Uh oh. It’s finally happen. I have to put my money where my mouth is. When there was a tremendous amount of controversy about the owners of the Chick-fil-A franchise, I said that I would never eat there… and now they are coming to Connecticut.
Just to refresh your memory in case you missed it, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy went on a radio show and said this:
“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 try to redefine what marriage is about.”
He continued and stated in other interviews that he believes in a “traditional family” and ultimately doesn’t support the gay community. It was also revealed that the company had donated over $2 million dollars to anti-gay organizations in 2010.
Everyone is allowed to have their own religious beliefs. I understand and appreciate that. But knowing that they stand for something that is so against mine struck a cord. Not because they voiced their opinions, but more because they donated money to organizations that supported their beliefs. In my mind, that means that they’re donating the money I spend on their foods to fuel their hate.
That I’m not cool with.
So I simply decided I wouldn’t eat there. They can’t donate the money I used there if I don’t spend it there. Simple.
BUT, when I made that promise, they weren’t in Connecticut. So it’s not like I had to drive by their delicious-smelling building every day. That’s all going to change soon.
Chick-fil-A has announced that they are looking to open four new locations in Connecticut. They are eyeing locations in Brookfield, Danbury, Enfield and Wallingford. The first location will be in Enfield with an open date set for mid-September. Augh.
It’s a moral dilemma. On one hand, the opening of the restaurants brings jobs to Connecticut- and not to mention the fact that these sandwiches are supposed to be delicious- but on the flip side, I have to stand for something.
So the question remains- Does the owners comments and allocation of funds to anti-gay organizations influence your decision on whether you’ll eat there?