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.