Chick-fil-A Flap Not the First Time a Company Runs Afoul of Customers

Have you ever boycotted a business because you disagreed with its politics?


Chick-fil-A is known for a lot of things – the chicken nuggets and waffle fries, the friendly and efficient staff, the cow statues hanging off billboards and urging people to ‘eat mor chikin.’

The opening of a new store can draw crowds of people for the chance to win a free year of food. The restaurants are popular places for school fundraisers. And many people look forward to the promotional days that offer free food to those like the cow mascots.

But in recent days, the Georgia-based fast food chain has been catching flak for president Dan Cathy’s statements again same sex marriage.

In East Atlanta, the owners of _ Chef Calavino Donati and her wife, musician and activist Doria Roberts _ shot back with a chicken and biscuit themed special event called "Urban Cannibals Bite Back." they were looking for a way to combat "outrageous and hateful things being said by fairly powerful people" including Cathy.

Patch blogger raised his concerns in a post on the Decatur-Avondale Estates site and said he wouldn't spend money at the chain any more. Tewell wrote that he’d with the company, which told him “We are not anti-anybody.”

Of course, Chick-fil-A is not the first company to take a stand that upset some of its customers.

In 2010, Target Corp. drew criticism from progressives for donating to the campaign of Republican Tom Emmer for governor in Minnesota. Some observers called Emmer the biggest opponent of gay rights in the GOP field that year.

Some Republicans boycotted Heinz ketchup during John Kerry's 2004 run for president. (His wife, Teresa Heinz, inherited the condiment company's fortune. Boycott supporters argued that buying Heinz products would help fund Kerry's campaign.)

So, have you ever boycotted a business because you disagreed with their political or social positions? Do you think such boycotts work to sway corporations? Tell us what you think in the comments area below.

Lee Sanders August 06, 2012 at 03:21 AM
CO, That leaves the NT with: 1 Corinthians 6:9 & 1 Timothy 1:10. In Corinthians Paul uses an obscure word that is confusing. The greek word is arsenokoites. It’s a compound word that doesn’t have widespread use amongst other ancient writings of the time. It means “male” & “bed”. Modern translations of the Bible NIV, NRS, etc. can’t come up suitable replacement so they use “homosexual offender”. The King James writes is as “abusers of themselves with mankind”. It is believed to be the first use of the term. So essentially, Paul was making words up as he went. Good job! There is data that says the term is linked to “economic exploitation”. So in all likely hood Paul was referring to male temple prostitution as he had just previously referred to when earlier in the passage he mentioned the worshippers of Molech. 1 Timothy says The “effeminate” will not enter the kingdom of heaven. The greek is “malakos”. It literally means soft. In ancient texts it was used as an insult. Which meant cowardly or spineless. I know some gay men who are not effeminate at all. So does that mean they get into heaven because of a loophole. What about lesbians? So there you go!
Lee Sanders August 06, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Pam, Welcome back! I actually think you are the first person on the "other side" that said ok, let's not beat each other to death with the Bible, unlike Community Observer. I would rather people just come out and say I don't like gays because I don't understand them, I fear them, I don't like the way the act, etc. I understand on your side you don't think it's not natural. I countered that homosexuality has been observed in 1500 different species. I think it's a good discussion. Nice to see ya' again!
Pam J August 06, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Thanks, Lee. I really wasn't even going to come back, but what the heck. Got nothing else to do. 1500 different species doing homosexual things? Probably, but let's remember that they are all things that don't have "advanced" brains like most of us do. A male dog humping another male dog, a male mole humping another male mole, so on and so on. I think that most of them are just "horny" and jump on the first thing that comes along. I don't know if Sydney will let this comment go or not! Anyway, that's my take on it.
Lee Sanders August 06, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Pam, Well it goes beyond just the physical "act", so to speak. There are many species of apes, penguins, etc. that form same sex pair bonds. Some truly mate for life. It has been documented that some have chosen the other male of it's species even when another female has been introduced into it's habitat. They do exhibit these behaviors. Wow! I feel like it's Ripley's Believe It Or Not... LOL
Lee Sanders August 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Community Observer, Ezekiel 16:49-50 says nothing about homosexuality. You are ADDING WORDS that are not there. You wanted to argue the Bible and I schooled you in front of everyone here! Deut 4:2 "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you". Cherry pick versus, add additional thoughts or prejudices not listed or intended = delicious southern fried recipe for hate! Disappointed in my rebuttal? You have ZERO response for the three points I've outlined. You have not brought up one supporting valid argument to sustain your side other than to stick your fingers in your ears and go "la, la, la, la, la...I can't hear you". "Religion, Religion, Religion". I don't have to HIDE behind an online guise because I'm proud of my posts. In case you forgot my 3 points were this: 1. First Amendment protects the good people of this country from whack-jobs like you passing laws based on religion. 2. Marriage is not only a religious rite and pre-dates the Bible. Pagans get married after all. 3. Marriages are performed outside of the church with no religious affiliation. Bottom line gay marriage WILL be legal! In some states it already is. DOMA has already been struck down twice and ruled unconstitutional. It's headed for all 50 states. It may take 40 years (like the Civil rights of the 60's) but it will happen! When it does, come back here so I can point and laugh at you. Better yet lock your self in the closet and pray away the gay. We will all tell you when to come out!


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