Chick fil A is the Best
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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."
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.”
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.