Chick-fil-A: Deep Fried Civil War

The Christian values of fast-food powerhouse Chick-fil-A’s founding family have triggered a backlash. They’re also its secret sauce
Illustrations by Ted McGrath

In the popular imagination, the American fast-food chain founder is an amalgam of entrepreneurial archetypes. He is at once a garage tinkerer and a tastemaker, a showman and a flesh-presser. He starts out in a paper hat behind a lunch counter and rises to become the smiling grandfatherly face on a thousand billboards and a million management handbooks.

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