Never Mind Chick-fil-A: Check Out the Chick-On-Chick Action at Beaver's

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National Same-Sex Kiss Day may be taking place today in Chick-Fil-A's across the country as gay rights supporters challenge Chick-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy's stance against gay marriage (to be clear, Cathy's views don't necessarily reflect the opinions of individual Chick-Fil-A restaurants, which are owned and operated by independent franchisees). But here in Houston, Beaver's has a better idea.

Beaver's is owned by notable female chef Monica Pope, who -- like our own mayor -- is gay. And today's special on the chalkboard is a Chick on Chick Filet, which is described as: "two loving chicken breasts married on toasty buns with a honey mustard witness and joined in celebration with tolerant fries."

The daily special is $11 and you can even add a frozen Lynchburg lemonade (an adult beverage nod to Chick-Fil-A's famous lemonade) for $5 more.

I think we can all agree that boycotting Chick-Fil-A one way or another is stupid; the individual locations aren't responsible for Cathy's statements and shouldn't be punished for his opinions. But yesterday's Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was equally stupid. Seeing [mostly Christian] people line up to give their cash to a fast food chain when that money could have been used for actual acts of charity or assistance was mind boggling.

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Um, no. It's about missing the point.
Chick-Fil-A will not ultimately suffer for Cathy's statements and this donnybrook will quickly be forgotten when the next scandal comes along. So I was ashamed to see mass quantities of my fellow Christians lining up to "support" a business that doesn't truly need their assistance when they could have used that day and that money to help others, perhaps to contribute to local food banks.

Three separate Gospels address the parable of Jesus and the rich young man, in which Christ told the man: "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." Pretty simple, huh?

Instead, yesterday's Chick-Fil-A appreciation day only helped a wealthy fast food chain get wealthier. The company released a statement indicating that the sales made for a "record-setting day." I'm pretty sure the Christian God wasn't terribly impressed by this particular show of support when there are 900,000 people going hungry right here in our own backyard, many of whom would have probably loved a chicken sandwich for lunch and who are smart enough not to conflate that sandwich with politics or religion.

It's equally embarrassing to think that there are people who are supremely self-satisfied with their decision to eat at Chick-Fil-A yesterday because they thought they were taking a serious political stance by shoving waffle fries in their faces. Real politics and a real democracy don't work by you giving money to a fast food chicken corporation; they work when you, as a citizen, take real and direct action to get involved with activist groups, political parties, local government or when you simply enter a voting booth. Eating at Chick-Fil-A does not count.

I can't wait for the whole Chick-Fil-A argument to die down, because I never thought I'd live to see the day when your choice of fast food chain also dictates your personal politics. Or the day when people started confusing corporate chains with the needy. How very, very sad. In the meantime, I'll be getting some Chick on Chick action, because someone needs to bring some perspective to this joke of a situation -- and I'm glad it's Beaver's.



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trigger
trigger

this is really all about Shilcutt once again pimping Pope and Beavers

The_Riddler
The_Riddler

"It’s about the fact that a portion of the proceeds from every waffle fry and chicken-on-a-biscuit goes toward the advancement of goals that are contradictory to our own faith and principles."

 

Let's call a spade a spade here....  Is that not the EXACT same argument that Pro-Life conservatives make against abortion?  "A portion of the taxes go towards the advancement of goals that are contradictory to our own faith and principles..."   Is that not the EXACT same argument that the Traditional Marriage advocates at places such as the AFA make?  "A portion of the proceeds of every sale at A&F goes towards the advancement of goals that are contradictory to our own faith and principles." 

 

So how can we accept the position that some place like the AFA is "wrong" for taking a stand for thier own faith an principles, but that pro-gay-marriage people are "right" for doing the exact same thing?  That smacks of relativism, hypocrisy, and double-speak to me.

 

Once again, this is all about freedom of speech and choice.  If Chick-Fil A wants to support the AFA then there is NOTHING wrong with that.  If gay people want to boycott Chick FIl A then there is NOTHING wrong with that.  Everyone can do whatever they want, and anyone who tries to claim some sort of moral high ground is either a hypocrite or a hatemonger.  Period.

 

And the 'charity' argument in this original article was asinine.  What people choose to do with thier money is thier business.  The second you start looking down your snoot and judging them for what they do, then YOU become the judgemental hypocrite Ms. Shilcutt - not them.  "Judge not, lest ye be judged."  You - madam - are no arbiter of what people should and shouldn't be doing - therefore keep your opinions about it to yourself.

 

Vic12986
Vic12986

Its rather interesting that we are told that the liberals of the Left are the most compassionate and tolerant of all peoples yet they are nothing but when someone presents a view that they do not agree with. Kinda hypocritical don't you think?

I guess the photograph published by the liberal Los Angeles Times of graffiti defacing a Chick-A is proof of the Left's tolerance.

My advise Go up...its not about you.

TheRealAlisonCook
TheRealAlisonCook

Anyone know if I can get one of these with a 12' chorizo right up the middle?

TequePas
TequePas

Remember Woolworths in the 1950s and early 1960s? Remember how Woolworth's locations in the south wouldn't let black people eat at their lunch counter?  Boycotting Woolworth's changed their policy, even though individual franchise owners in the north did not discriminate.  Boycotting works.  And when you lie with dogs you get up with fleas.

Interlockingparts
Interlockingparts

So that explains the restaurant name.  I wondered why a BBQ place would be called Beaver's.  She should hook up with the BRC guys to have an all-genitalia theme.

JimLoop
JimLoop

So I guess that the Houston Press is going to stop running food reviews, and instead donate all of the money they save to the poor? 

Beaver
Beaver

Now we know where the name Beaver's came from!  

ruthiejsf
ruthiejsf

Next let's boycott Arby's. Because their food f*cking sucks.

etee56
etee56

Beter Beavers than Twin Peaks! 

BrittanieShey
BrittanieShey moderator

Refusing to eat, or eating, at Chick Fil A is about as effective a way to stand up for what you believe as putting a bumper sticker on your car. It's armchair activism and I say MEH to it. VOLUNTEER or something, you slackers.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Skip all the controversial crap, get a pulled pork sandwich and forecast at beavers.. You can thank me later.. :)

WineLush
WineLush

What I think is funny is everyone misses the entire point, it's not Chick-Fil-A's views or their president's views, freedom of speech and opinion is everyone's right.  It's the donations to the AFA that is the issue that made Chick-Fil-A stand out.  The AFA demands boycotts on everything, most recently the Million Moms against JC Penney for having Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson and the rainbow creme gay pride Oreo.  So, organizations issued a boycott against Chick-Fil-A, one company, the AFA has issued national boycotts against, nearly everyone, 7-Eleven, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Airlines, American Girl, Blockbuster Video, Burger King, Calvin Klein, Carl's Jr., Clorox, Comcast, Crest, Ford, Hallmark Cards, Kmart, Kraft Foods, S. C. Johnson & Son, Movie Gallery, Microsoft, MTV, Mary Kay, NutriSystem, Old Navy, IKEA, Sears, Pampers, Procter & Gamble, Target, Tide, Walt Disney Company, and PepsiCo to name a few.  Go to the website, read the AFA action alerts, petitions with hundreds of thousands boycotting companies not just for being pro choice but giving workers same sex partners employee benefits, or companies that don't say Merry Christmas, but Happy Holidays.  http://www.afa.net/ActionAlerts.aspx  The argument is against the AFA, no one disputes Chick-Fil-A's owner's right to free speech, we object to the funding of hate organizations against, gays, jews, muslims etc.  This has been years of the AFA doing whatever they can to push an extremist religious position and you know a lot us got fed up and so we end up with the Chick-Fil-A thing.  What's interesting, we've been beefing about this for years and just like Stonewall it took a drag queen to make a video in March that really started mobilizing the boycott.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO-msplukrw

John
John

Ummm. Dan Cathy DID speak for Chick-Fil-a when he stated in reference to the company's principals: "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit"

 

Would Katherine have considered the discussion silly if Cathy had stated that Chick-Fil-a only supports White American families or non-Jewish American families. I think not. 

 

Cathy has every right to speak for himself and his company. People have every right to boycott his product for his views. Our politics are expressed in America almost exclusively by where we spend our money. I'm afraid that this is not going to change anytime soon. That's why Katherine likely didn't pen this half cooked commentary on a PC. Because she values design and craftsmanship she likely voted in favor of it by spending her money on a Mac and an Iphone. How is choosing to not spend your money at a company whose COO, acting as a spokesman for the company, expressed his company's bigotry any less important or more laughable?

kezkez
kezkez

I'm a little bit disturbing at this chalkboard's subtle reference to lynching ...

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Didn't this all start by a bunch of Celebrities and the like asking everyone to Boycott the franchise due to an honest answer to a polarizing question?  Yep., that's what happened.  People who disagreed with the boycott protested by having lunch one day at Chick Fil A. 

 

Not sure who the stupid ones are here...

Anse
Anse

It's not hypocrisy. You got it right in your second-to-last paragraph.

yoyoyo
yoyoyo

 @Vic12986 Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but when he/she is flat-fucking-wrong, as the right wing are on this particular issue, they will be told as much, in one way or another.  In other words, being tolerant does not mandate tolerance of intolerance.  Also, their free speech rights have not been violated, so they can stop crying foul and continue saying bigoted, stupid, and ignorant things.

 

They can believe whatever they want re: religion, pick and choose their beliefs from an obsolete, contradictory, and unreliable book of fables (although for the life of me I can't understand how this makes logical sense to anyone), preach on the street corners, etc., but they are NOT allowed, by law, to pass laws that are based on religion.  The contentions that homosexuality is plain 'wrong' and 'unnatural' almost always, if not always, derive from the Bible.

 

I also don't understand the right's obsession with fucking with other people they don't know who do things that don't affect their sheltered little worlds one iota.  No one is attacking them.  What they constantly experience is called "backlash".

H_e_x
H_e_x

 @Vic12986 How is not being homophobic intolerant? Here you have a business that spends money to deny homosexuals the right to marry. They are working not to give more rights and freedoms to people, but to limit them and make sure they never get the chance to marry and enjoy the legal benefits that come from it.

Anse
Anse

Striving for tolerance wouldn't make much sense if it meant striving for *intolerant* points of view, would it?

kmaher23
kmaher23

 @TequePas Really?  I seem to remember considerable trouble in many Southern cities.  From the TV, that is.  Living on the outskirts of Houston, we didn't learn how things changed in this city until fairly recently. It was a "conspiracy" by TSU students, powerful figures in the African-American community--& powerful white men who saw the future coming & didn't want Houston on the nightly news as the latest redneck bastion.....  Read the story here: http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl/1997_1419084/the-silent-end-of-segregation-the-behind-the-scene.html

 

Personally, I'll simply continue my policy of skipping chickfila--just not to my taste & I'd rather not dine with the folks who were lining up there the other day.  But get your history right!

Anse
Anse

 @TequePas I don't know if I'm ready to get on the boycott bandwagon with Chick Fil A, but I do resent the argument that boycotting doesn't work or worse, that it's actually *wrong*. I can spend my money as I damned well please, and I don't need to justify my buying habits to anybody.

H_e_x
H_e_x

An internet commenter using a logical fallacy? Who would have thought?

etee56
etee56

Oh and btw I just skipped all the madness and ate lunch at the new BB's Cafe on Richmond. Grillades and grits FTW!

etee56
etee56

Beter? I meant "Better" #DamnYouLackOfAutoCorrect

tinyhands
tinyhands

 @WineLush Well said. It's all about the money and I don't want mine going to hate groups like the AFA.

 

And Katherine, the next time you write "I think we can all agree" you need to revisit your 8th grade journalism notes. That was pathetic.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @John My barely functioning Dell Vostro is chuckling at this comment. Or dying. I often can't tell which.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @kezkez That drink is named after the historic Lynchburg ferry -- a longtime Houston-area fixture that's the oldest operating ferry service in Texas.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @FattyFatBastard The entire discussion is stupid. No one should have called for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A -- and not just because it's wrongheaded to begin with. It's also an empty, meaningless threat made all the emptier by the fact that there are hundreds of other businesses which actively campaign against gay rights...yet which no one bothers to discuss or boycott because it's not the trendy thing to do. Go big or go home, you know? Don't be a fucking dilettante about it. I feel like people on both sides of the Chick-Fil-A issue are missing the point all the way around and it's just very frustrating.

SirRon
SirRon

 @FattyFatBastard Naw, I'm pretty sure it started with the defective Muppet toys. Fingers getting stuck in holes and whatnot.

TequePas
TequePas

 @kmaher23 You realize I'm on your side right?  What did you read in my comments to make you think that I wasn't?  My point is - companies that discriminate or promote inequality suffer, and eventually they either change or go out of business or both.

BrittanieShey
BrittanieShey moderator

 @H_e_x I'm not talking about boycotts. I'm talking about this particular situation.

H_e_x
H_e_x

 @tinyhands Damn straight. You would think someone writing in the South would be able to appreciate the history of boycotts a bit more.

JohnnyPicture
JohnnyPicture

 @kshilcutt Creative answer, but not entirely accurate. Lynchburg, Lemonade is named after Lynchburg, Tennessee, home of the Jack Daniel's distillery. The drink is 1 part Jack Daniel's, 1 part triple sec, 1 part sour mix and 4 parts lemon-lime soda.

kezkez
kezkez

 @kshilcutt LOL, I know. Play on words ya know, in our hyper-sensitive politically correct environment :)

H_e_x
H_e_x

 @kshilcutt It would be impossible for chick fil a to donate millions to homophobic without their customers. Yes, there are other things to do that require more effort, but choosing not to eat somewhere because they give to bigoted groups isn't wrong. This is the South, we have a long history of boycotts. 

kezkez
kezkez

 @kshilcutt  right on!  Stop consuming Saudi crude-derived gasoline is you're really serious about equal rights :) 

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

 @kshilcutt Actually, I heard that the Chick Fil A on 59 & Kirby  had a dancing chicken outside today and that the drive thru was blaring The Village People.  Now that's how you make light of this situation. 

 

 

H_e_x
H_e_x

 @BrittanieShey That's a cowardly answer used to absolve yourself of any guilt from buying a product from a group that spends millions to deny homosexuals the right to get married.

BrittanieShey
BrittanieShey moderator

 @kezkez I'm a little bit disturbed at Nathaniel Lynch's last name's subtle reference to lynching.

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