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Eat More Beef

Jim Burroway

July 18th, 2012

We’ve known about Chick-Fil-A’s contributions to anti-gay organizations for quite some time. Now we have, straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak) what Chick-Fil-A’s President and COO Dan Cathy thinks about you:

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, and 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



July 18th, 2012 | LINK

And still there are gay people who never miss a chance to eat at Chick-fil-A and get really defensive and angry when anyone suggests that they consider other options.

Richard Rush
July 18th, 2012 | LINK

Ah, yes, the ever-popular scare tactic of invoking a loving deity’s eagerness to judge. Yawn.

These hyper-religious people missed one of history’s great opportunities for major reinforcement of their religion. If they had started intensely preaching and praying in 1968 for the full acceptance and equality of gay people, they would have witnessed it all unfold over the last 43 years, and when they inevitably boasted about the power of prayer, it might not have seemed like a pathetic delusion.

July 18th, 2012 | LINK

Beef? Eat more Kale!

July 18th, 2012 | LINK

This makes me mad, because However much I love their food I can’t support them, and I’m even madder because my local Chick-fil-a staff members are mostly supportive of the gay community, I really think the staff have no idea. So I’ll be writing a letter to them this week telling them why they haven’t seen me and won’t see me again.

July 19th, 2012 | LINK

Just another fast-food bigot like Carl Karcher and Thomas Monaghan. Hopefully Dan Cathy will also leave his company like the former two.

July 19th, 2012 | LINK

Chick-Fil-A’: the official supplier of deity parts to the Boy Scouts of America.

July 19th, 2012 | LINK


It is my understanding that CFA employees go through training that includes religious tracts. (This might only pertain to “corporate” jobs–not to counter jobs at the local restaurants.)

I think it would be hard to not know about the religious bent at CFA. But in this economy, these people may have no other choice.

It took me a while to convince my partner that it wasn’t worth the support no matter how much he (used to) love their milkshakes.

July 19th, 2012 | LINK

Is it just me, or is it the people accusing gays or a culture that accepts gays of being “arrogant” and “prideful” that seem to be well versed in those traits?

July 19th, 2012 | LINK

Yesterday I debated two gay men on Facebook as to whether gays should be eating at Chik-Fil-A and also discovered how extremely angry people get when told that buying food there might not be beneficial to gay people. Their response was that the food was so good, that they didn’t care. And then one of the two basically told me he was going to rape me for disagreeing with him. And he was the Unitarian minister. I was rather stunned.

Richard Rush
July 19th, 2012 | LINK

Dan Cathy needs to update Chick-Fil-A’s advertising slogans for more appeal to the kind of customers he covets. Here’s a few preliminary suggestions:

At all our Chick-Fil-As
we always Kick-The-Gays.

There’s no need to eat more beef.
Our chicken tastes just like bull.

July 19th, 2012 | LINK

With a Sunbeam Carousel Rotisserie, I don’t need to eat more beef.

July 19th, 2012 | LINK

I don’t think they’re in California. But I’m a vegetarian anyway. (I’ll be eating more tofu. :) )

July 19th, 2012 | LINK

My bad, there are in the Golden State, mostly in So Cal, but with a few up north. I think the closest to me is in San Jose. But I’m still not going there.

July 20th, 2012 | LINK

I have been a long-time customer of Chick-fil-A. I like their food, a once a week customer. That changed to once a month about six months ago as news of their financial support of anti-marriage equality events became known. The store I went to did not contribute to such events. Now, I will stop going completely.

The best way to complain is to tell your local CFA manager / franchisee, in writing, politely, that you will not be a customer any longer, and why. I am planning to do that.

July 24th, 2012 | LINK

We don’t have Chick-Fil-A’s up here.

Thank God.

I cannot believe the arrogance of that man’s comments. Does it even occur to him, and those like him, that a very large number of people are not Christians (and do not have any desire to be) for ethical reasons or because of other beliefs they hold, or that a lot of other Christians do not agree with them??

He does not speak for God, his opinion is his opinion, not a fact…period.

It is my experience that the character of an organization tends to be greatly influenced by its leaders. It’s just as well they don’t have those restaurants here…the service probably sucks. I sure wouldn’t want to eat with people like that.

July 25th, 2012 | LINK

To Snowman:

I agree. Arrogance is the word of the day in reference to this guy.

I find it hard to believe that some people think they know the mind of their chosen deity. That to me is the epitome of arrogance.

Misogny is a close second — note how he says that we are “shaking our fist at him”. HIM, not her, not it.

Since they know “his” mind so well, perhaps they could share with humanity where and when their deity will be allowing the next big earthquake, tsunami, or whatever. Now, THAT would be helpful.

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