Chik Fil A Food Truck Protested Outside Metro Center Yesterday

A reader took the photo above yesterday afternoon and writes:

“There was a Chik fil a food truck at metro center (I think 12th street, wherever they all usually line up) and there was a huge crowd protesting, chanting, and so on. Still seemed like plenty of people on line for the truck …”

NBC Washington reported:

The group included members from the Human Rights Campaign protesting recent statements by Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, who recently told Baptist Press, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.”

His statements, which many believe oppose same-sex marriage, have fired up gay rights advocates across the country. Mayors in both Boston and Chicago have urged the company to reconsider locating restaurants in their cities, and the Jim Henson company recently pulled toys from kid’s meals.

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  • It always seems to be people like Dan Cathy who end up on a Madam’s list or who get caught tapping their foot in an airport bathroom.

  • Unrelated to the protest: Can one person explain to me what makes Chik-Fil-A that special or good? People are so obsessed with them–don’t most fast food restaurants also have chicken sandwiches? Is there something specific about the chicken at this place?

    • T

      yes, it’s filled with deliciously tasty hate.

    • They serve a decent sandwich, and to me their food seems much more freshly made than other fast food. And their restaurants are usually very clean, with amazingly friendly and efficient staff.

    • Their Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich really IS that good, and most other fast food places’ chicken sandwiches don’t taste anything like it.

      I was relieved when McDonald’s started making its Southern Style Chicken Sandwich, which is basically an imitation Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich. I was going to Chick-Fil-A only about twice a year, but still felt guilty about it. Now I can get my tasty chicken sandwich fix without supporting Chick-Fil-A.

    • Waffle fries, too.

    • For a fast food joint, it’s pretty decent. The (in)famous chicken sandwich is crispy, moist, and not too salty. Waffle fries are good too. But in no way is the food spectacular.

      I think the obsession is like any other junk food craving. Some people would almost kill for a Big Mac or a Whopper. Same deal.

      It is also a source of “Southern Pride” as it’s a family owned business based out of Atlanta. Then again, the South has been proud a lot of bad things throughout history, so add this to the list.

    • The first three ingredients of their chicken sandwich: “chicken, salt, MSG”

    • it’s the MSG!

    • For me it is the fact that they guarantee that all of their chickens are 100% heterosexual. I have had gay chicken before and it is not that good.

    • Yes, they brine it in “holy” water.

  • I’m sure there are many Muslim owned food trucks operating here. In Islam, homosexuality is a crime, punishable by death. I wonder why nobody’s protesting them?

    • I boycott cabs for that reason. Some cab drivers are decent, but a lot of them are very disrespectful towards gays and women. I just can’t support that.

    • 1) You don’t know how those individual Muslim food truck owners feel about homosexuality.

      2) I somehow doubt they’ve donated millions of dollars in profit to anti-gay organizations.

    • Let me know which Muslim owned food trucks in DC are funneling millions of dollars annually to organizations that exist strictly to marginalize a segment of the US population based on their specific and selective interpretation of their kooky religion.

      • Exactly. To the people who say Dan Cathy/ChickFilA are entitled to their beliefs, yes they are. I don’t think anyone is saying they shouldn’t be. But the problem is they are not keeping those beliefs to themselves. They are investing a shit-ton of money into groups who are actively trying to deny civil liberties to homosexuals and create campaigns of slander and misinformation, which breed hate. Think of the social good those millions of dollars could do. Isn’t that what Christianity is supposed to be about?

      • If you ask Michele Bachmann, all of them are funneling money to the Muslim Brotherhood and trying to bring down ‘Merica.

    • I’m sure a lot of people would be more OK with it if he had quietly kept his views to himself.

      It’s one thing to be against something – it’s another to use power and influence to push an agenda.

    • To the person who posted about Muslims- you are ridiculous. Name one US Muslim Business that donates millions to anti ANYONE campaigns. Yeah… thanks for letting everyone know that you have twisted ways of thinking.

      • Regarding US Muslim Corporations donating…watch “The Third Jihad”. You’ll find your answer there. Enjoy

    • Those food truck drivers aren’t openly telling people that gays are ruining America… there is a huge difference. People should be free to have whatever opinion they want… but if they start yelling it they should expect some blowback.

    • Most Ignorant Comment of the Day! Congrats!

    • I’m wondering when people will stop purchasing gasoline because the President of Opec supports putting gay people to death.

  • Is that all Dan Cathy said? Because, if so, I don’t see what the fuss is about. I’m a secular guy, I’m okay with gay marriage, and I’m okay with what he says about his “biblical,” “family”-oriented business. I have never eaten at Chik-fil-A, but I might just try it now, because I’m tired of people protesting every little thing, all the time, because it offends their PC sensibilities (or, for that matter, their conservative sensibilities). I suppose they are calling him a xenophone, a homophobe, a misogynist, etc. Well, then you can call me those names too, because as I get older, I don’t have a problem with people finding guidance in the bible, dedicating themselves to their families, and staying married to their first wives. Heaven forbid there are people out there with a moral compass (whether you agree with his compass or not) and a respect for tradition who speak their minds. No, they must be silenced!

    • It’s a case of Free Speech being a right, until you say something that offends me. I could see protesting them (or not allowing new stores to open, like in Chicago and Boston) if they were discriminating against gays. They’re not. Gays are allowed to eat and work there. What he said was 100% protected free speech, and the company is allowed to donate money to any cause they want to.

      • it isn’t, both sides are simply exercising their right to free speech. How do you not understand this?

        • Yes, but it’s going beyond that. Chicago and Boston are trying to ban new restaurants from opening because of the company’s beliefs. I don’t believe that is legal, and I hope Chick Fil A sues them.

          • It isn’t. Those cities communities have every right to decide what business they want in their communities… Philly and Boston have both asked the chain to stay out of their communities… the Chicago situation is a bit more complicated… but still, legal… albeit slightly shady.

          • On this you are correct. It is plainly unconstitutional for city governments to exclude businesses or deny permits based on the views of the owner. This isn’t even a close call. The Boston and Chicago politicians know this, though. They’re just pandering a little.

      • I completely agree with this statement. I support Chik-fil-a and believe they have a right to uphold the family values they support by donating money to the organizations they believe in.

    • It’s not what Cathy said, or even where he donates his own personal money. It’s that Chick-Fil-A, the COMPANY, donates millions each year to virulently anti-gay organizations. These organizations don’t just fight marriage equality–the lobby on the Federal, State and Local levels against employment non-discrimination acts (meaning, laws outlawing firing people because they’re gay, which is legal in much of the country), and even housing non-discrimination acts (yup, again, you can kick a tenant out legally if you find out he or she is gay in many places). Furthermore, these groups engage in some pretty reprehensible “ex-gay therapy,” including on children as young as 10.

      • Yeah – that’s my issue. It’s one thing if this is how Cathy feels (not saying it’s right, but he’s entitled to his opinions, no matter how archaic they are) and wants to donate his money. It’s a whole other matter when this company is the one driving this anti-gay bullshit. And he’s not doing himself any favors with the statements he’s issuing. Not that he cares…particularly since I would imagine that the majority of business comes from people/states that agree with him.

        I refuse to support any business – no matter how much I like them/their product – if they offend my positions. For example, I was a Nike loyalist, but the minute they decided to sign Michael Vick up for another endorsement deal, it was over for me because of what he did to those poor animals — especially since he never showed any contrition for it whatsoever.

        • Nice idea in principle but virtually impossible in practice if you ever want to wear, own, drive, eat, drink, or smoke anything.

    • +100. Well said, Caballero.

    • You are totally missing the point. No one cares what he believes. What they do care about are his actions – namely investing tons of money into denying civil rights to other human beings and being an accomplice to hate-mongering propaganda. Yes, his actual words in this statement were relatively mild. But that doesn’t mean anything when you consider his actions.

    • A compass is not by definition something one agrees with or not. Nor does it vary. It points north.

      • I don’t agree with Caballero, but Victoria, I must disagree with your specific point about the word “compass.”

        The phrase “moral compass” means “thing that guides someone — like a compass — in relation to morality.”

        • You missed my point. The idea of a compass – moral or nautical – is that it always points clearly to the same direction. You are of course then free to go in any direction you choose, but it doesn’t change the fact that north is north. If someone’s moral compass points to the wrong direction, the compass is broken and shouldn’t be relied upon.

    • So essentially you’ll be making an individual statement by now patronizing Chick-fil-a to counter other people’s ideological actions. Yep, that’s nothing like protesting.

  • Isn’t it a bit ironic to be protesting a company for supporting anti-gay marriage initiatives in a jurisdiction where gay marriage is legal? If these protesters want to do something worthwhile for the cause, why not take Chik-fil-A on on where gay marriage is not legal? Or at least in MD where it is threatened? There’s a Chik-fil-A in Crystal City – Why not picket there? Other than the fact that it might cause a very small number of VA or MD voters to think about the issue this seems like a waste of time to me.

  • +1000 Caballero. Everyone cool the hell out!

    • Yeah man, what’s the big deal? A large section of the population is only being denied their basic human rights while another large section is actively supporting and cheering on bigotry. What a silly thing to worry about!

      • The only winners are the lawyers. I predict a huge section of gays getting divorced in three years. I did not know marriage was basic human right. I’ll have to look that one up in the libral play book.

        • What difference does it make if people get divorced or not? You don’t think it is a basic human right to have the freedom to marry whom you want? You’re being intentionally obtuse. And this is not a liberal vs. conservative issue. I don’t understand why everything has to be a partisan issue. It would behoove conservatives to not make it such, since they are typically on the losing side of history for everything.

          • Yes, conservatives are on the “losing side of history” if your timeline is long enough. But, by that logic, should we support every newfangled idea that comes along because it promises to be on the “winning side of history?” And who says that being on the winning side is ultimately the best place to be? There are plenty of historians who believe that other times and places were than better modern-day America. I, for one, am not really happy with the state of affairs in this country.

            This is a bit off topic, but it’s an interesting point to pursue. Perhaps it’s too high-minded for this post, but I put it out there nonetheless.

        • bfinpetworth

          Or look it up in the constitution. SCOTUS has repeatedly found marriage to be a “fundamental right” under the constitution – and not just for Hets.

        • Look it up in the law books: “Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival….” — U.S. Supreme Court, Loving v. Virginia.

          Oh, snap!

          For all that, I’m not feeling the boycott love. It’s an attempt to restrict speech, it give the righties license to rain down economic warfare on companies that I agree with, it’s a hugely slippery slope (how much money do we think the oil companies funnel to Earth-raping causes every year? And yet we still fill up our tanks).

          If I want a chicken sammy, or a new suit, or bit of lawn furniture from (also evil) Target, I don’t feel compelled to check the contributions of the company or its senior executives before I buy.

          • If your going to quote it lets quote it. “fundamental to our very existence and survival” I guess the court back in 1967 thought the marrage had something to do with procreation. hummmm. Oh and being gay is not a race.

            “Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”

          • Dr. Dong, the SCOTUS decision is talking about an action that “is subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment.” It just so happens that in this case, racial discrimination is that action. It can, should and will be applied to homosexual discrimination as well, eventually.

          • +1 to DE. As for Caballero’s comment earlier about being on the right side of history, there may be times when decisions are made for what seemed to be justifiable reasons at the time, but turn out to be the wrong side of history. I don’t think that reasoning applies to civil liberties – if you are on the wrong side of history with respect to civil liberties, you might want to take a deep introspective look at your position. I think – and hope – that few posting here would defend the laws that were struck down in the referenced SCOTUS decision.

  • here is an recipe for a chik a fil sandwich. I used the recipe and it taste just like chik-a-fil. I never have to eat there again!

  • People have the freedom to protest. Chick-Fil-A has the freedom to have their own views, no matter how dumb, outdated, and hateful they are.

    However, I hate to break it to you, you’re not going to agree with a lot of the stances of a lot of companies – so I’m not sure where you’re going to buy stuff.

    Why is Chick-Fil-A going out of the way to be anti-gay? Because they’re assholes. There are a lot of assholes in this world. No one has time to protest all of them.

    • Amazon is a good example here. Jeff Bezos just gave money to a WA state gay marriage group. That’s good. Now I shop with Amazon. But Amazon hurts small businesses & is a big, bad corporation. That’s bad. And so dies the moralistic certainty so prevalent in these posts.

      • It comes with a free frogurt! That’s good. The frogurt is also cursed. That’s bad.

      • I use Amazon for the sort of mass-produced stuff that most people buy at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond. If there’s a small business selling a similar product in my neighborhood I’ll patronize them instead. The best part of this system is that I never waste time going to the store– everything gets delivered directly to me or I walk to it.

        • Do the manufacturers of all those “mass-produced goods” (all of them American manunfacturers, I’m sure) support workers’ rights such as a fair wage, basic healthcare, 8 hour day, etc.? My guess is, “No.” Unfortunately, the purest motives are very difficult to live up to.

          • Well yeah. I was responding to the person who felt bad about supporting Amazon because they hurt small business. I think you can have it both ways.

      • I think you can definitely differentiate between companies that are hard at work on social goals unrelated to their business, versus just general competition and economics.

        Yes, Amazon hurts small businesses (although, frankly, for books, it was Barnes & Noble et al. who began that, and not Amazon has hurt them). But does Amazon have an evil desire to put people on the street? No, they are a profit maximizing business and hurt small businesses as a byproduct of that.

  • Yes, we need to boycott Chick-Fil-A for holding the same position on gay marriage that Obama did until 6 months ago!

    • How much money did Obama invest in hate groups again? How much did he actively protest against gay marriage?

      • I think Obama gave $53,770 to Rev. Wright and his racist hate-group church. Does that answer your question?

        • Ah, the Rev. Wright talking point. It worked so well for you guys in 2008. Can’t wait to see it resurface this time around. You guys really have your finger on the pulse of things.

        • Since when have there been so many tea party fanatics on PoP?

    • Wait, does that mean donating to the Obama campaign in 2008 was donating to a hate group? Doh!

    • like every us president ever.

    • +1. It’s shocking to me that a small group of radicals, with the support of well-meaning progressives, has been able to so thoroughly define this debate, at least in coastal urban centers, Hollywood, and hipster enclaves. The majority belief, expressed for hundreds — thousands? — of years with confidence in ours and most every other culture, is here suddenly labeled “hate”.

      What a bizarre world.

  • okay, I’m 100% in support of gay rights and am happy people are boycotting chik fil a and refusing to patronize an organization which has given millions of dollars in the name of intolerance…

    that said, why is there SO MUCH energy around this? do you people not know about the larger, much more powerful organizations that are doing much greater harm to the world? why is nobody bothering to boycott Hess oil, for example, who basically keeps Equatorial Guinea’s horrible dictator in power so long as they can keep raping his country for oil? or why is nobody using this motivation to ban Urban Outfitters, whose billionaire CEO donates money to Rick Santorum? or how about just the rampant consumerism of the sheer amount of crap sold at WalMart that is a huge part of our environmental problems? chik fil a isn’t even country-wide yet… and to be honest, the mayors in boston and chicago are picking an easy target. if McDonalds took this stance, they wouldn’t dare think about banning them. the fact of the matter is that a southern fried chicken chain is in little danger of taking over these northern cities.

    • to clarify, this is not meant to be one of those “there are bigger fish to fry” arguments because I believe every fight is worth fighting when it comes to intolerance… but rather I meant to simply express shock that there is so much media coverage and energy around this when there are horrible human atrocities that deserve as much attention.

    • Several people have tried to point out the hypocrisy of typing out an anti-Chik-fil-A rant on an iPhone, or fueling up with murderous Shell or Hess gas to drive on over to the protest, but the manic, anti-Chik-fil-A crowd ignores it. I support gay marriage & loathe Dan Cathy, but I just feel he’s on the long-term losing end of this fight & all of the money his company spends is not helping their cause. My suspicion is that Chik-fil-A is preaching to the choir.

    • Is that really true about Urban Outfitters CEO? he supports Santorum??

      • Richard Hayne, CEO of Urban Outfitters since Jan 2012, donated money to Rick Santorum’s senate campaign. Snopes has more details.

  • I’m glad this guy’s hatred isn’t being tolerated, but that said, it’s not much of a sacrifice to give up one brand of fried chicken. When everyone in that protest decides to stop eating Kraft foods, driving a car, shopping at Walmart, and watching any major network then I’ll be impressed.

  • orderedchaos

    Protesting this food truck is useless. The folks working in the truck hardly have influence over Dan Cathy’s (hateful) opinions. Sure, boycott the stores, since dollars speak louder than words nowadays. Or organize a protest outside Chik-Fil-A headquarters.

    But picketing a few poor souls making sandwiches for a living? Seems to me the protesters just wanted to spout off with no regard for whom they’d harm… kinda like Dan Cathy.

    • how on earth did you come to this conclusion? protesting this food truck is part of a larger movement that has put so much pressure on this company that something will give and certainly CEOs of other organizations will keep their intolerance to themselves. you sound like one of those people who think “why bother?” about absolutely everything in life. go home and watch tv.

      • orderedchaos

        I’m not against protesting, nor do I deny its potential for driving change. But targeting a couple people in a food truck—in a city where gay marriage is indeed legal—seems a lazy choice. Picket the stores in Virginia (two of which are easily metro-accessible) where gay marriage is not legal, or in Maryland where, as another commenter pointed out, it’s in jeopardy.

        Or for the best ROI, protest the Chik-Fil-A at Catholic University: two gay-intolerant groups for the price of one! 😉

      • I haven’t owned a TV for nearly two decades, and I’m one of those people who, having lost enough battles in my youth, is now pretty comfortable saying “why bother?” Most people, as they get established in life, lose the urge to protest and boycott everything. I lost the urge because I realized, in the large scheme of things, there isn’t much to complain about.

        • You sound like a Boomer. Screw everyone else, I got mine.

          • No, I’m not nearly old enough to be a boomer. But the “I got mine, screw everyone else” philosophy does become enticing as you age. It’s only natural. Young people who want to change the world are happy to do so. Old people who still want to change the world are miserable.

  • Chick-Fil-A: food so good I named my daughter after it!

  • alxindc

    This is stupid. If the food truck is corporate-owned OK, protest as much as you want. But what if it is a franchisee? Why is the owner to blame that the franchisor is involved in what he is involved in? Are these the owner’s beliefs as well? You don’t know. Or, supposedly the publicity will reach corporate? But in the meantime, boycotts and protests may bankrupt the small-business owner? How is this fair?

    • bfinpetworth

      If it is a franchisee, that person got in bed with Chic-fil-a with full knowledge (or should have known) of it’s right wing positions. So they bear the full benefit and burden of their position.

    • If it’s a franchise, the owner(s) knew what they were dealing with when they bought the license. They also knew (or should have known) the demographic of the DC area. And they took a calculated risk. If they calculated the possible repercussions incorrectly, that is unfortunate and they may well pay a hefty price for it. There’s a word for that… wait, I heard it once in an econ class in grad school…. what was it??? oh yeah – “business”.

  • the Crazy Nasty Honey badger don’t give an Sh@# about Gay Rights!

  • HaileUnlikely

    Protest corporate headquarters if you want to protest. The poor driver didn’t have anything to do with anything.

  • Is it possible to have this food truck banned from operating in the District? Petition anyone?

  • brookland_rez

    Ha ha. Bet no one saw that coming….

  • I’ve been speaking with some friends and we’re going to start having demonstrations to protest at the homes of people who give money to left with causes, protesting outside their workplace, etc.

    Sauce for the goose, right?

    BTW, what’s so bigoted about CFA holding views that Barack Obama held and supported up until 6 weeks ago? I didn’t see any protestors outside the WH, and frankly a POTUS has more impact on U.S. society than a CEO of a fast food chain…

    • Not quite the same thing. Obama did not support gay marriage but did support civil unions, which while short of marriage is still a societal recognition of the choice of two people of the same sex to form a familial partnership. And Obama did not actively campaign against gay marriage and laws designed to protect gay people from discrimination, which is what I understand the Chick Fil’ A person has been doing. I don’t begrudge the Chick Fil’A guy his opinion. And I don’t support calls for new Chick Fil’A stores to be banned from certain cities. But if you take a public position you can’t be surprised if there is public blowback.

      • You’re absolutely right, which is why I’m going to start collecting the names of donors to left wing causes, and showing up at their homes and workplaces with crowds and protesting. You can say whatever you want, it’s a free country, but you had better be prepared for blowback, as I think you called it.

        • I wasn’t questioning your right to protest people who support left wing causes. Knock yourself out. I was questioning your equation of President Obama’s former position on gay marriage with the position held by the current president of Chick Fil’A.
          And there have been plenty of conservative groups that have shown up at the corporate headquaters, workplaces, homes of people and organizations that support “left wing” ideas. That’s nothing new.

  • Why hasn’t anyone mentioned Zaxby’s? Civil rights issues aside, Chick-fil-A tastes like poo in comparison.

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