I've never been to one, but today is the day. Especially when I read sites like this:
press release a couple of years back announcing this:
In a survey conducted two years ago, Boise State students listed Chick-fil-A as one of their top choices for a new retail venture on campus. The Student Union worked with University Dining Services partner Aramark to close the deal.I would expect some of BSU's professors will spend at least part of the first day of classes in the fall telling students why they are evil, depraved, disgusting perverts if they eat there.
UPDATE: Huffington Post had a screeching absurd article on the subject (of course) with one especially thoughtful and Christian response:
Chick-Fil-A is a Great company operated by a Christian family, comfortable in their religious beliefs. They, just like Gays, are entitled to their own opinions, and denying Chick-Fil-A owners their free speach makes those who protest the company based on religion of others, the actual hate mongers.
I'm on a diet, so I won;t be eating a Chick-Fil-A sandwich today. I will however be buying (50) sandwiches and taking them to our local homeless shelter.UPDATE 2: The August 1, 2012 Los Angeles Times report includes this intriguing reminder that there are a still a few Americans who don't regard same-sex marriage and homosexuality as something positive:
Across the country, Twitter users described “mile long traffic to get into chick-fil-a,” stores “so crowded there are cops directing traffic off the highway” and “26 cars in the drive through.” One user, EWErickson, wrote that the “crowd was so big I gave up.”
Earlier, several North Carolina Wendy’s restaurants posted signs saying “We Stand With Chick Fil A.” The fast-food chain, a rival of Chick-fil-A, tweeted at MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts today that the signs were put up by an independent franchisee and have since been taken down. “We proudly serve ALL customers,” Wendy’s tweeted.But of course, this was never about Chick-Fil-A not serving homosexuals, but about the CEO spending his money in support of organizations with which he agrees. Not surprisingly, Corporate America, because it is largely controlled by liberals, chooses to confuse these very separate issues.
UPDATE 3: In spite of the horrible parking situation at Boise State (and yes, this is true even when it isn't Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day), there was at least a hundred people in line when I arrived, and hundreds when I left about 12:40. Channel 9 interviewed me, perhaps because I started explaining the history of the misapplication of the equal protection clause to a guy who is running for Idaho House seat 17. I'll be curious to see if they use it. There were no protesters--and the reporter from channel 9 kept approaching people in line asking if they were opposing Chick-Fil-A. (Why would they be in line to order food, then?)
In spite of the line, they had my meal to me in about ten seconds. I guess when you can't see the end of the line, you feel confident yelling, "Drop 500 chicken breasts, stat!"
UPDATE 4: Pictures (finally moved by most Rube Goldbergesque methods from my antique Motorola Razr):
UPDATE 5: I suppose that I should mention that I have never eaten at a Chick-Fil-A before. How is it? About the same as you get at most other fast food restaurants, but $2.85 seemed like a decent price for what is delivered, especially compared to McDonald's and Jack-in-the-Box. Once they build some freestanding stores around here (as opposed to smack dab in the middle of the parking disaster that is Boise State), I might buy there more often. Thank you, intolerant, narrow-minded bullies of Chicago and Boston for opening my eyes to another place to eat!