Unless you live under a rock – or on a homestead in the mountains like your father before you – you’re probably aware that Chick-Fil-A presents a rather, well, complicated moral question as far as fast food chicken goes. They restaurant is family-owned company, and the family in question is vocally unapologetic in their anti-LGBTQ beliefs.
This is from a 2012 interview with COO Dan Cathy, in case you’ve got your doubts:
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that. We intend to stay the course. We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
Which, you know. Is okay in America, I guess, like he points out, but the fact that the Cathy family backs up their words with millions of dollars in donations to groups that fund an anti-LGBTQ agenda has led many in the community – and its allies – to stop eating the chicken from Chick-Fil-A, no matter how delicious it is.
So, perhaps it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that many people weren’t exactly jumping for joy when Chick-Fil-A recently announced that they would be offering free delivery nationwide and giving away a few hundred thousand free sandwiches, as well.
“So many of our guests’ busy lives and family commitments have them strapped for time. Delivery is one way we can help them get a quick yet high quality meal. If they’re unable to come to us, we’ll come to them,” said senior vice president Jon Bridges in a statement.
The internet was quick to point out that while the owners of CFA are entitled to their opinions, consumers are entitled to continue to take their business elsewhere – to companies whose views are more aligned with their own.
There are many options when it comes to chicken sandwiches, and it appears the lure of cheap or free isn’t enough to shake (some) peoples’ principles. A truly American moment to be sure.