Chick-Fil-A

I’ve been trying to stay out of this discussion on my blog. Thing is — maybe it’s the lack of yummy waffle fries, but people are getting a little bit crazy.

I disagree with the company’s particularly public stance on a social issue. I hope it turns out to be a bad business move. If a company were saying it doesn’t support interracial marriage, for example, all sorts of people would be mad. I’ve chosen not to allow my money to support this company. I’ve asked my friends to do the same if they feel as compelled as I do. This is a first for me. I tend to think that just because I disagree with a business on a social issue, I can support the business for the specific product it supplies. Chick-Fil-A — by being so public and supporting such hateful groups, though — is different to me.

But we need to be careful. Far too often, we become so frustrated at the other side that we begin to act like them. We show the same level of intolerance that they show. This hurts our cause. If we truly are fighting for equality and equality alone, we will get there without using the same, unattractive tactics the other side uses to stop progress. Whenever I’m having a conversation with someone who disagrees with me, I always try to do a few things. First, I try to operate within the parameters of their argument. In other words, I try to frame my argument based on what they are arguing. Next, I always try to legitimately understand their perspective. If I’m asking them to understand mine, it’s only fair. Finally, I admit that it’s OK to disagree. And if I feel strongly enough about an issue and we can’t agree, it might affect our relationship. I’m willing to accept this. This is life.

I fully agree that Chick-Fil-A has a ridiculously outdated and hateful stance on my right to be equal. I fully agree that the company is supporting policies that demonize a group simply because it — for whatever reason — doesn’t like them. I fully agree that you can’t base the law of the land on a single religious viewpoint. And the thing is — I bet Chick-Fil-A would agree with me on that, too, if someone were trying to pass law in the country based on Islamic law, for example.

But please — when indicting a group for professing its beliefs, watch yourself. Don’t become exactly what you’re fighting against.

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Comments on: "Chick-Fil-A" (8)

  1. Good Post Kyle. I can’t tell you how many Chik-Fil-A sandwiches I’ve eaten in my lifetime, too many to count but I can tell you how many Ive eaten since Dan Cathy made his statement–Zero. A lot of my friends, including some of my gay friends disagree and that’s OK with me, I just don’t want any of my money going to a company that actively & publicly supports denying basic human rights to the point where they financially support a group that wants to criminalize homosexuality. We can’t be opposed to those who want to legislate love and then turn around and hate them for their views. That sends a conflicting message.

  2. You make a great point about becoming just like the side we dislike. At work this was a big discussion when some one mentioned having lunch there. I don’t agree with their views and I can’t tolerate any type of discrimination. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, regardless of what ridiculous thing they allow to influence that opinion. BUT, I work far to hard for the little money I make and there is no way in hell I’m going to financially support what I feel is ignorance. Great post!

    • KyleSieg said:

      Thanks! It’s an individual call. And you can’t fault someone for choosing to go another route than you. But you can let your voice be heard.

  3. Well put. I too wanted to stay away from this topic but felt compelled to jump in. They have a first amendment right to say whatever stupid thought they have. I may not like it, but this is the way it is. We do not have the right to run them out of town, although I am in a city trying to block their business. This too is wrong. As you say, let’s hope they made a really bad business move and people start to stay away from them. I will.

    • KyleSieg said:

      You know, I can’t remember the specific differentiation — if there is one — regarding businesses and the first amendment vs. individuals and the first amendment. Regardless, I’m down with the company saying whatever it wants to and the people reacting. The people. And other private entities. Not public ones.

  4. I liked your post. I’v been boycotting Chick-fil-A for a long time now, well before this recent media blitz. For a while I have felt that at the very least Chick-fil-A has proven themselves to be an irresponsable corporate citizen to the nonhetero and nonjudeochristian communities. To me this is not just a LGBTIQ+ issue, thought that is where the media is focused presently. Chick-fil-A and their affiliated organizations (WinShape, LifeShape, and the many others lesser known) intentionally lack the transparency for me as a consumer to make an informed buying decision. I don’t expect every business I patronize to be completely aligned with my social and political ideals no more than I expect my ideals to perfectly align with those held my by employer; that is just the pragmatics of capitalism. Yet, without greater transparency it’s impossible to know what Chick-fil-A really is.

    I have come to the conclusion that Chick-Fil-A and it’s affiliated organs work together indistinguishably as the most successful church bakesale cult of all time. With over 1,600 franchises all across the country. When you go to Chick-Fil-A are patronizing a new kind of modern Southern Baptist splinter institution. Chick-Fil-A isn’t doing much in the way of correcting this perception. The company’s official statement of corporate purpose according Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A’s President and COO says that the business exists “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. On the spectrum of restaurant to church what dose that sound most like to you?

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