Chick-Fil-A can't stop digging

First Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A’s CEO, decided to be a proud bigot in public.  Then the Jim Henson company, which supplied CFA with their kids meals toys, decided they no longer wished to do business with bigots.

Then CFA lied (and gave the Jim Henson company a clear road to a libel suit).

And now CFA just can’t help digging the hole deeper.  They might as well since nobody, not even Jesus, is offering them a hand out.  I was reading a post on Ashley Miller’s blog (if you’re not reading it, fix your life) and came across this image.

Ashley explains:

“Abby Farle” is a FB account created by Chick-fil-A to promote the lie that the toys had been removed weeks ago.  I guess the logic being that if someone who isn’t the store makes a claim that is untrue, no one can be mad at the company for lying.

Man, they’re so brazen, taking a stand for “biblical principles.”  How proud they are to be servants of the lord.  Until humanity finds their principles disgusting.  Then it’s not the principles or the pride that change, just how much more they lie.

For those who think faith makes us moral, look at this slimeball and how much faith he’s got.

For those who think we need faith to be moral, that’s simply horseshit.  You don’t need god or the threat of hell to think lying is self-destructive.  You need only realize that life is happier and easier if you tell the truth.  We just have to dislike people like Dan Cathy and not want to become the type of person we despise.


Hey look!  Abby’s on twitter!  And, don’t you know, she loves Chick-Fil-A almost as much as she hates gays.  This has got to be somebody making fun of CFA for doing this on facebook.  God damn you, Poe’s Law!  It’s so hard to tell sometimes!

The one on the CFA facebook was almost certainly a CFA PR person.  The one on twitter is likely somebody making fun of them.


Oh reddit, you wonderful, sometimes horrible thing.

We’re critical thinkers. Catching bullshit is what we do, and we’re all over the internet. If you’re looking for an easy crowd for lying, they’re available every Sunday.

Go on Chick-Fil-A, tell another one!  Maybe we won’t catch your next lie.  Also, we’re having a blast with this.  We don’t want your chicken, but you can keep feeding us.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • anteprepro

    Obvious sockpuppet was obvious. derr 12:25

  • John Eberhard

    Isn’t it sweet when the people who claim the moral high ground reveal themselves as lying hypocrites? The essence of farce is a lie followed by more lies to cover the first lie and then more lies to cover the ensuing lies. I love it when homophobes are so ludicrous they become farcical.
    Sweeeeeeeet.

  • http://lippard.blogspot.com/ Jim Lippard

    If that Twitter account was hired by Chick-Fil-A, they made a huge mistake. But it seems more likely it’s a put-on by someone trying to criticize them, like the Greenpeace “Arctic Ready” site did for Shell.

  • Kahomono

    schadenfreude ist die beste freude

  • Lyfa

    I think the word “Busted!” is rather appropriate here.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    That Twitter account is parody. It’s one thing to mistake “pray” and “prey” once, but every time? No.

  • Kahomono

    Ooh is Abby Farle the new incarnation of the Streisand Effect?

  • Rock Doc

    Keep after ‘em JT. I was lucky enough to have lunch with you and your parents and a group that included T Van S after Skepticon III. I’m proud to see how much you’ve accomplished, and frankly, I’m a wee bit jealous. I’m a hell of a public speaker on age of the earth kind of topics and evolution and the fossil record but just can’t seem to break in since I don’t have time to write. Keep kicking ass and publishing names!

  • anteprepro

    lulz. Most recent Abby Farle post: “Searching for colleges stresses me out. Anyone know a good PR program?”

    • Kahomono

      So. Random.

      Must. Shave. Iguana.

      • anteprepro

        IT’s not random. Because the Real Fake Abby Farle is a Chick-Fil-A shill and the Fake Fake Abby Farle looking for “a good PR program” (as a college student) alludes to the fact that Chick-Fil-A is getting some bad PR right now and would also benefit from “a good PR program” (as a client).

        This has been yet another informative and enlightening episode of “Explaining the Joke”.

  • Zugswang

    It’s Chik-Fil-A’s version of the Double-Down: bigotry, contumacy, and a self-indulgent, sanctimonious sauce wrapped around two blatant lies so greasy they’re practically transparent.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    So a good Christian business is representing itself as a sexy teenage redhead? Where did they get that idea from? The only other places I’ve ever seen that done are porn chat-forums.

    When the FBI does that, it’s generally to catch sexual predators. When anyone else does it, it’s just silly and pervy. (Is Abby Farle the chick in Chick-Fill-Lay? Christian perviness — the gift that keeps on giving…)

  • Drew

    Do we have any solid proof that this was done by Chic-Fil-A and not just some troll? If not, it wouldn’t exactly be fair to blame the company for this.

    • eric

      Yeah, I often wake up, decide to set up a separate FB account using a fake picture pulled from a stock photograph, and then use the account to defend a corporation who I’m not at all involved with from charges leveled against them a week before I set up the account. It happens all the time. It could have happened here. We can’t discount the possibility!

      Or maybe, Drew, we can discount that possibility due to its being far less likely than the expected alternative.

    • Mark

      Drew, the answer is “no.” However, right here in this post, there is proof that this kind of thing is done as a Poe’s Law prank.

  • Todd Roberts

    My immediate thought was: Isn’t getting your fingers stuck exactly what you want with regards to puppets? You never seen anyone screaming “HALP! My hand is stuck in this glove! They don’t fall off when I move my hands.”

    • Frankzzz

      True. But I think that’s the point, too; they can claim that they’re technically not lying by saying kids were getting their fingers stuck.

  • invivoMark

    But… but the gays! Moral fabric of society! The gay agenda!

  • OverlappingMagisteria

    Is that tweet from Santorum about Chick-fil-A sauce really him? cause he should really avoid talking about hot oozing sauce with his unfortunate last name…

    • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

      I’m quite sure it isn’t really Santorum; it’s part of the joke.

  • Frankzzz

    *Somebody* is definitely astroturfing social media/networking sites in favor of CFA.
    But there’s no actual proof that it’s CFA corporate, or rogue empoyees, or fanboys, or just unrelated fundies jumping on the nearest bandwagon. It could be anybody.
    CFA does seem the likely culprit, tho, and everybody seems to be in overdrive in CFA bashing mode, so pile on.

  • http://www.meddlingkids.org Big Ugly Jim

    Don’t know if you saw this, but the Mayor of Boston has written a letter to the CFA, and it’s wonderful.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/thomas-menino-boston-mayo_n_1703770.html

  • Mark

    I’m eating at Chick Fil A right now; great food, friendly service, family atmosphere and a bunch of cows that can’t spell.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

      Hateful and proud. Can’t wait for the next time you tell us to respect Christianity.

      • Vin

        A disbelief in gay marriage based on a religious belief you live to despise is not hate. I am so tired of the victimhood.

        • M Groesbeck

          Throwing money into political efforts to restrict marriage to those approved by right-wing Christians is a hell of a lot more than just an opinion. Suggesting that the right-wing authoritarian approach to marriage is the only objection that ethically-minded people have to Chick-Fil-A is also either deliberately misleading or a product of willful ignorance.

        • Rory

          “Disbelief in gay marriage based on a religious belief?” Why don’t you be honest enough to call it what it is: “treating another group of people as less than human because my book of fairy tales told me to.”

          People who share this belief are actively working to deprive people of the rights straight folks enjoy without a second thought. They foster a culture where gayness is treated as something bad and shameful to the point that straight kids bullied for ‘acting gay’ have killed themselves over it. And they claim the basis for all this is an ancient book of crap from which they seem to pick and choose the bits they follow (so you can’t be gay, but shellfish is cool?).

          If it’s not hate, it’s close enough, and no decent person should be okay with that. You want to stand on the wrong side of this, that’s on you.

          • Kahomono

            +666

        • Kahomono

          Vin: You don’t believe in gay marriage? You have every right not to get into one.

          That should be satisfactory to you. As soon as it’s not, as soon as you give money to groups fighting to equalize civil rights across the entire population, you are no longer on about your rights: you are the enemy of legitimate rights.

          For someone “so tired of the victimhood” you sure do play one on TV, at least.

          • Kahomono

            Gaah

            s/b “fighting EFFORTS to equalize…”

      • Mark

        JT, you’re right, I should have never said that about the cows.

        • anteprepro

          You’ve finally dropped the mask and revealed what a slimeball you really are. And now you’re addicted and can’t stop doing it. It’s not endearing.

          Fuck off, Mark.

    • Rory

      Your schtick remains clever and original. Now tell the one about how much you love the Boy Scouts!

  • Ysidro

    And….now Chick-Fil-A’s PR director is dead of a heart attack.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/27/report-chick-fil-as-public-relations-director-dead-of-heart-attack/

    I swear you cannot make this stuff up.


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