Branded 'hate chicken' by the left, Chick-fil-A feeds Atlanta's stranded travelers
Well, well, well – what have we here? As thousands of Atlanta's airport passengers found themselves stranded due to a power outage in what was for many an unfamiliar airport, who should come out to feed them for free, making their hellish travel ordeal a bit less hellish?
Sure enough, it was Chick-fil-A, the delicious chicken fast food chain that was otherwise branded "hate chicken" by rabid leftists during a 2012 flap over marriage and the company owners' unwillingness to support opening up the institution to same-sex couples.
Late Sunday night, while Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport worked to restore power during a massive outage that crippled air travel at the nation's busiest airport, officials handed out Chick-fil-A and waters to stranded passengers.
"Lights on and delivering food and water to our passengers," the airport said on Twitter, thanking Chick-fil-A Chairman and CEO Dan Cathy for opening on a Sunday.
Seems the restaurant chain, whose outlets are ordinarily closed on Sunday due to the Baptist owner's wish to honor the Lord's Day, went ahead and opened up in order to feed the hungry multitudes. As per Judeo-Christian practice describe in the Bible, actually. Jesus said that if your ox falls into a well on the Sabbath, you get the beast out, regardless of the day of week. (Someone had been criticizing him for performing miracles on the Sabbath.) For Chick-fil-A, the airport emergency at Atlanta fits right into that category.
Some "hate chicken."
It goes to show that the company, influenced by its owner's biblical values, brings good stuff, not hate, to the needy.
Chick-fil-a owner Dan Cathy says as much:
"We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but we thank the Lord we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles," he said in an interview with the Baptist Press.
Chick-fil-A has done this kind of charitable giveaway in the past too – I recall for hurricane refugees. This isn't the first time. The company's chicken is delicious, its service is top-notch, its restaurants are wonderfully clean, and small wonder the joint surpasses all other fast food establishments in profitability per store due to its popular business model, even as it is open only six days a week. Yet the left has been quick to demonize it, boycott it, zone it out of business, and subject it to selective enforcement for code violations.
Now the airline travelers experiencing Atlanta for the first time will recall not just the airport stranding alone, but the kindness shown by Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain that lives by its values and cares about others, asking nothing in return. These are the values that are so abhorred by the left.