Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Eat More Chicken: The Chick-Fil-A FUBAR of 2012

Everywhere I go, people are posting their opinions about my favorite fast food restaurant. I can't avoid it. It's amazing how divided my Facebook friends and Twitter followers are on this issue.

I'm not sure why Chick-Fil-A coming out in support of traditional marriage suddenly became the shot heard around the world, but that seems to be the case. I've kept quiet on it until now, but I just can't help throwing out my own opinion when everyone else does. So here we go.

I, Cherie Jamison, will continue to eat the same amount of Chick-Fil-A that I have always eaten. And here is why.

1. I do not go to Chick-Fil-A based on their religious or political beliefs.

I go to Chick-Fil-A because it is delicious. I go to Chick-Fil-A because it is a little bit healthier than McDonalds, the people are friendly, and they've never messed up my order. Also, their lemonade is the best, tangiest lemonade I've ever gotten at a restaurant. Their spicy chicken is to die for, and don't even get me started on waffle fries.

2. It shouldn't be a surprise that an openly Christian business does not support gay marriage, so this "revelation" didn't really surprise me.

Chick-Fil-A is founded upon traditional, Christian beliefs. They are closed on Sundays. Clearly, a good percentage of traditional Christians are against gay marriage as they believe marriage is a sacred, religious covenant between two people and God. And since the Bible clearly states that men shall not lie with men, women with women, etc... this defies that sacred covenant. So am I surprised that Chick-Fil-A, an openly Christian organization, supports Christian values? Nope.

3. Why shouldn't they be allowed to have an opinion?

I know that people in support of gay marriage think that those against it should be more "tolerant" of people with different lifestyles. I understand this. That's why I, as a Christian, do not think that gay marriage is that big of a deal. The traditional marriage has been marred with a 50% divorce rate. Premarital sex is practically the norm now. So really, I don't think it impacts me any more if a gay couple wants to marry than if two teenagers get married and later realize they were too young for such a decision and end it.

That being said, I don't know why other people cannot express their opinions -- either in favor of or against -- any issue. This is America. Aren't we supposed to be free to speak our opinion? Free to practice any religion we so wish? It kills me that companies coming out in favor of gay marriage are applauded by supporters for being so bold as to express their opinions, but someone against it is shunned?

And isn't it a bit hypocritcal for the same people who preach "tolerance" to be completely intolerant of someone with differing opinions? I don't see the difference here. Some say that no one has to be tolerant of "hate," but I don't see how hate is even a factor. Just because someone is against gay marriage does not mean that they hate gay people. They may disagree with the lifestyle, but it doesn't mean that they have anything against the person.

I don't think it was a good business move at all for Chick-Fil-A to come out (haha, see what I did there?) with this opinion, but it is their every right to do so. And it isn't like they are fighting against gay marriage. They are simply expressing their disagreement with it.

On the other hand, I think this "Chick-Fil-A day" -- or whatever today is -- is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. So, while I support Chick-Fil-A having an opinion, I am not so over-the-moon about their rights to sit in a drive-thru line for God knows how long just to prove some kind of point. Because it isn't my point to prove. And honestly? I just want the whole thing to go away.

Some of my friends are eating Chick-Fil-A more. Some are boycotting. Me? I'm just going to go out for the occasional delicious spicy chicken sandwich and waffle fries and call it a day. Because honestly, their opinions don't make a bit of difference to me.


  1. I agree 100%! I am a new follow of yours, too. I have always loved ChicFilA and there isn;t one near me. All of this silly talk just makes me want a freaking sandwich. You are spot on with all of your points. It is delicious, they are a Christian organization, and they express their opinion! I am so close to defriending and unfollowing a ton of people. Everyone just needs to drop it, move on, and go eat a chicken sandwich for me! Happy Hump Day!

  2. I'm glad you posted this on your blog! As a Chick-fil-A-a-holic (is that a word? it is now!), I knew that they held Christian beliefs and it didn't bother me other than the fact I always seem to want their food on Sunday. However, it's not a matter of whether or not they are or aren't allowed to have an opinion. The main issue is that they are taking their profits and using them to support those anti-gay groups. Essentially, we are supporting those groups, by spending our money there. Here's a really good article I just found. ( I totally get where you're coming from, but it's a little deeper I think. Thanks for writing this though! You gained a follower today :)

    1. Thanks for your opinion! Yes, I too have been known to crave Chick-Fil-A on a Sunday. :(

      I hadn't read all that though. I just glanced over the article you linked me to, and I'll have to check out their facts in detail later.

      But yeah, if they are supporting organizations that want to criminalize gay people, then that might be a bit much.

  3. I agree. I am tired of this topic and everyone hating anyone just because they speak their mind. It's on both sides. I had homosexual friends just weeks ago saying it was stupid to boycott Oreo's because they supported same-sex marriage but now look what those same ones are doing. I think everyone should have the right to speak their mind, and if you don't agree with them then that's okay but don't try to take their right away. And I'm only avoiding Chick-fil-a today because I know the lines are going to be longer than normal. I'll have one tomorrow.

    1. Wow, your Oreos example is the PERFECT example of how it goes both ways (again, see what I did there?). I understand that gay people DO face a lot of discrimination, but I hate it when many supporters of same sex marriage act like gay people are the only victims. There are victims of discrimination on ALL sides and the sooner we all come to grips with that, the better.

  4. I totally agree. I don't agree with Chick-Fil-A's stance, but they have the right to have it. It's not like Chick-Fil-A discriminates against gays and doesn't hire gay people to work in their stores or won't serve gays food. It's simply that the owner doesn't believe in gay marriage. Big fucking whoop.

    And I think its unfair to protest them without protesting OPEC too which is run by Muslim countries that behead gay's in their countries. It's a total double standard. I mean get a grip people.

  5. I completely disagree. Chick-Fil-A is welcome to have their opinion. That is not the problem. They problem is that they donate millions of dollars to organizations that so vehemently oppose same-sex marriage and homosexuality as a whole. Organizations that still believe they can 'pray away the gay.' Organizations that are considered hate groups by the government because they believe gays should be placed into concentration camps. I am annoyed that this has become a huge issue just now because they have been doing it for at least ten years. I, personally, haven't eaten there for over 2 years since I found out. It's not about what some idiot in their company said out loud. It is what they actively support that is the issue. So I hope you really enjoy those waffle fries and maybe for a second consider that thanks in part to those fries, my marriage to my wife is not recognized by the government.

    1. I admit, I didn't read into the issue quite as deeply as I should have. I only heard about the comments the owner made in regards to their stance on the issue. I was recently linked (in a comment above) to an article that goes into more detail, which I will check out when I have time after work.

      Like I said, I don't agree with their stance. But I have just never been one to boycott something I like just out of political/religious differences of opinions. For instance, a lot of my conservative friends boycotted Pepsi products for using stem cells from aborted fetuses. I don't agree with abortion in any but dire circumstances, but I'm not going to stop drinking a product I like just because they support that.

      Maybe if I were closer to the issue I would take it more to heart. I don't know. I will definitely check out more about the issue, though. Any organization that wants to put ANYONE in concentration camps really needs to get hit.

    2. Frankly I don't care about what people eat, but I do care about where my money goes, and I refuse to support a company that supports discriminatory groups. I'd feel the same way if they were against interracial marriage.

      And just because chick-fil- a is a Christian company, doesn't mean that I have to accept being anti-gay-marriage is part of the deal. I know plenty of Christians for it, and for good reason. This is not a freedom of speech issue, this is a human rights issue. Why are christians so uppity about gay marriage when we have an obesity epidemic in this country? Why can obese people get married (2 of the 7 deadly sins right there, sloth and glutton) and homosexuals can't? It's cafeteria religion.. Some sins are acceptable and others are not. People can control their weight, or if they have sex before marriage (also a sin) but they cannot control who they love.

      Anyway, not trying to get cranky on you, I totally see where you are coming from, but if you dig a little deeper I to the issue you will see this isn't a new issue at all, it is just a current hot topic because some CEO was asked a question on a Christian station.

  6. Hi! I just found your blog and am really glad that I'm not the only one who thinks this needs to stop. I think everyone is entitled to have their own opinions, and support or not support whatever causes/organizations we want to. What I'm not liking is the amount of hatred that is coming from BOTH sides. There are so many more important issues going on in the world today, and yet people are focusing on a restaurant. I understand that the issue is much deeper than that, but it's becoming over the top.


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