CHICAGO, August 1, 2012 — What does a “hate-free” chicken sandwich actually taste like? Inquiring taste buds may want to know.
With supporters across the country planning to turn out for the controversial Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday, some
Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was initially proposed by former Republican presidential candidate-turned Fox News host Mike Huckabee.
“Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant,” said Huckabee.
As of Wednesday morning, more than 600,000 people across the country had pledged to visit a Chick-fil-A location to protest discriminatory moves by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to attempt to block the food chain’s expansion after president Dan Cathy made public statements in support of traditional marriage in an interview.
But can a chicken sandwich really be “hate-free” if it does not respect free speech? Can a good batter mask the bitter taste of religious discrimination?
Can you deep-fry the First Amendment and maintain your claim to integrity?
The founders of the chain, Ashley and Brandon Wright say that they want “to create a chicken sandwich made from free-range and ‘hate-free’ chickens.” Both brothers are gay.
“We’ve developed a recipe that is pretty darn good, and this is the perfect opportunity to launch it,” said Ashley Wright, co-founder of the San Francisco-based chain.
The sandwich is described as a “juicy chicken breast with Mary’s secret recipe batter – Southern Fried and served with herb mayo & pickles on a bakery fresh bun.”
Hearty, a restaurant in
The chicken sandwich is served on a buttery bun with pickles and a side of fries. Owners, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, will be donating all proceeds to Equality Illinois, a non-profit organization that promotes gay marriage.
“As we question the company’s anti-LGBT policies, we must ask the universities and mall owners why they want to do business with a company that holds up hate as a family value,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, in a statement.
For many across the country, the new government attacks on free speech and religious liberty have left a bad totalitarian taste.
And not even Mary’s Secret Sauce can cover that up.
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