A food critic is feeling the heat after he lambasted Chick-Fil-A for their religious beliefs and suggested “poultry purveyors” ought to choose more “progressive” fast-food restaurants.
If you’ve ever been to Chick-Fil-A, you know there is always a lengthy line—and their delicious food is well worth the wait.
Chick-Fil-A is also famous for upholding their strong, Christian values. The fast-food chain even closes up shop on Sundays to observe the Sabbath, which is a true rarity these days. The workers are always friendly, and their “old-fashioned” values are part of what makes the company so dear to so many.
The company also gained mainstream-media notoriety for their stance on same-sex marriage. According Eater.com’s Ryan Sutton, supporting conventional, religious beliefs about marriage and upholding Christian values is a moder- day sin, and “you probably shouldn’t eat” there.
Of course, many people might say Chick-Fil-A’s adherence to their religious beliefs and values, which many Americans share, are part of why they continue to support the restaurants.
Sutton’s review of Chick-Fil-A is focused more on their religious beliefs and less on the food, which some might say is par for the course. In today’s world, being Christian essentially makes you a target. After airing his complaints about the company’s staunch-religious background and support of traditional marriage, Sutton commented, “This is all to say, reckoning with Chick-fil-A is complicated. There’s the social question, which is how a Biblically grounded institution—whose $8 billion in sales dwarf KFC’s domestic operations—will fare as it expands outside of regions where it’s perceived as a beloved community cornerstone rather than a venue whose mere presence evokes the type of anger normally directed at unqualified politicians.”
Sutton made it a point to eviscerate Chick-Fil-A for their religious beliefs, just because they don’t align with his own values. But as Sutton points out, Chick-Fil-A is still America’s favorite fast-food joint, and one bitter review is unlikely to change that anytime soon. The overwhelmingly negative response on Twitter to Sutton’s article is clearly indicative of that.
So basically you hate Chick-fil-a because of the founder's religious beliefs. That's actual bigotry.
— City Beautiful Game (@citybeautifulsc) June 10, 2017
I read this article expecting a reason to not eat chick-fil-a, and never found one.
— Brian. (@Bbrad5150) June 10, 2017
Why? Because it's delicious? Because they pay their employees well? Treat customers with respect? I'll eat there twice today 🖕
— Ashley (@sfaaxo113) June 10, 2017