Quit playing chicken with Chick-fil-A

Jul 26, 2012, 6:24 PM | Updated: 6:25 pm

I’m in a quandary, and it kind of tastes like chicken.

A while ago, I did an interview with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy. He was an interesting guy, and when I asked him why he closed his more than 1,600 stores on a big profit day like Sunday, he said something like, “It’s the Lord’s day and a day to stay home and be with your family.”

A nice answer. Not very good business sense, but a nice answer.

So this week, Cathy is having to deal with the heat that’s connected to another interview, in which he stated his personal beliefs did not allow him to accept gay marriage. Almost immediately, the mayors of Chicago and Boston publicly said they may not allow Chick-fil-A in their cities.

Wait a minute!

If the official policy of Chick-fil-A would be to not hire or serve gays, I would sue him. But since when does a businessman’s personal beliefs have anything to do with his sandwiches?

Was Lindbergh less heroic a pilot because he was an outspoken Nazi sympathizer? And will a history of anti-Semitism prevent you from driving one of Henry Ford’s automobiles?

Come on! Disagree with the Chick-fil-A guy’s personal beliefs, as I do, but unless he discriminates, Move on.

Or eat more beef!

I’m Pat McMahon.

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Quit playing chicken with Chick-fil-A