Apparently, Chick-fil-A’s delicious chicken sandwiches and friendly service are all part of an insidious plot to infiltrate New York City on behalf of “Christian traditionalism.” Or at least that’s what a piece published last Friday (April 13) by The New Yorker seems to argue.
Entitled “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City,” the article faults the restaurant chain for being too Christian and the NYC franchise for trying to be part of the local community, but not really fitting in.
This did not sit well with the many fans of Chick-fil-A on social media.
As of this morning, The New Yorker‘s tweet of the article garnered less than 3,000 likes, but almost 13,000 replies—most of which criticized the story and praised the restaurant.
Chick-fil-A’s arrival in New York City feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism. https://t.co/wnhMrMBN6z
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) April 13, 2018
Here are a few of the best retorts to the article.
*cow holds up sign* BAPTIZ MOAR HERITIKS https://t.co/iX06jKekdS
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 13, 2018
People, we were this close to getting Christendom back. But they're on to us. https://t.co/8Cm9nunNaj
— Derek Rishmawy (@DZRishmawy) April 13, 2018
Christian sects notable for their traditionalism:
— Nicodemus (@theroyalacorn) April 13, 2018
"infiltration" is a bizarre synonym for market expansion due to increased demand. https://t.co/Azxjfo34LO
— Sara Johnson Laughlin (@sarafeed) April 13, 2018
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) April 13, 2018
Imagine going through life like this. Politicizing chicken sandwiches. How bitter and unhappy you'd have to be. https://t.co/SMNuJoUtcH
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) April 13, 2018
Substitute "Christian" for any other religion in the world, and what would the reaction to this be? https://t.co/5zYaUtlLW7
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 13, 2018
Wow this is just amazingly unapologetic about its bigotry isn't it. https://t.co/lOoASIyjiV
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) April 13, 2018
When you don’t have a religion writer… https://t.co/j2rp5RjotX
— Laura Turner (@lkoturner) April 13, 2018
It may be news to The New Yorker, but there are actually Christians and churches in New York City.
Almost 6 in 10 New Yorkers identify as Christian and the city actually has a lower percentage of religiously unaffiliated than a Bible-belt city like Nashville.