Would you like a side of heated politics and self-righteous moral values with your chicken sandwich? Well, now, you may not have a choice. For years, there's been persistent buzz that "family-oriented" fast food chain Chick-fil-A isn't keen on those whose sexual orientation isn't heterosexual. Specifically, that the company is vehemently anti-marriage equality. Well, now, we have definitive proof that it's true.
Chick-fil-A's president Dan Cathy, whose father founded the chain, spoke with Baptist Press and put on the record what we've suspected for so long now. When asked about the chain's backing of "traditional" families led only by a man and a woman, Cathy said, "Well, guilty as charged." A-ha!
It's no big surprise, given the actions of the company, like their WinShape Foundation, which has "morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries," according to Cathy. He elaborated:
We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
So, let me get this straight (no pun intended). Cathy & Co. are "supportive of the family" ... but only in a narrow-minded way that excludes gay couples and divorced/re-married couples, which pretty much means they're only cool with a tiny niche group of hetero, never divorced American families! Way to go, Chick-fil-A.
This news only serves to confirm quite a few of the fast food chain consumers' worst fears. From Cathy's interview we can most definitely conclude that when you fork over $5 for a fried chicken sandwich, some fries, and a soda, that cash could ultimately be going toward funding campaigns aimed at blocking marriage equality. Even though Cathy claims the company's opposition isn't a civil issue, they've certainly proven to put their money where their morals are.
Oh yes, this is America, and a restaurant is more than entitled to put their profits toward causes they care about. But we consumers are entitled to opt out of patronizing an establishment whose "values" we don't agree with and don't want to support financially. No matter how much you love those waffle fries.
Do you steer clear of restaurants that publicly back causes you're opposed to?
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