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Is This Chicken Homophobic?

Is This Chicken Homophobic?

This summer may be remembered, not as the summer of the London Olympics, nor the summer of aberrant weather and unrelenting drought, but the summer of the gay-bashing chicken. Let me explain: There is not a chicken out there taking out his/her aggression on this country’s gay and lesbian population. This has to do with the hugely successful Atlanta-based fast food chain by the name of Chick-Fil-A.

A few weeks back the Baptist family who owns Chick-Fil-A, particularly the son, Dan T. Cathy, of the company’s founder, came out very publicly against the issue of same-sex marriage. In a radio interview Cathy said in reference to the shifts in same-sex marriage, “As it relates to society in general, 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.’ ” Chick-Fil-A, long known for their Southern-fried chicken sandwiches, is also a company known as an ardent contributor and supporter of “traditional marriage.” However this ill-timed and somewhat intolerant comment was not well received and has resulted in several protests, boycotts, and political actions against the fast food company. The mayor of Boston wrote a condemning open letter to the organization and even the Muppets came forth with support for marriage equality, directly referencing the Chick-Fil-A uproar. But there has also been a support campaign mounted for Chick-Fil-A and their owners, which includes such high-profile figures as Rick Santorum (no surprise there) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to declare Aug. 1 as Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. And just yesterday I received an email from a group called Project 21 black leadership network that has vouched to support the embattled fast food chain and come out in force for the August 1st Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.

Now to be sure, none of this is really about chicken, it’s not even about food. It is just another chosen battleground for our current culture war, populated on both sides by very passionate advocates for whatever it is they believe. There is little doubt that the U.S. is (albeit slowly) moving toward observing some form of marriage equality, and that flare-ups like this do more to mobilize, and often polarize, individuals toward the cause. But is the arena of fast food quite the place for these ideological discussions? Does it cheapen the cause? Would it be OK, or even imaginable, for business owners to come out either in favor or in opposition to marriage equality without inviting backlash of some sort, just as long as there was no discrimination in effect?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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3:14PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

The whole scenario gets more ridiculous.. So Chick Fil A supports marriage between a man and an woman.. So what... They have the freedom to support what they want.. They are not refusing service to anyone or monitoring who agrees with them while servicing them. If this issue had arisen 10 years ago we would ALL have looked at the demonstrators like they were from outer space. Where in the world do these people come from who think they can control or have a say in what a CEO 'thinks'? and Michael Bloomberg is a nutcase getting involved...
Yesterday at our local Chick fil A-- the cars were totally surrounding the building for the take out and every table was taken inside.. This was 2:30 PM-- and I was thrilled to see the support-- and know these people were getting a great sandwich and the besets shake.. cluck cluck cluck .

12:14AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

A small franchise called Chick-Felay in southern Ontario has had to put up a sign stating:

“We are pleased to announce that we are not affiliated with Chick-fil-A.”

This is a result of angry customers confusing Chick~Felay with Chick-Fil-A and then complaining to staff about prejudice.

In Canada gay marriage is legal and the owner of Chick-Felay Nabeel Khan has a business hint for Dan Cathy:

“I would tell him to smarten up. Think before you open your mouth. I would tell him that not hurting people, even with words, is what humanity is all about.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1237546--angry-customers-mistake-chick-felays-for-chick-fil-a

Cathy C, Leviticus 19:19 states the following:

“ Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed"
“ Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material"


Intriguing as few people would find this either logical or practical. Prejudice is used as an excuse for many things, the Bible was often quoted by slave owners to justify slavery.

You may get tired of gays pushing for rights but rights are universal. Quite awhile back women had no rights and were male property and men often used the Bible to justify that. There is no excuse for prejudice.

2:28AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

people! you're crazy!

3:32PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Marie Therese H. try looking this up - Leviticus 20:13
"'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
God didn't make an Everett from the rib of Adam, nor a Angie to be with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Good thing because they could not have reproduced to make children of the world.

1:29PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Love your god superstitions but don't shove them down my throat.
If god didn't like gays he would not have created them.
Where in the 10 commandments does it say 'thy shalt not marry someone of the same sex?'
Idiots, as usual, speak for god when it is their personal views they are venting.

3:48AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

nice share

9:59AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

it's so cool the WBC can put smack on their site for "hurrah so and so is dead!" but if someone else does it "omg, a bully" or "damn RIP trolls"

all they do is RIP trolling, just on their own turf.

9:46AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Gandhi

12:07PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks..

11:51AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

I think some of the homosexual responses to Christian moral views are at best rude and at worst something very much worse and it leaves a bad taste.
To describe a Christian view as offensive and even worse than that is shocking and unacceptable – it is bigotry at its very worst and in many ways could be described as bullying. The people who post these scurrilous posts have to be responsible for their own words and what they say and how they it."

Some of the anti Christian posts were "pretty horrendous" and could be considered illegal in some countries.

I am reminded of the Communications Act 2003, the Malicious Communications Act back in 1988 talks about offences of communications with an intent to cause distress, anxiety or are grossly offensive.

"And clearly some of the rants in response to this article are either in or very close to that border."

Christians have rights as well, an entitlement to their views and a right to be treated with respect and even though your homosexual view might differ there is no need to respond with odious, hateful and hurtful language.

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