Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City

GURPS

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New York has taken to Chick-fil-A. One of the Manhattan locations estimates that it sells a sandwich every six seconds, and the company has announced plans to open as many as a dozen more storefronts in the city. And yet the brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism. Its headquarters, in Atlanta, are adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet. Its stores close on Sundays. Its C.E.O., Dan Cathy, has been accused of bigotry for using the company's charitable wing to fund anti-gay causes, including groups that oppose same-sex marriage. “We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation,” he once said, “when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ ” The company has since reaffirmed its intention to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect,” but it has quietly continued to donate to anti-L.G.B.T. groups. When the first stand-alone New York location opened, in 2015, a throng of protesters appeared. When a location opened in a Queens mall, in 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a boycott. No such controversy greeted the opening of this newest outpost. Chick-fil-A’s success here is a marketing coup. Its expansion raises questions about what we expect from our fast food, and to what extent a corporation can join a community.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/chick-fil-as-creepy-infiltration-of-new-york-city
 

glhs837

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Has there been an update to this article from April of last year? I'm normally not someone who worries about how much you post, but regurgitating an article we talked about last year seems odd.
 
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TCROW

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Has there been an update to this article from April of last year? I'm normally not someone who worries about how much you post, but regurgitating an article we talked about last year seems odd.
Programming glitch. GURPS needs a bios re-flash.
 

GURPS

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Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City
New Yorker, by Dan Piepenbring Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2019 5:01:00 AM Post Reply
During a recent lunch hour, I was alone on the rooftop of the largest Chick-fil-A in the world. The restaurant, on Fulton Street, is the company’s fourth in Manhattan, and it opened last month to the kind of slick, corporate-friendly fanfare that can only greet a new chain location. The first hundred customers had participated in a scavenger hunt around the financial district. At an awards ceremony, the management honored them with a year’s supply of free chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. There were no such prizes on offer when I visited,
 

vraiblonde

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The progs mock sane people for being "scared" of AOC and the rest of the Socialist pigs, and yet they are terrified of a freaking chicken sandwich.
 

LightRoasted

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If I may ...

"... sells a [chicken] sandwich every six seconds ..." Where do they get all these chickens? I'm thinking having all these new locations open up is a chicken farmer's wet dream.
 

Yooper

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...terrified of a freaking chicken sandwich.
Because they are having purple-smoke-exploding heads trying to reconcile the cognitive dissonance.

"I hate Chick-Fil-A! But I like Chick-Fil-A's chicken. Aaaargh! My head hurts. Feels like it's gonna explode! Does the Dems' platform pay for both therapy and the chicken sandwiches? Should, because everything's gonna be FREE, right? Alyssa? Alyssa? Anyone out there?"

--- End of line (MCP)
 

GURPS

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Piepenbring’s real beef (sorry, cows!) is with the fact that Chick-fil-A’s CEO, Dan T. Cathy (the chain was founded by Cathy’s father in 1967), opposes same-sex marriage on “biblical” principles. This stance Piepenbring, like many bien-pensants before him, deems “anti-gay.” Never mind that Chick-fil-A has never been accused of discrimination against gays and lesbians in hiring, promotions, or customer service, or that, in 2016, in the wake of a mass-shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, it broke with its Sunday-closing rule to deliver hundreds of free chicken sandwiches to first responders and donors of blood to wounded survivors. (Piepenbring is conspicuously silent about Orlando.)

Nowadays, though, opposing same-sex marriage—even for the secular reason that marriage has historically been regarded, cross-culturally, as reflecting the necessity of sexual dimorphism as a basis for stable family formation—is tantamount to homophobia. The LGBT news outlet the Advocate devotes an entire web page to tracking Chick-fil-A’s “antigay” activities—none of them involving anything more than supporting traditional marriage—and the boycotts that have been proposed whenever the chain has sought to open an outlet in a liberal redoubt. In 2016, New York’s oh-so-progressive Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, urged the city’s residents not to eat at Chick-fil-A after it opened its fourth citywide outlet, in Queens—a plea that even the most liberal New Yorkers, who seem to form long lines wherever they can find a Chick-fil-A open for lunchtime business, have generally ignored with Gotham aplomb. “NO MOR” seems to gotten no further than Piepenbring himself.

Piepenbring’s article may seem hysterical, but it is a characteristic example of the Christian-bashing screed, a genre that has been in vogue among Western elites ever since Diderot, or perhaps Voltaire, or perhaps the atheist French cleric Jean Meslier (from whom either or both borrowed) declared that men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Google “I hate Christianity,” and you will discover a treasure-trove of sentiments that would be deemed beyond the pale were they aimed at Muslims, Orthodox Jews, the Dalai Lama, or adherents to any other belief system holding, for example, that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman. The “Christians” whom the Christian-bashers bash are typically a gaggle of sanctimonious, homosexuality-obsessed straw men unrecognizable to most real-life Christians.

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/04/the-sins-of-chick-fil-a
 
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