With Chick-Fil-A Under Media Scrutiny, The Debate On Whether Or Not You Can Eat At The Fast Food Chain As An LGBTQ Ally Continues

No more greasy chicken and waffle fries for you? That's no FML. Just go to KFC, where you can satisfy your chicken craving and not support any outwardly homophobic companies.

Chick-fil-A has made its way back into headlines recently for its anti-equality stance on gay marriage. Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy infamously spoke out against gay marriage in 2012, which caused great backlash from the LGBTQ community against the fast-food chain. 

“We are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

In the wake of the revived media attention on the fast food chain, it's important to note that besides Cathy's shameless statement against marriage equality, the chicken chain continues to donate millions of dollars each year to anti-LGBTQ organizations via its Winshape nonprofit organization. They aren't just talking about hate, they're funding it. 

So why is it all of a sudden viral news?

Though atrocious, it's certainly not a new discovery. So why is it in the news? When Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted earlier this month about eating Chick-fil-A, he faced immediate backlash for choosing to eat at an openly homophobic restaurant chain during pride month. Dorsey quickly regretted the apparently unconscious decision, responding quickly to apologize for his error. "You're right. Completely forgot about their background." Dorsey tweeted back.

After this exchange, Christian satire website The Babylon Bee wrote an article titled "House Democrats Draft Legislation That Would Make It A Hate Crime To Eat At Chick-Fil-A,"  And, being that the chain was already being talked about, the article went viral, causing many people to mock the left for this extreme stance-- a stance that was a joke to begin with. 

Remember Satire? It used to be funny, before the 'Fake News' epidemic.

The article was quickly proven as false -- as anyone could have already clearly seen directly on The Babylon Bee's satiric website. "Some may choose not to eat at the chain for reasons of personal morals or tastes, but buying food there is not and will not be considered a criminal act." Snopes.com said on their website, with a video proving that the news is fake. 

Many people have different opinions on the whole Twitter/Chick-fil-A war. Some people, like Noah Michelson, a queer editorial director at The Huffington Post, believe that you cannot continue to eat at Chick-Fil-A and call yourself an ally.  

"It sucks that we can’t have waffle fries. But you know what sucks even more? Not having equal rights and contributing to the profits of a company that wants to ensure you never do because it believes you’re fundamentally disordered or unnatural or sinful or some delightful combination of all three." Michelson says in his Huffington Post article.
By nadine / Tuesday 19 June 2018 11:14 /
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By  RichardPencil  |  30

Oh, I thought a good current reason to boycott Chick-Fil-A was that Scott Pruitt likes it. He corruptly tried to get a franchise for his wife.

Pruitt doesn’t just hate LGBTQ people, he hates the whole planet!

By  nentenkupo  |  16

Saying someone doesn’t care about LGBT rights because they sometimes eat chick fil a is like saying that person doesn’t care about their health because they sometimes eat chick fil a.

By  DraftHail614  |  17

Honestly this is ridiculous. Just cause I eat there (rarely) doesn't mean I'm homophobic. I'm just not sensitive bitch. But here come the "you're straight so you're privileged REEEE" comments

  Callyn  |  47

The company openly contributes to groups that get gay people murdered. Supporting them makes you complicit in this. This isn't some privilege argument, it's a don't support people who get other people murdered argument.

  Nadine  |  21

People don't look at it that far because their logic is, since they're nice to everyone who walks in the door including gay people and gay people are allowed to eat there (i.e., they can still profit off of them) then the company must be nice. It's what goes on higher up that's the issue, and many people choose to ignore that because for some reason they can't imagine a life without those chicken sandwiches. Bizarre.

  eyepuppy  |  31

Yeah, they never gave money to organizations that murder gay people. When you make wild, easily refutable claims, you destroy your credibility on the matter and people will not believe any small truth you might share.

I'm all for gay rights, but I'm also for religious rights. If you want to not eat Chick-fil-a for moral reasons, go for it. But people can also choose to eat there for moral reasons. It's a double edged sword. The Christian ideology is a prime example of moral reasons to not support the gay lifestyle. Christians are raised to believe that homosexual romances are a sin against God. Romans 1:18-27 would be a starting off point, while noting Romans 1:26-27 in particular. At the same time, it is also the Christian ideology to love and accept everyone (Jude 1:22-23). Christians often times forget the motto, "Hate the sin, love the sinner." There's some speculation as to whether, as a Christian, you can love the sinner while still not supporting their lifestyles choices.

Here's my point. As long as they don't donate money illegally, they should be allowed to spend their profits how they see fit. If you find it morally egregious to spend your money there, don't.

  Callyn  |  47

I didn't say that they donated to groups which murder gay people, I said that they donate to groups that get gay people murdered. This is an important distinction. The groups that they donate to spread anti-gay propaganda which results in gay people getting murdered.

Plenty of Christians are just fine with gay people. Jesus never said a word about Homosexuality. All of the anti-gay things in the New Testament come from Paul, who never even met Jesus. Jesus hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors, not the most righteous of people. He never spoke ill of them, why do his followers think that it is moral to do so?

Yes, Chik-fil-a is legally allowed to donate to the organizations that it donates to. People are legally allowed to criticize them for doing so and to tell others why they are criticizing Chik-fil-a. Free speech doesn't just go one way.

  eyepuppy  |  31

"I said that they donate to groups that get gay people murdered." This is such a laughable argument. I would like to see one report that backs up your claim that any of the organizations they donated to contributed to the deaths of members of the LGBT community. I would also like to point out that the anti LGBT related hate crimes have been largely flat and slowly decreasing over the past 20 years, with a low period in 2005.

Also, you should read Mark 2:13-17 and Luke 15:1-7. These are the verses you are referring to in your counterargument. The bible refers to tax collectors as sinners because tax collectors were known to overtax the population and report only the amount required to the treasury. Jesus said he wanted to be with sinners because sinners were the ones who needed they help. It was custom of that time to not associate with sinners, lest they be labeled a sinner themselves.

By  julfunky  |  29

I fully support the LGBTQ community and believe equality for all. But god damn if those chicken nuggets aren’t the best damn nuggets I’ve ever eaten.

By  nyes  |  17

You can eat there if you’re gay as long as you don’t prance around in a thong and tell the world you LOOOoOooVe sucking dick for Christ sake why does your sexuality have to change who you are.

  Callyn  |  47

Why should you have to hide who you are to eat at a restaurant?

Really, the reason you shouldn't eat there is no because they will treat gay customers badly, it's because they spend the money that they make from selling chicken to fund anti-gay hate groups.