Dear Surly Amy,
I am addicted to Chick Fil A. I know, not the worst thing in the world. I go by there at least twice a week. I have always known they were a Christian run business, but never thought much of it. However, after hearing they are donating food to an antigay marriage group,
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/04/chick-fil-a-controversy-shines-light-on-restaurants-christian-dna/?hpt=C2 it suddenly becomes a little more of an issue. So should I continue eating there, or go with the less delicious chicken at other fast food establishments?
Good chicken is good chicken but what they are doing is foul. Or should I say fowl? (Terribly sorry… I will behave now.)
If you are aware that a company is funding something that goes against you what you feel is morally correct then yes, I think that the socially responsible thing is to stop supporting that company. It’s one of the few things we as a consumer society can do to to make a palpable difference. Ultimately, you can’t control how that company chooses to spend its money but you can guarantee that they aren’t using any of your money in the process. Perhaps you can find ways to help let other people know that this establishment is anti gay rights. Start a petition or set up a facebook page to help get the word out. If you can get enough people to stop spending at that particular establishment you might convince them to change their funding policy and then you can go back and eat there. And who knows, in the mean time you might just find yourself a better restaurant to support!
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