of the public domain. That should make everyone minding their own business happy. How one lives their life isn’t anybody else’s concern so long as they don’t greatly impede the rights of others. A society has no need for State sanctioned marriages. If people want to go have some relationship ceremony outside the political sphere, that’s up to them. Less people would probably end up getting married, and so religious people would probably have an issue with this also (not to mention divorce lawyers).

I’ll do my best to avoid Chick Fil A. They do have good chicken, but I honestly think those Chicken Tenders have anything they got beat. But to be honest, my avoidance is more than this issue; they’re kind of creepy. Ever see the crappy stuff they give out in kid’s meals?

Wendy said...

I stopped reading halfway through. My first job was at a Chick-Fil-A in a Central Florida mall, I was 15. The experience scarred me for life but I wont get started. Chick-Fil-A is a Christian run business, say no more. Between their dark ages mentality and several months of touching raw chicken, I can't stand the place.

Jenny said...

I've never understood why gay marriage is a political issue in the first place. People who are against it are against it for religious reasons, yet we're SUPPOSED to be a country that separates church and state. The church doesn't have to recognize a marriage if it doesn't want to, but the government should!

dirtydisher said...

Fuck chick fil a. Fuck the bible.

Suzanne said...

AWESOME UPDATE: http://bit.ly/ghrErE This is the anti-gay page of that "Family" organization in question that ChickFA was sponsoring. After the wildly misinformed article, scroll down to read the comment!

lee said...

i don't eat chik-fil-a very often and they have just made the "no-no" list. the christian women in my neighborhood eat chik-fil-a because they think it is a way of silently witnessing for the lord.

these are the same idiots who wanted to boycott blockbuster for promoting pornography. btw, they thought "XXX" with vin diesel was porn because blockbuster had a "XXX" banner across the front of the store.

too bad, because my grandkids love the indoor playground and i love the fact i can watch them through the glass AND get tea refills.


after all, their motto is "eat more chikins", not "eat more men".

Toni said...

I've never been there because we don't have one. I've always wanted to try it. But now I won't.

Mama Sky said...

screw them- its your right to choose who you love and do what you want. Im straight but support my friends who are not.
You wanna eat a place who supports gays then go to applebees. I have yet to go there and not be waited on by a cute gay guy. Despite the ridicules prices on there not so great food- the drinks are good, and once you have several the drinks become great.

Jo said...

I got confused reading this post. Something about sponsors and gay marriage and then tattoos to not eating chicken on Thursdays...

And reading the comments didn't help.

Here's the deal...

I LOVE this blog. Makes my day better and my job seem not so crappy. However, I take offense.

How can you all spout tolerance and equal rights while you verbally (textually?) abuse others in the same sentence? I understand the vote with your dollar. More power to you all but all the name calling and outrage is contradicting your point and makes what you say dismissed all the easier.

Not all Christians view gays and leibians as Satan incarnate. Just like all gay men aren't drag queens. Over generalizations are assuming and incorrect.

Marriage is eternal love. That's it the end.
God is love. That's it the end.

So why is everyone still arguing?

Jess said...

@Kara

You should come to England. We don't bother getting married! We just sleep with a multitude of different people who then spawn tons of little miracles and then you get a free house, child benefit, your bills paid and free food... All because you let someone spill their beans inside you. Sigh.

It's hard to be patriotic when you live in England.

kelly said...

Have you seen the West Wing episode in which the President totally goes ape in much the same way? You really should, it's fabulous! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHaVUjjH3EI

p.s. i love your blog.

Krissy said...

I am with you that on pretty much everything in this post, except the damn sammich. It better have mayo on it! :) I get it though. They should have just stayed out of that battle all together! I don't know how I missed this post when you originally put it up because I remember seeing the title.

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Anonymous said...

I'm a curious person, therefore, I watched the link from Advocate.com, as well as checking out Pennsylvania Family Institutes website...and aside from the assumptions that the editors at Advocate.com make I saw no indication that either Pennsylvania Family Institues or Chick-fil-a are "anti-gay". I looked at the information from "The Art of Marriage" conference and it seems to be designed as a help for those who do are attempting to have a heterosexual marriage, where there is communication, love, unselfishness, and to provide a stable environment (centered around God - as this goes along with their beliefs) for their children where there is the presence of both a male role model and a female role model - to be successful in their attempt. In PFI's about (http://www.pafamily.org/index.php?pID=10) they mention out of wedlock births, divorce rates, youth violence, pornography use, illiteracy, and sexually transmitted diseases...no where did I find that they attacked homosexuality. I am sure that as Christians they believe homosexuality is wrong, but they didn't attack it. Instead, it seems they want to promote healthy environments in families (in the event that the heterosexual approach is chosen) where the parents are more than just staying together for the kids...where each partner works together and has the other and the family's best interest at heart. They want to help families show love and support for each other so that that little boys won't bounce from partner to partner (be it male or female) trying to find someone to love him or feel like he has to resort to violence to prove he's a man. They want to help families show that little girl that she is loved for who she is, not how she looks or how willing she is to put it out there. Girls learn how they deserve to be treated (or how not to be treated) as women by how they see their mothers treated, so if there is positive male influence (such as a father) who treats their mother with respect and as an equal it is easier for them to expect respect and equality. The same is true for boys, with a positive male influence they learn how to be strong and responsible, while still caring about others, with a positive female influence they learn how to treat women and be emotional. While these factors do not guarantee a successful and upstanding citizen they do help. And it seems to me that is what PFI is standing for...Chick-fil-a as well...helping those who wish to follow this prototype to be successful.

But, I digress, considering my reason for writing this was for you to perhaps reconsider boycotting Chick-fil-a...Chick-fil-a provided food for "The Art of Marriage" event...and it wasn't corporate Chick-fil-a that made the choice, it was the individual franchise owner who agreed to provide food to the event. Individual franchise owners are the ones who decide whether or not to support an event...they are the ones who are going to have to make the food for it! The food doesn't get flown in from corporate headquarters. So maybe, just perhaps you could just boycott the Pennsylvania Chick-fil-a instead of all CHick-fil-a's? I found this video from Dan Cathy http://vimeo.com/18680127, regarding the whole situation.

Oh, and you don't have to be Christian to work there nor do you have to be straight. There are many places who take one day off a week to allow their employees a day to rest and recoup, because everyone knows everyone needs a break and a happy employee does a much better job! Wish Carrabba's would have had that idea during the four years I worked there!

Anonymous said...

hey! I'm a Christian and I work at Chick-fil-a. I love my job and no I don't support everything my company supports but I have a job and i'd apriciate it if you would stop calling me and my co-workers a**wholes thanks

Anonymous said...

Ithink I'll go there tomorrow & eat.I will be more than happy to go a support a company that stand up for family morals. GOD BLESS THEM!

Sherry said...

Well, shoot. They built a Chick-fil-a near me a couple of years ago and I kept meaning to stop by and check out the food. Guess I can cross that off my to-do list. *sigh*

Gay rights = human rights, and I try not to support groups that act against human rights.

Thanks for the heads-up.

Anonymous said...

Well, we don't have any Chik Fil As where I live. I've had their food before but the best thing about them is their marketing, actually. I've had better chicken sandwiches and better fries. Arby's curly fries are better, to be honest.

Or make your own fried chicken and chicken sandwiches at home. Tastes better anyway and you know a sandwich you create believes the same things you do.

Steve LaFleur said...

There is an inherent cult mentality in Chick Fil-A, and I was directly involved in the distribution side for the chain, so I'm aware of it. You don't have to be a "Christian" to work there, but...you have to be one to "own" a store.

There's always a mode of hypocrisy when it comes to running a major food business - I'm sure the food isn't raised with the same ethics.