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Chick-fil-A has opened yet another location in the Big Apple, but a writer for The New Yorker is calling the fast-food chain's presence in his city “an infiltration.”
“Chick-fil-A's arrival in New York City feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism,” Dan Piepenbring wrote in an article that reads more like parody than journalism.
In the piece, Piepenbring condemns “creepy” Chick-fil-A over its owners' Christian faith, the company's charitable contributions, and its popular ad campaign featuring cows encouraging patrons to “Eat Mor Chikin.”
The writer also noted disdain for the fact that the walls of the restaurant's Atlanta headquarters are “adorned with Bible verses” and that at the center of campus, there is a “statue of Jesus washing a disciple's feet.”
The social media reaction has been scathing:
It’s a CHICKEN SANDWICH https://t.co/57dsByh53U
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 13, 2018
*cow holds up sign* BAPTIZ MOAR HERITIKS https://t.co/iX06jKekdS
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 13, 2018
Trying to imagine the New Yorker blasting a thriving restaurant chain for its “pervasive Muslim traditionalism” or “pervasive Jewish traditionalism” https://t.co/6KFys22iz5
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) April 13, 2018
Now imagine this same headline but with “halal carts” and “Muslim.” There would be mass outrage across the nation. https://t.co/JqUhv1gEoA
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 13, 2018
Calling the opening of a chicken restaurant a “creepy infiltration” is wild. Easily the biggest issue New York City is facing. https://t.co/UzqZW0eleK
— Jon Acuff (@JonAcuff) April 13, 2018
No Christian chicken, please. https://t.co/78yjufVHbe
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 13, 2018
Given Chick-fil-A's only sin, in Piepenbring's eyes, seems to be its embrace of biblical beliefs, the New Yorker writer seems to have a personal beef with Christian-owned corporations. After all, it's unsurprising that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy supported mainstream Christian doctrine, which often affirms the traditional view of marriage.
In 2012, Cathy, son of the eatery's late founder, S. Truett Cathy, drew progressives' ire when he said, “We're inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”
He later noted he is very “supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.”
While many of Chick-fil-A's corporate donations have gone to organizations that adhere to traditional Christian beliefs, the restaurant has for several years vowed to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender.”
According to Piepenbring, Chick-fil-A is slated to open as many as a dozen more storefronts in New York City. And to that, I say, “Eat Mor Chikin.”
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