National Same-Sex Kiss Day may be taking place today in Chick-Fil-A's across the country as gay rights supporters challenge Chick-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy's stance against gay marriage (to be clear, Cathy's views don't necessarily reflect the opinions of individual Chick-Fil-A restaurants, which are owned and operated by independent franchisees). But here in Houston, Beaver's has a better idea.
Beaver's is owned by notable female chef Monica Pope, who -- like our own mayor -- is gay. And today's special on the chalkboard is a Chick on Chick Filet, which is described as: "two loving chicken breasts married on toasty buns with a honey mustard witness and joined in celebration with tolerant fries."
The daily special is $11 and you can even add a frozen Lynchburg lemonade (an adult beverage nod to Chick-Fil-A's famous lemonade) for $5 more.
I think we can all agree that boycotting Chick-Fil-A one way or another is stupid; the individual locations aren't responsible for Cathy's statements and shouldn't be punished for his opinions. But yesterday's Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was equally stupid. Seeing [mostly Christian] people line up to give their cash to a fast food chain when that money could have been used for actual acts of charity or assistance was mind boggling.
Chick-Fil-A will not ultimately suffer for Cathy's statements and this donnybrook will quickly be forgotten when the next scandal comes along. So I was ashamed to see mass quantities of my fellow Christians lining up to "support" a business that doesn't truly need their assistance when they could have used that day and that money to help others, perhaps to contribute to local food banks.
Three separate Gospels address the parable of Jesus and the rich young man, in which Christ told the man: "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." Pretty simple, huh?
Instead, yesterday's Chick-Fil-A appreciation day only helped a wealthy fast food chain get wealthier. The company released a statement indicating that the sales made for a "record-setting day." I'm pretty sure the Christian God wasn't terribly impressed by this particular show of support when there are 900,000 people going hungry right here in our own backyard, many of whom would have probably loved a chicken sandwich for lunch and who are smart enough not to conflate that sandwich with politics or religion.
It's equally embarrassing to think that there are people who are supremely self-satisfied with their decision to eat at Chick-Fil-A yesterday because they thought they were taking a serious political stance by shoving waffle fries in their faces. Real politics and a real democracy don't work by you giving money to a fast food chicken corporation; they work when you, as a citizen, take real and direct action to get involved with activist groups, political parties, local government or when you simply enter a voting booth. Eating at Chick-Fil-A does not count.
I can't wait for the whole Chick-Fil-A argument to die down, because I never thought I'd live to see the day when your choice of fast food chain also dictates your personal politics. Or the day when people started confusing corporate chains with the needy. How very, very sad. In the meantime, I'll be getting some Chick on Chick action, because someone needs to bring some perspective to this joke of a situation -- and I'm glad it's Beaver's.
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