[Wednesday’s Jump Off] Chick-fil-A, Anyone?

I like Chick-fil-a. A lot. When I discovered my graduate school has a restaurant on campus I tweeted with joy for the chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and lemonade! However, my love for Chick-fil-A has nan to do with my beliefs regarding LGBT marriage. But if I patronize Chick-fil-A today, I’m on Team Huckabee; I’m making an admission of solidarity with the family owned business and its stance against gay-marriage. But is that really true? Or do I just like those addictive sandwiches? What if I were a non-profit that benefits from the restaurant’s customers?

Chick-fil-a believes traditional marriage is the only marriage. Gays, lesbians and other LGBT supporters…well not so much. What happens when you mix Chick-fil-a sandwiches, LGBT activists and a non-profit that just wants to feed the needy? Pure controversy.

The Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado hosts a summer-long food drive with one day sponsored by Chick-fil-a. The program gives a free Chick-fil-a sandwich to those who donate two non-perishables to the food bank at the restaurant. Through the program in 2011, the food bank received over 10,000lbs of food. Here’s the rub this year: LGBT activists in Colorado want the food bank to cancel the drive or make a statement      in opposition of the restaurant’s anti gay-marriage stance. The food bank on the other hand, just wants to feed the hungry.  So what did the Care and Share do? It hosted its annual food drive at Chick-fil-a. What was it supposed to do, cancel? Can you blame Care and Share?

This is where politics meets humanity and things get sticky. The food bank’s CEO, Lynne Telford told the local newspaper, “We accept money from every legal organization without regard to their politics.” She continued, “It is awkward, but we’re trying to feed people — that’s what we’re trying to do.”

It’s like my mama taught me, you don’t discuss religion, sex or politics in mixed company. Apparently, we need to add Chick-fil-a to that list now too. …All I want are my chicken sandwiches. Talk about first world problems.

Happy Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day- or not.

2 thoughts on “[Wednesday’s Jump Off] Chick-fil-A, Anyone?

  1. But the question is do we really need Chick-fil-A today? The difference between Chick-fil-a and other organizations is that it is donating it’s money to an organization that support “pray-the-gay-away” programs where they try to “convert” gay people. I don’t believe anyone should be forced into programs like that.

    However, since Chick-Fil-A is a private business they really have the right to their views and the right to support what ever industry they’d like. There are many industries that don’t support favorable causes. The company Free People and Urban Outfitters belongs to support the Republican party, and their founder is ultra-conservative. Whole Foods has been outspoken about being against the Affordable Care Act. The bottom line here is that at the end of the day, no matter how “good” we think these businesses are, they are still private entities with their own motives at the end of the day. As consumers we deserve the right to know where our money is going, so I am glad that Chick-Fil-A is being open about their opinions. If they were not trying to make a statement, they would not be putting their opinions in the media so often. Think about it. This news didn’t just come up randomly.

    Nevertheless, I have been boycotting Chick-Fil-A for a long time simply because they don’t have any vegetarian options. I’m not trying to eat french fries and a milk shake. Why should I put my money toward that when I can just go to Chipotle where they have “humanely raised animals” and a bunch of organic vegetarian options (also, did you know the vegetarian options comes with FREE guacamole? omg) Seriously, it’s 2012 Chick-Fil-A. Get it together–People like vegetarian food too.

    1. LOL @ veggie options at the chicken joint. …Your comment has great value in that we don’t know most of the time what political stance the places we patronize take. Honestly, do people even care that much once they’ve become loyal fans of the product? Does a political stance that bears no weight in their life really cause to stop eating Cheerios or buying from urban outfitters? And really will a non-profit risk not receiving vital donations because of a political squabble? Clearly not.

      Thanks for the comment!

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