Why Chick-fil-A should not be boycotted?


Chick-fil-a is a restaurant that is widespread across the United States, the U.K, and Germany. Despite how popular Chick-fil-a is, they only have locations exclusively in these countries. Despite what Chick-fil-a stands for, it has not slowed down their success in these countries as it is the third largest fast-food restaurant in the US.

Mike Damiano, Viewpoint Editor

Chick-fil-a is a very popular fast food restaurant exclusively in America, the U.K., and Germany. Besides Sundays due to religious affiliations, who wouldn’t love a chicken sandwich, lemonade, and some waffle fries? Well, now it seems there are now large groups of people opposing the restaurant entirely.

Protests have risen recently against Chick-fil-a due to their many donations to anti-LGBTQ religious organizations. These donations sparked controversies surrounding Chick-fil-a’s position in regard to the LGBTQ community and other similar groups. However, is it really necessary to attack and protest Chick-fil-a because of their donations?

In all honesty, no, it’s not practical at all. Despite their long history of donating to anti-gay groups such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage, Chick-fil-a has explicity stated that they have no position, policy, or negative stance to any group of people or organizations. So then why are people protesting against them? Just because of donations to organizations with suggestive posititions surrounding LGBTQ and similar groups, it does not mean that Chick-fil-a has outright stated they oppose anyone at all.

Due to the surrounding controversies, Chick-fil-a has revealed they are going to be changing their charitable giving approach in 2020, switching to a more focused approach, donating to new things like education, homelessness, and hunger, while also ending their history of donations to anti-LGBTQ Churches and religious organizations.

Because of this, there is no reason to be attacking and ridiculing Chick-fil-a for their history of donations. Sure, while they may have been indirectly supporting controversial groups leading to unrest among targeted groups, Chick-fil-a never discriminated against, attacked, or directly diminished anyone. 

Does not eating chicken sandwiches and organizing protests against the company really accomplish anything? In reality, all the anguish and boycotts toward Chick-fil-a have reportedly not affected the company’s business success at all. Chick-fil-a is the third largest fast-food restaurant in the country, and has been ranked steadily first on the American Customer Satisfaction Index for three years in a row. The company’s reputation has also been relatively unharmed, and while they are now somewhat known for their questionable donations, Chick-fil-a is still an extremely successful business. 

Whether you agree or disagree with Chick-fil-a’s stances due to their donations, there is no reason to boycott them. Chick-fil-a technically has done nothing wrong at all, and is reportedly cutting ties with their relations to anti-LGBTQ religious organizations. Personally, I don’t agree with Chick-fil-a’s donation history, but does that mean I’m going to shake an angry fist at them and boycott their food? Absolutely not. In the end, whether you agree or not with their donations, eating a Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich should have no connection to their suggestive stances.