Good morning all.
So if you've been living under a rock for the past week, or if you're not a true Chick-fil-A connoisseur (it's a staple of my diet at least twice per week), you might not know about the recent Chick-fil-A and same-sex marriage debacle. Well, look no further monkeys, as you can get your good bit of news from the maker of the original chicken sandwich right here on WSO.
I'll be the first to say that I will support Chick-fil-A until the day I die (assuming the company sticks around for the next, oh, 50-60 years), not because of anything relating to their politics or bizarre policy of being closed on Sunday, but because they make a damn good chicken sandwich and I am fortunate enough to live in the Southeast and enjoy it at will. For a quick overview of the latest Chick-fil-A drama, check out this article.
So basically,'s president responded by saying "guilty as charged" when asked about the company's support of the "traditional family". Heaven forbid.
But wait my little monkeys, there is more: "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," stated the president.
Okay, so Chick-fil-A has always been a company that had its roots in the Bible, so to speak. It is closed on Sundays, observes more national holidays than any other fast food chain, and the company's founder, Samuel Truett Cathy, has been a longtime Southern Baptist and supporter of Republican presidential candidates. But on the flip-side, Chick-fil-A is also a fast food joint where I know for a fact that I will not only receive quality food, but will be treated respectfully by everyone in the establishment.
This is more than I can say for the overwhelming majority of fast food places. It seems like every time I go into a Burger King or Wendy's, the person behind the counter hates their position, resents me as a customer, and is generally rude. Okay, maybe not EVERY single time, but a good portion of the time people are not polite in the slightest at those places. In contrast, I know that when I walk into Chick-fil-A, everyone behind the counter will be extremely pleasant, polite, and will go to great lengths to ensure that I am satisfied with my order no matter what. +1 for.
And those qualities, coupled with the noted excellence of their menu, would seem to indicate that Chick-fil-A is a cut above the rest. And that's the beauty of capitalism: I can choose, among many competitors, which I like best, and based on quality of product and quality of customer service,wins out in 9 out of 10 cases.
But does it matter that the company supports a traditional family, something that I am personally not strictly in favor of?
Well, this author from The Atlantic had something to say about that: something as simple as 'no'.
What do you monkeys think? Should you boycott a business if you don't agree with its politics? More importantly, as a purchaser of consumer goods, where do you draw the line? Pretty difficult to research the ideology of executives of every company you will ever make a purchase from. How about if the distributor disagrees with you -- that company plays a huge role in the final product being available in the store?