It seems that a lot of people are talking about chicken these days. I haven’t said much about it, but I do have something to say.
There is no Chick-fil-A in my area and while I’ve always heard their chicken sandwiches and shakes were delicious and I have always enjoyed their ads and billboards, it wasn’t until recently that I’d gotten to eat there. There is a Chick-fil-A in the Atlanta airport and I had a chicken sandwich while I was waiting for my flight back in July…and it was as delicious as I’d expected.
However, when I read the first article about Dan Cathy’s comments against same-sex marriage, I knew that was my first and last Chick-fil-A experience.
I’ve read a lot of things about chicken and marriage and free speech these last few weeks. After all, it’s all over the news and Facebook and Twitter…it’s kind of hard to escape it. Sadly, I’ve seen many illogical arguments about why we all should or shouldn’t eat at Chick-fil-A…and there is nothing I hate more than an illogical argument.
So I’d like to give you an argument that I think is at least a little bit logical…
I believe in free speech and freedom of religion and equality for everyone. I believe in celebrating diversity and embracing our differences. I believe in respecting other people’s beliefs, even if they differ from mine. And I believe that same-sex marriage should be legal. For all of my adult life, I have been spent my time and money supporting organizations that further those same beliefs.
I respect Dan Cathy’s right to his religious beliefs. I also respect his right to talk about those beliefs if he wants to. And while I don’t have to like it, I even support Mr. Cathy’s right to spend his money however he sees fit. Unfortunately, he chooses to give part of his company’s profit to organizations who sole purpose is to oppose the things in which I choose to believe.
And that is why I will never give Chick-fil-A another dollar of my money. Because I cannot support hate…even indirectly.
But not eating at Chick-fil-A is a gesture and it’s not nearly enough. I mean…I didn’t eat there before…continuing to not eat there isn’t exactly going to cripple them as a company and force them out of business. Which is why I think it’s more important to be proactive…to continue to support organizations that fight for gay rights, for equality and for an end to hate. If you feel as I do, I encourage you to put your money and time where your mouth is and be proactive also.
You don’t have to believe what I believe and if you don’t, I’m probably not going to be able to change your mind (although I did get my grandfather to at least consider the issue from a different perspective…a total victory!). But if you do choose to eat at Chick-fil-A, please consider the kinds of organizations your money is ultimately supporting and ask yourself if that chicken sandwich is really worth it.