Tonight, I shall be going to Chick-fil-A. Now, this isn’t generally a restaurant I would frequent (because I try to avoid fast food in general), but today is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
Recently, the CEO of Chick-fil-A affirmed his beliefs in the sanctity of marriage and it was revealed that the philanthropic arm of Chick-fil-A gives to organizations that lobby against same-sex marriage. Some people are boycotting Chick-fil-A for this reason. Now, that’s fine. I don’t have a problem with people choosing to spend their money elsewhere if they do not support a company’s decision to donate money to causes they don’t support–though I will point out that pro-life people who do that (I’m not one of them) are often ridiculed for doing the same thing. But that’s really moot.
The reason I’m participating in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day is in protest of people taking things too far. I believe that Chick-fil-A has the right to decide to support the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman if they so choose. That’s their business. However, city officials in Boston and Chicago have stated publicly that they will do whatever they can to stop Chick-fil-A to open new restaurants in their cities because they do not support the values being expressed by Chick-fil-A.
Wait, what? Do Boston and Chicago have a nice, publicized list of the cities’ values for everyone to see, and do they kick out everyone who doesn’t agree with those values? That’s just crazy. Chick-fil-A is a private company for crying out loud. If they’re poisoning people that’s one thing, but opposition to gay marriage should not prevent them from being allowed to open a restaurant.
Now, I’m not in favor of same-sex marriage for a whole host of reasons. But let’s be clear: being anti-gay marriage does not necessarily mean anti-gay. Nor is someone a bad person just because they don’t agree with everything you believe. There’s plenty of discussion to be had on the subject (and not all of it religion-based), but trying to kick a private company out of cities for something they support is just silly.
So, tonight it’s Chick-fil-A chicken. Anyone gonna join me?