What About the Chick-fil-A Employees?
It has been a whirlwind of idiocy this week on behalf of Chick-fil-A chief executive, Dan Cathy, who spoke out against gay marriage instigating nationwide protests. While Cathy was speaking of his personal beliefs, which do not reflect the fast-food chain, by default the two were immediately associated due to the media uproar.
Throughout the week, this spectacle has generated debate not only the fast-food chain being "anti-gay," or "homophobic," but it also has brought on debate of exercising our rights in the First Amendment. As a result, there have been states such as Massachusetts banning Chick-fil-A from establishing new locations. Then there are supporter events like Mike Huckabee participating in "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
For starters, if people are going to protest Chick-fil-A based on the executive's opinion, they better start doing some research so they never support another organization that is also against same-sex marriage. Secondly, it's no secret that Chick-fil-A is a business built around a religious foundation because never in the history of the company have they been open on Sundays. So this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that the chief executive supports marriage between a man and a woman.
Anyway, with all the hoopla going around about homophobes and rallies and protests, this is an American business supplying jobs that are now under fire, and taking the heat on the front lines because of something someone else said. One Chick-fil-A employee stated, "It seems like very few people have stopped to thin about who actually works for Chick-fil-A and what those people's opinions are," he continues, "They are putting us in a pot and coming to support us or hate us based on something they heard and assume we agree with."
Then there are also gay Chick-fil-A employees who are dealing with "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on Wednesday. A 24-year-old gay Chick-fil-A employee, Andrew says, "I call it hater appreciate day," adding, "It's very, very depressing." These are American workers who are doing their job just like everyone else who now have to deal with the banter of opinionated Americans because of something they have nothing to do with.
This is a situation where it can really hurt America because it is an American business, supplying thousands of jobs to Americans, yet the people who are upset aren't the people whose jobs are on the line now. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and this is exactly where the economy should come before social issues. Chick-fil-A is a job creator, and the repercussions of this could cost the US more jobs they can't afford to lose.