Readers Sound Off on Right-Wing Restaurants List -- Do You Agree?

Two Atlanta area chains -- Waffle House and Chick-fil-A -- have made a website’s list of 5 right-wing restaurants. And Patch readers have weighed in with their views.

Waffle House ranks No. 5 on a blogger's list of right-wing restaurants. File|Patch
Waffle House ranks No. 5 on a blogger's list of right-wing restaurants. File|Patch

Two Georgia-based fast-food chains -- Waffle House and Chick-fil-A -- top a new list on Salon.com about “right-wing food companies.” And Patch readers have weighed in on the label.

Some readers support the companies, some disagree with the owners' views but still spend their money with the chains, and others criticized some of the two chains' business practices.

Author and Alternet blogger Lauren Kelley calls the owners of Norcross-based Waffle House and Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A “far right-wingers who have spent “significant money opposing gay rights, abortion rights, and other important causes and funding attack ads against left-leaning politicians.”

Do the anti-abortion, anti-gay rights views of these restaurant companies influence how you spend your money? Tell us in comments.

Patch asked readers if the views of the company leaders are a reason for you to spend your money with the restaurants, or give your dollars to another chain.

Here's a sampling of the more than 100 comments on the original story so far.

Patch reader Ron wrote: "I don't have the same bigoted views as the owners of those restaurants but I do still eat there. They are entitled to their views even if their views aren't based on tolerance, logic, equal rights, or science."

ken owens said: "Typical attack by the left on anyone that DARES think differently than they do. Freedom of thought and expression is one of the cornerstones of our country and a rarity in the world. The left wants everyone to march in lockstep with what ever political agenda they squeak about."

Erin T. McLaughlin posted: "A true American action is to simply boycott those companies that you don't support the beliefs of."

Bd Cat said: "Left wing, right wing, "chicken wing", each has a right to their opinion and beliefs. Leave the politics out of choice of food establishments. If you do not want to eat there ,don't."

Tim says: "I'll continue to patronize both because I believe the same."

And Brian posts: "Unacceptable. Hobby Lobby is another. They need to pander to metro ATL more and be politically neutral. Otherwise, we should boycott them."

BlueRidgeMan June 24, 2014 at 08:31 PM
I recall the PC flap over Dan Cathy expressing his views on homosexual marriage. When the left wing 'speech police' tried to boycott C-F-A, normal people flocked there in a show of support. Even today it's hard to find a parking spot at chick-fil-A for all the business they have. I got a real kick out of that one & Cathy was laughing all the way to the bank, not to mention all the folks who got high quality food and great service.
Bruce Garner June 24, 2014 at 10:35 PM
BRM posted per my email (but I don't see it here): "You miss the point completely, Bruce. If our rights come from our Creator, they DONT come from the govt. It sure isn't hard to get you wound up.... And spinning like a top." I don't believe I said that the rights come from the government. But it is the role of the government to insure that our rights are maintained. I'm nor particularly "wound up" as you put it.....bored with your line of thought but not wound up. And I am far from spinning....just responding to some of the paranoid foolishness I'm reading here. Or perhaps you aren't accustomed to having a reasoned and thoughtful response to what you post??
Catherine Anne June 25, 2014 at 07:15 AM
You know, if I were to base my political beliefs on the basis of these commentaries, I would choose the ones from those who do not resort to insults. Calling an administration corrupt, reckless, & power-hungry does not make it so, & is probably the topic of another discussion. Telling someone they are "wound up" & "spinning like a top," calling LGBT folks "whiners," labeling those who agree with you as "normal", & those who do not as "speech police" & "PC," "butt boys," "not winners," "living in their own world," who "over-react," & whom one "hit a nerve," do not engender thoughtful discussion. Just because someone does not agree with you does not make them mentally imbalanced! Dan Cathy apologized, saying it was a mistake to oppose same-sex marriage, that it was wrong to conflate his personal beliefs with business, & that he respected those whose opinions differed from his own. The problem was not what he believed, it was that his business financially supported hate groups--& I belief, still does, although they have stopped supporting the more extreme ones. Their statement read, in part: "The Chick-fil-A culture & service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity & respect." That sounds about right to me.
Brent Seeger June 25, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Right Wing Restaurants. Thats funny. I think I will go to Black Power Cafe for lunch. A heaping helping of Black Power and side of White Guilt please!!!!


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