Just wanted to express a quick word of congratulations to all the folks who sat for an hour or more yesterday with their cars idling so they could buy a chicken sandwich. I understand that that anti-gay chicken restaurant – which is now how it will be known – posted record sales for the day! That sure was a stunning victory, wasn’t it? In fact, it might even be a miracle!What else could possibly explain the fact that former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, plus many, many anti-gay advocacy groups, utilized the media tools and church leaders at their disposal to call upon you to go forth and buy a chicken sandwich, and you did it?
Are you going to do it again tomorrow? I hope so, because the thought of you sitting in your car for an hour waiting to buy a chicken sandwich makes me laugh, in much the same way that thinking of you sending an urgent donation of $5, $10, or $25 to “Public Advocat” because it told you that “the Radical Homosexual Lobby has legalized sodomy and bestiality in the military!” and that “they actually consider the ‘right to violate animals sexually’ a basic human necessity”* makes me laugh.
Onward, you brave, brave, selfless warriors, you.
*Actual language from a January, 2012 fundraising letter, selected at random.
And then there’s this:
This sums up so well what has happened. I’m seeing so many stories like this – people who were taken by surprise by how hurtful this little episode was. I am in the admittedly enviable position of not having to watch as people I care about gleefully celebrate their support for someone who thinks I am “twisted” and “in open rebellion against God” for simply being who I am, and expecting me to just “agree to disagree.” I can’t imagine how betrayed and invisible and devalued that would make me feel.
The young people who have lived through Patrick Henry College know better than anyone the effect of this spiritual violence. And as I said over there, yesterday changed things – just not in the way the Huckabee soldiers hoped it would.
Chick-Fil-A may have gotten record sales for the day, but I predict the damage done to their brand is going to result in some long-term losses.
I have to pass 2 very visible Chick-Fil-A’s on the way to and from work every day. It used to be really difficult. I always told myself that I know they’re wacky and my money might be going to support the wrong causes, but I figured if I donated enough to counteract it, I was karmically fine. It’s gotten much, much easier to pass those Chick-Fil-A’s. I agree that Huckabee hasn’t done Cathy any favors, and I can’t wait until it gets to the point business-wise where he has to repent.
Thanks for not going to Chick fil A although I haven’t noticied a difference in the number of people eating their tasty food you all go to the other place that has crummy tasting food we will not miss you. Ta Ta
My preferred poison is Popeye’s, but if you really like the taste of the CFA sandwiches you can apparently make them at home (with instructional video):
Mmmm mm. I’ve never been to CFA, but I might try this just for the heck of it.