Post # 1
Explain! I won’t because, while I am pro-gay rights, I refuse to hold myself accountable for what others do with their money. I’m not going to stop shopping at one place until I know where every dime I spend ends up (which obviously won’t ever happen). It seems very hypocritical since I still shop at Urban Outfitters/Anthropologie, which donated to Rick Santorum … and God knows who other companies contribute to!
ETA – If I am going to take issue with the food industry, it will be because of factory farms and environmental impact. Much larger issues than political contributions, I’d say.
Post # 3
I think the difference is that Chick-fil-A is somewhat vocal about it and they present themselves as a restaurant that follows traditional Christian values, etc.
@redheadem- I’d say that factory farms and environmental issues go hand-in-hand with political contributions.
Post # 5
I don’t eat much fast food, CFA tends to be on the expensive side of fast food, and I’m always craving it on Sundays, so I don’t really eat there much in the first place. But despite their views, I don’t think they should be punished for it. So I’m not going to go out of my way to protest them or support them. I think that’s what the beauty of this country is. We’re allowed to have our own opinions. Plus I’ve never had anything but friendly people at CFA (which is a nice change from the grumps I encounter at McDonalds) and they’re not refusing to serve gays or being rude to them when they come in (not like you can tell if someone is gay by looiking at them anyways).
Post # 6
Nope. Not only do I like their food, in no way did they say that they wouldn’t serve the LGBT community or shun them from their establishments. All they said was that they do not support gay marriage. Everyone is entitled to free speech in our nation and entitled to their views. Not to mention, since when do we allow fast food chains in politics? The guy should have kept his mouth shut, but the media frenzy around this is just plain ridiculous. Believe what you want! Don’t let a fast food chain ruin your day.
Post # 7
No. And surprisingly, neither will my gay friends (according to their Facebooks, anyway). I just want to eat my chicken sandwich without making a political statement, much like I still shop at Target and Starbucks and Walmart, among other places.
Im pro-gay rights. I’m also pro-freedom of businesses to answer interview questions in the way they see fit without a huge backlash, and to do with their $ what they want. Boycotting is fine – shorter line for me 🙂 Sorry if that offends anyone or I’m viewed as a homophobe, but I’m not and I’m comfortable knowing that for myself and not having to prove it to the rest of the world just cause I like CFA sauce.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t boycott them….I think it’s crazy. You have a right to your belief, I’m pretty sure they aren’t the only people that are aganist gay marriage. I’m not for gay marrige, BUT I don’t think they should be treated differently. Just because I’m aganist something dosen’t mean that they shouldn’t have the same rights as everone else. I love Chick-fl-a!!! Also, Chick-fil-a is a religious company, they are closed on Sundays….I wouldn’t think that they were for gay anything.
Post # 9
I’m the same in that I don’t really eat fast food, but we do have a Chick-fil-a near us that I patronize maybe once every six months. I’m not going to boycott it. I don’t agree with the views that have been expressed, but I recognize that people have the right to have views that are different than mine.
Post # 10
@2PeasinaPod: Most people aren’t boycotting because Chik-Fil-A said they don’t support gay marriage. Most people are boycotting because they donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups in the past 2 years alone, these are the religous groups that try to “reform” homosexuals. This happened over the past few years, but mainly came to light because of comments made to the press.
Don’t want to get into the debate here, just thought that should be clear.
Post # 11
As far as I know, they don’t have any restaruants in Michigan. I’ve never been to one, and I don’t particularly care for fast food. I’m not going to go out of my way not to eat at one, but I’m not going to go out looking for one to eat at also. Most likely, even if there was one nearby, I’d eat somewhere else simply because I’m not a fast food person.
Post # 12
@serendipity9.8: Understood, but it never seemed to be a problem before the comments about not supporting gay marriage were made. No one was making a fuss about boycotting them prior to that. And while I think everyone has a right to boycott what they want, I feel like the media created this sh*t storm, and everyone is just feeding into it.
For the record, I’m pro-gay rights. I don’t think it’s right that we live in a society today where there is a group of human beings so badly discriminated against. I just don’t think that I should punish other people for what their beliefs are just b/c they’re different than mine.
Post # 13
Yeah, I am boycotting them, but it won’t make a darn bit of difference because I live in Minnesota and there isn’t a Chick-Fil-A anywhere around here. I’ve been there a couple times while vacationing in Florida.
Post # 14
First off, let me make it clear that I am in support of equality for gay and non-gay relationships.
I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A often but I’m not going to boycott it. Yes, they vocalized their stance but how many stores, restaurants, businesses, corporations, organizations, etc do things behind closed doors that many would disagree with? If I was going to boycott Chick-Fil-A I would have to do some research and boycott other places/businesses too because I’m sure there’s a ton of things I don’t agree with that other places are doing.
Post # 15
I’m a vegetarian, so I’ve never eaten there. I think I once had a chick fil a brownie at a fundraiser?
I took issue with them several years ago when I found out they closed on Sunday, said they were a Christian owned and operated business, etc. I’m an atheist and think that anyone can sell anything they want, but I don’t have to buy it. I prefer to buy goods and services from people who don’t wear their religious affiliation on their sleeves.
Also the brownie was meh.
Post # 16
@MapleMoose: Exactly…just b/c CFA was put on the spot when asked about their views doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of businesses out there who do and think the same way they do. It’s just convenient that no one asked them the question.