Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Why can't lunch just be lunch?

I'm going to Chick-fil-A for lunch today.  And I'm taking the kids and Mick.  So I suppose we, as a family, are going to Chick-fil-A for lunch today.

Taken from  Right-clicked on Tuesday, July 24.
And it's not a political statement.  It's a statement that I like their chicken and their customer service, and my kids do, too. 

I also happen to support their right to make donations however they see fit, just as I may make donations however I see fit.  There has been a mess in the media and on Facebook lately, and now conspiracy theorists are running rampant about the fact that CFA pulled their kids' meals toys last Wednesday in anticipation that Henson Productions was going to release their statement about CFA's political donations -- and severing their partnership -- last Friday. 

I can't and won't fight the conspiracy theorists.

So, I suppose I lied to you.  I am going to Chick-fil-A today for a few reasons.

1.  I quite enjoy their chicken.

2.  I promised my kids.

3.  We won't be able to easily get Chick-fil-A, nevermind on a whim as we do so often do now, as of Friday.

4.  I support Chick-fil-A's right to make donations as they see fit, within the confines of the law.

5.  I am angry, quite frankly, that Chick-fil-A is being attacked for having a belief and sticking to it.  Their donation to a conservative group is, in fact, no different from any other donation to any other conservative group, or -- dare I say it -- liberal group.  But because that group IS, in fact, conservative, and lobbies against legislation to legalize gay marriage, Chick-fil-A has been demonized.  I don't really have an opinion on gay marriage.  But I do have an opinion on Chick-fil-A's rights, which is to say that they ought to be just as free as anyone else to exercise their rights to make donations as our political system permits.  Just as importantly, if a particular group disagrees with Chick-fil-A's opinion, well, that group is free to exercise its own rights in efforts to at least balance the scales, if not tip them to their side.  That's how our political system works, folks.  It's a democratic republic.  We, the people, have a voice.   If you don't like something, use your voice. Don't demonize a company because it has exercised that same right. 

But today, it's just about the chicken.  I am hungry, and I plan to "eat Mor."


p.s.   If you plan to leave comments that are ugly, please know that this is MY blog and I will remove them.  That's not to make any discussion one-sided; that's because I'm happy to engage in an intelligent discourse, but the bottom line is that if you're new to this blog and itchin' for a soapbox, you've come to the wrong place and you need to seek a forum elsewhere.  I wrote this post to vent, and not to provide a forum for political debate.  I have no intention to provide a forum for political debate, or to turn this blog into a political blog.

If you'd like to have an adult conversation, you're welcome to comment, but know that I am about conversation-ed out on this issue, and I may take some time to reply.  This isn't the hill I want to die on, but I've been pretty upset about this issue, and I need a break. 


  1. I completely agree with you Jen. Any compnay has the right, as does each individual to support any group they choose!

    1. Thanks, Jess! I didn't mean to imply at the bottom of my post that I wouldn't welcome discussion ... just that I wouldn't welcome strangers using my blog as a forum for vitriol. I'm happy that you like the post, though!

  2. I would love to write a thoughtful, detailed comment, but I'm terrified of all those who only support free speech if it agrees with them. Great post!!

    1. Marianne, first of all -- thank you. Second of all, you're welcome to write a thoughtful, detailed comment, and in fact I would love to read it! I promise to police any crazies that come along looking for a fight. I'm all for discussion between articulate, polite adults. I'm not for the loonies and name-callers who have no argument but to stomp their feet and chase their tails.