I didn’t go to Chick-fil-A yesterday. But I didn’t not go either.

I am done with this whole exercise in protest, and protesting the protest. Not because the two sides are protesting, but because the grounds from which both sides are protesting are so shaky.

Everyday, everyone of us patronizes some private business that is owned by someone who, if we knew his or her views and choice political causes, we’d have such severe disagreement that we’d be inclined to cease patronage. However, in these multitudinous transactions, we rarely know each owner’s views and therefore blissfully we buy buy buy.

But our ignorance does not exonerate us fully. If we were the socially conscious shoppers this Chick-fil-A fiasco implies, we’d do our research to know as much as we can about where the money we spend goes after we spend it so as not to compromise our own self-constructed, self-applied moral codes. Yet, we don’t.

This Chick-fil-A situation makes it seem like Mr. Cathy is the only man on earth who leverages his wealth and position to accomplish his political views. He’s not, and what’s worse is that his views, in this instance, have little or nothing to do with how he runs his business. Chick-fil-A exists to sell “delicious” chicken sandwiches. I doubt very much the company’s executives were hoping that the chicken sandwich market would be a great vantage point from which to steer the winds of American culture as it relates to gay marriage.

I mean, it’s not like Chick-fil-A is denying the androgynous chickens that it cuts up and serves the right to marry another androgynous chicken. Anyway, chickens are notoriously non-monogamous, so marrying them would just be a waste of time and money.

Chipotle, on the other hand — a restaurant I’d wager many of the Chick-fil-A boycotters frequent en route to Red Herring-fil-A — still has not signed an agreement that would help ensure that the field workers picking the tomatoes Chipotle uses in its burritos don’t have to labor in actual enslavement. Literally, slaves in Florida are picking the tomatoes that you eat when you go to Chipotle. Hell, EVEN McDONALD’S has signed the agreement!

Let’s not even start examining the ways that the protest-the-protest side selectively decides which moral outrages are worthy of their reposting crappy-photoshop-hack-job-memes on Facebook ten times a day.

I support both sides’ right to voice their opinions on important issues, of course. But I wish we could lose the self-righteous acrimony that always seems to accompany the outrage.

Besides, as Americans, don’t we all like burgers better anyway?

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0 Responses to Boycott the Protest against Anti-Chick-fil-A Boycotting Protesters

  1. Rob says:

    I hope the elites–on both sides–who fomented this ridiculous fracas feel thoroughly ridiculous themselves, though it’s likely that the whole thing was staged for their entertainment.

    Chicken sandwiches are a piss-poor proxy for the culture war.

  2. Zach says:

    For a minute, I thought this was a link to a story from The Onion. Just tells you how crazy and overblown this whole thing has gotten.

    And good point, by the way. I began to think of all the organizations I don’t give money to because of who or what they support, and I asked myself if I do that in EVERY facet of my financial dealings. The truth is that I don’t, and I’m not sure if that bothers me or not. So how much compromise is too much?

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  4. Byron Borger says:

    Thanks, Kevin. Good to hear your rant…I try to mostly be a conscientious objector in the culture wars, so just didn’t read many of the pieces on this. When I saw you wrote this, I knew I’d break my promise and take a look. Well done.

    By the way, did you see Jonathan Bostic’s great piece at his East of Eden farm blog? He wonders why the whole question of the sourcing of the chicken—not fresh, laden with chemicals, cruel to the animals—isn’t the biggest issue we most care about, since the chain is implicated in the worst habits of the industrial food system. It’s very nicely done, not strident, and offers much to consider about the ethics of support for fast food. He knows Mr. Cathy, too, so isn’t nasty, which is to his credit. If you want to see it, check it out here:

    http://eastofedenfarm.com/blogs/farmers-journal/6371078-chickens-and-the-truth

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