As I walked downtown today with my cousins, I had a hankering for chicken fingers. Since we were pretty far from the heart of downtown, I figured we could go to the new Chick-fil-A that opened earlier this year. I had wanted to try it out, having never been there before. This was around 1:30 pm, and I knew the store might be packed because with Loyola students on lunch. However, I did not expect this:
Supporters of Chick-fil-A turned out in droves Wednesday to the chicken chain’s downtown Chicago and Orland Park restaurants in the wake of criticism directed at the company for an executive’s anti-gay marriage comments.
Shortly after 1 p.m. in Chicago, a line of more than 120 people snaked out of the store at 30 E. Chicago, not far from the Magnificent Mile.
Earlier, hundreds of people lined up out the door in Orland Park, spilling into the parking lot, and cars waiting to park or make their way to the drive-through snaked through the entranceway to the shopping center and down LaGrange Road.
This support effort started with Mike Huckabee:
The support came after former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” after the chain’s president, Dan Cathy, told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”
I think Cathy’s opinion is ridiculous and outdated. However, he is entitled to it. To my knowledge, his restaurants do not discriminate against gay people, at least when it comes to serving them. I do not know if they have a policy banning gay people from working there.
The more troublesome part about Cathy’s position is that he has funded anti-gay organizations with the money from his franchise. When you fund hate groups, there is a very real problem, and it is reasonable for people not to support a franchise that backs that kind of bigotry.
Yet, people are also entitled to support the restaurant chain, even if it means a person buying 25 order of waffle fries and sandwiches at one time. What I hope those supporters understand is that there money is going to fund organizations that promote bias and bigotry against gay people.
As to the pertinent matter, I did not get my chicken fingers, not because I will not buy from Chick-fil-A, but because I hate waiting in long lines outside in the middle of a Chicago summer.
We went to the Epic Burger down the block.