Chick-Fil-A, the Georgia based fast food restaurant, has come under fire recently. The company is a proudly Christian company and has carried that ethnic into its business practices. They close on Sundays to provide employees a day of rest, and their kid’s meals include educational toys. Customer service is always excellent, at least at the 2 restaurants here in my small city.
The controversy stems from the CEO of the company admitting that they are against gay marriage. It has come to light that the corporation contributes to organizations with an anti-gay agenda. These revelations created a firestorm of controversy, and most people are taking sides.
For the last week, my Facebook timeline has been loaded with messages urging people to take sides. I have been asked several times which side I’m on. Supporters of gay rights are boycotting the company.
Chick-Fil-A supporters declared today the day to show the company their appreciation by eating at the restaurant.
I’m not taking a side in this fight. I’m Switzerland.
I do NOT agree with the company’s position. I do support gay rights including gay marriage. I see this as a civil not religious issue. Marriage is first & foremost a legally binding agreement between two individuals. If it weren’t, divorce wouldn’t exist. If marriage was strictly a religious ritual, the person performing the marriage wouldn’t need to be certified by the state to oversee said ritual. Gay men and women should have the right to enter into such an agreement. It’s as simple as that in my opinion.
However, Chick-Fil-A has the right to express their views. This is also a free speech matter. Their opponents have the right to express their outrage, too. They also have the right to boycott the company. What worries me are the more extreme calls for action I’ve heard which range from hate crimes charges to vandalism to Congressional investigations. Free speech protects unpopular speech. Period.
While I disagree with their stance, I’m not boycotting the company. First, we don’t eat there enough for it matter. Second, the service is always consistently good when I do need a quick meal. I simply cannot eat the mess that passes for food from most other fast food places. Finally, my kids love their nuggets. I make MY consumer decisions on quality and service not politics.
So did we have Chick-Fil-A tonight? No, we didn’t. To have gone specifically today would have been signaling my approval. Some may argue that any visits signal my approval but I disagree. It signals that I’ve got 4 hungry kids and not enough time to cook.
You may agree or disagree. It’s your right.