Chick-fil-A Anti Gay?

Katherine - posted on 01/14/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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What IS it with food and racism, and anti-movements? Racist cupcakes......anti gay chicken.....I know I forgot one....




It's nothing if not a week of controversial video statements on Facebook ...

The firestorm over whether national restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has an anti-gay agenda continued again this week after company president Dan Cathy defended a local franchise's decision to cater a marriage conference in Pennsylvania.

Gay rights advocates and bloggers criticized Chick-fil-A for co-sponsoring an event with the Pennsylvania Family Institute, an organization that was actively trying to ban gay marriage; some even called for a boycott of the chicken chain.

So, did Cathy's Facebook video defense put the concerns to rest or fan the flame of resentment? Well, that's for you to decide ...

In his statement, Cathy denied that Chick-fil-A had sponsored the event, arguing that it had simply provided sandwiches and brownies for lunch and that this in no way meant that the company's beliefs were aligned with PFI. (This, despite the fact that a flyer for the conference stated the conference was sponsored by PFI and Chick-fil-A.) Nevertheless, he maintained:

Providing food to this event or any event is not an endorsement of the mission, political stance, or motives of this or any other organization.

But his message was lost on certain gay advocate groups who were angered when he praised the conference for its emphasis on strengthening marriage and shared that, "Marriage has long been a focus of Chick-fil-A, starting with my own mom and dad who are celebrating their 63rd year of marriage."

The fact that he did not specify what kind of marriage should be strengthened led many opponents to assume he was not in support of marriage between people of the same sex.

While Cathy may think he has set the record straight on whether Chick-fil-A has a gay agenda, others are still scratching their heads in confusion.

Do you think Chick-fil-A has an anti-gay agenda? Will that stop you from eating there?

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Mary - posted on 01/15/2011

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I agree with Sara about the service...it is phenomenal! On the rare occasion we hit a fast food joint, despite my love of McD's quarter-pounder and fries, Chick Fil A has become my first choice since having a child. It is, without question, the most kid AND mom-friendly chain around.

I think there is a distinction between being actively anti-gay, and just being pro-family. Yes, I am aware of the Christian beliefs of the founders, and their closed-on-Sundays policy.
They have a right to their beliefs; my guess is, the founders may very well hold personal beliefs that ARE anti-gay marriage. However, that is just a suspicion on my part; they've engaged in no openly hostile or negative actions or words to support that. Unless or until they do, there is no justification for any outrage.

Being Christian, or even pro-marriage, does not automatically equate with being anti-gay. As long as the continue to equally serve each and every customer, and fail to engage in any type of bashing of "alternative" families or lifestyles, I have absolutely no issue with them.

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Mary - posted on 01/15/2011

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Laura, I did a little exploring about both PFI, as well as the conference in question, "The Art of Marriage" that Chick Fil A is involved in providing food for.
http://www.familylife.com/site/c.dnJHKLN...

Now, nothing in the agenda suggests any anti-gay topics...it seems to be strictly a seminar for Christian couples on how to strengthen and preserve their marriages within the framework of their beliefs. There is even a section dedicated to the importance of a "sizzling" sex life, lol!

Although there was nothing overt on PFI's website about being anti-gay, I am quite sure that people involved with this organization are most likely very conservative, tea-party types who would vote against legalizing gay marriage, as well as working to overturn Roe v Wade.

However, Chick Fil A is NOT sponsoring PFI, they are merely donating food to a marriage-strengthening seminar. Companies do this kind of stuff all the time for the sole purpose of being a presence in the community, and the good PR it brings. It doesn't necessarily make them political bedfellows.

I think the local franchise owner probably thought his restaurant's involvement with this seminar was a good PR move within the community he does business in. I highly doubt he was doing this to make some statement one way or the other about Chick Fil A's stance on gay marriage.

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I think it's been a year since I've been at a Chick-fil-A. Hmmmm, I might be in the mood for chicken today! I really don't care about their "agenda" and I am not so politically involved or care to boycott/protest something. I'll run this idea past some gay friends of mine and post their reply.

Isobel - posted on 01/15/2011

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I've never heard of this chain, but I would tend to think that giving free food to a bunch of people discussing how to stop gay people from being married would suggest you like their politics and agree with their goals...and therefore you would be anti-gay. yup.

LaCi - posted on 01/15/2011

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I don't know about the anti gay thing, but my local chickfila was involved in a local movement to shut down a nearby porn shop that's been there for like 50 years, so I have absolutely refused to eat there since. Of course, now I'm a vegetarian so I have little interest in them anyway.

Katherine - posted on 01/15/2011

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Where I live we don't have Chick-fil-A's. So I've never been to one. At least I don't think we do in Michigan. My point with this post was that people are using food to cry racism and anti movements. It's really getting ridiculous.

Tara - posted on 01/15/2011

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Phooey.
I don't buy it. So they are Christian, so they sponsored an event for an apparently anti gay group, so what? If they are not denying service to people based on sexual orientation (how would anyone be able to accurately make that call) then so what?
They don't have "It's adam and eve not adam and steve posters all over their establishment, nor are they refusing service to people.
I think people need to calm down and relax.

Stifler's - posted on 01/14/2011

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LOL! Unless they're saying anti-gay stuff or like Sara said refusing service to gay people (how do you tell if someone's gay anyway?)... I doubt they are anti-gay.

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I'm not so much a fan of the food as the service. They always carry my tray of food and come by the table to offer re-fills. Very family-friendly!

I agree that it seems pretty far-fetched to say they are anti-gay. The founders are Christian (from what I understand) but that doesn't automatically mean anti-gay. Now if they'd refused service to a gay couple or something...

Mrs. - posted on 01/14/2011

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Yes, my brother and his husband have always called Chick-fil-A, Jesus Chicken. I thought it was pretty much established that they are run by a conservative christian family.

I would never eat Chick-fil-a cause I don't eat fast food period. However, my brother and his husband actually love the chicken despite it's anti-gay leanings...guilty pleasure I guess.

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Chick-fil-A is the only fast food establishment that I am aware of that is closed on Sundays for a "family day". So if you stretch this meaning, it *could* stretch to mean that since they are a traditional-family oriented corporation, they do not support gay rights. A bit far-fetched, IMO. Chick-fil-A is also the most "playdate" friendly fast food places I've been to. I don't frequent fast food places often, but when my son was a toddler, I met friends there for playdates every Friday. The place was mobbed by moms and playdates. I was told it's like that every single day from 11:30-2:00. So it is a family friendly establishment, but to say they are anti-gay....I think someone is really looknig for an argument that may not be there.

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