Will you no longer eat at this restaurant?
I don't usually eat fast food - but I don't think I want to support this type of restaurant.
What do you think?
By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News
The president of Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain with more than 1,600 restaurants and $4 billion in revenue, has come out against same-sex marriage.
"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Dan Cathy, the company's president and chief operating officer, said in a recent radio interview. "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."
In an interview with the Baptist Press published this week, Cathy doubled down on his stance against same-sex unions.
"Guilty as charged," Cathy said. "We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
"We know that it might not be popular with everyone," he added, "but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
The company, founded by Dan's father, Truett Cathy, in 1946, has a history of "unapologetic social conservatism," as the Daily Caller put it. All 1,608 of its stores are closed on Sundays, a day of rest for most Christians.
According to Queerty.com, the WinShape Foundation—Chick-fil-A's charitable arm—donated more than $1.1 million between 2003 and 2008 to anti-LGBT groups, doubling that amount to $2 million in 2009.
Earlier this year, students at Northeastern University protested a proposal to put a Chick-fil-A on its Boston campus because of the company's history of supporting anti-gay organizations. The school abandoned its plan.
I haven't eaten there in protest for years, I also refuse to eat at CookOut for the same reasons. If they openly proselytize, or use their funds to promote hatred or intolerance of others for 'any' reason, religious, political or otherwise, it's a no go for me.
Yeah I don't eat there either. They always seem crowded when I drive by the place.
I also refuse to eat at certain places - hatred and intolerance are very good reasons to boycott an establishment.
I guess we've just known here for a while that they used their money for bigotry based on their barbaric religion, I remember hearing about it a few years ago and we were sitting in the hospital here where they actually 'serve' Chick-Fil-A items as a choice!!! Talk about hedging your heart disease bets! However CookOut puts religious messages on their packaging too and my understanding is that they're heavily involved in the DOMA BS as well, so... yeah well... I don't like their food anyway, I can have fat and grease with my fat and grease at home! LOL But if you guys decide to make it an official kind of boycott thing let me know and I'll help disseminate information and so forth.
I've never eaten in a Chick-Fil-A, though I will admit to being curious about their stuff. At this point, however, I have no problem in avoiding them entirely. This is the brand of christian bigotry which I thought might lie below the surface of their overt christian bent. All this does is confirm what I already suspected.
I would heartily endorse a freethinkers' boycott of their restaurants and any products associated with them. If they want to be stupid, they can pay the price for being stupid.
Right I agree Loren - a freethinkers boycott sounds good.
Never ate there in my life. And, the reason is not that I'm totally opposed to certain fast foods in very limited amounts (once a month is almost too much). However, when I heard they were putting citations to bibble-babble verses on their cardboard and plastic containers, that was enough to keep me off their parking lot. Besides, if I want poultry, I make a pretty good chicken parmesan.
Good deal Pat.
Carl's Jr. has some inkling of antigay in its past, unclear now.
I'm glad this came up. Bottom line is ever if I like a product, but the owners are hate mongers, I don't want to pay money to people who like the idea of me rotting in hell, or who support efforts to prevent me from having equal rights. It's difficult for me to personally boycott these places, because I'm vegetarian and there's not much for me there anyway, other than fries, so I don't shop there.
McDonalds actually caved to the antigay American Family Association, and organization dedicated to preventing recognition of gay families and generally promoting hatred of LGBT people (also link above) by stating they would not have LGBT friendly ads in the US. However, they are not known to be antigay themselves.
I didn't know about Carl's Jr. or In-N-Out Burger Sentient.
I also didn't know that about McDonald's. Well I'm glad I don't eat fast food. And I am sure to stay away from those hatemongers.
It is outrageous the way GLBTs have to fight for basic human rights and fight against baseless principles as taught and practices by a Bronze Age list of rules, supported by uneducated and callous fellow humans. Who marries whom is none of his business and to use his power of money and position to champion his cause. All he has to do is to stay true to his beliefs and give others their rights to be true to theirs.
We have been quiet far too long, too gentle and polite. He undoubtedly does not know about hormones and natural processes that his dear religion and scriptures fail to properly inform him.
Boycott! Does anyone have a program that would put a circle around their logo with a bar through it?
Cool Loren! Love the graphic you made.