Eat Mor Chikin

In Phoenix, a few months ago, I saw a billboard like this one and I roared with laughter. It probably is my favorite billboard of all time. Jerry was driving and didn’t see it, so I tried to describe it to him. Since then, I’ve learned from the internet that there is a whole series of Chick-Fil-A cow ads. They strike me as very funny, especially this one. Check it out–a team effort–one cow perched on another to get out the crucial message. Don’t eat us–eat those chickens. Love it!

Chick-Fil-A is a southern entity and are not widely available here in California where I live. In April of 2012, their 49th California store was opened on Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, and they are planning more openings.

Today, as most of the country knows, I’m sure, has been designed a day to show appreciation for “president Dan Cathy (who) told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.” That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.”

If you have the chance, today, get out and “eat mor chikin.” We must fight to protect our First Amendment rights!

5 thoughts on “Eat Mor Chikin

  1. Hi Shirley,

    I have recently returned to blogging here on WordPress regularly and was just waxing nostalgic, scanning back all the way back to my very first post on WP, which you commented on, over six years ago.

    I have been thinking about writing about the Chick-fil-A issue. We are from the same hometown, Atlanta, just like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and many other great things (and people). I have always enjoyed the home of the original chicken sandwich. When I was young it was always a treat for when we went shopping at the mall, because back then they were only located in malls. Later when I went to work at Target that was the restaurant located right next door, and even though they were a bit pricey for fast food, it was nice to be so close for lunch or dinner breaks.

    Chick-fil-A’s customer service is second to none, and far exceeds what you can expect when visiting any other fast food chain. I know our local store also does much to participate in and support the community. Also, I have always heard they treat their employees quite well. Those who go to work there while still in high school have a chance to earn college scholarships from the company.

    That all being said… I do have a major issue with the actions of Mr. Cathy. Not the company in general, nor all its employees, but Dan Cathy and the corporate leadership, definitely. I would never decry Mr. Cathy nor anyone else for sharing his opinion. As you point out, he has freedom of speech, a right zealously cherished and protected for American citizens. But he has had ardent opponents long before he made these public comments.

    This opposition stems from the fact that through its charitable arm, the Winshape Foundation, Chick-fil-A has funneled millions of dollars of corporate profits to organizations that not only oppose gay rights, but go to the extreme of advocating for the “rehabilitation” of homosexuals, with the idea of “curing” and/or “converting” them. So anyone who goes in to buy a chicken sandwich is, unwittingly and perhaps undesirably depending on their own personal views, contributing some small amount of money to organizations that some would consider hate groups.

    You speak of First Amendment rights, which do indeed protect Mr. Cathy making his comments (though making them to a Baptist magazine and radio show hardly strikes me as courageous– he’s almost literally “preaching to the choir”). However, the First Amendment also prohibits Congress making any law regarding an establishment of religion or preventing the free exercise of religion.

    Marriage is an institution of dual nature. It is a religious institution, and it is a legal institution. Because those clauses of the First Amendment establish the separation of church and state, no one religion’s particular views on marriage can dictate what the legal definition of marriage is. There are exceptions, I am sure, but I believe most same-sex couples are not looking to get married in a church. They simply want to be afforded the same legal rights and privileges that heterosexual couples enjoy when they marry. Yes, that includes preference in adopting children, but it also includes everything from getting to file a joint tax return to making critical decisions when one’s spouse is hospitalized. If we are truly going to honor the First Amendment, then Congress simply cannot pass any law that would endorse a “traditional,” i.e. religious-based, definition of marriage.

    Again, I have no desire to restrict Mr. Cathy’s freedom of speech. But if someone endorses the “courage” of his comments and then, say, blasts a political candidate for making remarks supporting Planned Parenthood, he or she is a hypocrite. You can’t call on Americans to exercise their freedom of speech only when their speech is something you agree with. I’m not saying you are doing that, but many people do.

    But as much as I love their food, I’m not going to give my money to help support groups that clearly demonize a significant segment of the American population, no matter how much they say they hate the sin and not the sinner. The idea of “rehabilitating” people out of homosexuality is so outdated, it is akin to someone seriously supporting segregation again. The American Psychological Association stopped classifying homosexuality as a disease or mental disorder 40 years ago. Nearly all serious scientists today say people can’t “choose” to be gay (or straight) any more than they can choose to be left-handed– which is another attribute once seen as a sign of demonic influence which the afflicted person had to be “converted” from.

    I’m not trying to convince you not to support Chick-fil-A if you want to. They continue to do great things on the local level. I just want to make you aware that the opposition to the company is much more than just a freedom of speech issue.

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  2. I have always loved Chick-fil-A. I have admired thier sense of family values and that they are closed on Sundays.

    A few years ago we were in Texas and I took my son to Chick-fil-A and he has not stopped with the “eat more chicken” slogan. He is always good for a laugh.

    Plus he loves Chick-fil-A. We don’t have one close to us but when ever we travel and we see one my son says “eat more chickin” lets go there and we do.

    I have friends all over the country who supported this cause yesterday. I have seen some awesome pictures. It is so good to see a company take a stand, even if not popular.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Did you know that because they are not open on Sundays their equipment does not wear out as fast, due to they get a break. Also, their staff turnover is low because they get a break! Sending my Edster up to get our Chikin’ in a few!

    Cool deal. Thanks for coming by and for the comment.

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  4. Dean

    Great chicken… and I agree and support their definition of marriage. Well run, money Also, their units are not open on sundays…

    Hey, Dean. Doubtless a great company. Glad our country is rallying to them.

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