Lots of you weighed in on our post about the Chick-fil-A controversy and what it means for the future of the company - with most expressing support for the fast-food chain.
JS in Northeast's comments echoed the sentiments of many readers:
I am so sick and tired of political correctness and people/companies being vilified for the choices they make. We live in the United States where people/companies have a freedom [to] choose who their friends/business partners are. If someone or some group gets offended because of this, tough. Get over it and move on. We have freedoms here in the U.S. to do as we want.
Some commenters went further, criticizing those who are pressuring Chick-fil-A's management to reverse its opposition to gay marriage. Writes CJ:
So Chick-fil-A is being accused of being ant-gay by the gay population. What is their intent? Is it to make them pro-gay? Isn't forcing your beliefs on others wrong too? If you don't like them, just stop going to their restaurants. This is sort of hypocritical to say we don't like your views so we're going to force my views on you and you'll like it. This is a conservative religious group that owns the chain, it's their right to back whoever they want if they are independently owned and operated.
Here's a Chick-fil-A critic who goes by Tdogg and who is apparently gay but nonetheless supportive of the company's owners' right to oppose same-sex marriage:
Chick-fil-A can take whatever stance they want – it's a free country after all. If the owners want to spend their profits supporting anti-gay organizations, so be it. Just don't be surprised if gay people don't want to frequent their establishment, and have their money go towards the anti-gay cause. That's a product of a free country as well – it goes both ways. It's not "PC" it's just what it is. My choice is to not eat at Chick-fil-A, and therefore, not have my hard earned money go to organizations who do not believe I'm an equal citizen. Pretty simple actually. All that and their food isn't all that great anyway.
But another commenter, westcoaster, implies that Chick-fil-A should stay in the Bible Belt - and that there's more at stake in the flap than a company's right to express a political opinion:
All of you thumpers, you keep doin' what it is you do best, and do it way over there, OK? Keep your "delicious sandwiches" and your deridingly witty observations way-down-there, or at the very least in that vast morass commonly referred to simply as the "fly over zone."
Many of you seem to be calling out from that infamous Matrix of small town cruelty. Please stop and consider that human rights are SO important, and ALWAYS worth standing up for. It is a vicious game, to call someone out on a lack of respect of freedom, when those exercising their "rights" infringe upon others. Freedom has everything to do with balance; mutual respect. It's not a party unless everyone gets to come.
And then there's David from California, who says a prayer for all fast food patrons:
Maybe you can pray that your arteries won't clog with all that grease from their food. May God bless your new super-sized form. Pray for reinforced pews at your church.