Food Critic Attacks Chick-Fil-A Over Politics, Backlash Ensues

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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’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.


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