If you live in America and you haven't been under a rock the past week or so, you know that Chick-fil-a has been a topic of some controversy lately. Chick-fil-a is a business that has made no secret of the fact it was founded on Christian values. They are one of very few chain restaurants that are closed on Sundays. It was no surprise to most folks when CFA came out with a statement supporting traditional family values.
Excerpt from CNN story: The controversy came to a boil after an interview with the fast food restaurant chain's president and COO Dan Cathy appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16 and he weighed in with his views on family."We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
At no point did Mr. Cathy or CFA come out against gay couples. They do not refuse service to any one based on thier personal lifestyle or beliefs, etc. etc. Still, some people found the comments offensive to the gay community. The statement was simply supportive of traditional family values. This has always been CFAs possition, this is nothing new.
Some one, and I honestly don't know who, came up with the idea of having a day devoted to supporting CFA, the values they stand for and their right to voice those values. (After all, wasn't this Country founded on freedom of religion and freedom of speach?) Today was the day. As a christian, I felt it was one small thing I could do to show my support and faith so at lunch time, I hopped into my car and headed to the CFA right up the street from my office. The place was packed. So packed in fact that I had to park at a nearby store and walk to the restautant. When I did arrive, there were two long lines, one on each side of the building. I took my place at the end of one of the lines and watched.
What I saw was truly amazing. Everyone I saw was kind, polite and patient. There was no complaining about the wait or the fact we were packed in there like sardines in a can. No pushing, no shoving. Every one was chatting about how nice the show of support was and why they chose to come participate. There was a great feeling of unity and for once it was ok for total strangers to chat while they waited. The CFA employees handled the crowd impressively. While I'm sure it was overwhelming, they all just kept smiling and the place was running like a well oiled machine. Orders came out quickly and correctly. Wait time was minimal considering the length of the lines.
I left there feeling pretty good (even though I got waffle fries which are SO not on my diet).
Maybe the world would be a better place if it was run more like a Chick-fil-A.