Monday, July 23, 2012

Catching Up: Cow Appreciation Day

I am posting these pictures with a topic heavy on my heart. On one hand, I love Chick-fil-a. There is no restaurant down South that makes a better chicken sandwich. Their service is impeccable. The money they raise for local schools and community programs is commendable.

However, I'm very disappointed that Chick-fil-a's founder has expressed his views on gay marriage. Don't get me wrong... I'm all for freedom of speech. Its his right to have his view on traditional marriage. He certainly doesn't have to agree with me. I understand that his upbringing and his religious affiliation does not condone gay marriage.

What I have a problem with is the fact that he's donated over $2 million dollars to anti-gay groups. Really? Its not enough to disagree with someone, you have to help raise money to encourage denying the right of marriage to same-sex couples?

I will never understand this point of view. That $2 million dollars could have gone to programs to help the homeless, feed the hungry, save a child from a war-torn area, build a well in a third world country.

Sigh.

Some of my friends are boycotting Chick-fil-a. I don't blame them. I don't like supporting businesses with morals and ethics that go against my beliefs.

Why do I still buy food at Chick-fil-a? Well, because of the above mentioned things. If there was a restaurant down here that made a better chicken sandwich and believed in marriage equality, I'd be all over that place. But there's not. And growing up down here in the South with majority Southern Baptist Conservative Republican population, I've come to realize that my Liberal view is very much in the minority. This is a place where change is not welcome. All I can do is to hope that one day The South catches up with the rest of the nation.

So, we celebrated "Cow Appreciation Day" on July 13th.

Jayce wasn't too thrilled with the impending weather. That's why he's not smiling.




Mmmmm.... fries.......





Aren't my cows cute? We submitted one of our photos to the Cow Appreciation Gallery in order to win some chicken, but the voting button has some issues and a lot of my friends can't access the voting :( Oh well!

3 comments:

  1. Your sweet little "cows" are adorable!!!! I will vote for you guys!!!! My youngest was sick so we didn't make it, we were all bummed. :(
    They just opened one up over here and I'm embarrassed how many times we have ate there since they opened so I wont share that golden number. HAHAHAHAHAHA

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  2. Jessie, your little moos are adorable! I'm also seriously disappointed in Chick-fl-a. You're absolutely right--they make the best fast food chicken sandwich around. And yes, I chose to live in the über-conservative south, where I'm afraid to put an Obama sign in our yard for fear it will be replaced with a burning cross. But I've told our kids that we're not going to Chick-fil-a anymore. You are so right--I believe in free speech and the freedom of everyone to express his or her opinions. BUT--I don't believe in hate-mongering, and I can't support a business that uses its profits for such an unworthy cause...because then I inadvertently support that cause with OUR money. Still...I'm going to miss those chicken sandwiches! Sigh...

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  3. OMGosh I love the shirts!

    I think you express yourself well regarding your thought about CFA's statements. I don't know which groups they've financially supported but I look at it like this. You feel the $2 million would have been better spent helping the homeless it the hungry, because perhaps those are issues heavy on your heart. Supporting the traditional values of marriage is what is heavy on theirs. It saddens me that people can't express their opinions or beliefs without being labelled as anti-gay or haters. I appreciated the grace in your post.

    In answer to your question on my blog, no we don't have CFA in Canada.

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