When my friend, Anna, is traveling abroad, one of the things she always says she misses most is a Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit. It's one of her first stops when she gets back to the states. When I was a freshmen in college, I ate more chicken nuggets than I care to admit, since I was freaked out by the dark and dingy cafeteria at the student union. I even knew friends in high school who dilligently worked at the location in the mall.
But lately, there's been a lot of Chick-Fil-A in the news. And it's a big ol' deal here in the Bible Belt. In fact, some have referenced the area near where we live as the "buckle."
Needless to say, I don't necessarily fit in with that crowd. And I've already made it pretty clear that I think people who call themselves good Christians but then outwardly discriminate are pretty dumb. (Dumb is such a nice word for me to use there.)
Anyhoo... just as with politics, I think the solution is pretty cut and dry. If your church doesn't want to perform gay marriages, then don't perform them. People who don't agree with Chick-Fil-A don't have to eat there. It's really that simple.
Wait. You don't know what I'm talking about? Is that because your local news station didn't feel compelled to have the lead story be the lines at the local Chick-Fil-A location? Complete with live helicopter coverage? They were pumping it up that it was "Appreciation Day" while Puff informed me it was supposed to be a "Boycott Day" by gays and supporters. No surprise in our community that people were basically showing up at the restaurant with "We hate gays" painted on their car!
Still confused? Yeah... apparently the owner (or his son) made a statement that they disagree with gay marriage.
Oh, here we go.
I don't want to go into the same rant as I did in the previously mentioned post, so I'm going to explain to you why I choose to not eat Chick-Fil-A. And quite frankly, these are probably just as good of reasons as not liking their political stance.
Reason #1 - They totally cheap out on the fries. Sure, they're nice and tasty, but they're ginormous waffle fries and I always feel cheated. I pay the same price there to get what feels like 5 frickin' fries, when McDonalds gives me a gazillion more than that. And McDonalds' taste better!
Reason #2 - Their honey mustard has the consistency of mucus. I don't really think I need to elaborate any more on that point.
Reason #3 - Housewives love it a little too much. Trust me... once you live someplace where you have to battle past women in their tennis outfits driving gigantic SUVs they can't even see over the steering wheel, who are all trying to get their damn chicken biscuit in the morning... then you'll understand.
Reason #4 - I always feel like I am being preached to by their staff when I am there. I never quite understood why, but I'm crystal clear on that now. On the flip side, I suppose I'd rather have that than some dickwad spitting in my food.
Reason #5 - They have the stupidest traffic pattern for their drive-thrus. Seriously, what dude skipped "Traffic Logistics 101" at chicken college?
Reason #6 - They're closed on Sundays. Is that not the ONLY DAY EVER that you crave something from there? Of course it is. And the only thing I ever crave from there? An Oreo milkshake.
So... let's recap. I have an issue with people saying they are following the Lord when they hate on others. I also have an issue with people not using common sense and for letting a small situation escalate into something way bigger than it really needs to be. Don't like what Chick-Fil-A stands for? Then don't eat there. I personally didn't go there all that often, and probably will avoid going there from now on. But do I think others need to boycott and protest? Nah. Just let them do their thing. It's their opinion and they're allowed to have it. Go find a restaurant that doesn't care who you sleep with. And if you support their cause, then fine. I respect your choice. Just please don't block the intersection while waiting in the drive-thru line.
Oh yeah, and Reason #7 (the real reason I don't like to eat there) - Their chicken is way too "chickeny."