From a "Chick-fil-a fan that is tired of all the arguing"
Published: Monday, August 27, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2012 09:08
This may be entirely inaccurate, but as far as I can tell, Mr. Cathy never said anything about gay people in his statement. He said "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." If I'm not mistaken this statement sounds more like a statement about divorce than sexual orientation, but I saw plenty of divorced people, (my family included) eating Chick-fil-a yesterday.
Now, obviously Chick-fil-a doesn't necessarily support gay-marriage, but just because you don't support something doesn't mean you are "anti" whatever. Chick-fil-a is probably one of the most conservative corporations in the world. Obviously they would have Christian values and beliefs. I can't figure out why everyone is so shocked about this. Would we rather have a world of honest people who don't always believe in the exact same things as us but learn to live harmoniously, or a world of liars who tell people what they want to hear regardless of the truth? We wonder why politics are the way they are these days? I'm proud of Mr. Cathy for staying firm in his beliefs even if they don't line up exactly with mine.
Chick-fil-a doesn't hate gays. I have several gay friends who work at Chick-fil-a, and they chose to work there because they knew they'd never feel discriminated against. Chick-fil-a treats employees and customers with more respect than any other fast food restaurant you will ever go to. (Seriously, did you feel respected the last time you went to McDonald's?) They have created a successful restaurant that is comfortable for families but still suitable for everyone else. They serve food that we all clearly enjoy. True, they support many organizations that don't support gay marriage, but they also don't give their money to the "We Hate Gay People" Foundation. They donate to Winshape, an incredible program that helps children, students, and families - regardless of their stance on marriage.
Eat your chicken. Boycotting will not change public policy, and it will not change the minds of the Chick-fil-a corporation. The only possible, (not likely) outcome of this is that all the Chick-fil-a's will shut down. Then I will pat all the boycotters on the back and congratulate them for destroying a company that, aside from everything above, employed thousands of people and made the best freaking chicken sandwich ever. (Don't deny it, you know its true).
"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of belief, creed and sexual orientation," -Dan Cathy
A Chick-fil-a fan that is tired of all of the arguing.