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The ongoing Chick-fil-A flap - which has gay rights groups blasting the restaurant chain for donating food to an anti-gay marriage group - may be a fleeting controversy for a privately held company that is more accustomed to fiercely loyal patrons and generally positive press coverage.
But Lake Lambert, author of the book Spirituality Inc., says the flap may be a sign of more turbulence ahead for Chick-fil-A as it attempts to hold onto its conservative Christian business culture while expanding its chain beyond the Bible Belt.
“If you have a faith-based corporate identity and you want to function in the national marketplace, you’re going to continue to encounter resistance to those values because not everybody is going to share them,” says Lambert. “The only other option is some sort of secular identity and that’s not where Chick-fil-A is going.”
Lambert says Chick-fil-A is the most visible example of an American corporation trying to foster a specifically Christian identity. The company is privately held and family-run, making that task somewhat easier
Originally posted by nwdogg1982
It's really never been a secret that Chick-fil-a is a christian company. They are closed on Sundays. They have live gospel music at the restaurant near where I live, and always have some sort of quote on their sign that's reminiscent of what you see on church signs. The company is based out of Atlanta, Ga. They aren't the only big company like this either. Aaron's rental store is also a christian based company, though they hide it a little better than Chick-fil-a.
Wanna have fun with Chick-fil-a? Say "thank you" as many times as you possibly can to the employees. They have to say "It's my pleasure" every time you say it. It can be pretty funny.
Originally posted by FarArcher
It's a privately held corporation, and off the top of my head, I'm not sure they'll miss the gays who don't like what they stand for.
Originally posted by nwdogg1982
Their primary target customer base is the christian community though, so boycotting it won't do much to deter the normal customers, and even most non-christians simply won't care enough to do so.
Originally posted by Lemon.Fresh
Reply to post by Annee
Well go ahead and boycott them for providing a lunch to a group of people.
Originally posted by adifferentbreed
Just more inflammatory pro gay bs. If they serve food to a pro marriage thing, so what? It's a sad statement that they should be boycotted for this. Then again, from what I've seen anything not bubbling with enthusiasm to promote alternative lifestyles is just plain evil to some, makes no damn sense.
Originally posted by Annee
I am not non-Christian - - - I am pro Equal Rights for All.
I do boycott companies that I feel do not support Equality.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
One thing I learned about running a business... the more successful you are, the more people think they know better than you how to run things. The less successful you are, the more people apparently like your efforts.
This is not about gay marriage, or equal rights, or anything like that. It's simple success envy.