Chick-fil-A Flap Proves This Country Is Divided Beyond Repair

Chick-fil-AWho would have thought that Chick-fil-A, a fried chicken fast food restaurant that operates on "biblical principles," would become Ground Zero for our nation's ongoing culture war. Yesterday, August 1, was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day (according to Mike Huckabee) and business was booming at restaurants across the South and Midwest.

The chicken chain is based in Atlanta and, in many ways, this whole ridiculous flap is a sign of how divided our country truly is. All this over chicken? Really?

The drama started when restaurant president and devoted Baptist Dan Cathy revealed that he supports a "biblical" definition of marriage. It has also become clear that the chain has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay marriage groups. Naturally, gay rights activists are furious. But just what does a boycott do?

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On a surface level, it's pretty silly. But the bigger boycotts that are stemming from the smaller ones -- several big-city mayors have said they want nothing to do with Chick-fil-A, A-list actors have spoken out, and Muppets creator Jim Henson Co. stopped doing business with the chicken chain -- will definitely affect the bottom line.

The whole thing is depressing in a way, too. While protesting is part of what makes this country great, the incredible cultural divide between educated and uneducated, religious and non-religious, and southern and northern people just continues to grow.

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We first saw this in the 2000 election, and it has only grown since then. Simply put: if we can't even agree on chicken, how will we ever accomplish anything in this country?

The answer seems to be that we won't. This is an America divided and this is just one more symbol of that. The fact is, for much of the US, particularly the Northeast, eating at Chick-fil-A isn't even an option. We don't have them. And even if we did, processed chicken that is both fattening and full of chemicals isn't something most of us would choose if given more options.

We can laugh and say boycotters will have our revenge in the form of muffin tops and stents, but the truth is much more depressing. This "food" is inedible to half the country, thus making this whole flap kind of hilarious. I can boycott Chick-fil-A, but it would be like me boycotting Dress Barn. It's pretty meaningless when I never go there anyway.

On the surface it looks like it's all about chicken. But if you look deeper, it's about so much more.

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