Friday, July 20, 2012

Landsdale Library Partners with Chick-fil-A

Library Patrons Go Behind-the-Scenes at Chick-fil-A.  (Montgomery Landsdale Patch, 7/19/2012)

Excerpt:   In one day, Chick-fil-A at the Montgomery Mall will go through 600 chicken patties, freshly squeeze four cases of lemons for its lemonade and serve about 600 people. Twelve youths and five adults got a behind-the-scenes look at Chick-fil-A at the Montgomery Mall Thursday morning, led by owner and operator Mike Endicott of Hamilton, NJ. It was all part of Lansdale Library's "Explore Your Town" program.

In light of what I know about Chick-fil-A's President, all I can say is that, as a Landsdale staff member, I would have investigated alternative businesses, choosing one that, among other considerations -- location, space to accommodate a tour group, transportation concerns, etc. -- doesn't take a smackdown approach to any side of "hot-button" issues.

In this case, it's not as though Chick-fil-A was the only option.

Not to mention the possibility of partnering with an independent, locally owned restaurant or other business.

A Chicken Chain’s Corporate Ethos Is Questioned by Gay Rights Advocates. (The New York Times, 1/29/2011)

Excerpt:   Nicknamed “Jesus chicken” by jaded secular fans and embraced by Evangelical Christians, Chick-fil-A is among only a handful of large American companies with conservative religion built into its corporate ethos. But recently its ethos has run smack into the gay rights movement. A Pennsylvania outlet’s sponsorship of a February marriage seminar by one of that state’s most outspoken groups against homosexuality lit up gay blogs around the country. Students at some universities have also begun trying to get the chain removed from campuses.  [Emphasis added.]

Chick-fil-A president reiterates company’s stance against gay marriage. (Washington Post, 7/19/2011)

The only Wisconsin Chick-fil-A restaurant is located in Racine.


Anonymous said...

Hmmmm... I get it, and I certainly won't be patronizing this business, but there is also the idea that public libraries don't censor points of view.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that Chick-Fil-A could have refused to have anything to do with this library - after all there were probably questionable materials on the shelves! Books that aren't just conservative and maybe even (Gasp) LIBERAL!!!! Maybe Movies that aren't family friendly.