July 25, 2012 10:23 AM
Chick-fil-A boycott - why the hatred?A liberal Establishment magazine takes a fair look at this controversy. My question: why are those turning our culture upside down in the name of tolerance so unwilling to tolerate diversity of opinion?
Chick-fil-A hires and serves gay people without discrimination. Why is the founder of the company not entitled to his own beliefs/opinions without this hatred and destruction? The true haters in our culture continue to reveal themselves each day:
In Defense of Eating at Chick-fil-AByJul 20 2012, 5:30 PM ET1128Do we really want a country where people won't do commerce with those who have beliefs different than their own?
Dan Cathy, president of one of America's largest express fast food chains, has been frying more than chicken filets this week. The Chick-fil-A executive infuriated gay and lesbian groups when he again defended his company's anti-gay marriage position in an interview this week with a Christian news outlet.
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," he said. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
Not surprisingly, his comments were met with fury by those who support same-sex marriage. The company was labeled a "hate group" by many on Twitter and in the blogosphere, and drew promises of boycotts from notables including The Office star Ed Helms. Meanwhile, Americans who patronize the chain's 1,600 locations were left wondering what to do.
Should they swear off the legendary chicken sandwiches to support gay rights? Or could they eat one of the filets anyway, knowing their dollars would be but a drop in the bucket for a chain that has more than $4 billion in annual sales and donated a pittance to groups they may disagree with?
I'd argue the latter -- and this has nothing to do with my views on gay marriage. It's because Chick-fil-A is a laudable organization on balance, and because I refuse to contribute to the ineffective boycott culture that's springing up across America.
First of all, Chick-fil-A is not a hate group. In a statement released yesterday, company leaders made their commitment to equal service clear, "The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."
As a native Atlantan, I've dined at the chicken chain more than I'd like to admit over more than two decades and even interacted with its leadership team. I've never witnessed any customer refused service or even treated differently. On the contrary, Chick-fil-A is known for offering world-class customer service to each person that walks through one of the restaurant's doors.
Additionally, the organization gives millions of dollars each year to charitable causes -- and not just to "pro-family" groups. It funds a large foster care program, several schools of a higher learning, and a children's camp. It has provided thousands of scholarships for Chick-fil-A employees to attend college and grow past the service sector where they got their workplace start. (On Friday, the company provided free meals for Aurora, Colo., policemen.)
Read more at The Atlantic
It becomes clearer every day, but so many still cannot see... It is exactly as you stated: that those who want tolerance to be shown toward them are the very ones who scream and shout hatred toward those who are not haters at all. The war on Christianity in our country has begun in earnest, and those of us who see the truth need to put on the full armour of God. It is our responsibility to love and pray for those who would hate us for our love of Christ, that one by one they may come to see the truth.
Posted by: Linda | July 26, 2012 9:40 AM
[Alyssa - If anyone is a hypocrite - and a bigot - you are, as you hide behind phony email addresses and spam/harass me with private emails.
But in answer to your question: there is a HUGE difference between GLBTQ calls to boycott Chick-fil-A because the owner of a private company expresses his adherence to his religious beliefs, while never discriminating in hiring or service - and Planned Parenthood's bankrolling of programs to propagandize and corrupt young people with their have-all-the-sex-of-any-kind-you-want-with-no-consquences-and-just-in-case-we'll-profit-from-your-mistakes-to-the-tune-of-millions-of-dollars-in-abortions (talk about corporate greed!) - all at taxpayer expense.
Get it? A personally-help belief by the owner of a private corporation vs. a corporate monster intent on the goal of proselytizing and profiting from promiscuity using taxpayer money.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: you should consider enrolling in a local community college for a course in logic.
You also should consider professional counseling or some volunteer work. You clearly have issues and too much time on your hands if you continue to stalk a woman of little consequence in your worldview. Or am I really that important?
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Posted by: Alyssa | July 26, 2012 10:14 AM
[False accusations, Alyssa. I don't boycott the companies you mentioned. Once again, tripped up by your false assumptions, groundless accusations and lack of logic.]
[And again, comparing apples with oranges as Chick-fil-A's owners personal/religious beliefs are not reflected in what is being sold.]
[Because of your terrible behavior with spamming my email and your bogus email address, I will never give you a personal forum in my comments - so maybe you should consider giving up this personal crusade, which I've previously noted seems to stem from some form of mental illness]
Posted by: Alyssa (updated) | July 26, 2012 3:33 PM
[Because of your terrible behavior with spamming my email and your bogus email address, I will never give you a personal forum in my comments - so maybe you should consider giving up this personal crusade, which I've previously noted seems to stem from some form of mental illness. From now on your comments go straight to spam without being read, as your emails and forwards currenly do in my Inbox. Find help before it's too late!]
Posted by: Alyssa | July 26, 2012 4:49 PM