It's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day: What Would Jesus Eat?

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Mike Huckabee, former governor, former presidential candidate, former marathon runner, political pundit, and author of a children's book, has announced that today, August 1, be proclaimed across this great nation as Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, in honor of the company that sparked a shitstorm of controversy after its president and COO, Dan Cathy, reaffirmed his support of traditional marriage in an interview with the Baptist Press. In the interview, Cathy was quoted as saying: 

"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)
When you take into account that, according to the Mayo Clinic, the average daily intake of fat is 44-78 grams and sodium is about 2,300mg (drop that down to 1,500 of your 51 or over if you have high blood pressure), those sandwiches better be really satisfying because they're just about all you can eat in a day without getting into the red line for poor nutritional practices.

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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Beast
Beast

Chick-fil-A or Al qaeda - different names, same extremest fundamentalist doctrine. To rid the world of anyone not subscribing to their beliefs. Radical thought? I think not unfortunately.

Kittymama
Kittymama

Well aren't you just too sanctimonious for words.  For the record, it wasn't just the "Christian right" who went to Chick-Fil-A.  (BTW, the sandwiches were delicious.)  It was those of us who are tired of you hypocritical pseudo-liberals who think that everyone must agree with you 100% or hit the road.  (Witness your comment that Sarah Palin should go back to Alaska.  Really?  How tolerant of you.  You don't like her so she's not allowed to travel freely in the US.  I'm headed for Miami this winter.  Would you mind please leaving, as I don't like you.)  We were protesting the actions of several bully mayors, censoring free speech by threatening to shut down a business for what someone said.  That's the classic definition of censorship.  Don't like Chick-Fil-A's policies?  Fine.  Don't eat there.  Last I checked, no one was holding a gun to your head making you patronize them.  For now, the intolerant left doesn't have the right to shut down business just for making a comment they don't like.  The Chick-Fil-A I went to last night was absolutely jammed.  Hundreds--literally--of people.  Oh, BTW--virtually all of them black.  I happen to live in a virtually all-black community.  One, I guarantee, that is far more diverse & liberal-minded than your oh-so-tiresomely-self-righteous paper.  The employees were all black.  The OWNER is black.  (Yes, Chick-Fil-A is primarily franchisees.)  The Chick-Fil-A's in our area alone provide hundreds of jobs.  I tell you what, Tiresome "Look at me I'm such a cool Liberal."  I'll happily give you the addresses of the various black churches who were supporting Chick-Fil-A yesterday.  (If you haven't seen the polls, a majority of blacks oppose gay marriage.)  I double-dog dare you--show up & tell them how intolerant & bigoted they are.  How un-Christian they are.  And be sure to throw in something about how fat they are because they eat poorly.  Oh, I can also give you the addresses of various mosques.  Islam also opposes gay marriage.  Let's see how really brave you are--picket them.  (Including the Boston mosque whose imam says gays should be flung off a cliff.  Somehow Boston's limousine liberal mayor saw fit to attend the dedication of that mosque but thinks Chick-Fil-A should be shut down.)  C'mon Pseudo-Liberal--let's see how (in)consistent you really are.  It's easy to bash white conservatives.  Let's see attempt to not be a hypocrite & take on someone outside the safe comfort zone.  (What a dilemma for a pretend liberal!  Criticize a minority or defend my way-cool stance on gay marriage?  Criticize a Muslim imam & risk serious threats & retaliation or focus on safe conservatives who don't issue fatwahs.)

NoChick
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 @Kittymama Those are a lot of words for someone who eats really bad food.

NoChick
NoChick

Good article.  I don't like their food.

gracest
gracest

is it bad that, at the end of this very humorous article full of good points, i was still left wondering what kind of special deals they might be offering at chick-fil-a for the holiday today? :P

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