Chick-fil-A is known to be against same-sex marriage, and LGBT activists are complaining against the famous food chain, and they are urging a boycott.
The fast-food restaurant chain recently celebrated the opening of its first branch in Reading, England, but an LGBT organization would halt its operation.
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The restaurant’s new branch is inside The Oracle, the center mall in Reading. However, in only less than a week of operations, the mall announced to BBC that it would not renew the new lease of the restaurant.
“We have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is only to allow Chick-fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further,” The Oracle said in a statement. It added that The Oracle wanted to have “an inclusive space where everyone is welcome.”
The Oracle officials don’t acknowledge that the restaurant provides many career opportunities in catering and management, and even scholarships for employees.
Chick-fil-A employees are also famous for providing services outside the restaurant, such as helping its customers with their troubles.
A Chick-fil-A employee saved a man’s life, and an employee assisted a woman in retrieving her phone from the storm drain, but The Oracle doesn’t see that. The world knows that the staff at Chick-fil-A are some of the industry’s most welcoming and friendliest, and they’ll benefit Reading.
Reading Pride is the LGBT group that instigates the immediate closure of the first Chick-fil-A branch in England. The gay rights organization thinks that the restaurant is a ‘bigot’ because it donates to organizations like the Salvation Army and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Reading Pride states, “We respect everyone’s freedom to eat where they choose. However, we ask the LGBT+ community, including its allies, to boycott the chain in Reading.”
U.K. Pride Organisers Network is also protesting against the restaurant. Its member, Stephen Ireland, said that the government in England should investigate Chick-fil-A before allowing them to open up another U.K branch. Stephen spoke to the Christian Institute, “Parliament should be questioning businesses like this that work against the values of our amazing country.”
The LGBT groups don’t understand how Chick-fil-A managed to open a branch in the U.K. without providing answers to their concerns. Reading Pride will continue their “Get the Chick Out” protest this Saturday.
Chick-fil-A is the third biggest fast-food chain in America. It addressed the bad press in a Christian manner. It said, “We hope our guests in the U.K. will see that Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on serving great food and hospitality, and does not have a social or political agenda. We are represented by more than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs, and we welcome everyone.”
The restaurant spoke with the BBC about its commitment to equality and diversity. It stated, “Our giving has always focused on youth and education. We have never donated to support a social or political agenda. There are 145,000 people – black, white, gay, straight; Christian, non-Christian – who represent Chick-fil-A.”