Chick-Fil-A – Middle Class Crack Cocaine served with a side of bigotry, and animal torcher all in the name of Christianity.

I can’t believe I am weighing in on the Chick-Fil-A debate as my first blog, but since some of our so called political leaders have declared today “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day”, I thought I might respond. I do admit that it is with some hesitation that I even consider getting sucked into, or even possibly bringing additional awareness to this made for FoxNews television event. In any event, I guess I couldn’t resist.

The fast “food” served at Chick-Fil-A is legalized, middle class crack cocaine and our hospitals, doctor’s offices, oncology centers and nursing homes are packed full of the result of this industry. These companies spend unthinkable sums of money to test, manipulate, and even bio-engineer food so that it is completely addictive and yet extremely dangerous to our health. In fact, the only real difference between Chick-Fil-A and Phillip Morris, is that Chick-Fil-A targets children for their addictive killer using toys and cartoons to lure them in.

This mega chain also has an absolutely deplorable record regarding animal rights. The giant factory chicken processing facilities that supply them are a sickening reflection of our society’s collective ignorance and/or complete apathy regarding how fast food meat gets into that neatly wrapped package that is bought for pennies and scarfed down in seconds.

To top it all off, the billionaires that run and profit heavily from the whole Chick-Fil-A operation likes to use the resultant money, power, and influence to promote the message and agenda of hate and bigotry in the name of Christianity. Don’t be fooled, this is not just some old man spouting off in an interview, these guys have power and money and they are backed up by their reliable coaches – fear and hate. Millions and millions of your chicken sandwich dollars are funding actual anti-gay and lesbian organizations that have boots on the ground and the goal of doing everything possible to ensure that gay and lesbian citizens continue to be discriminated against in open law and demonized as sinners in the court of public opinion. If that is what you appreciate then so be it. But if you do intend to show your “appreciation” for Chick-Fil-A please make sure you know exactly what you are appreciating.

No, the government in this country does not have the right to determine where a chicken restaurant gets opened based on the belief of the ownership. Yes, Chick-Fil-A ownership has a right to spread their beliefs and unfortunately they also have a legal right to use animals raised and tortured in unthinkably poor conditions to serve as legalized human poison.

Thankfully, we also have a right, and in my opinion, obligation to be mindful about the food that we put in our bodies, the restaurants we patronize and the energy we are receiving when we make these conscious choices.

I will personally be giving my own appreciation to restaurants and individuals that are a little more in line with my personal beliefs and values. I hope others do the same and avoid falling into the dangerous trap of believing the propaganda of powerful men with agendas of fear, bigotry and discrimination.

Comments

  1. Emily Gocke says:

    Nice Jeremy – agree completely. Everytime I see a post or hear about the Chick-Fil-A appreciation it makes my stomach turn – every part of it.

  2. You say “These companies spend unthinkable sums of money to test, manipulate, and even bio-engineer food so that it is completely addictive”.

    That’s the first I’ve heard such an assertion. Can you provide any evidence that it’s true?

  3. jwhitacre says:

    Some truths don’t necessarily require a scientific study, just a little critical thinking. Companies like Phillip Morris and fast food restaurants don’t exactly advertise the diabolical methods they use to hook people on their product although they do occasionally get leaked and exposed. But seriously, what do you think their advertising and culinary departments are doing? You really don’t need to look any further than the companies own nutrition facts. Does any company that designs a small sandwich with close to 500 calories, 16g of fat, and 6 grams of sugar, marketing it to children with toys and cartoon have any other motivation than feeding/creating a person’s unhealthy fast-food addiction? I guess, In the case of Chick-Fil-A it is pretty obviously that they actually do. By the way, thanks for helping me kick things off over here!

    1. “Some truths don’t necessarily require a scientific study, just a little critical thinking.” Critical thinking is basing one’s opinions on evidence and reason, which is pretty close to what science is.

      For example: “Chick-Fil-A intentionally bio-engineers their food so that it is addictive” is a hypothesis. It is a hypothesis that is not at odds with observable facts such as the calorie, fat, and sugar content of their food. But another hypothesis is that, like every other restaurant out there, Chick-Fil-A is trying to appeal to a broad customer base, some of whom like deep-fried fatty foods. Note that Chick-Fil-A also offers grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, and other things that are not so high in calories, fat, and sugar. Did they somehow bio-engineer those foods to be addictive too?

      Occam’s razor (which every critical thinker should know) tells us that the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one. Your hypothesis, that CFA is intentionally bio-engineering their food for addiction, requires us to assume things (motives and actions) not in evidence. The second hypothesis — that CFA is merely catering to a wide crowd (no pun intended ;-)) — is simpler and therefore more likely to be true.

      1. jwhitacre says:

        I think taking a look a the relative number of fried chicken sandwiches sold as compared to the number of salads sold using Occam’s razor might also suggest that including these items is more aimed at appeazing critics rather than actually catering to a wider crowd. And I have got news for you, I am not sure how wide their crowd actually gets, they don’t have one single salad on the menu that is not topped with torchured dead birds. I am not discounting Chick-Fil-A’s right to serve this crap, I am just voicing my opinion and hypothesis (you are correct). But seriously, have you ever had a Chick-Fil-A sandwich? Buy a piece of actual white meat chicken breast and try to figure out how to make it that delicious and how to give it that awful of a nutritional stat line. You will need a laboratory and an evil scientist that touches his fingertips together when he laughs if you want to get anywhere close!

        1. “I think taking a look a the relative number of fried chicken sandwiches sold as compared to the number of salads sold” — have you taken such a look? Where is the data? Can you provide a link? Or are you just speculating?

          “Buy a piece of actual white meat chicken breast and try to figure out how to make it that delicious and how to give it that awful of a nutritional stat line.” McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich has worse nutritional stats that Chick-Fil-A’s. So does Arby’s. Wendy’s is not quite as bad, but almost. So if by their nutrition stats we can assume Chick-Fil-A is intentionally trying to addict people, we must assume the same of McDonald’s and Arby’s at the very least.

          1. jwhitacre says:

            Good starting place, the list goes on and on. Hard to believe I know, but light cigarettes were designed to addict and kill us too! Sorry, again no link or hard evidence. But seriously this is an opinion blog. I know you are more busting my balls or initiating me to the blogosphere or whatever but I don’t need to document a link to say the fast food restaurants sell more meat sandwiches than they do salads. I am not trying to pull any Fox News Jedi mind tricks by skewing facts and reporting opinion disguised as news. I openly admit that this is an opinion site. I don’t intend to misuse words nor do I intend to document every source like I am writing for Huffington Post. Do your own research and tell me what I got wrong. Like when you very politely pointed out that I did not actually have data prepared to back up my statement that fast food companies engineer food to make it addictive. To be honest I actually thought that was common knowledge, but since you pointed out that it is not, I clarified my remarks. Thanks for participating.

  4. “Do your own research and tell me what I got wrong.” That is the burden of proof fallacy (see, e.g, here: http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/burden-of-proof).

    Yes, this is an opinion site, but you have also called it a critical thinking site. Critical thinkers should not express opinions they are not willing and able to justify. They should also not express opinions they are not willing and able to change when presented with countering opinions and reason. Critical thinkers must be more committed to the truth than to their cherished beliefs, their ego, and to the normal human reaction to reflexively defend one’s entrenched opinions. I have very politely tried to point out some critical thinking flaws you’ve made here and could go on for quite a while, but I’ll stop now because I can see it’s lost on you.

    My purpose was not to “initiate” you but to challenge your implicit claim (by this blog’s title) that you are engaged in critical thinking. You are not.

    1. jwhitacre says:

      “Critical thinkers should not express opinions they are not willing and able to justify.”

      Thank you polite sir. I personally believe I have willingly and ably justified all of my opinions. Noted that you disagree.

      “Critical thinkers must be more committed to the truth than to their cherished beliefs, their ego, and to the normal human reaction to reflexively defend one’s entrenched opinions.”

      Do your really think that simply hearing your opinion is enough to make me simply change mine in a second? I think maybe your points have a bit more bite in your own head than they do in reality. I see you have a bit more blogging experience than me. I am kind of surprised I was able to get under your skin that easily. I started yesterday! I hope to get better. Thanks for your input and wisdom.

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