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Chick fil A is the Best

Updated on September 20, 2019
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James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with three non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

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The Best Loved and Most Hated Restaurant in America

Chick-fil-A is the most beloved restaurant in America. And the most hated.

According to the latest Market Force's Fast Food Market Research Report, Chick-fil-A took the top spot away from In-and-Out Burgers as America's favorite fast-food restaurant. It already held the title, for four years running, of 'America's favorite restaurant’ according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Chick-fil-A recently passed Subway to become the # 3 eatery based on sales, behind only McDonalds and Starbucks. Rounding out the top ten are Taco Bell, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Dominos, and Panera Bread. Chick-fil-A is far and away # 1 in sales per franchise, doubling the average McDonalds.

This is amazing considering that since its inception in 1946, Chick-fil-A has been closed on Sundays to honor the Lord’s Sabbath. More fast food is sold on Sunday than any other day. However, the Left hates the chain because its founders are Christians who naturally believe in natural marriage.

Looks harmless enough
Looks harmless enough

The Accusations Fly

Why all the hatred towards a business that operates on Christian principles? The fascist mayors of many large cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Boston, have publicly stated that Chick-fil-A is not welcome to sell sandwiches in their towns because its founder believed in marriage as it has been defined worldwide since there have been people. College students relish their chicken sandwiches, but many universities have banned Chick-fil-A from campus.

The hate campaign began in 2012, after company CEO Dan Cathy, son of founder Truett Cathy, chimed in against the movement to legalize men marrying men and women marrying women. Here is what Dan Cathy said:

“I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.' I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about. 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.”

Truett Cathy was a genius entrepreneur whose faith in God permeated every aspect of his life. He said, “This is not my business. I consider the Chick-fil-A sandwich and business a gift from God for me, and all of us, to steward. We must seek God’s direction on how to best steward this gift, and trust the outcome to Him.”

After the controversy erupted, Dan Cathy was pressured to deny his Christian moral conscious but refused. His response: “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. I think truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that. I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion, and I hope that they would be respectful of mine."

Chick-fil-A has never been accused of discriminating against any customers or employees because of their sexual habits or inclinations. Chick-fil-A serves people every day that commit homosexual deeds, and they hire them as well. However, the founder is a Christian who believes what the Bible says. And that has been reason enough for Democrats to spend seven entire years trying to destroy the man's business.

It is almost like Democrats are saying you cannot buy or sell unless you accept the Mark of the Beast.

Chick fil A features a nice clean interior
Chick fil A features a nice clean interior

No Chicken for You

A planned opening of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant inside the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport was canceled after a politician protested. His reason? "It is wrong for a state-funded airport to do business with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups that fuel anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.” He added that the views of Christians “do not represent our state or the Western New York community.”

The assemblyman was outraged by a report from ThinkProgress that Chick-fil-A had given $1.6 million in 2017 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization whose Statement of Faith says, “Marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and sexual intimacy should only be expressed within that context.” The restaurant chain also gave a small amount to the Salvation Army, characterized by ThinkProgress as a 'hate group.'

In addition, the San Antonio International Airport put a stop to a planned opening of a Chick-fil-A, a decision that prompted a Texas politician to object as a violation of religious liberty: “The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude a respected vendor based on the religious beliefs associated with that company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance.”

San Antonio officials replied, “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior. I want the first thing travelers see to be a San Antonio that is welcoming and that they not see a symbol of hate. Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.”

Everyone except the 70% of Americans who are Christians, I guess. Few things are more un-American than government hostility against religion.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation into both airports. “The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs," the agency said in a statement. “Federally funded airports cannot discriminate based on religion. Federal requirements prohibit airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities.”

People camp out all night to be first in line at the Chick fil A
People camp out all night to be first in line at the Chick fil A

Political Correctness Run Amok

Purdue has become the latest university to protest a proposed Chick-fil-A on campus. The students have long clamored for the chain to come to Purdue, but a group of professors is outraged by it, arguing Chick-fil-A “does not uphold social justice values,” and that its presence will “cause significant harm to the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff.”

In 2018, the students of Rider University voted overwhelmingly for a Chick-fil-A on campus, a vote that was supposed to be decisive. However, the college administration vetoed the move because of anti-Christian sentiment.

The faculty of Cal Poly recently voted to expel Chick-fil-A from its campus, stating that the eating-place “represented bigotry” and bizarrely likening it to pornography.

The University of Kansas has a Chick-fil-A, but the faculty have called for a boycott of it because "it is a bastion of bigotry." A statement reads: "Chick-fil-A violates the feelings of safety and inclusion that so many of us have striven to create, foster, and protect on campus, and sends a message that the Union, KU Athletics, and the administration at large are more concerned about money and corporate sponsorship than the physical, emotional, and mental well being of marginalized and LGBTQ people.”

A Mississippi State business course even blasts the restaurant: “For a period in the 1990s, the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a restaurant and gift-shop chain in the Southeast, adopted a policy of firing homosexual employees and refusing to hire homosexuals. The company based this policy on its so-called commitment to 'traditional American values.' More recently, companies like Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby have adopted similar policies." That is a blatant lie. However, students at the college say if they disagree with that statement their course credit is knocked in half.

Even students at a Christian college such as Trinity voted unanimously to ban Chick-fil-A from their campus—after being pressured by Gay Pride groups. Clearly, the Holy Bible is the LGBT activists’ top target. Christians should unite in defense of Biblical Truth.

The drive through is hopping at Chick fil A
The drive through is hopping at Chick fil A

A Hate Campaign Against Chicken Sandwiches

A Cincinnati city councilman has tried to get Chick-fil-A banned by the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey team, claiming, “Can't have it both ways Cincinnati Cyclones. You can’t pretend to be LGBT friendly by hosting a pride night, but also have anti-gay Chick-fil-A as a sponsor.” So much for live and let live.

When the fast-food joint opened its first spot outside the United States, in Toronto, militant homosexual activists tried to block customers from exercising their free will to enter the store and eat, chanting “Hey ho, hey ho, homophobia’s got to go!” It didn’t work as hungry customers went over and around them and the place was packed to the gills all day.

Last year articles appeared in New Yorker magazine and Huffington Post asking readers not to eat the delicious chicken sandwiches because “The president of Chick-fil-A has some crazy and clearly bigoted beliefs,” and “If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A."

There must be some great food in there
There must be some great food in there

The Bigoted Boycott Backfires

In the seven years that the Left has relentlessly attacked Chick-fil-A, its annual sales have more than doubled, from $4 billion to up over $10 billion. The chain has opened 700 new locations over that span. In fact, it seems that after each significant action against them is publicized, sales skyrocket. You see, most people share the beliefs of Chick-fil-A and admire the company. Not to mention, the food is wonderfully tasty, and the service is par excellence.

After one such vile vilification, the company issued this statement: “The 140,000 people who serve customers in our restaurants daily represent and embrace all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. We intend to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."

That is pretty darned gracious when hate-filled people are trying to destroy your life and livelihood. Like most people who love Jesus, the leaders of the company are willing to compromise in the hopes of a peaceful society. What they get in return is vicious hostility, with the Left insisting that the Bible is 'hate speech.' It is far, far more common for a Christian to be publicly attacked and told her religious beliefs are hateful than to see a Christian berating a person for partaking in sodomitic activities.

The Gay Mafia bullies Christians around the country. They are vengeful, deceitful, underhanded, aggressive, and incredibly petty. They seek out Christian business owners to entrap, file complaints against, and sue.

Silvio Canto writes in the American Thinker: “So how does the Left react when they don't like something? Do they start their own chicken sandwich places? No. They choose to destroy the people they don't like.”

As Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire puts it: “This is not normal or healthy behavior. An adult should be able to cope with the fact that not every other adult in the world necessarily agrees with everything they do and think. There are many companies run by people who hold views I find abhorrent. I either choose to patronize those establishments or not, but I am not going to spend years of my life trying to penalize them for the crime of failing to abide by my every ideological whim. But that is how the LGBT lobby operates. And that's why all decent people — left or right, gay or straight — should oppose its aims.”

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy once wrote: “We will be faithful to Christ's lordship in our lives. As committed Christians, we will live a life of selfless devotion to His calling in our lives. We will prayerfully seek His leadership in all major decisions that impact our family and others. Our family roles as spouses to our lifelong mates, parents to our children, and loving aunts and uncles will be our priority."

Dwight Longenecker sums it up in The Stream: “All Christians are called to give back through stewardship and tithing. The Cathy family, who owns Chick-fil-A is no exception. Most of their donations are to Christian organizations with strong, traditional, Christian family values. This means they believe God has established marriage to be between one man and one woman for life. It's part of their religion.

"These organizations are not anti-LGBTQ activists. They are not homophobic or gay-bashers. However, they do support traditional marriage as part of their Christian faith. The Cathy family and Chick-fil-A company have every right to support whatever religious organization they choose. They also have every right to support traditional marriage and oppose causes that erode the understanding of marriage, which is at the heart of their faith.”

Chick fil A features a wonderful, friendly, family atmosphere
Chick fil A features a wonderful, friendly, family atmosphere

A Personal Sidebar

I met the owner of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, once, back when I was in the aviation business. We bought a CitationJet aircraft from him, which we subsequently sold to a man in China. My jet captain father delivered the bird to China, becoming the first American to fly a private plane into that country. One of our Learjets trailed him over there. After dropping off the Citation, they proceeded east back to Florida to complete a flight around the world. Our company was the first in history to sell a private jet to a Chinese businessman.

The object of diabolical malevolence
The object of diabolical malevolence

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    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      Awdur ~ We also have a new Chick-fil-A opening soon near our home and we too are excited about it. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. It is good to hear from you and I appreciate your kind compliments.

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      James A Watkins 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      Vivian Coblentz ~ Thank you for reading my article on Chick-fil-A. As you say, "If you boycott every place that donates to un-Christian charities, there would probably no place for you to go." Companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple are decidedly anti-Christian and I do business with all of them. I am sure there are hundreds more, such as Quaker Oats even, that promote far left wing causes.

      I love the way you put this: "Isn't it interesting though how their business continues to be blessed despite the opposition and being closed on the busiest day of the week? What a testament to God's faithfulness!" I agree wholeheartedly with you.

      I very much appreciate your comments and you sharing this article with your friends. Fight the good fight!

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      Awdur 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      Excellent article, fabulous company..... we have a Chick-fil-A opening nearby soon.... can't wait!

    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      Will Starr ~ Thank you for reading my work. I could not agree with you more that "It is a violation of the 1st Amendment for government to establish a religious test in order to do business."

      As always, you chime in with quality words of wisdom. I appreciate you.

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      James A Watkins 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      Betty A F ~ Thank you for your kind compliments. I just love your comments. It is good to hear that "In the area where I live ... Chick Fil A is always hopping with business."

      You make an interesting point with, "When I pick up a chicken sandwich there, I never worry about the quality of the food, or how it was handled, or any unwanted additives. It's just a trustworthy business. If other restaurants took the same stance with morals first, then service and quality, they'd increase their customer bases exponentially."

      I totally agree with you.

      And as you say, "Chick Fil A doesn't ask its customers if they don't agree with political or gender issues. They serve the food indiscriminately to everyone."

    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      Erin Shelby ~ Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate your warm words about Chick-fil-A.

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      Vivian Coblentz 

      3 weeks ago

      James,

      I'm glad you wrote an article on this topic because my blood always boils when I read of different cities/campuses, etc. fighting to boycott Chick-fil-a or not allowing them to establish a business in their community--just because they conduct business within the perimeters of their religious convictions!

      I'm sure if we looked into all the businesses where we shop, eat, and recreate, we would be shocked to see where some of their donations go. If you boycott every place that donates to un-Christian charities, there would probably no place for you to go--you'd have to stay isolated at home.

      Isn't it interesting though how their business continues to be blessed despite the opposition and being closed on the busiest day of the week? What a testament to God's faithfulness! I don't like fast food much, but I still patronize Chick-fil-a because I so admire how they stick to their principles.

      As for all the moral outrage from the Left, where is the outrage over the discriminatory actions against Christians? You are so right about the "mark of the beast" being the Left's requirement to buy and sell. Either tow their line, or they will try to destroy you. Yet, they call us Nazis?

      Glad you brought positive attention to this wonderful company! I'm giving this a share on Facebook.

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      James A Watkins 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      RTalloni ~ It is a pleasure to hear from you again. Thank you for reading my work. I like the way you think. We also do not go out for fast food very often. But Chick-fil-A is our first choice if we do.

    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      Pamela Oglesby ~ Thank you for your kind compliments. I love going to Chick-fil-A too. Delicious food served by good people.

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      James A Watkins 

      3 weeks ago from Chicago

      T ~ Thank you for taking the time to read my new article about Chick-fil-A. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your thoughts on it. I agree with your comments wholeheartedly. I can see you've thought this through. God Bless You.

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 

      3 weeks ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "It is wrong for a state-funded airport to do business with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups that fuel anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.”

      It is a violation of the 1st Amendment for government to establish a religious test in order to do business. People forget about the second half of the religion clause:

      "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

      "...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" means government has to keep its nose out of religion.

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      Betty A F 

      3 weeks ago from Florida

      Very good article James. I just read yesterday that Chick Fil A's customer base doubled with the latest protests against the chain.

      In the area where I live, all the other fast food establishments are not busy places, but Chick Fil A is always hopping with business.

      It's actually the only fast food place that I trust. When I pick up a chicken sandwich there, I never worry about the quality of the food, or how it was handled, or any unwanted additives. It's just a trustworthy business. If other restaurants took the same stance with morals first, then service and quality, they'd increase their customer bases exponentially.

      With all the anti-Christian rhetoric, Chick Fil A doesn't ask its customers if they don't agree with political or gender issues. They serve the food indiscriminately to everyone. It's just insane how the politically correct people have gone overboard with their nonsense.

      I was shocked by the Christian college taking a stance against the business. I don't think that school is teaching its students actual Christian values.

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      erinshelby 

      3 weeks ago from United States

      Chick-fil-A has great food, and the workers are always so nice.

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      RTalloni 

      3 weeks ago

      An interesting read, for sure. Americans have always loved the Chick-fil-A success story as much as they love chicken. That said, the fact that this company is a striking representation of how the left treats any who do not agree with their views is another reason Americans of every sort continue to eat at this eatery. There are many reasons we rarely eat at a fast food restaurant (or any other kind) but if we must we spend our dollars at Chick-fil-A.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      My huband and I love Chick-fil-a. They have hired extra people so you don't wait in line too long. We don't eat fast-ffod often, but Chick-fil-a is the exception. Very good article James!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      3 weeks ago from now on

      Just another confirmation of scripture,

      Joseph is recorded in Genesis 50:20 as saying to his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God used it for good.”

      What a story James with great implications for our own lives. So many times, things come against us that seem evil- sometimes they are evil- and God is able to use them for good anyway.

      Praise the Lord!

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