Friday Question of the Day – Will you Boycott Chick-fil-A in Walnut Creek?

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Earlier this week I noted that Chick-fil-A is opening up a new restaurant in Walnut Creek at the old concrete plant on N. Main St, and there was a lot of discussion about refusing to eat there due to the comments made by the president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, who does not support gay marriage and has supported anti-gay groups. The New York Times published an article last year about the dilemma some people have eating there or not, and just a few days ago published another article noting that The Jim Henson Company will no longer supply toys for the chain, and some cities are stopping approval for new restaurants, while other, such as the former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, are lining up in support of Chick-fil-A.

When Chick-fil-A opens in Walnut Creek, will you boycott and refuse to eat there? Or will it be business as usual and you’ll check it out?

  • LZ

    If I were to spend my money at this establishment, I am in essence supporting and financing Chik-Fil-A’s bigotted views. I will not associate myself with a company that does not promote equality among all. As I’ve stated before, the Bay Area is no place for Chik-Fil-A.

  • Elizabeth Mackey

    Like I said before, I don’t eat fast food so this is an easy one to boycott. I’d rather go to Bake Sale Betty in Oakland for the best chicken sandwich in town!!!!!!! This place doesn’t hold a candle to that place.

  • Jim

    I will not boycott a company for the personal views of one of the owners. All people are entitled to their views under our constitution. What does a boycott say?…that YOU are not tolerant as you say to everyone having their own view. YOU are saying that you will not allow a diffrence in opinion?…YOU are being just as bigotted by not accepting everyone as they are and not judgeing them based on their view…YOU are saying I do not promote equality because you do not believe folks that do not support your views are as good as you…YOU ARE A BIGGOTED ELITEST!

    • LZ

      No, that is not what boycotters are saying. Boycotters are also exercising their freedom of speech. The beauty of our country is that I have the choice not to eat at Chik-Fil-A and to disagree. I am tolerant of other people’s opinions – it doesn’t mean I have to agree with them and support them. And no, the owner of CHik-Fil-A has, through his actions, said that he does not promote equality. Boycotting his restaurants has nothing to do with his freedom of speech, but it has everything to do with my choice to disagree with him.

      • Jim

        I did not say that you have to agree with them, because I agree that everyone has the right to free speech, everyone…I don’t have to agree with you but I respect your right to free speech, do you see me trying to ruin your household because i didn’t like it?… that is true free speech. I said that you must be tolerant of someone’s views not accepting. By not going to their establishment that you were simply were not giving them the same rights afforded under our constitution…In other words if you think his commet was wrong, you are free to disagree, but by taking it to a boycott level you are now saying that person must shut-up or I’m going to damage your business…and that says I do not accept that you can make your comment you do not have a right to free speech…it says should keep your mouth shut or I will damage you…that’s not giving someone the same rights as you to say what they believe…you don’t support his views does not give you the right to try and damage his buiness because his view is counter to your own. You simply have to disagree. In what way has his view damged your life? I would guess it hasn’t and yet you’re willing to damge others in the process of getting your opinion to be the only acceptable solution, thus “elitist”…”the belief or attitude that some individuals, who form an elite — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole”

        • LZ

          His view is damaging other people’s lives. That’s okay to you? By boycotting his restaurants, I am chosing not to eat there. That’s it. Just like you will probably choose to eat there, but maybe not somewhere else. If I am elitist, so be it. I suppose he’s an elitist then by saying his views are the way things should be, and those are the values of his business as well. If employees don’t agree, they don’t have to work there. Sounds elitist to me, based on your literal view of elitist.

  • George

    All I see is “haters” everywhere. No, I will not boycott someone’s personal conviction through his legitimate business and hurt all those who work for him who have nothing to do with the owner’s personal views. As far as I know, the owner of this business has not fired anyone who is gay or involved in a gay marriage. Is anyone aware of whether he asks about their sexual orientation before they get to work at Chick-fil-a?

  • Elizabeth Mackey

    I’m going to chime in one more time here then I’ll shut it. Why even go here when you could have this : http://www.yelp.com/biz/bakesale-betty-oakland

    Seriously people, Chick-fil-a is probably just another over salted poor quality product. Bake Sale Betty’s uses organic chicken, the best coleslaw with jalepenos, Acme bun…and the best baked goods!! There is a reason there is a line out the door every day, this is the home of the best chicken sandwich!! End of story!

  • Brandi

    First of all, I do not think it is right for a restaurant to try and push their closed-minded religious views upon other people. If they want to believe that a marriage is only meant for a man and a woman, that’s their deal. They shouldn’t have made it public, and as a result, they will probably lose a lot of business.

    Personally, I believe that everyone should be allowed to marry their mate, whether they be the same sex or opposite sex, without being discriminated against.

  • over thewater

    Go or don’t go, up to the individual but govt figures should stay out of the argument, as a foriegner I thought that was the American way.