Has everyone heard about what’s going on with Chick-fil-A lately? I mean, most of you probably have, but I’ll fill you in in the off-chance you haven’t.
A lot of people have known for years that the fast food chain, Chick-fil-A, is very publicly a Christian franchise. And by this I mean that this is a part of their identity up to the very top (as opposed to a manager at a single store posting the Ten Commandments on a wall of the restaurant, which I once saw at a different chain). They are not open on Sundays. And they’ve given money to organizations that campaign against marriage equality.
(On a side note, have you guys seen the music video, by drag queens and to the tune of Wilson Phillips’ Hold On (For One More Day)? It’s Chow Down At Chick-fil-A, and while it can be a little crass at times, and probably not safe for work, it’s worth a watch. Suffice it to say that, despite the lyrics, it is not an actual endorsement.)
On June 16th, Chick-fil-A’s COO, Dan Cathy, said in an interview that he and Chick-fil-A are “guilty as charged” when it comes to opposing same-sex marriage and giving money to organizations that share that view. This is based upon their Christian beliefs.
I get that. A lot of liberal Christians do not agree that Christians should oppose the legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Some conservative Christians feel the same way. Many others, like me, are not Christians and support marriage equality. This was, however, news to a lot of people. Some (I have learned that Chick-fil-A is a Southern restaurant chain, so I apologize to those of you elsewhere who are unfamiliar with the franchise) had viewed Chick-fil-A as a healthier alternative to some other fast food options (despite the fact that it’s still fried chicken). I think that many people were unpleasantly surprised that some of the profits from their…