Above is a copy of the letter from the mayor of Boston to Dan Cathy. Many things have been misquoted so you should definitely take a look at the actual letter yourself.
For the past few weeks, I've remained quiet on the Chick-fil-a issue. I hadn't really formed a solid opinion and furthermore, I didn't really care to. I felt like people on both sides of the issue were throwing stones and straying away from the issue at hand. And more importantly, I just wanted to eat my chicken nuggets in peace without having to question their religious beliefs. They are chicken nuggets, after all.
Now the issue has gotten so out of hand that I couldn't ignore it. It was clear that this one wasn't going to blow over. I've taken the past week to finally sit down and fomulated my thoughts/beliefs on the issue without influence from either side...
I am a very firm believer that the only reason you should or shouldn't eat at a restaurant is the taste of their food. I don't really care if the owner of a company supports or not supports my religious/political beliefs. HOWEVER, the president of Chick-fil-a does not know how to separate his personal beliefs from the company and have made several comments regarding what the company represents. And you know what? That's totally their prerogative. Believe whatever you want, run your company however you want. That's one of the perks of living in the great U S of A. (However, I do have a few questions regarding government funding for something that is clearly a religious organization - how does that work exactly? I need to research it more.)
You know what my prerogative is, though? To not spend my money at establishments who's beliefs do not coincide with mine.
Those in support of Chick-fil-a continuously argue that has the right to believe whatever they'd like and are furious with the boycott. I don't really understand this logic. It's okay for Chick-fil-a to make bold statements that alienate a very large group of people but it's not okay for those alienated people to decide to no longer support them?
I think both sides of the issue need to take a step back and think before they make certain comments. A blogger said, "Christian business owners are no longer allowed to express religious opinions in Boston". No no and no. No one ever said this. You as an individual who just so happens to be a christian business owner can express your religious opinions until you're blue in the face. It becomes a completely different issue when you say "[insert company name here] believes..." and if you can't see the major difference in that, you have problems that reach beyond this Chick-fil-a issue.
On the reverse side, people need to stop making rash comments such as, "if they find out I'm gay, they won't serve me." No.. you're wrong. Cathy is not going to create a gaydar that buzzes every time someone gay or a supporter of the gay community walks through the doors and you will not be immediately sprinkled with holy water.
Furthermore, the comments that were made by Cathy extend far beyond the gay community. His statement means Chick-fil-a does not support single parents; people who aren't married to their first wives; and really depending on what denomination's interpretation of scripture that you adhere to, people in interracial marriages.
I don't care where you spend your money. If you want to spend it at Chick-fil-a, go for it. If you don't want to, that's cool too. I, however, choose (praise God for agency/free will!) not to support establishments who are very vocal about things I do not support or believe in. I have done this with several other companies, so Chick-fil-a is just one more being added to that list.
If you do choose to no longer support Chick-fil-a, I ask you to do more than just not eat there. Educate yourself on what's actually going on. Become involved. It's easy to sit around complaining on the Internet. DO SOMETHING.