Why Chick-Fil-A Really Keeps Getting Banned From Places

Why Chick-Fil-A Really Keeps Getting Banned From Places


Chick-fil-A has a ton of fans, and those fans
tend to love everything about it. But the restaurant is also hugely controversial. Let’s take an in-depth look at just why some
places just don’t want Chick-fil-A on their doorstep. The San Antonio City Council made national
headlines in March 2019 when they voted on what new restaurants would be coming to the
San Antonio International Airport. NBC says that while they welcomed other eateries
with open arms, they gave Chick-fil-A a very, very swift kick out the door. Some people were thrilled with their decision. “The LGBT community is excited that the
city council has decided to look for businesses that support ALL Americans for our airport.” Just two weeks later, strangely similar headlines
were popping up again, as yet another airport objected to welcoming Chick-fil-A. “Buffalo Niagara International Airport scrapped
Chick-Fil-A due to the restaurant’s ‘long history of supporting and funding anti-LGBTQ
organizations.” NBC reported that New York state lawmakers
were proudly vocal about supporting the decision. And they weren’t the only ones taking a
stand against Chick-fil-A. After students at Rider University voted Chick-fil-A as their
top choice to be added to the university’s renovations, the school removed the restaurant
from their survey, citing Chick-fil-A’s perceived anti-inclusion stance. “I’m kinda upset about it. I personally like Chick-fil-A.” And there are other protests and boycotts
going on, too. When the Pittsburgh Marathon announced they
were partnering with Chick-fil-A to sponsor the Pittsburgh Kids Marathon and the Kids
of Steel program in 2016, TribLive reported the Pittsburgh Public School board voted unanimously
to oppose the partnership. “The resolution notes that Chick-Fil-A has
expressed views contrary and in conflict with the district’s non-discrimination policies.” Even existing Chick-fil-A locations have felt
pressure from their host cities and campuses. In 2012, Elon University in North Carolina
went to its food vendor asking to get Chick-fil-A off the campus and find another option for
students, the Huffington Post reported. And they weren’t alone. In 2016, Huffington Post reported that Georgia’s
Emory University first distanced themselves from the ultra-conservative beliefs of the
chain, then finally removed the restaurant. Even college campuses in traditionally conservative
states have seen protests and petitions to get Chick-fil-A off school grounds, says HuffPo. The University of Southern Mississippi, the
University of North Florida, and the University of South Alabama all have had student movements
organized against Chick-fil-A, alongside more traditionally liberal schools like New York
University. After San Antonio voted to block Chick-fil-A
from the airport, Councilman Roberto Trevino said it was because the city didn’t have
room, quote, “for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” The city’s mayor, Ron Nirenberg was also
opposed to having the restaurant in the airport but for an entirely different reason. “If you’re trying to buy waffle fries
on a Sunday? They’re closed. 15% of airport sales come on a Sunday.” Chick-fil-A responded to the decision by pointing
out they already had 32 stores in San Antonio, and it was Democratic Assemblyman Sean Ryan
from Buffalo, New York that explained why there was a difference between restaurants
set up on a city street, versus one built in an airport. He said, “The views of Chick-fil-A do not represent
our state or the Western New York community, and businesses that support discrimination
have no place operating in taxpayer-funded public facilities.” And when Rider University blocked the chicken
chain, they weren’t shy about saying why they had done it, either. According to their official statement via
CBS Philly, the university’s president said, The Cathy family has done a lot of good in
the world. The Forbes article titled The Cult of Chick-fil-A
starts out by interviewing a Chick-fil-A worker who grew up in the group foster home Chick-fil-A
founder S. Truett Cathy founded. But that’s not what the bans are about. The bans are about other beliefs firmly held
by the late Cathy, an evangelical Southern Baptist, and his family. “The Bible tells a lot about how to operate
our business if we just read and apply.” He has also said that he prefers to have employees
who are married because they’re more productive than unmarried workers. And when it came to recruiting new franchisees,
Cathy didn’t just interview prospective owners, but their family and children as well. And if those interviews revealed something
he didn’t like? He’s said he would fire an employee who, quote,
“has been sinful.” If that sounds like an uncomfortable amount
of scrutiny put on employees’ personal lives, some of them have said as much, too. In 2012, Truett Cathy’s son, Dan Cathy, spoke
with the Biblical Recorder. That’s what really kicked off all the fire
and brimstone. Cathy was asked about his stance on marriage,
and whether or not all the rumors were true. CNN gave a brief recap of his answer. “He said that he was, quote, ‘guilty as
charged’ in his stance against same-sex marriage.” He also said Chick-fil-A was supporting the,
quote, “biblical definition of the family unit” and said that Chick-fil-A was based
on: “Biblical principles, asking God and pleading
with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and the
partnerships we have,” Just prior to that interview, Cathy had gone
on a radio show and made the following comment: “I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on
our nation when we shake our fist at him and say ‘We know better than you what constitutes
a marriage.’” Despite the backlash the company had received,
in a 2018 interview with WSB-TV, Cathy expressed the exact same beliefs. He said: “I personally express a view of support
of the biblical definition of marriage.” Lots of companies have divisions and offshoots
organized for their charitable giving. Chick-fil-A has the WinShape Foundation, which
was founded by Truett Cathy in 1984. Their mission statement says the organization: “provides meaningful experiences […] that
[…] expose life-altering hope and truth.” That’s pretty vague, and in March 2019, ThinkProgress
released what they found after they took a deep dive into just where Chick-fil-A’s donations,
most of which were funneled through WinShape, were going. In 2017, three groups were given more than
$1.8 million by Chick-fil-A and their charitable giving. The largest recipient was the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, a sports-based organization that includes this in their, quote, “Purity
Statement”: “The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual
sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. Neither […] constitute an alternative lifestyle
acceptable to God.” Other recipients included the Paul Anderson
Youth Home, which teaches that gay marriage directly opposes the wishes of God, and the
Salvation Army, which has had its share of anti-LGBTQ doctrine. A list Vox assembled also included the Georgia
Family Council and a company called Exodus International, which closed its doors in 2013
after much scrutiny and decades of promoting controversial conversion therapy. “The mission of Exodus was to help people
who were same-sex attracted to… not act on that.” According to Vox, Chick-fil-A promised to
stop participating in the marriage debate, and some groups even said the restaurant would
stop funding anti-LGBTQ groups after the fallout from Cathy’s comments in 2012. But they haven’t, and there’s nothing that’s
clear-cut about Chick-fil-A’s charitable giving. Organizations backed by WinShape have said
that they’re simply youth- and family-focused organizations. According to LGBT organization Campus Pride,
Chick-fil-A had dropped the most divisive, anti-LGBT groups from their list of donation
recipients, including the Family Research Council, which was classified by the Southern
Poverty Law Center as a, quote, “Designated Hate Group.” The Advocate has reported that Chick-fil-A
had found a bit of a loophole for donations. It was Dan Cathy that was doing the donating
and fundraising, not the WinShape Foundation, to a fundraiser for the Marriage and Family
Foundation.That organization was also founded by the Cathy family and focused on lowering
divorce rates and protecting the institution of marriage from decline. Cathy family aside, what’s Chick-fil-A’s official
stance? After they were pushed out of the consideration
as a sponsor for the Pittsburgh Kids Marathon and the Kids of Steel program in 2016, Chick-fil-A
responded in a statement shared by CBS Pittsburgh, which read: According to Business Insider, the chain has
come a long, long way in moving past the controversy their founding family’s comments have made. “I’ve been able to reach out to people
in the gay community and sit down and have some incredibly wonderful dialogue with them.” Chick-fil-A has also successfully opened in
liberal-leaning cities including New York, Portland, and the Seattle area, sales figures
are on the rise, and they’ve done it — in part — by warning their franchisees not
to talk about any beliefs about traditional marriage they might have. As a corporation, they’re trying to promote
a more inclusive image, even though that means still choosing very carefully when it comes
to the church groups and community activism they get involved in. According to Peter Kirsanow of the US Commission
on Civil Rights, there’s a huge problem with places banning Chick-fil-A on the basis of
their anti-gay marriage stance. In a letter he wrote to the Niagara Frontier
Transportation Authority regarding Buffalo’s decision to follow San Antonio’s example,
he said it was nothing short of discrimination because there was a lack of evidence that
Chick-fil-A had ever actually discriminated against someone based on their sexual orientation,
they just said it went against their traditional Christian beliefs. And according to CNN, Texas’ attorney general,
Ken Paxton, condemned San Antonio’s ban on Chick-fil-A, saying it was discriminatory. He called for an investigation into whether
or not the council’s decision to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening was even legal, and he reached
out to the US Department of Transportation, too. USA Today adds that other groups — like
the First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty-focused law firm — were also condemning the action
as religious discrimination. While San Antonio and Buffalo made it clear
that Chick-fil-A wasn’t going to be welcome in their airports, San Jose, California had
a different solution. According to The Mercury News, San Jose originally
approved Chick-fil-A’s presence in its airport in March 2018. By the time people started to protest in the
wake of the news coming out of Buffalo and San Antonio, their new Chick-fil-A was only
about a month away from opening. What’s a city council to do? Former county supervisor Ken Yeager — who’s
currently the head of the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee, and is the city’s first
openly gay elected official — said that instead of going anti-Chick-fil-A, he’d prefer
to see transgender and rainbow flags posted all around it, as a, quote, “counter-signal
to the discrimination supported by Chick-fil-A.” Others on the council got on board, too, endorsing
their support for adding flags to the airport and declining to extend their contract from
2026 to 2028, citing their Sunday closures as the reason. But council members also made it very, very
clear what they were going for, adding that they were going to promote the hiring of LGBT
employees and make it the, quote, “gayest Chick-fil-A in the country.” It’s also worth noting that when push comes
to shove, some Chick-fil-A restaurants have broken corporate rules to lend a helping hand
where it was needed most… even when it was the LGBTQ community that needed help. One of the most defining traits of the company
is that they have always closed on Sunday, and it’s just one of those unbreakable rules. But in 2016, a Chick-fil-A in Orlando opened
on a Sunday to hand out free food to first responders, blood donors, and law enforcement
working at the Pulse nightclub shooting. An official spokesperson for the company said
that yes, there are occasions when they will open on Sunday to provide community aid, and
even though the Huffington Post said this gesture was particularly surprising given
their history of standing firmly against marriage equality, and the fact that Pulse was a gay
nightclub. But Chick-fil-A said they weren’t looking
for any kind of recognition. “They simply wanted to do what was right. And on that Sunday, this is what was right.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 Comments

  1. Chick-Fil-A has the prettiest young girls working there. No matter the location there are lots of cutie pies! I love Chick-Fil-A. Love some eye candy with my chicken sandwich.

  2. Chick fil a never even discriminated against or said anything derogatory about gays. The owner just said he supports traditional marriage. That’s extreme now? This country is really sick.

  3. fuck anyone who tries shaming me for eating where I eat. Just that I eat a chick fil a doesn't mean I want millions of people to be declined if their happiness. That’s the most retarded thing I’ve ever heard and if you told me that in person I’d laugh at you and walk away. Really shows who’s intolerant here folks.

  4. This is illegal. Chic-fil-a is being targeted for its religious beliefs. Chic-fil-a needs to fight this. A world where men are with men and womem are with women the world eventually ends. Unless you decide to put the sperm of a man inside a women which is the only way to reproduce…….Arent you people tired of other people telling you how you should think and feel when they aren't even using logic?

  5. I hate how Christians think they have the sole right to define marriage for the whole world. Last time I checked, Christianity has been around for around 2000 years, and marriage has been around for several millennia before that.

  6. I HATE!!! this Restaurant!, feels weird eating there. THE ONLY PEOPLE I SEE EATING THERE IS HIGH!! RICH!!! PEOPLE!!!, Customer service feels funny and weird. they don't give second re full on your sodas, there menu SUCKS. it's a chicken sandwich with pickle. DAMN!!!

  7. It is Blasphemy when a For-Profit food business Goes Far Out of their way to not only Broadcast Their Grotesquely Misguided Ignorance and Claim the name Christian while Doing So… Christ is what Hate Mongering Bigoted People are missing in their rationale. Be a Decent Humane Being and Enhance your preconceived "beliefs with Factual Knowledge that is Not filtered down , Manipulated and then shown on [email protected]"News" channel , for the Sheeple of Singular Mass-Thought to aesthetically digest (just like the nazi's Political Manipulation films… Right Wing Extremist Propaganda , seen as "facts" by those brainwashed into its Soul Wretching mindset, seeking to remove those that "do not fit" into their Ideal….. ) ————– Does this remind any intelligent person of the State of Our Nation and the right-wing Hatred so many of them feel so Proud to Utter , as if Ignorance Ever made Anyone "feel like a Man". Persons that claim to be a Follower Of Christ , yet Openly feel so comfortable Hating LGBTQ+ (etc etc etc) have NOTHING to do with What Christ taught and the living example He gave for those in his Faith to follow. NEVER Ever Ever discriminating against ANYone… Ever. Bigoted Mindset has ZERO to Do with Christ. ———-

  8. Gay people still eat there. Lmfao. Not every gay person is a snowflake nor do they tell the world about their personal life

  9. People are acting like ChickFil-A won’t serve gay people or something. Is it such an extreme view to say they support traditional marriage? Just because you think marriage is between a man and a woman doesn’t mean you hate gay people.

  10. I don’t care how religious they are, I’m fact I don’t like it at all. But I really hate the lgbq or whatever that group is called because how racist and sexiest they are against straight white men.. exactly what i am!

    In that way I support chick fillet, more than likely the best restaurant.

  11. The idea that them being closed on Sundays impacts their sales is ridiculous. They rank third as the most profitable fast food chain the US.

  12. How dare Chik-fil-a use chickens that vote on the right! Ban them! 🙂
    How dare Chik-fil-a give donations to both right and left! Ban them! 🙂 >> right is wrong and left is right!

    Seriously …. I BET CHIK-FIL-A'S COMPEITITORS ARE BEHIND THIS RASCALLY SNEAKY ATTACK ON THE CHAIN. They must be bribing leftturd students, leftturd Profs and DemoCRAPs to ban chik-fil-a.

  13. People/Companies can support who they want. Others, including the LGBTQ needs to stop being little bitches and grow up. Not everything has to revolve around you or be catered to you.. Don't like it? Then don't go there. Why ruin it for other people.. Grow up and stop letting petty shit effect what you are going to eat.. is ridiculous

  14. So its ok to ban Chick Fil A, who in fact does not ban any particular group from eating there, but its not ok for them to have an opinion.

    Good job America, you're all idiots.

  15. Idc, still going to chick fill a.
    They are doing good deeds, and what are u? Any better?

    I can't to help but to feel that a good man/philanthropic with a belief has less rights compare to a LGBTQA+ community with idk what you did?

  16. They dont condemn LGBTQ even when they have their belief and it's okay I respect that

    Then why LGBTQ condemn them because they of their belief when they dont?
    Hell?

  17. Short version: Chick Fil A was kicked out of airports because of intolerant leftest who will go to any lengths to silence views different from their own.

  18. I hate chick fil a they are nazis no one wants facist food but other facists if you like chick fil a you are. A hate filled bigot

  19. Discrimination against bigots is not discrimination it is logical but if they continue to change I will give them a chance

  20. And yet Chick Fil-A willingly serves anyone who walks in the door and wants to buy a sandwich and waffle fries whether you be white, black, gay, straight, Muslim, Christian or a recent visitor from Mars. Oh boy they are soooo terrible ( insert extreme sarcasm here).

  21. Had a Cobb salad from Chick-fil-A last night!
    I love it!
    It’s funny how it’s called discrimination if you don’t agree with a group of people, but if a family and God first company takes a stand it’s called bigotry!?

  22. The Texas legislators passed a bill overturning the SA council decision and signed by Governor Abbot. No Texas city will be able to pull this kind of stunt.

  23. I find it interesting how the people who advocate "inclusivity" want to "exclude" chic-fil-a.

    IS THERE ONE INSTANCE in which service was denied for LGBTQ issues at a chic-fil-a establishment?

    Shoe doesn't seem to fit on the other foot?

  24. Hi I love Chick-Fil-A , i am sick and tired of all these people telling me that things should banned . : )

  25. I'm not real religious but I love CFA. I'm sure I buy from plenty of companies that support all kinds of deviate and anti-American behavior. This kind of stupidity is anti-American but does not harm CFA anyway. Yes, people who want special treatment are the most intolerant, ignorant assholes.

  26. Its religious discrimination pure and simple. Any thing the demonic politicians can do to kick Christians in the rear end.

  27. Here are my gay friends take on this: Not everyone is going to agree with the gay lifestyle. They eat at Chik-Fil-A because they like their food. They do not go in announcing themselves as gay people, they go into eat! If you do not like their views on gay life then do not eat there. But, to force them to accept your lifestyle is hypocritical in that you are not accepting of their views either.

  28. Politics suck. I would never mix my food buisness with politics. Politicians are just shady yes men and puppets controled by greedy puppet masters.You know you have a mob of shady politicians gunning to stab you in the back when the opportunity arises.

  29. Free food, blood donations, opening on Sundays on emergency occasions or for charity, etc. How does that reconcile millions of dollars donated against a minority group's civil liberties? A free meal doesn't add up to millions of dollars. The employees partake in charities not only the corporate. There was no mention that the corporate will match the employees' donations, etc. The corporate may have a pleasant front; however, corporate carries a big stick behind its back. Chick-Fil-A promised not to contribute money to the religious right, but Think Progress discovered on the contrary from Chick-Fil-A's 2017 tax returns; that the corporation continued to support the religious right despite its promises. Chick-Fil-A doesn't seem to be neutral on the scale of civil liberties and equal rights. Why wouldn't Chick-Fil-A serve everyone? Money is money. The money coming from minorities is the same money coming from religious right groups. It's what the corporate does with its profits as that money came from ALL Americans.

  30. Chick-fil-A is an awesome restaurant, but the only thing I don’t like about it is how it supports anti-LGBTQ organizations. I mean, I am Christian, but I think that gays and transgenders are people too!

  31. LGBTQ have become the bullies they deride. Screaming for tolerance and respect while rarely showing either to anyone else. What rights don't they have? It seems to me they want special privilege. Woe to anyone who fails to kiss their feet. People are sick to death of the constant whining.

  32. Foods good, company is great, views are wrong but that is there right to do what they feel is right, who are we to say otherwise. Ya ok most dont agree with the stance they take, but its there stance….. what is happening to freedom in this country….cant say shit anymore

  33. All these reasons stated for calling to boycott Chick-Fil-A makes me want to go eat lunch there tomorrow. In fact, I will likely eat there twice a week from now on.

  34. Once Mashed quoted the Sothern Povety Law Center, I stopped the video, wrote this comment and now clicking another video. The SPLC is already being exposed as being frauds. Stop using them.

  35. I am gay and could care less about their opinion's, I tried it once with a free coupon and that was 6 years ago, haven't been back since!

  36. I used to live in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and is a known gay East Coast destination and they opened a store there about 6 years ago with little opposition from the gay community.

  37. Nothing wrong with chik fila. It’s the deranged libtard mentality causing all the issues. Hey libtards: you’re not woke. You’re intolerant and hypocritical and not cool!!. 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️😂😂😂😂

  38. Walk in, buy a (Godly) chicken sandwich. How hard is that.

    Also they are Christian in belief (IINM).Also if a Christian said no because of their religion on a one on one scale everyone would be fine, so what's the difference. Let a buisness be a buisness.

    Just because I buy food from a gay married couple doesn't necessarily mean I support it or lack thereof.They got good food, I buy.

  39. I swear, the SJW, LGBTXYZNTWX, leftist commie mentall yill narcissistic community can do whatever they want, but if they come b/w me and my food, there will be war.

  40. I know a lot of gay and trans people and they don’t care about ay of this they love chick fil a regardless of any “views”

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