New ‘Jesus chicken’ outlet will be ‘the gayest in America’

New ‘Jesus chicken’ outlet will be ‘the gayest in America’ April 13, 2019
One of many demonstrations that have taken place outside Chick Fil A’s restaurants. Image via YouTube.

RATHER than exclude a Chick-fil-A, as airports  in Texas and New York have done, authorities in California have taken a different tack by approving a plan to place gay and transgender flags at Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The San Jose City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to hoist rainbow flags in support of LGBTQ people, and pink, blue and white flags for transgender rights at locations near the site where Chick-fil-A, a Christian “family values” company that gained notoriety for supporting anti-gay causes, is scheduled to open in June.

The vote came after a number of local LGBTQ advocacy groups and city officials expressed their distaste for the inclusion of a Chick-fil-A at the airport. The restaurant was included alongside Shake Shack and Great American Bagel as part of a contract approved last year with the HMS Host concessionaire.

Former county Supervisor Ken Yeager, the area’s first openly gay elected official and now head of the BAYMEC foundation, said that the flags would send airport patrons a “counter-signal” to:

The discrimination supported by Chick-fil-A.

Echoing those sentiments was Councilman Raul Peralez, who suggested the restaurant hire LGBTQ employees to ensure it becomes:

The gayest Chick-fil-A in the country.

Chick-fil-A, which is headquartered in Georgia, has been stoking controversy over its acknowledged financial support of anti-LGBTQ organizations ― which at one point reportedly included Exodus International and the Family Research Council ― for nearly a decade. The company’s billionaire CEO, Dan Cathy, publicly decried same-sex marriage in 2012, prompting outrage among LGBTQ groups and a number of well-publicized boycotts.

Though Chick-fil-A officials have since pledged not to “have a political or social agenda”, tax findings obtained by ThinkProgress in March found that the fast-food chain donated roughly $1.8 million to groups known to discriminate against LGBTQ people in 2017.

Earlier this month, Chick-fil-A released a statement to NBC and other outlets saying that recent coverage about the company:

Continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand. We want to make it clear that our sole focus is on providing delicious food and welcoming everyone — not being a part of a national political conversation. We do not have a political or social agenda. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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  • fifthdentist

    From the Mad magazine “What they said” and “What they really mean” files.

    What they said: “We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

    What they really mean: We’ll take money from anyone who wants to buy our shitty food.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Alternate translation: “We want you to remember our friendly gesture of kind words in a press release, and pay no attention to our massive funding of haters with a political and social agenda.”

  • Jim Jones

    > The fast-food chain donated roughly $1.8 million to groups known to discriminate against LGBTQ people in 2017.

    Bigots gotta bigot.

  • kaydenpat

    Just say no. Never eaten from them and never will. There are so many healthier choices.

  • Matt G

    And then lie about it when it is to their advantage to do so.

  • Matt G

    Our massive funding of the political and social agenda we don’t have….

  • barriejohn

    If they don’t have a “political or social agenda”, why donate money to those who quite clearly do?

  • barriejohn

    I hope they don’t serve cock in their establishments.

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    Poor Cathy. Doing his Jesusiest to hate gay people in the most Jesusy way possible (for Jesus) but knowing he has no chance of getting to heaven beacuse he’s a rich man.

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    Conservatives are so mad because their only food options are bad fast food chicken.

  • fifthdentist

    Maybe they could add spotted dick to the menu?

  • Yvonne Thompson

    wow.. i’m sorry but wow.. translated from spin: “you are victemizing us by telling people the story you are telling people, and we don’t care if it’s true, “

  • Mythblaster

    Except for the fact that they’d have to eat lousy food, I’d like to see the LGBTQ community converge on every Chick-fil-Éh across the country at lunchtime to take an extra-long lunch break. Let the management prove how accepting of everyone they really are…

  • EllyR

    They have to spot it first… that is, the dick!

  • Gord O’Mitey

    If it’s any help, I’ll make sure that all the feckin’ chickens they cook up are gay. Of course, I’m talkin’ about Chick-fil-A’s feckin’ restaurants, eh.

  • Mike Curnutt

    I don’t understand why an airport would allow any restaurant that closes on Sunday. That’s one of, if not the, busiest travel days of the week.

    I went into a chick-fil-a once before I even knew the owners were kooky xtians. I took one look at the menu and walked right back out.

  • Rennyrij

    As far as I’m concerned, Chik-Fil-A shot themselves in the foot from the very start, and I, for one, find it difficult to believe that the founder has changed his stance. No “noblesse oblige” for him!

  • MindWarrior

    Freedom of expression is not a popularity contest. How you treat people who have views vastly different from your own is as important as it ever was…

  • Lisa Cybergirl

    To my horror, my gay college-age cousin eats at Chick-fil-A ALL THE TIME. I don’t know if I should point out their homophobic ways – he probably knows already, and just likes the damn chicken.