Why Can’t I Quit You Christian Chicken?

 

Today the CEO of CHickFilA officially stated that the company does not believe in gay families. This was not surprising to me. I have known for a long time that the company is vehemently Christian even if they won’t call themselves a Christian company: “Cathy said that he does not feel right billing Chick-fil-A as a Christian business because, as Christian business mentor Fred Roach once said, “There is no such thing as a Christian business … Christ never died for a corporation.”

Their religious slant led to me nicknaming the delicious fare they are know for Christian Chicken (a nickname others use widely as well; I claim copyright.)

In “honor” of their homophobia, my top ten Tuesday post is dedicated to them. Without further ado, here are five reasons I can’t stop going there and five reasons that I should.

Five Reasons I Can’t Quit Chick-Fil-A

  1. It’s one of the best tasting fast food chains out there.
  2. They are extremely family friendly (except for that whole no gay families thing.) Their play areas are appropriate for both toddlers and older kids. And they will bring your food to your table and help out whenever possible (a blessing when I am traveling solo with the Terror Twins.)
  3. Polynesian sauce is the bomb
  4. Those amazingly good breakfast sandwiches, even better with honey or jelly on them. Want to get upgraded to first class on a morning flight? Bring some to the flight attendants.
  5. Their kids’ meals have great interactive prizes in them instead of plastic junk.

Five Reasons I Should Quit Chick-Fil-A

  1. They have a morality clause in their franchise contract which prevents me from opening one (since I am not religious.) Harumph.
  2. Their food is unhealthy like whoa. Their wraps have as many calories as their strips. And I am just turning a blind eye to how much sugar is in their lemonade.
  3. Though they are closed on Sundays for “family and church”, they have their restaurants cleaned on Sundays and require employees to be at meetings on Sundays (at least the restaurant that was closest to me in San Antonio did.)
  4. By his public statements their CEO is discriminating against his own employees and their families (because you know some of them are gay.)
  5. Pretty much every issue they chose to take a stand on is the opposite of mine.

I know the second five should outweigh the top five but oh Christian Chicken, why must you be SO delicious?!

 

 

Comments

  1. I had no idea that they required meetings on Sundays and that the cleaning crew worked on Sundays. That is the biggest WTF for me, because the whole anti-gay thing was a given.

  2. The lemonade has SUGAR!??!?!

  3. The one that just opened in Wichita (between the kids’ school and our house, no less) is apparently the highest grossing store in the chain. Dang.

  4. Just to clarify, Mr. Cathy never said he was against gays. He’s against the concept of same-sex marriage. There’s a difference. I have a good friend who is a homosexual, and we are polar opposites on what we believe about marriage, but we would never call each other “anti-friends.” It’s disturbing to see such stereotyping creeping back into our lexicon. Let no one be afraid to eat their spicy chicken biscuits, just because their managers are married to their first wives. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • My problem is that he said he was against the gay family unit which means he has a problem with gay people being parents. That is what I take the most issue with.

  5. The CFA by us has the *friendliest* staff of any restaurant. Ever. Seriously, they are so kind (but not over the top fake kind).
    And Kieran still asks to go there. (Even though neither one of us are crazy about the food.)

    But nope. I can’t give them my money anymore.

  6. For whatever it’s worth, I worked at CFA for about 5 years during high school and college. Our store was completely closed on Sundays – no meetings, no cleaning, nothing.

    And between the sweet tea and the lemonade, the sugar is unbelievable!!

  7. I totally agree with all your 5 reasons why you should quit the Christian Chicken [love that, BTW]. I don’t eat much fast food anyway, so it’s fairly easy to avoid CFA, and even if I get tempted by those darn waffle fries, I lose my appetite when I remember their ‘politics’ and stay far, far away. My morality and my waistline both win ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for a great post. I found you via your follow on Twitter – following back!

  8. I’m not a fan of their chicken, nor the stances of Mr. Cathy. But it is his business to run as he sees fit, just as it is my right to not eat there.

    Now…If I had to give up Popeye’s…or Cinnabon…well, there’d be hell to pay.

  9. have you taken a look at winshape foster homes? winshapehomes.org. they’ve spent millions to better children’s lives since 1987.
    family oriented does not equate to hating someone who isn’t.
    cracker barrel has a huge problem with racism and homophobia, but i don’t hear people of any type complaining about that. wal-mart treat employees like crap – not giving them enough work hours to have assistance with heath insurance. i don’t see their parking lots empty. this treatment of employees has been thoroughly documented. i boycott both of those businesses because of treatment of employees. does chik-fil-a refuse to serve homosexuals?

  10. I hear that got an Arby’s in your neck of the woods ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. ::sigh::

    Like you, I am totally torn. I heart CFA like no other. I’m there for lunch at least once or twice a week because of a) the damn waffle fries and b) the free Wifi. I guess what sucks is even though I know they’re an uber-conservative company, it sucks that the CEO seems to speaking for the entire damn company and all of his employees on such a huge controversial subject. I love my father-in-law and his partner to bits, but will he disown me if I stop for chicken minis in the morning? Decisions, decisions …

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