Does Faith/Religion Have a Place In Your Consideration For Food Purchases?
There are two places that have their fans and their critics, Chick-Fil-A & Baja Fresh. For the critics, their opinions may be valid on certain levels, but I suspect that for some they also have misconceptions about the companies and their operating procedures in management and specifications for their menu items.....my question is not about the food itself, but rather the management aspect. Do you stay away simply because the corporation has a strong belief in faith and family values?
They could worship Satan for all I care, I just want some food.
simply - no
(people w/out a strong belief in faith don't have family values?)
The first time I ever ate at Chik-Fil-A (somewhere outside of Charlotte, NC), I knew nothing about the chain. As we were looking at the menu, I was shocked to see a poster on the wall that said something like "At CFA, our mission is to serve God by serving our customers...". I was very uncomfortable with that blatant advertising of religion in a restaurant, and it was several years before I returned to CFA. Now it doesn't stop me. I wasn't aware of Baja Fresh's "principles" but I don't think it will impact my decision to eat there (though it isn't one of my preferred chains). My discomfort with advertising religion like this is likely to be the same no matter what type of business is doing it - a restaurant or any other retail establishment.
<Do you stay away simply because the corporation has a strong belief in faith and family values?>
This is worded like a push-poll question. Who would say yes? Corporations don't have beliefs. People do. I think you're really asking whether you would still do business with a corporation if you disagreed with some of the things that corporation does - donating to Operation Rescue, perhaps, or offering benefits to the same sex partners of its employees.
I avoided Domino's for years because of the founder's anti-choice beliefs (well, that and lousy pizza). There was a local supermarket chain here in the Richmond area called Ukrop's whose founders were big-time fundies--like Chik-Fil-A it wasn't open on Sundays, it wouldn't sell beer and wine (had no problem with tobacco though), etc. At the one nearest my house there was a publicly displayed large painting of a church with the caption "Please attend your local house of worship" which thankfully disappeared when the chain got bought out by the company that owns Giant supermarkets last year. I thought that was a little excessive.
I look at it this way--as long as the company in question isn't putting crosses or bible verses on the wrappers or forcing its employees into prayer sessions it can believe how it likes. I'm sure there's atheists working at Chik-Fil-A. I've been in little southern diners that OD on Jesus stuff, but the servers know that you're there to eat, not to be witnessed to.
Welcome to the land of In-n-Out Burger, where the bible verse is printed on the bottom of your soda cup. I don't really have any feelings about it one way or the other because I patronize Asian restaurants that have shrines, a candle and herb shop that has a Santeria altar, a gift shop that displays a star of David, and I'm sure there are a million other examples I could offer but I'm just not that observant! If I'm not being headlocked and forced to listen to a prosetylizing spiel, what's the problem?