Eat Less Chikin.

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(x-posted from here)

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]

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4 thoughts on “Eat Less Chikin.

  1. eric April 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm Reply

    As a former employee of Truett Cathy’s empire, I can say that if this surprises you, you haven’t been paying close attention. Didn’t you ever read the “Why we’re closed on Sunday” signs?

    • blackink April 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm Reply

      Them being closed on Sundays was no big surprise, and in fact, I found it sort of admirable. And knowing that the stores were closed, I never bothered to get close enough to read the “why we’re closed on Sunday” signs.

      In fact, there’s a lot about Truett Cathy’s politics that I didn’t know, which is certainly a result of me not paying close attention. But I guess ignorance isn’t an excuse, eh?

      Still, up until recently, I had little reason to care about Chick-Fil-A beyond their No. 5 combo and the Peach Bowl. My evolution continues…

      • eric April 17, 2009 at 6:55 pm Reply

        Well, they were very good to me, considering them strictly as an employer, and below the franchise-owner level, they didn’t try to impose their politics. But they were pretty clear.

        And, let’s be honest—the traditional Chick-fil-A sandwich beats all other kinds of fast food, especially with a lemonade—which, I can vouch for, contains only fresh-squeezed lemon juice, water, and sugar.

        Or, you know, it did back in 1987.

        • blackink April 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm Reply

          Amen, Eric.

          I’ve always been partial to the nuggets with bbq sauce and/or honey mustard for dippin’. A co-worker of mine also badgered me into trying one of their milkshakes recently: nectar of the Gods.

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