Although I’ve not yet blogged about it, I became a vegetarian about four months ago. At this point, I will still eat fish as long as I know where it comes from. Even before I became a vegetarian (technically I guess I’m a Pescatarian,) I would only eat at a fast-food restaurant if it was Burgerville (I will still eat there, they have an amazing white bean burger.) Burgerville is a Pacific Northwest company that strives to use fresh, local and sustainable products for their food which is not made of fillers or a bunch of artificial crap. For a “fast-food” restaurant, they manage to keep it real. Besides, their mission is “Serve With Love” and really, that’s pretty awesome.
Although I wouldn’t consider myself a health nut by any stretch of the imagination, I truly feel like eating at other fast-food establishments is just as bad as eating poison and most of the people who eat fast-food don’t realize just how bad it is for them. They eat it because it’s cheap, easy and well, fast. Additionally most of the people who eat fast-food are also poor and I feel that supporting an industry that profits on the ignorance and susceptibility of the poor is wrong. We shouldn’t have a society that makes bad food cheap and good food expensive; it should be the other way around.
I don’t eat chickens and I don’t eat at fast-food restaurants so I would never be inclined to walk into a Chick-Fil-A for any reason.
I also try very hard to not give money to businesses and individuals who will use that money to hurt me and my family.
The company’s President or CEO or whatever he is gave his opinion that he believed in “traditional marriage”, which is completely his right. He gives money to organizations that not only “defend traditional marriage” but also actively try to prevent certain citizens of this country from being able to have the same rights as other citizens of this country. That’s also his right but his “freedom of speech” is called discrimination and no matter how hard people try to wrap themselves in their faith and in their bible, it is still discrimination. Chick-Fil-A also donates money to organizations that believe in “repairative therapy” for gay and lesbian children, believing that these children (and all gay people) are sinners and need to change their sexual orientation to be pleasing to God. Donating money to organizations that actively hurt and discriminate people is also his right, but it doesn’t make it okay.
Who are these people who speak for God and for what He wants? Who are these people who label me as: lost, a sinner, depraved, disgusting. I read a comment on a blog today that said that “all homosexuals will burn in Hell for their sins.” Really? Who is that woman to stand in as God’s decision-maker?
My friend Dana posted this on her Facebook status today:
My one and only post about Chick Fil A: For those people who went and spent money at one of those locations yesterday and claimed they were supporting free speech but don’t have a stance on gay marriage, your money just went to a business that donates money to fund a bill which continues to legalize the killing of gays in Uganda. The company also donated more than $2 million to groups who make it their mission to attack the gay community through lies and distortions. These groups push several false notions from homosexuality is connected to pedophilia to the idea that gays can change their orientation (which I wouldn’t even if i could. Women are beautiful). Chick Fil A has also donated thousands upon thousands to fight marriage equality. I find it amusing that you would defend the 1st Amendment and Freedom of Speech, yet you’ll support a company who has no problem publicly admitting they would like to deny a “child of god” his or her inalienable rights. So if you don’t think you have a stance on these issues, money talks and you just said more than a mouth full of chicken by spending a penny at that restaurant.
This isn’t about one man’s right to “freedom of speech,” or supporting a business’s right to operate how it wants to operate. Yes, Mr. Cathy has a right to free speech and a right to conduct business how he wants and a right to believe what he wants. He also has the right to not be discriminated against and to legally marry his wife. It must be nice to be entitled to all of those rights.
But while people are all up in arms about Mr. Cathy’s rights and Chick-Fil-A’s rights they are forgetting something very important: the rights of a marginalized minority in this country to be treated equally. What about our rights? What about the rights of my family? Fighting for the rights of some while denying the rights of others is wrong, no matter how one tries to spin it. So while Sarah Palin and right-winged, conservative, “Christian” flock into Chick-Fil-A and eat unhealthy food that was produced through the suffering of others (people and chickens,) in order to support Mr. Cathy’s rights, they are at the same time, actively trying to take away mine.
Perhaps Chick-Fil-A should take a lesson from Burgerville and “Serve With Love” instead of supporting hate.