It's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day: What Would Jesus Eat?
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that .. We operate as a family business... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.
"We intend to stay the course," he said. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
That, of course, sparked the usual barrage from the usual suspects as both sides in the gay-marriage debate weighed in -- as well as some that should just keep their yap shut. (Rosanne Barr, I'm talking to you. Oh, and Sarah Palin, just please go back to Alaska and tell Pitbull to come home, will ya?)
Look, I don't understand the whole gay-marriage debate, because if the religious right is so into "family values," I would think they would want people to settle down in a nuclear family unit and marry. In other words, allow same-sex couples to raise their children in a legally binding two-parent household. But then again, I'm not part of the religious right.
And I don't understand all the heated debate about Chick-fil-A because it has always clearly been a company that touts its Christian values. On the company's website, there is a link to the WinShape Foundation, founded by the Cathay family. You have to dig deep to find the core values of the foundation, which includes marriage retreats, "trips to Africa," and college student programs, but it's there -- Christ followership. In a little promo video, you see happy Christian college students proud to "be ready to serve the Lord." And, I'm guessing, buy a fast-food franchise upon graduation.
But what I can't even wrap my head around is all this controversy over a fast-food restaurant that clearly serves stuff that's not good for you. Here's a little nutritional info about the fried chicken sandwiches that people go all gaga over:
- Original Chick-fil-A sandwich (440 cal, 16g fat, 1400mg sodium)
- Spicy Chick-fil-A sandwich (490 cal, 20g fat, 1650mg sodium)
- Spicy Chick-fil-A deluxe sandwich (with cheese, lettuce and tomato) (570 cal, 27g fat, 1790mg sodium)
- Waffle fries (390 cal, 20g fat, 150mg sodium)
And something for the kiddies:
- Chicken nuggets (200 cal, 9g fat, 740mg sodium)
Whatever your politics, Chick-fil-A is serving unhealthful sandwiches, fried in peanut oil on buttered buns, to an increasingly obese population. In my eyes, that's not a very Christian thing to do.
So today, both in protest of the company's politics and its sodium-laden sandwiches, I will not eat at Chick-fil-A. Instead, I'll have a nice piece of fish, some freshly baked bread, and a glass of Cabernet. Loaves, fishes, and wine. I think Jesus would approve.
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