Shout Out to Ex-Fans of Chick-Fil-A

Sometimes I speak too soon. Sometimes I speak from ignorance. Sometimes I do both at the same time and create blog posts like the one I wrote last week about Chick-Fil-A. My ignorance was marked by misspelling Chick-Fil-A throughout the entire article. Somebody suggested that I did it to be funny but nope. I did it because I’m guilty of the same stupidity I’m always noticing in you. My hasty ignorance also riled up some people who are no longer fans of the restaurant.

Last week’s article proclaimed that “Christians can still support Chick-Fil-A (misspelled of course)”. I explained how that could be possible and unintentionally slighted a bunch of people who are enormously annoyed by the franchise’s decision to stop donating money to the Salvation Army. I won’t repeat the article and I’m not retracting anything in it. I stand by what I said in the article but I think another article (this one) is needed to express my new perspective. It is possible to hold two (or more) different perspectives simultaneously. If you’re angry with Chick-Fil-A, this is to let you know I sympathize.

My buddy, Al Serhal, made this comment about my previous article:

“Chick-fil-A backed down from a moral fight that many of us got drawn in to and left us standing there like fools with chicken sandwiches in our hands. They surrendered. They are moral cowards.”

Me, being who I am and having sparred with Al in many conversations for many years, replied with some snark about Chick-Fil-A not wrapping their sandwiches in rainbow paper. That’s pretty much where it ended except that I couldn’t stop thinking about the phrase, “They surrendered.”

Then my daughter told me she was surprised that I had written an article defending Chik-Fil-A. She expected me to be more critical. She thought I would be disappointed that they had “caved” to LGBT pressure. Then, I started seeing articles about how Chick-Fil-A had “caved” to LGBT pressure and that caused me to experience sympathy for you ex-fans of Chick-Fil-A. Much as it pains me to say this, I think your complaint is valid. My first article was too narrow.

The company is openly (proudly?) operating on Christian values. It makes perfect sense for Chick-Fil-A to support other Christian organizations. In fact, I could make the case that Christians are required by scripture to support Christians. The screeching LGBT mob accusing the Salvation Army of “hating gay people” should be ignored. It is a ridiculous charge with no evidence to support it. Chick-Fil-A’s decision to stop giving money to the Salvation Army has validated the accusations of “hatred”. They have essentially agreed with the mob that the Salvation Army is bad. This is betrayal, plain and simple.

So, if your conscience is telling you to stop eating at Chick-Fil-A, you have my full support in that decision. My previous article suggested that it’s not a big deal. That’s not my call. It’s your call. I just want you to know I understand where you’re coming from and I think your position is valid.*

*If your position is, “John, I don’t need your support and you’re a condescending jerk for suggesting you have the power to validate my position,” that’s vali

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