Chick-fil-A Serves Fast Food for Jesus, America

Whatever side of the debate you fall on, you have to appreciate the marketing coup scored by Chick-fil-A today. This DMN story says the downtown location was so busy that folks were waiting an hour for their fast food. My favorite passage:

Frederic Martin planned to eat all three meals at Chick-fil-A as a statement for Christian values. With each bite of his oatmeal and yogurt parfait, chicken sandwich and chicken-fruit salad, he says, he’s taking a stand against “the people who want to utterly destroy the Judeo-Christian values this country is built upon.”


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  • guyndallas

    I just passed by a location in Flower Mound that had at least 10 cars in line at the drive thru and a line out the door. I thought to myself it is late for a lunch rush then realized it was probably related to this whole thing.

  • Daniel

    Huh, I’m confused. I just read a comment on the Yahoo news site stating our nation was founded on “Christian judo principles.” Cool! I thought.

    So what’s this, now? Why does Frederic Martin want to ruin something that’s bad ass?

  • TLS

    I was shopping at a store that shares a parking lot with Chick-Fil-A. At 11:00 the parking lot was full, the drive-thru line was down the street and people were lined up out the door. I don’t understand why anyone would deal with that mess just to show they approve of the company’s stance on traditional marriage. Why not go the next day or the day after that! It is just a matter of “look at me” if you’re at a CFA today.

  • Donatella

    I went out of my way to eat at CFA last week not so much in support of Mr. Cathy’s opinion but in his right to have one. I don’t have to agree with the politics, religion, etc of every business that I patronize. If you feel differently then don’t eat there but don’t try to limit my choices.

  • towski

    I’m boycotting Chick-fil-A because I think pickles are gross. Wait. Isn’t that also why these people are supporting it? Confusing.

  • Katy

    I ate Chick-Fil-A last week because all the coverage of the restaurant just made me hungry for waffle fries.

    Who the hell identifies himself as a “self-proclaimed homophobe”?

  • Drew

    Chick-fil-a just lost me for good. Yes, I knew about their closed on Sunday do-good’er Christian thing but this is a bit too far for me and it has nothing to do with my gay marriage stance. I don’t want to support any business that espouses their personal beliefs on me as a consumer. Sometimes, just maybe, I want a chicken sandwich without a side of Jesus. I don’t go to a Thai restaurant and get served a side of Buddhism.

    Leave your preachy churchy values at home or at church where they belong because we all know those who often like to offer up their views claim to be Christian, yet show few signs of actually being Christian-like.

  • D

    Did you know that the busiest Chick Filet in the country is at 75 and Lovers? They actually do kick ass. If there is a line around lunchtime which is out of the parking lot and around the corner there is no problem. You will have your food in only a few minutes. Tim, edit this post as you see fit. I know there should be some commas in there somewhere.

  • Mark

    @Drew: Perhaps you should actually read the interview.

  • Mo Roney

    For the record, Maple and Motor burgers was packed today, too.

  • Avid Reader

    @Drew, When was the last time you were preached at or served a side of Jesus at a Chick-Fil-A?

  • GuiltyBystander

    Christians want to “love thy neighbor” as long as said neighbor is straight. Hip-O-Crits.

  • towski

    @Avid – well, sure, on the menu they may call them “Chick-n Strips”, but I think we can all read between the lines, can’t we?

  • Former Texan

    I agree with Donatella. I don’t have to agree with Mr Cathy’s view to agree that he has a right to have one and express it.
    I happen to like Chick-Fil-A because their stores are always clean, the workers are friendly, and their food is good (for a fast food place). They have yet to check my marriage license before serving me a chicken sandwich.

  • downtown_worker

    The West End Chipotle has a line out the door every single day but I don’t see any blog stories about it.

  • Steve

    Wingnuttery is a major money maker. Just ask Rush, et al.

  • PR

    Drew — you wrote “I don’t want to support any business that espouses their personal beliefs on me as a consumer.”

    So, I guess you will be boycotting Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Apple Computers, Yahoo, Amazon, etc?

  • Annie

    I dunno….. Seems like it would be nice of these people who have all this “activism energy” would actually take the time to do something meaningful like take food to hungry kids in our community. If they can’t stand to let all humans be treated equal then maybe they could at least stand to help some needy kids have lunch.

  • Chickylala

    I don’t know why any business person would share their highly divisive beliefs and risk alienating a good chunk of potential business. It just seems like a really stupid move.

  • Angus MacGyver

    @Drew — I guess that also means you won’t see any more movies starring Baldwin, Clooney, Cruise, Depp, Duvall Penn, Robbins, Sarandon, et al., since all these Hollywood actors “espouse their personal beliefs” on a daily basis. Just because you see their movies doesn’t mean you are also a Scientologist, a Christian, or an atheist. Similarly, if you dine at CFA I hardly think that makes you a homophobe or a bigot. I’m not going to CFA today, even though I avidly support their belief in traditional marriage, because I don’t like waiting 30 minutes for fast food. It amuses me that all these liberals accuse conservatives of being judgmental and provincial, yet they become all self-righteous in their boycotts . . . isn’t that equally as discriminatory and intolerant of others’ opinions?

  • mkdallas

    The line of cars at the Central and Southwestern C-F-A was crazy long today, well after the lunch rush; clearly a wave of customers showing their support. It’s a tough call for me, because I really like CFA overall (good food, clean facility and polite personnel), but…I also feel CFA is perpetuating antiquated and unfair stereotypes (re: marriage is just between a man and woman) when even the President has now spoken up for the rights of gay couples to marry. As a private company, I know CFA has the right to support any causes they wish, I just feel disappointed that this issue was one of them.

  • JB

    It used to be that one could eat some chicken and nobody gave a crap.

  • towski

    @Angus – Does traditional marriage really need your “avid” support?

  • N

    @Drew – do you eat at In-n-Out? Well, if you do, you may need to boycott them too..check the bottom of your cup next time

  • PR

    MK – you are correct. The President has now spoken up for the rights of gay couples to marry. But, where were the same liberal protesters in 2008 when he announced he was opposed to gay marriage?

  • fred

    towski’s right – many heterosexuals marry several times…whoops I think Christ had something to say about doing that!

  • Joy

    I respect the Cathys’ right to their beliefs. However, their company donates large amounts to anti-gay organizations, so I choose not to give them any more of my money. That’s all.

  • Edward

    As someone who has been eating at Chick-fil-a 6 times a week for years (dammit, have to go to McDonald’s on Sunday) and have been a fanatic since I started going to the Ridgmar mall location back in the 70’s, I have recently tried to justify my addiction. But as Joy mentioned previously, they give millions of dollars a year to groups (including a certified hate group) that depict gay people as pedophiles, want to make “gay behavior” illegal, and even say gay people should be exported out of America.

    Since that’s my money, I’ll have to stop going there.

    What happened to the Christianity that I grew up with? I mean, as Baptists we weren’t particularly fond of the Catholics (they drank liquor!), but all-in-all we learned about loving people and spent our money on helping out poor people in America and overseas.

    These days, “Christians” seem to get a thrill out of being hateful and mean spirited. The people who are most upset about laws against bullying are Christians! In any way, shape or form, does that sound like something Jesus would do?

    So goodbye Chickfila. If you are going to continue to spend your money trying to actively harm people in this country, then I’ll have to take my money elsewhere. I just hope and pray that Dr. Pepper keeps it’s mouth shut about the gays!

  • fred

    I really hate to use this comparison but when you see mobs of gleeful people who don’t want you to have the same rights as they have does that mean neue kristallnact is around the corner?

  • Angus MacGyver

    @ towski – Perhaps CFA doesn’t need my “avid” support . . . although it’s quite clear from the lines today that they have the avid support of thousands of other people.

    @Edward – I love me some Dr Pepper as well. Would you boycott DP if they came out against gay marriage? It wouldn’t bother me one bit if DP supported gay marriage. Drinking DP does not make me a bigot, just like if I see watch CNN it doesn’t automatically make me a delusional lib.

    @Joy – To what anti-gay organizations does CFA donate money? (There’s a huge difference between being opposed to homosexuality and being opposed to gay marriage.)

  • Scagnetti

    @Avid Reader: Do you go to one of those snake handling, squirrel mutilating, dance the devil out of you Baptist churches?

  • Joy

    Angus, Chick-Fil-A has donated millions to anti-gay organizations over the past 10 years. One is the Family Research Council, which has been independent from James Dobson’s Focus on the Family for 20 years. The FRC lobbies against LGBT rights. Another is Exodus International, an organization which promotes the viewpoint that therapy can help gays to reject their desires for the same sex and to have heterosexual relationships. If you’re against gay people having civil rights or having same-sex relationships, that’s clearly anti-gay.

    Studies of CFA’s donations have tallied $5 million in donations between 2003 and 2009, plus another $2 million just in 2010. Instead of organizations that help the poor, the sick or the hungry, CFA sent these millions to organizations whose point of view I just can’t stomach, not even for a tasty chicken sandwich.

  • Edward

    @ Angus – Joy answered your question about who Chickfila has donated to. As far as drinking DP, or using the product of any company “opposed to gay marriage” making you a bigot, that’s not what I said. I think you can eat at Chickfila and be a wonderful person. You just have to remember that the money you spend there will end up in the pockets of bigots — and worse.

    When high school kids are told by their parents and pastor that it’s okay to be a bully as long as it’s a Christian bully, then something is sadly wrong with religion in our country.

  • Avid Reader

    @Scagnetti, No I do not; are you intolerant of their beliefs as well?

  • PR

    Again, the left is all up in arms over this but when Obama made similar comments in 2008 the left did nothing.

    Folks – it’s a fxxxxxg chicken sandwich!

  • Edward

    Actually, “the left” has been aggressively pushing Obama about gay marriage. “The left” has been quite vocal about how disenchanted they have been with Obama on this and many other topics.

    And sadly, as PR put it so eloquently, it’s not just a fxxxxxg chicken sandwich: it’s +$5 million dollars going to groups whose main purpose in life is to harass gay people.

    For all those people who say “Oh, we can just agree to disagree on this issue”, the difference is that straight people walk away from the conversation a full member of this society, while gay people don’t. Dan Cathy is spending millions to very specifically NOT let gay people live.

    No one is trying to dissolve Mr. Cathy’s marriage or make his very existence illegal. No one is trying to make him a second-class citizen, or get him killed. He—and the groups he supports— are doing that to gay people.

  • Avid Reader

    @Edward, Actually it would be the government which is elected by the people who “are doing that to gay people”. Mr. Cathy, his company, and the organizations that he funds are not lawmakers and have no control over the laws associated with this issue.