Eat Mor Chickin

Posted: July 21, 2012 in opinion


As an involved, active dad I have started many family traditions. One of the more regular ones is a family night at Chick-fil-A. In fact, last week we ate there twice.

Their deep-fried chicken nuggets and strips are a family favorite. Their sweet iced-tea is my wife’s beverage of choice, and their IceDream (ice cream) is incredible. We also enjoy the savings of a free meal on kids’ night.

Chick-fil-a is also well-known for having the fast food industry’s best customer service with their “my pleasure” responses, refill patrols and the infamous “toy swap for ice cream” genius.

Their food’s quality and staff’s service have earned them a huge fan base. They’ve even had a comedian parody a famous Beatles song.

Recently, that fan base got a bit smaller as their CEO publicly reinforced their values and spoke of their biblically-based business practices. Ever notice how they are closed on Sundays?

If you’ve been off-the-grid, you can read one news story here.

See for yourself what he said; here’s the original story. Some even say Cathy’s words were twisted to suit media bias.

Jonathan Merritt’s piece sums it up nicely…

Dan Cathy, president of one of America’s largest express fast food chains, has been frying more than chicken filets this week. The Chick-fil-A executive infuriated gay and lesbian groups when he again defended his company’s anti-gay marriage position in an interview this week with a Christian news outlet.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Not surprisingly, his comments were met with fury by those who support same-sex marriage. The company was labeled a “hate group” by many on Twitter and in the blogosphere, and drew promises of boycotts from notables including The Office star Ed Helms. Meanwhile, Americans who patronize the chain’s 1,600 locations were left wondering what to do.

Should they swear off the legendary chicken sandwiches to support gay rights? Or could they eat one of the filets anyway, knowing their dollars would be but a drop in the bucket for a chain that has more than $4 billion in annual sales and donated a pittance to groups they may disagree with?

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and can choose how to spend or not spend their money. I’m personally burnt out on the boycott culture. If you choose to not eat Chick-fil-a ever again, more power to you. But as for me and my house, we will continue to enjoy their yummy waffle fries until the cows come home.

Besides, where else can I dress up with my daughter “incowgnito” and get our favorite meal for free?


P.S. We saw our lesbian neighbor friends there with their kids too. They didn’t seem to care.

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  1. I says:

    Snaps to Chick-fil-a for refusing to bend to the “I’m Born That Way” gays and lesbians, unlike Office Depot and some other major businesses. “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!”

    • linda says:

      Wow what a concept Christians that actually hate sin!!!

    • Christopher Witt says:

      Being a Christian myself, I just have one question to ask in response to the “Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve”…How many wives did David have? Or better yet, how big was his concubine supply?

      • Denise Owsley says:

        David was in Old Testament times, Jesus came and set the example & set the record straight. It is one man & one woman in a marriage. What David did was customary in those times, but not what God had intended for marriage. Even though David was a man after God’s own heart, he was still a sinner like the rest of us. After you read this go eat some chicken at Chick-fil-a! 🙂

      • Anna says:

        Being a Christian you should READ the bible and get the answer! Read the link

  2. quoted in an overview of the media storm surrounding Don Cathy’s statements about his family business was a response from a major pro-activist group of the restaraunt’s practices: “We Didn’t Invent Discrimination. We Just Support It.” There is no discrimination. Their response is irrelevant as there has been no discrimination, yet people will read the headline and no more, leading them to believe Chic-fil-A has done so. Ridiculous, like playground rumoring.

  3. Cathy says:

    I personally LOVE that there is such an upstanding chain in the food industry. They have great service, BECAUSE they are based on such great values and community. Many people I know go there just for the food, not beliefs I personally am a Christian and it makes me happy to see someone such as Dan Cathy speaking God`s truth. Sorry to those who are offended, but God made ADAM AND EVE, NOT Adam and Steve (as they say). As we all live in America, we are blessed to have the right to speak our opinions and beliefs. If he came out and supported the gay community no one would care. But because he is speaking an unspoken truth that some people don`t want to hear they are going to boycott such delicious food? God bless ya and Sorry for you tasty loss. Thank you for your interesting blog and thank God for Dan Cathy. Keep on doing good for our country Dan (for family friendly, yummy, and faith based places to enjoy life and food:).

  4. Kyle Fallon says:

    We are exchanging our family Tuesday night
    “burger” nights to Chik fil’t (?) Nights. God bless the Cathys, and thank you for fighting the good fight! <

    • Jill says:

      That is not what the article was about? The Good fight? Try Equality. This IS America, after all. Marriage Equality is a human right in this country, not a religious one.

      • Just as one cell marries another to create life the institution of marriage has been in the very fabric of life since creation. The truth is that marriage is a right, between man and woman, the only way to procreate is in this fashion, if everyone was male to male, female to female then how would the race continue. If it is truly a harmonious union then where are the fruit of that union. Continue to believe what you believe that is your right, my right is to fight for what I believe in. Most will never know the truth til we are as some might say worm dirt, I say “standing face to face”.

  5. mepy says:

    I think it is sad that people always have a problem with a person or an organization that stands firmly in a Christian belief… Why are people so uncomfortable at the mention of Christ? These people become so defensive when not even provoked. If you stand for the right thing you are not going to feel uncomfortable.

    • Marina says:

      People are uncomfortable with the mention of Christ because they don’t want to be held accountable for their actions and they don’t want Jesus’ light to show all of their flaws/wrongdoings. The world will always hate good because of our sinful nature. Yet, God still loves us † 🙂

  6. Tina says:

    I will eat at Chic-Fil-A till the cows come home. Thanks for making a stand for Family values. Since when does stating one’s opinion in a tactful way constitute hate?? Once again we have a “double standard” here. We must be tolerant of society bashing our beliefs but they won’t tolerate lettting us state ours. Way to Go Chic-Fil-A!!

  7. Mrs. Bailey says:

    I love Chic-Fil-A and will eat there just as much as ever. Their chicken is the best AND they’re not ready to toss the Bible out the window in lieu of the almighty dollar. 🙂 Go Chic-Fil-A!!!

  8. Mrs. Lester says:

    I find it appalling that society, and the internet, turned this comment around! Chick-fil-A never said they wouldn’t let Homosexuals into their establishments, they simply stated what the business was founded on. If the president had said, “I have a successful chicken restaurant because I made a decision to turn my life around after many years of being an alcoholic that constantly cheated on my wife and abused and never took care of my kids” – Do you think all the alcoholics, cheaters, abusers and dead beat parents would boycott Chick-fil-A? What a pitiful, and embarrassing, way for society to find fault in Christian values!! If Chick-fil-A were doing what so many other businesses do- placing MONEY first and not GOD, they wouldn’t offer the uniqueness that they do. I say keep doing what you’re doing Chick-fil-A and me and my other fellow Christian friends will CONTINUE to frequent your establishments Monday through Saturdays!

    • Mrs. Lester says:

      One more thing- just because I’m a Christian is not the reason I go to Chick-fil-A. They offer a great and quality product… but… the simple fact that the company is founded on Christian values gives me a good feeling about them. Oh, and by the way, those Christian Values is also what our Country was founded on. Obviously, its COMPLETELY evident what CAN AND WILL happen when those Christian values do not stand in first place, but rather are replaced with the corruption of society and money!!

  9. Carol says:

    Awesome! A company that is willing to stand by what they believe, refusing to give in to popular opinion! I don’t eat at Chik fil a very often but am going to go out of my way to start supporting them. Our country was founded on a belief in God and the further we get away from Him the further society deteriorates. There is no such as kind of believing in God or the Bible or just picking and choosing what parts we are going to follow and which are inconvenient. Good for you Chik fil a! I’ll be by for dinner!

  10. Mary L. Marr says:

    Amen, I love Chick-fil-a love the service and quality of food, along with and values that the business stands for.. for business need to close on Sunday and so family days are family days once again.. God Bless America for which we stand..

  11. Can I give a moment from my unusually hectic schedule to shout it out?

    Homosexuality is sin … same as a host of other things.

    Just because Dan Cathy stands in the face of this world under the power of Satan, my family will now start adding a “family night at Chick-fil-A”.

    God bless you Jon Wilke … and Dan Cathy.

    Bruce Hill, Jr.
    Happy Penguin Computers
    Happy Penguin Gymnastics
    “Where Jesus is King”
    Tupelo, MS

  12. Robert says:

    Driving 30 miles round trip so we can support Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. Please join me on Wednesday, July 25th, by packing out every Chick-fil-A restaurant across our great nation for either lunch or dinner. For you die hards, you can eat both lunch and dinner there on the 25th…

  13. Ms. Aloha says:

    Everyone who CAN eat at Chick-Fil-A is blessed! We don’t have one in Hawaii and every time I go home for a visit, it’s one of the first places I go to eat. They provide the most excellent fast food and can we all say that the service they deliver is head and shoulders above what you get anywhere else! I love that they aren’t open on Sundays because they operate on principles and refuse to change no matter what the culture does. I support and applaud a business that serves it’s communities and walks the talk. God bless them all the more. By the way, not just anyone can purchase a franchise. They have a high standard for those who want to partner with them in business as well.
    Waiting for my next Chick-Fil-A…….sigh!

  14. John Baptist says:

    It’s made me and my family want to eat there more ofen. It’s not often that you get a leader/CEO that will stand up for what’s right. PTL we still have men that wear pants!

  15. Greg says:

    Praise God for having the confidence to stand up for biblical values. I pray more companies and people will. May God bless you abundantly Chick-fil-a.

  16. Kristina Van Aken says:

    God Bless anyone who has the courage to have a value, and stand by it! My family does not eat fast food, but I may have to start making an exception for Mr. Cathy.

  17. Janet says:

    I only wish there was a Chick-fil-a out here in North Central Idaho for us to support, we would be there on a regular basis.

  18. PL says:

    According to Mr. Obama, Mr. Cathy didn’t build his business anyway!!! Somebody else did! Praise God for men like Mr. Cathy. The world needs more men like him. Thank you, and God Bless the USA!!!

  19. JD says:

    “A new command I give you; love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

  20. Tamatha says:

    Praise the Lord for our right to choose. As Christians we are asked to love one another as Christ loved us, this doesn’t mean to love only those who believe and act as we do. Society attempts to makes us feel as though we are barbaric when we don’t embrace/support individuals or groups who stand for principles not derived from Godly values. As children of God we are asked to be tolerant of everyone else’s beliefs that are contrary to what the Bible teaches us. God gives us the right to choose…..Him or the world/Satan. I for one am proud of Chick-fil-A and the principles in which they live and work by. Keep fighting the good fight, God will reward those who serve him in the end.

  21. tang says:

    Do not judge, lest you be judged. Being gay is a sin in the bible along with many many other sins. I’m a Christian, but how can I pass judgement when I am not perfect. For any of you to make a judgement is a sin in of itself.
    I think its great that there is an organization that stands firms on their beliefs, but there beliefs dont just reflect aganist those sins which they do not commit. In other words ” I don’t have to be as good as Christ, I just have to be better than you”. Do we as Christians only stand aganist the sins which we do not do commit ourselves.
    I think this is where Jesus “draws a line in the sand”… I cannot condemn another because I myself do not want to be condenmed when I fall short of grace.
    Either way I like Chic-Fil-A!

    • Revelator says:

      There is a difference between judging and pointing out that someone who is openly engaged in sin is openly engaged in sin. Even if they call it a lifestyle, it is still a sin and they are proud their sin.

  22. karla says:

    I am a Christian and I love and support Chick-fil-A! In this day and age for anybody to stand firm on their beliefs and not fold for the dollar is amazing to begin with. That they do it for the Glory of God is awesome!!!!!

  23. G Andersson says:

    Praise God There are stiil Family Values out There Our Nation was founded on Christian Values

  24. Mary Marrongelli says:

    I love what Chick fil a does and what they stand for and good for them!!!
    Plus I just love their chicken and waffle fries even though we have no
    Chick fil a anywhere near our home area. I will support them whenever and wherever!!!

  25. I don’t understand why people are surprised when a Christian company publically proclaims that they support the biblical position. But why does the Bible take that position? It’s because God Himself is a single Spirit but He has both masculine and feminine traits and characteristics. For example, the Holy Spirit guides, comforts, nourishes, etc., the traditional feminine qualities, and then of course there’s the Father with the traditional masculine traits. God made Adam in flesh what He was in Spirit: A single entity that was comprised of both masculine and feminine traits. Then God removed the feminine aspects from Adam to create Eve; consequently, the man is only half the image of God and the woman is the other half. Together, they formulate the whole image. Therefore, homosexuality is wrong from God’s perspective because two men cannot recreate the full image, and two lesbians cannot recreate the full image. Only one man and one woman can recreate the original Adam, that was both masculine and feminine. The issue is not about the people’s feelings of love or commitment. It’s about the image and likeness of God.

  26. jonwilke says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I appreciate you stopping by the website and taking time to express your thoughts about Chick-fil-A.

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