It was a private moment. I ate the sandwich first, knowing that if I was truly full, the logical thing to sacrifice would be the fries. As the salty-sweet crunch melted on my taste buds, I thought about all the calories I had consumed over the years.
We've long known that Chick-fil-A is a Christian-based company. That's joyous and wonderful. And who doesn't support free speech? I certainly do. But the proposal of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day turned into something awful and misunderstood.
Some of the money that Chick-fil-A is using to fund these groups came from my wallet, which means I share in this brokenness and violence that has been done in the name of Christ. As a person of faith, I have a responsibility to respond.
Schoolmates, family members, communities of faith and employers reject us. Corporations alienate us by funneling money to organizations that exist to deplete our rights. But Jesus becomes the sustaining bread we need when navigating the wilderness of social and emotional estrangement.
While I don't dispute that corporations, like individuals, certainly have a right to freely support any ideology or issue, it seems to be a bad business model to willingly alienate a large faction of consumers.
The news on Friday about Amazon's Jeff Bezos giving $2.5 million to the effort of marriage equality in Washington State marked a milestone. And here we are, in a media firestorm over this pipsqueak, Chic-fil-A?
There's a point at which a boycott jumps the shark, and when agents of government are discriminating against a business on the basis of political belief, the line's been crossed. At this point, the Chick-fil-A haters have lost sight of what we're really fighting for.
I won't ever give my business to a Chick-fil-A, and I know that many LGBTs and our allies will also stay away. But Chick-fil-A has every right to be in business, in the city of Chicago and elsewhere. I would never want their bigotry to keep them from getting a business license.
Each time a new Chick-fil-A opens, they reward their first 100 customers with a year's worth of free chicken. LGBT activists/supporters should line up at openings in order to monopolize the year's worth of free chicken, and then donate it to LGBT homeless youth and/or shelters.
If donating millions to prevent same-sex couples from marrying doesn't bother you, then there's a good chance gender discimination won't strike a nerve, either, but regardless, it's something to keep in mind before you indulge in your remarkably caloric meal.