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Two Atlanta area chains -- Waffle House and Chick-fil-A -- have made a website’s list of 5 right-wing restaurants for their owners' anti-gay and anti-abortion views.

Waffle House ranks No. 5 on a blogger's list of right-wing restaurants. File|Patch
Waffle House ranks No. 5 on a blogger's list of right-wing restaurants. File|Patch

Two Georgia-based fast-food chains top a new list on Salon.com about “right-wing food companies.”

The list is of five chains that are owned by business leaders who’ve funded conservative super-PACs. Author and Alternet blogger Lauren Kelley calls the business owners “far right-wingers.”

The owners of these companies, including Norcross-based Waffle House and Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, have spent “significant money opposing gay rights, abortion rights, and other important causes and funding attack ads against left-leaning politicians,” Kelley writes.

The question is, are the views of the company leaders a reason for you to spend your money with the restaurants, or give your dollars to another chain.

Do the anti-abortion, anti-gay rights views of these restaurant companies influence how you spend your money? Tell us in comments.

Chick-fil-A – which has sparked national boycotts for the owner’s stance on gay rights, plus rallies aimed at countering the boycott -- is No. 1 on Kelley’s list

In a 2012 interview with the Baptist Press Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, the son of company founder S. Truett Cathy, said that the company supports the “traditional family.”

Cathy said, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit….We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

That statement sparked dueling rallies for and against the company.

At No. 5 on the list is Waffle House, which Kelley says has given $100,000 this election cycle to the Karl Rove super PAC American Crossroads. CEO Jim Rogers Jr. – who is battling sexual harassment charges by a former housekeeper he claims tried to extort money from him -- is a longtime supporter of Republican causes.

The all-night diner chain has its fans, too. Legions of late-night travelers have stuffed themselves on regular, smothered, covered or peppered versions of hash browns – as in covered in cheese, smothered with onions or chunked with ham.

And this spring, Masters champion Bubba Watson, who won his second title at Augusta National Golf Club in three years, decided the best way to top off his win was with a family trip to Waffle House. Watson tweeted a picture of the celebratory chow-down: “Champ dinner@WaffleHouse! #hashbrowns#covered

Of course, being open around the clock also presents hazards for Waffle House, and the crimes that happen late at night bring the chain as much notoriety as its founders’ views.

Twice in two weeks there have been fatal shootings at Atlanta area Waffle House locations.

At around 4:30 a.m. June 13, a cook at a south Fulton County Waffle House allegedly shot and killed a customer following an argument.

The shooting came after an off-duty Griffin police officer working security at a Spalding County Waffle House was gunned down in late May.


don June 17, 2014 at 11:51 PM
Please list some more places that pratice freedom of choice, so that I may support them as well. Just because these companieis don't support and promote gays, doesn't mean they are against them having thier own opinions.
jMichael June 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Todd: Just as the lizard hisses and snaps when his tail is pinched, so also does the Christian when called out on his slithering deceptions. Gratefully, the dank and rotted swamp is a vanishing feature on this Nation's Landscape. As the swamp is drained, the nation becomes kinder, gentler, more decent, in closer walk with The Good Shepherd;less like the reptilian fakes who pimp his Holy Name for coin and Power. ~~~ The Lord soon Cometh to drive you smarmy fakes from the land. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
claybird8 June 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Stirring the pot.....that's what the media dose. They call it a poll and news... it's not. America is supposed to be the land of the free and that includes freedom of choice. Forcing someone to take a side is not the answer. Being tolerant of others is a better route I think. Granted, there are some intricate issues surrounding gay rights and abortion. That is for the persons involved to figure out.
Lone Stranger June 18, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Well thats it then, the votes are all in and Chick-Fil-A and Waffle House win. If we can get the managements libido and the gun play at WH cleared up then we will be happy to return there as well. As far as the chick goes they just represent good American values and good clean fun. Hats off to them both for being winners and not liberal whiner weenies.

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