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HuffPost Op-Ed Says You Can’t ‘Really Love LGBTQ People’ if You Eat Chick-fil-A

He grew up eating Chick-fil-A and, by his own admission, enjoyed it. But then he decided he could no longer patronize the restaurant whose Christian owner stood by his personal belief in traditional marriage.

Boycotts are the language of the outraged, and that’s exactly what Noah Michelson decided to do. Michelson, an editorial director for HuffPost, argued his case in an op-ed he authored this week after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sparked internet indignation for daring to tweet about Chick-fil-A during Pride Month.

The furor began with former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and continued with Michelson, who asserted anyone who “really love[s] LGBTQ people” simply can’t indulge in the evils of the fried chicken that hails from the Atlanta-based eatery.

His abhorrence for Chick-fil-A stems from his personal promise to “never let anyone make me feel like I was less than them simply because I lusted after and loved other men.” So when Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said in 2012 that the country is “inviting God’s judgment … when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,” Michelson began his boycott.


It should be noted that, though Cathy still opposes same-sex marriage, he said in 2014 it was a “mistake” to weigh in on the contentious debate, and Chick-fil-A has since pulled back much of the money it once donated to groups that staunchly oppose gay marriage.

But none of that counts to Michelson. To him, the popular fast-food chain remains a toxin to the LGBT community, and anyone who enters the restaurant is apparently turning a blind eye to evil. In fact, the HuffPost writer said he was “shocked” to learn how many “queer people and their allies” continue to venture into their local Chick-fil-A locations.

“If you care about queer people ― or you yourself are queer ― you have absolutely no business eating at Chick-fil-A. Ever,” Michelson wrote. “It’s really that straightforward.”

Of course, Michelson’s line of thinking is hardly new. Calls for these kinds of ineffective boycotts have been around for years, and they began in earnest against Chick-fil-A in 2012.

At the time, writer Jonathan Merritt, who is a Christian, rebuked the protests, describing the iconic eatery as “a laudable organization on balance” known for “offering world-class customer service to each person that walks through one of the restaurant’s doors.”

In lieu of eating at Chick-fil-A, Michelson suggested readers channel their outrage into making their own chicken sandwiches.

As for Dorsey, he eventually backed down, telling O’Brien he “completely forgot” about Chick-fil-A’s background, presumably referring to Cathy’s personal beliefs about marriage.



  1. Dean Perry

    June 14, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Trump favors McDonalds

  2. J Bishai

    June 14, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Christians’ beliefs are rooted in the Bible, and the LGBTQ lifestyle is not spoken about very highly. Yet Christians have had their beliefs for thousands of years. Now, the HuffPost and others want to quell Christians 1st Amendment rights and the the religious liberty contained within that Amendment. Further, they refer to such belief (whether Chick Fil-A execs or Christians) as Evil!. My how the centuries of beliefs have been erased, and the times are changing, where what was once a sin, is now righteous, and what was once righteous, is now evil. Most of the LGBTQ community understand the real issue and dine in at Chick Fil-A, it is the elitests and the MSM that have to cause problems where none exist. Dorsey is a wimp for backing down. It is just chicken and sandwiches, no agenda. I have personal experience in political dealings with Triangle in the past that was very positive. Name one time, that a Chick Fil-A joint failed to serve the LGBTQ with a smile and good food. Name one incident! A disagreeable tweet is not customer service on scene.

  3. Sherry Terry

    June 15, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Noah Michelson…go live your life and leave other people alone to live theirs. I am not going to even think about telling people where they should and should not go. Period. Who in the name of all that’s Holy do you think you are? If you hate Christians that bad, you are most likely atheist, and if you are atheist…what difference does it make who eats where. Atheists believe the Big Bang Theory of Evolution and that there is nothing more after this life…so what difference does it make to you? If Chic-Fil-A becomes the number One chain in the world, it shouldn’t bother you one bit. GET A LIFE AND LEAVE MINE AND OTHERS ALONE…and your wrong, i do care about the lgbtqrstuvwxyz folks…I pray for their souls every day, and that someone or something will touch their hearts and turn them back to God who created them, and gave them life.

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