If a business does something I don’t approve of, I simply stop shopping there. For instance, Citgo is owned by Hugo Chavez, communist dictator of Venezuela, and because I consider Hugo to be a gigantic douche, I don’t get gas as Ctigo. Ever. If my friends ask me, I’ll tell them why I avoid Citgo. They may agree and stop shopping there, they may not. It’s all good because we’re all individuals capable of making adult decisions and I don’t pick my friends and colleagues based on politics – and those friends I have who do disagree with me tend to be adult enough to realize this.
So, this leads to the question: why the war on Chick-Fil-A?
First, let’s get this clear: Chick-Fil-A the company was founded by a Christian man whose values have driven his business model. The employees are typically extremely friendly to customers, the restaurants are very considerate towards families in both design and menu offerings, and they’re closed on Sunday (a point which has annoyed me often when I’ve had a mis-timed craving). The founder of Chick-Fil-A, S. Truett Cathy, continues to promote his personal values. So what’s the problem?
Well, shockingly to some, this man – who’s fostered over 200 kids, attends church every Sunday, and continues to teach Sunday School classes in his 90′s, doesn’t like gay marriage. His business doesn’t discriminate against gays, they don’t refuse to serve gay people, they don’t put pictures of the Chick-Fil-A cows holding signs that say “God Hats Homoos” on their marquees. It’s simply that Truett doesn’t think gay behavior is right and doesn’t support gay marriage. Now, what would an adult do about this shocking revelation?
- Option 1: Realize that we’re talking about a 91 year old Christian man and get on with life, applauding his works you agree with, and occasionally stopping by Chick-Fil-A for their delicious sandwiches.
- Option 2: Disagree with Mr. Cathy and send the company a letter expressing your discontent with his position, but accepting the fact that Chick-Fil-A probably isn’t going to be putting out an Anti-Gay Kids Meal any time soon.
- Option 3: Perform a personal boycott of Mr. Cathy’s businesses. Be content in your personal sacrifice, but sad that you’re missing out on their delicious chicken.
- Option 4: Perform same boycott, but mention to friends that they may want to join you. Send a letter to the company stating your reasons for boycotting.
- Option 5: Demonize a 91-year-old man whose values you never agreed with and use the force of government to exert the force of your will, not only upon the business whose founder has beliefs you don’t agree with, but on the potential employees of said business. Plus, hold gay kiss-in events at Chick-Fil-A so that the people who eat their lunch there will feel totally weird about it and not eat there, forcing Chick-Fil-A to serve people who held their kiss-ins, except that they already totally do serve gay people at Chick-Fil-A, which means you’re just doing it for show. Besides, people who don’t agree with your political views don’t deserve the same freedom of conscience protected by the First Amendment that good progressives do.
Normal people would choose 1-4. Sadly, a ton of retards are choosing 5, getting the likes of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Mayor and Obama associate Rahm Emanuel to try to push Chick-Fil-A out of their respective cities, a fascistic move that’s even set off the free expression alarm at the incredibly liberal Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, and NPR.
The ultimate in irony is that while Rahm Emanuel was pushing against Chick-Fil-A for Cathy’s support of traditional marriage, he was also welcoming Louis Farrakhan to Chicago, who not only opposes gay marriage, but also openly and proudly hates Jewish people like… Rahm Emanuel.
The pro-family groups have organized today, August 1, as a Chick-Fil-A appreciation day, and have encouraged people to go by and grab a sammich. Personally, I disagree with this. I think that a better approach is simply to eat mor chikin. Don’t limit it to a single day – go support the businesses who support your values on a regular basis. Show them your support by becoming a regular customer. Go buy a sammich today… and then another tomorrow… and then another a few days from now. Sure, you’ll get fat, but it’ll be delicious and you’ll be giving your support to a business whose values are the same values found in Scripture.
That’s my take.