Poll: Chicken, With a Side of Culture Wars

The lines are drawn for fast food chain Chick-fil-A. They will be drawn in Walnut Creek Sept. 20 with planned opening and gay rights protest; Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was Wednesday around the country and in Fairfield.

Update 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, added link to Goodman video.

I'll have my chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato and a side order of social consciousness and free speech rights.

Chick-fil-A is becoming more famous for cultural values than for chicken. There was a family values backlash Wednesday with "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" around the country, including Fairfield, Solano County.

Walnut Creek is soon to be such a culture wars flashpoint Sept. 20 with a planned gay rights protest to coincide with the planned opening of a Chick-fil-A on North Main Street. Chick-fil-A is expanding in Northern California.

“It’s a First Amendment right issue. He (Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy) has his right to think and say whatever he likes,” Fairfield diner Jerry Pollard told CBS San Francisco.

Last month Cathy, in an interview in July with The Baptist Press, said, "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. We give God thanks for that."

Actor John Goodman has lampooned the controversy with a new video in which he plays the late Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, making a play for gay customers. Caveat parents — Goodman says a naughty word.

Former presidential candidate and Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee had the idea for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, according to Fox News.

Register your Chick-fil-A opinion in a Patch poll at the bottom. We offer three different views in the poll, but there are many more opinions with different nuances — add a comment below.

Brand approval

Chick-fil-A has suffered a loss of brand approval since the posting of Cathy's interview, according to Polling organization YouGov.

Just before Cathy's interview was published, Chick-fil-A's Index score was 65, well above the Top National Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Sector average score of 46. Just four days later, however, Chick-fil-A's score had fallen to 47, while last week, the chain had a score of 39, compared to the Top National QSR Sector average score of 43, according to a piece in the Huffington Post.

In Walnut Creek, a Chick-fil-A with drive-through service is part of a big construction project with a new 24-Hour Fitness at 2750 N. Main St.

nora urany August 04, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Well, lets see. If my parent who gave up everything to escape from the Communist who took over their country are right, then they are doing it again right here in America. Its called divide and conquer. Slowly over the years they have quietly and carefully pitted one group against the other using racism and other terms to divide the country. When a Conservative says something its headline news and they are called racist and gay haters. When Liberals do it the newspapers are silent and again use the racist cards again. So if they say something negative about God, Church, marriage and families its OK. But, if Conservatives give their opinion its racist. For over 100 years people in America had their own opinions on everything and they were living in a free country where they could say it without worrying about the secret police showing up at their door and taking them away in the middle of the night never to be seen again. Americans of every type, color, race and religion died so we could have this freedom of choice. I may not like or agree with your opinion but, I put my life on the line for 20 years in the military to give you the right to say it in safety. I love that I live in such a great country that if I do not like what someone says it allows me the choice to buy there or not. But, no one in this great country has the right to tell people, or business that they cannot operate in their city just because they do not like the owners views. Just don' eat there.
Triple Canopy August 04, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Caution.. the liberals are confusing "tolerance" with "acceptance". .. there is a VAST difference between the two. Mr. Cathy's opinion is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Kurt Miller August 05, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I don't see the problem here. The owner states his views in public. Fine. Now anyone that disagrees can not patronize his establishment if they choose not to. This is far better than the anonymous donations that go to so called PACs and shield the contributors from any repercussions.
H Hudson August 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM
It wasn't meant to be a 'scientific' poll...only people's opinions! I disagree with you.......the issue is that the man spoke his mind & stated his beliefs & he is being greatly maligned for them. Sorry...he is entitled to believe whatever he chooses, & to state his beliefs openly. This is still supposed to be a 'free country'. I do not want to see the thought police squad out and about. As to how 'those groups' "harm" gay people, again I disagree. I assume your definition of 'harm' is that you expect 100% agreement with your beliefs & if there is disagreement, you interpret it as 'harmful'. And how children are 'in danger' from him stating his beliefs, I daresay, that is quite farfetched.
H Hudson August 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Yes, it is interesting that since this man prefers the 'biblical' (man/woman) definition of marriage, he is labeled a bigot & homophobe. In other words, since you don't agree with OUR viewpoint (gay 'marriage'), we will label you any despicable term we can come up with. It seems the intolerance comes from that side....we accept only 100% agreement with our position...otherwise, we will demonstrate against the business and petition cities to not allow you to operate etc. For that reason alone......the intolerance of varying opinions........I will be purchasing something at their location. The man has a right to speak his mind.....as you said, you spent 20 years in the military to defend the freedoms this country enjoys....and now , people are supposed to become fearful of speaking their minds if a viewpoint is not currently 'popular'. No siree Bob.


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