Five good things about the Chick-Fil-A controversy

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Kevin Lara / OC Weekly
Of all the cultural battlefields that could have been chosen for gay- rights whack-a-mole, it had to be Chick-Fil-A: a fast-food chain with marginally good chicken sandwiches, badass waffle fries, and a company president with an avowed aversion to same-sex couples getting legally hitched. The fowl play has gotten ugly in the media and on Facebook -- which seems to be a secondary battlefield -- with the ammo including a protest/counter protest by each side, featuring kissing...and cash.

Is there anything positive in all of this? Yup, yup, buttercup -- and here's my list of five good things about the Chick-Fil-A controversy. And as it turns out, chickens do have peckers.

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5. Gays now know to take their gay money elsewhere
Gay folks have expendable income just like straight folks, but it can be effectively argued that when homosexuals slap their green down on the counters at Chick-Fil-A, that cash -- possibly covered in "scary gay germs" -- could end up warming the bank accounts of right-wing Christian groups that will turn around and use it to try and ensure that gays won't be able to get legally married. That gay money should be spent on goods and services that not only want their gay money, but will use it to support gay endeavors -- like gay marriage. Spend that gay money at Starbucks, fellow gays! Their bougie little Bistro Box lunches are tastier, healthier and classier than anything you'll find to eat at Chick-Fil-A.

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4. Rick Santorum has something to do.
I kinda feel bad for Rick Santorum. After getting perma-pwned by Dan Savage -- "Google problem" -- and losing the hell out of his bid for the White House, he has decided to hit the talk-show circuit in support of Chick-Fil-A. Here's a durk-a-durk quote from Santorum to CNBC's Kudlow Report (via Business Insider): "This is why the Huguenots came to America, this is why the Dutch reform, the Catholics -- so many came to this country because they wanted religious freedom. They didn't want the government telling them what to believe in. That they couldn't say things in public. That they had to keep it to themselves. And if they didn't do that that they would lose privileges, that they would lose the opportunity to make a living."

Well, thanks for the history lesson, dingamaroo. If it weren't for d*cks like Chick's president Dan Cathy selectively interpreting the bible, then d*cks like you who also selectively interpret the bible would be currently working the counter at Chick-Fil-A.



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tanner376
tanner376

By Joan Graves Chick-Fil-A supports the Biblical definition of a man and woman in marriage. Oh, my word, stop the presses! You mean Chick-Fil-A is against gay marriage? Chick-Fil-A has Christian values? Uh, hello, this is NOT new information, people. Ever got in the mood for one of their juicy sandwiches, pulled into the parking lot and then wondered why the heck they are closed on a Sunday afternoon? That should’ve been the big clue. But if you forget don’t worry, about once a year someone makes headlines by complaining about something we already know. Chick-Fil-A is a Christian company. The complaints aren’t about gays being beaten, refused service or Chick-Fil-a running ads about the sin of gay marriage. In fact, it never comes from them. It always starts by some attention-seeking reporter asking about the company’s stance on gay marriage and then some equally attention seeking people jumping on the remarks. It’s sort of sad really. This time the idiot stick goes to Boston and Chicago leaders who have determined that Chick-Fil-A is intolerant. And to prove it, they are going to boycott the company and refuse to allow them to expand until they agree to abandon all free thought and think only as they do. Wow! Really? This is the plan? Amazing how the remarks of a clueless few impact the lives of innocent citizens caught up in the fray. To save themselves the citizens are going to have to vote the loony tunes out of office and start building an image of a city that is more tolerant of all people. There are so many things wrong with the picture these politicians are painting but we’ll begin with the obvious. You can’t use separation of church and state as a means to lobby for gay marriage and to discriminate against a Christian company. If your child can’t pray in school how in the world can the government block a Christian company from expanding? The only thing these “leaders” are doing is making it clear they have no depth and rather than consider the good of the people they serve they prefer to jump on any bandwagon they think may win them favor. They should’ve thought it through a bit longer or perhaps said it aloud a few times because the ridiculousness of it has clearly backfired. If a company does things you don’t agree with don’t do business with them. It’s as simple as that. Forcing the acceptance of gay marriage upon Christians or anyone else is never going to succeed. It completely contradicts equality, which is what the gay movement is about. People tend to forget it runs both ways. Fighting intolerance and discrimination with intolerance and discrimination only equals stupidity. Quite frankly the gays should be offended and request an apology for these political talking heads trying to connect themselves to a group of people they know nothing about. They don’t even comprehend that the core message of gay rights is equality, accepted differences and opposition to threats and bullying simply because you disagree with another’s beliefs. The bottom line is that you have the right to hate Chick-Fil-A. You can refuse to eat there. But blocking a business from opening because of their Christian beliefs is bigotry gone wild. It’s the epitome of big government taking away our rights. It is menacing, bullying behavior that we have too much of already. It’s so anti-American I don’t even know where to begin and it is a direct contradiction to the tolerance sought by gay supporters. It reeks of politicians duping the public by pretending to support a cause they think will win them favor rather than something they actually believe in. When the ACLU, a huge proponent for gay marriage, takes the side of Chick-Fil-A, you know there’s a problem. We’ve become a nation of bandwagon moments lacking real substance. Proclaiming to support a cause in such a ridiculous manner only hurts the cause. America stands for freedom. Yet, we dishonor that every time we fail to respect the boundaries of someone with opposing views. Fighting discrimination with discrimination is still discrimination. Rather than waste time on preposterous antics such as this we should be searching for mutual respect because without it, we become a nation divided. And a nation divided will surely fall.

DrKennethNoisewater
DrKennethNoisewater

Is westword saying that it's ok for a politician to use their power to stifle businesses that don't fall in line with their social views?

mmjbakery
mmjbakery

Are all of you going to stop buying gas? Opec is ran by people who KILL YOU if you're gay. #hypocrites #chickfila

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

I freaking love you folks who comment on mah stor-ehs. I dunno what's funnier--the shit I come up with, or your comments under the shit I come up with. : )

Jeff Baird
Jeff Baird

Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day August 1 at At Chick-Fil-A's nationwide

Bpsycle
Bpsycle

"I am sincerely thanking whatever god that Dan Cathy prays to, or at, for sending Chick-Fil-A's oral-moral dilemma in time to save me -- and everyone else on Facebook -- from having to wallow in the pain of Bella tiring of Edward's glitter-hands being knuckle-deep in her gizzards." Great line. just great. This is a great post. Big-ups Jenn!

Angela Lutz
Angela Lutz

Yep. Indeed. That was instant karma.

Mitch Siff
Mitch Siff

Chick-fil-A's vice president of public relations, Don Perry, died suddenly early Friday, the company said, leaving the embattled restaurant chain without its chief spokesman amid a marketing crisis.

Philo99
Philo99

Couldn't this issue wait till the weekend?Friday is Chik-fil-A day at the office but the line at the drive thru was 20 cars deep today so we ended up with Mcbarfs.

DumpingGround
DumpingGround

I didn't have the stomach to read beyond 'yup, yup buttercup.'

 

Oh, Westword, once a proud weekly, where have the competent times gone?

GFTW
GFTW

#1-5: Chick-Fil-A restaurants are now drug-free, smell better, and are much better behaved, thanks to libs boycotting them.

562880923
562880923

 @mmjbakery Some of Opec is ran by people who KILL YOU if you're American. Guess you're still driving.  #hypocrites

skybailey
skybailey

 @mmjbakery

 The liberal media is PETRIFIED of offending Muslims. Of course your comment is correct. Let's have the rainbow flag folks try to stage some protests in the Middle East. They will get slaughtered. But here in the USA we roll over and let them shove their gay agenda down our throats. (pun intended)   No, I don't want to kill gays but the Christian bashing in this country is getting worse and the folks who are the LEAST tolerant are the gays themselves.

RollingEyes
RollingEyes

 @GFTW

 I wasn't aware I was the only drug-free, daily-bathing lib out there. Can't you come up with something better than, "You smell bad and do drugs due to your political leanings"? Seriously, are we back in grade school? What am I supposed to do? Throw a handful of sand in your face, or run and tell the teacher? Grow up.

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