Out of all the news to come out of the “tea parties” staged across the country Wednesday, this was truly the most depressing bit of info:
Today, Chick-fil-A is lending its support to the tea party protesters by providing a “free medium iced tea with any purchase.”
… The founders of Chick-fil-A, the Cathy family, “have been outspoken in their support of Republican social conservatives. Chick-fil-A has won praise from religious conservative for keeping its doors shut on Sundays.” John McCain spoke at the company’s suburban Atlanta headquarters during the presidential campaign. Next Monday, Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, will be addressing the Rocky Mountain Family Council, a conservative group dedicated to promoting “God’s design for the family to strengthen marriages and families in Colorado.”
I’ve had something of a love affair with Chick-fil-A since I was a kid, when my parents would take me to the mall and I’d get – at the least – one of the nugget-on-a-stick samples they would hand out in the food court.
I’m really not one for boycotting a business because of its politics or, for that matter, regular business practices. Let’s be honest: I made it through my 20s by shopping at Wal-Mart, I can’t make a road trip without stopping at Cracker Barrel, and the only sneakers I wear have swooshes on them. You won’t ever catch me eating “Freedom Fries.”
But I can live without Chick-fil-A for the immediate future. As long as there’s a Popeye’s around.
[h/t Think Progress]