Should I Eat At Chick-Fil-A?
Jonathan Merritt wonders whether we want a country where people won’t do commerce with those who have beliefs different than their own. It’s a question I’ve asked myself before and after I decided to boycott Chick-Fil-A and Merritt makes a compelling argument.
Should [people] swear off the legendary chicken sandwiches to support gay rights? Or could they eat one of the filets anyway, knowing their dollars would be but a drop in the bucket for a chain that has more than $4 billion in annual sales and donated a pittance to groups they may disagree with?
Merritt describes Chick-fil-A as a “laudable organization on balance” that contributes millions of dollars to charitable causes–including a large foster care program–and has provided thousands of scholarships for its employees to attend college.
Whether or not Chick-fila-A’s charitable contributions and scholarships make it laudable is moot; the larger question is whether it’s even possible to integrate our commercial lives with our personal values and political views with any regularity. I bank at Bank of America for its ease of accessibility despite its oft-cited predatory practices. Most any major business has its hand in shaping regressive public policies–through direct or indirect lobbying– that adversely impact the general public.
Perhaps–as usual–I’m being overly cynical. But it’s a question worth pondering.