Eat more chicken? Rallies, protests of support and critique planned at Chick-fil-A restaurants

MANDEL NGAN AFP/GETTY IMAGES A Chick-fil-A logo is seen on a take out bag at one of its restaurants on … Continued



A Chick-fil-A logo is seen on a take out bag at one of its restaurants on July 28, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. Chick-fil-A, with more than 1,600 outlets mainly in the southern United States, has become the target of gay rights activists and their allies after president Dan Cathy came out against same-sex marriage last week.

UPDATED: 11:19 a.m. Thursday
: The Atlanta-based chain
hasn’t released sales figures from the supporter-driven appreciation day Wednesday another statement released Thursday morning marketing executive vice president Steve Robinson confirmed record sales had been achieved.

Overnight and early Thursday, there were many reports about brisk business and long lines inside and outside restaurants as well as possibly breaking records in sales including megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s tweet sent Wednesday night:

In July, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press his company backed “the biblical definition of the family unit.” His comment sparked criticism among individuals and groups who support gay marriage and prompted some mayors to announce plans to block the Atlanta-based company’s expansion plans in their cities.

Cathy’s comments about the definition of marriage have prompted some consumers to embrace the company (known for its chicken sandwiches and for putting faith before the bottomline by closing on Sundays) more boldy, while others, such as D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to label the company discriminatory or even “hate chicken.”

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee declared today “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” a call to action for fans of the chicken chain and supporters of Cathy’s stance.

The furorhas prompted debate about individual religious and free speech rights, the role of commerce on social issues and whether stances taken by governmental leaders could translate into suppressing the activities of others whose positions they find objectionable.

View Photo Gallery: Mike Huckabee urged conservatives to support Chick-fil-A outlets on Wednesday in support of the ownership’s stand against same-sex marriage. Traffic increased, two days ahead of a call by the chain’s opponents for a boycott.

“Opponents of the company’s stance are planning ‘Kiss Mor Chiks’ for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the issue isn’t just about marriage. A fact sheet posted on GLAAD’s Web site Wednesday morning cited past actions attributed to the company. It reads, in part:

Throughout the day, the appreciation day gained momentum, with Chick-fil-A supporters and critics standing in lines to dine or organizing counter protests Wednesday and later in the week.

Your Take: Have you taken a stand on Chick-fil-A’s marriage controversy? Did you take up Mike Huckabee’s case or are you more likely to stay away from the sandwich shop in protest? Is the gay rights cause now a food fight? Will you continue to eat at Chick-fil-A?

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Chat transcript: Is boycotting a company because of its president’s personal views really the way to go?

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Fast food chain sets off national debate

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  • djhtex

    That chicken sandwich was GOODDDDDDDD.

  • jhtlag1

    So, how’d that kissing thing go? Kinda fizzled, eh?

  • truth1

    Gee, I never heard of this greasy spoon before. The place does not sound too enticing to me. Yuck!!!!!!

  • CAC2

    I think that bigots should eat lots and lots and lots of fried chicken sandwiches — with extra mayonnaisse, a extra large side of french fries, and a supersized sugary cola — every single day for lunch.

    PLEASE support Chick-Fil-A and ALL of the fast food industry. Do your part. Order and consume two extra value meals for lunch every day, and make sure to supersize those.

    Don’t forget, good Christians eat deep fried, fatty food at least twice a day! And don’t forget that extra large milkshake for dessert. Jesus wants you to order that milkshake.

    That will be, according to the Chik-Fil-A website, 1,360 calories, 53 grams of fat, 130 mg of cholesterol, 107 g of sugar, and 1900 mg of sodium. YUMMY!

    So, put your faith where your mouth is, people. Every single day!

  • CAC2

    Actually, my partner and I were celebrating our 12th anniversary at Citronelle that day. We DID kiss, but our bill came to a little under $400, rather than $4.00, and Citronelle very much appreciated our quite gay business.

    I’m sure that fried chicken sandwich was quite the treat for you, though. Hope you enjoyed it.

  • CAC2

    Bigots have guns. We have fried food.

    It takes a little longer than a bullet, but Type 2 diabetes and coronary disease still get the job done.

    Eat More Chik’n y’all. Eat LOTS of it!!!!

  • telemachus


  • familynet

    Okay, I had as much fun as anyone else laughing at the foolishness of the uberlib thought police, but now it’s time to pull the story. Certainly there must be other nonsensical lib stories out there.

  • TaxTheRichNow

    I STILL don’t eat buzzard on a bun because of the gobs of fatty skin they can “meat” in the sandwiches and the brown lettuce, taseless tomatoes and see-through mayo.

    It is doen’t matter to me who kisses whom in their places becuase I don’t go there. They only fast food grosser than buzzard is McDonalds and their kangaroo/horse/roadkill burgers.

  • AgapeWord

    I appreciate Mr. Cathy’s statement because he has the best interest of our fellow men and women at heart. He’s read the Bible and understands what God likes and what He dislikes. That’s the most important thing we can do…to know God and His ways so it will go well with us and our children as we obey Him. Mr. Cathy is expressing his love for humanity as he speaks the truth.

  • cococo

    Eat a chicken for Christ!

  • cococo

    Stand in line for 45 minutes or more, and line the CEOs pockets with dough to prove you hate gay marriage. I have a job.

  • drewdane

    If your idea of social activism is ordering a chicken sandwich and some waffle fries… you might be a redneck.

  • jmille90

    Line up and eat all you want, please. The more of that garbage you eat, the shorter your lifespan. Problem solved sooner rather then later

  • jmille90

    Leaving aside the fact that the Bible doesn’t jive with facts…Noah and the flood??. Comeon….with so many contradictions in the Bible, how can anyone know what the heck it means? That tome was written with cherry pickers in mind.

  • danaman

    How sweet – bigotry in the name of religion.

  • Tina

    If you eat all that chicken, (deep fried) the world will be rid of you even faster. So eat more chicken!! How about more heart disease, have some more chicken and fries. How about a few more pounds (fat), here’s some chicken. How about diabetes…have more white bread buns and extra large soft drinks.
    Stop listening to the media to make a political point. If you are for traditional marriage, try being married to one person and allow that witness to speak for you.

  • Jacobjos

    ‘By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’

    John 13:35

  • steveswimmer1


    ABOMINATIONS ??? Gay bashers? Let’s see: eating shellfish is an “abomination” as is homosexuality, so says, Biblical Leviticus’ proclamations. Yet, we Americans cannot reject a Maine lobster tail drawn in butter.

    Fact is, regardless any authority, shellfish eating is here to stay and no one cares who eats stuffed crab or Cherrystone clams.

    Likewise, homosexuality, permanently ingrained in our human being, is equally here to stay, will not change and must integrate with complete equality for justice to reign in our Great Nation.

    Gay bashers save your breath for other bashing; such as, perhaps, adulterers. I mean, here, God devoted an entire Commandment. Better: leave peaceful peoples sexuality alone and enroll in an anger management program.

    Then, the Gay community can live in peace and our Country will be better served.

    Importantly, Gay bashers will have a chance to outrun bigotry, homophobic fear, hateful violence; and, with extra-good anger management therapy, maybe, just maybe, control those fitful tempers.

    Leave the Gay community alone. There is nothing wrong with being Gay that two or three generations of equality won’t cure.

    When ultra-right wing Christians denigrate the homosexual lifestyle, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an “abomination” for men; and, only men who “lie” together. I mean, nothing is said concerning women or oral sex. Sooo”, what’s with involving Lesbian folks in the religious debate?

    Regarding some other elements of Biblical rules and how to follow them, I also wonder:

    1. Leviticus 11:10. “And all that have not fins and scales in the seas”, they shall be an “abomination” unto you.” A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination; it is a lesser abomination than being Gay. I don’t agree. I think an abomination is an abomination; thus, eating fried oysters is equivalent to Gay (males) on the Leviticus abomination scale. Can anyone s

  • steveswimmer1

    4. I would like to sell my Daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? Also, Since God clearly favors homosexual females (by withholding the admonishment of abomination as reserved for Gay men): do you think I could get a better price advertising her as a Lesbian?

    5. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    6. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1: 9. The problem is: my neighbors. They claim the odor is not so pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    7. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2, clearly states that he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

    8. Lev. 21:20. “Or crookback, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye” may not approach the altar of God. Does this include a defect in my sight? I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle- room here?

    9. Lev. 21:21. “No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire.” Is this the authority by which ultra-right wing Christians often state: “If he’s got one drop of Jew blood he is of the Devil”? And, speaking of Aaron. How can he die twice? Once on Mt. Hor (Numbers: 20:26-29) and some time latter in Mosera (Deut. 10.6). Is there a Resurrection story missing here?

    10. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

    11. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    12. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.

  • steveswimmer1

    There are many other questions one can ask.

    Especially, why are ultra-right wing Christians so obsessed with Gay people; yet, ignore those who: “lieth” with his father’s wife; “lie” with his daughter-in-law; take a wife and her mother; “curseth” his father or his mother, or “committeth” adultery. All as death sentence worthy, according to Leviticus, as if a man lies with a man.

    Agreed, it is abundantly clear: God’s word is eternal and unchanging. I mean, Leviticus has been the same for 5000 years and is not going to change.

    It is we who change: today homosexuality and eating shellfish religious attention, rightfully, commands far less credence. In fact, hardly anyone knows eating shrimp as an “abomination.” We long ago found that shrimp scampi and the likes were no abomination at all and too delicious to pass up. So, with little compunction, over time, we equalized shellfish with other foods we enjoy.

    Accordingly, allow Gay folks privacy with equality and in a couple of generations no one will care about the present day stigmata of homosexuality any more than we notice today’s diners enjoying Hawaiian prawns or poached Maine lobster drawn in lemon butter.