Today, August 1, has been proclaimed “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” by those who support the chicken sandwich company’s CEO who is catching flak for opposing gay marriage. Americans are being urged to show up at one of their stores and simply buy a sandwich. I suspect the company will have huge sales today.
Then again, pro-gay-marriage protesters are promising to show up too. Some are saying they will just order water, so as to make workers busy without buying anything. Gays are calling for a kiss-in at Chick-fil-A outlets on August 3.
So what do you think about this? Will you eat “chikin” (as the cows in the company’s advertising campaign put it)? Or, if you support gay marriage, will you boycott the company? If you oppose gay marriage, will you eat chicken sandwiches for the principle of the thing?
It seems to me that those who want to boycott Chick-fil-A because of the CEO’s beliefs and are otherwise making a big deal of this may be opening a can of worms. The issue of gay marriage is not nearly as settled as our cultural elites think it is. If those who oppose gay marriage were to follow suit by refusing to patronize companies that support gay causes, it would probably have a bigger impact.
Do you think the political, moral, or religious beliefs of a company’s owners or leaders should be taken into account when consumers make their purchasing decisions? If the company’s philanthropy goes to support a particular cause, doesn’t that mean that people who buy the product might be giving money to something they don’t believe in?