Chicken With A Side Of Controversy

Chicken With A Side Of Controversy

We explore why the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A has put our politics and our plates on a collision course.

The owners of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain are hardly secretive about their commitment to Christian values -- all of their franchises are famously closed on Sundays. But calls erupted to boycott the company and prevent it from opening storefronts in several cities after its president said, "We are very much supportive of ... the biblical definition of the family unit," and the company's charitable donations to organizations that actively oppose same-sex marriage were publicized. We explore why the controversy has put our politics and our plates on a collision course.

Guests

Martin Austermuhle

Editor-in-Chief, DCist.com

Shreevardhan Lele

Ralph J. Tyser Distinguished Teaching Fellow of Business Administration at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Randall Balmer

Mandel Family Professor of Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College; and Chair, Department of Religion

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