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Why can’t fried chicken and crème-filled cookies get along?

My choice of fried chicken and crème-filled cookies does not define me as a human being. Unless the old adage of “you are what you eat” is really true, then I consist of a conglomeration of sugar, flour, oil and a bunch of words that I cannot pronounce. Most certainly the values of a company whose food I eat do not define my own moral stance.

Last I checked, the United States still remains a free country where people have the right to believe in any God(s) or lack of God(s) that they like. Would you bash and protest outside of the home of neighbors whose moral stances did not equate your own? Most people would leave well enough alone. Then why would someone ? I think it is great that such a large company such as Chick-fil-A stands on principals and is not swayed by societal trends. If you don’t like it, either ignore it or go eat somewhere else. The Jim Henson company doesn’t like it and will no longer partner with Chick-fil-A. Guess what? That is their prerogative.

What if you don’t like the charities Chick-fil-A contributes to? Fine, form your own company and then donate to whom you want. Private individuals and companies should not be forced to drink whatever kool-aid society is currently offering. The mission statement of Chick-fil-A is to "Be America's Best Quick-Service Restaurant". The statement is not to form hate groups, gay bash or spread Christianity. Their goal is to be the best at fast-food. With over 1600 restaurants and booming profits, they are getting something right.  I am not concerned about Dan Cathy’s views on politics, religion, his favorite color or choice of music. I am concerned about the quality of my overall dining experience at Chick-fil-A and so far they are getting it right.

As seemingly ridiculous as the chicken controversy. If Kraft foods wants to advertise a rainbow Oreo in honor of Pride month, Ben & Jerry name an ice-cream flavor in honor of same-sex marriage, a golf-course only accept men or any company do something I don’t 100% agree with—guess what, I am ok with that. That is the beauty of America. I don’t have to agree. I don’t have to be a bigot either. That is where the true problem lies—when someone has the courage to stand by something he believes in—and the opposition meets it with hate. Whatever your stance, disagree and move on. There is a big difference between a difference of opinion and hate. Don’t buy the chicken or ice cream or cookies if that is what you choose—just stop the bullying, the name calling and threats. Put on your big-girl panties and agree to disagree.

Why can’t we appreciate what is in front of us? Let’s take things at face value and enjoy both the chicken and the cookies for what they are worth—fine and tasty specimens of American capitalism at work. Christian, LGBT—my taste buds and my wallet surely don’t know the difference.

Garry Bell July 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Good points Kelly. At the end of the day, It's a company (not a person-sorry Supreme court) and it can be run any way the owners like. If they have broken laws, then; punish them, ban them, prosecute them. They haven't done anything wrong as a business...no discrimination, no bias, nothing! So what exactly are the protests supposed to accomplish? We are not entitled to force Mr Cathy to change his beliefs just as we can't force them to be open on Sundays (sorry Tamas you have the whole customer/business model backwards). as a consumer, If you have a beef with that (no pun) then you have the prerogative to spend your money where ever you like. ....and the government should have NOTHING to do with this issue..in Boston or where ever.
k July 29, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Obviously people are being too critical if other's opinions do not match their own. Consequently leading to childish behavior and statements...Amish make excellent handcrafted goods of all sorts and we buy them , correct? Do we have the same lifestyle as them? NO!!!! And that is ok!!!! In the same breath, am i wrong because i eat chinese food at a chineese restaurt, yet i do not have the same beliefs as them or live the way they live?!? Reading that statement aloud sounds odd! PEOPLE ARE FORGETTING THAT IN AMERICA IT IS OK TO BE DIFFERENT AND FEEL DIFFERENT AND LIVE LIFE HOW WE WISH.....seems to me the opposition to chik fil A is more closed minded than their counterpart and judging from comments via social media in all forms, it is felt that their way is the only right way. It may be possible these individuals would get along better if they moved to a country with a communist dictator and take his place...
Amy Kujala July 30, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Well said, Kelly! It appears that some people have forgotten that we have freedom of speech along with freedom of religion in this wonderful country of ours.
CJ July 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Too many people with evidentally not enough serious issues to focus upon. Unemployment, high price of health care, and the rising debt of our country are daily problems that affect each of us every day. Once again, if you don't like it, don't eat there! I am tired of a few people dictating what the majority of the people should like, do, eat, and believe. Seems like more and more of our freedoms are being erased daily. This is called FREEDOM of Speech and also FREEDOM of religion, and it works both ways.
Rachel Joyner August 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Check out this blog post from Pastor J.R. Lee from Freedom Church in Acworth - Ben & Jerry's, Chick-Fil-A, and Political Correctness http://jrlee.tv/2012/08/01/ben-jerrys-chick-fil-a-political-correctness/

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