Monday, August 25, 2008

Why everything good has to be so bad

Of course, I always knew Chick-Fil-A wasn't REALLY good for me. I mean, it's hard to make a case for the health benefits of chicken nuggets and waffle fries. But it's oh-so-yummy. And they don't have it in NYC, which makes it all the more appealing when I go home to Florida. I actually make it a point to go, if you can believe it.

And so....when I was Facebooking (aka procrastinating) today, I discovered that Chick-Fil-A was giving away free food on Labor Day. So I decided to do some free advertising for them and post that in my status update. It's not like I was doing it for myself....considering they don't even sell it here.

Lo and behold, one of my facebook friends alerts me that the owner of Chick-Fil-A is actually a fundamentalist who fires people who are gay, passes out anti-abortion literature and gives money to all Republican causes. This sets me out on a search about the man, Samuel Truett Cathy. It seems that all of this appears to be true. In as much as you can find these sorts of things on the Internet. Mind you, it all seemed pretty consistent. And to boot, some Chick-Fil-A chains give out literature on the santity of marriage, etc. Because nothing goes better with chicken nuggets than some rhetoric.

Mind you, this guy has every right to run his business how he likes (such as keeping the doors shut on Sunday). However, he does not have a right to fire gays or non-Christians And as for the literature, well...he can pass it out. But I am also within my rights not to patronize places that try to force their ideas down my throat. And also to let everyone know about it.

And so...the next time I go down to Florida, I will instead visit my second-favorite Southern chain, Pollo Tropical, home of some of the best fried plantains in the world. And the chicken nuggets and waffle fries? I won't even miss them.

Sniff.

2 comments:

Elizabeth Cobb Durel said...

I am so sad to hear this. No joke. I knew he was conservative (the Sunday closing...) but didn't know this. -sigh- dammit. One more thing I can't eat and right now, I'm even close enough to get it...dammit, Chick-Fil-A. But, on the other hand, I can get lots of yummy chicken biscuits elsewhere. So Nan, if you hear from them, tell them I said I'm done, too.

weered1 said...

Shit. I loved Chik-fil-a.