Squawking over Chick-fil-A

Of Causes and Commerce

So, if you speak out against so-called gay “marriage,” you’re a hatemonger. And if you eat a chicken sandwich . . . well, I’ll explain, next on BreakPoint.

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Eric Metaxas

Life used to be a lot simpler. When you were hungry or needed to buy some pens, you simply bought a sandwich at a deli or went to the stationery store. The notion that where you ate or bought pens might be a politically significant act didn’t cross your mind.

Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.

This fact of life is illustrated by two recent stories. The first is a partnership between Office Depot and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” foundation. Proceeds from the sale of certain items including “Kindness Sticks,” “Bravery Bracelets,” and “empowerment” gift cards with slogans such as “Be Brave,” and “Be Yourself,” will go to support the foundation’s mission.

That stated mission is “to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.”  Which is really another way of saying that the mission is to actually promote homosexuality as a positive, healthy lifestyle.

The second story involved a very different kind of company: Chick-fil-A. The company’s president, Dan Cathy, ignited what CNN dubbed a “social [media] storm” when he pleaded “guilty as charged” to being characterized as supportive of the traditional family.

Do I need to tell you what happened next? The company, which openly espouses biblical values, was called “hatemongers.” Hollywood, not surprisingly, got in on the act. Ed Helms of ”The Office” joined those calling for a boycott. And now the mayor of Boston has vowed to keep Chick-fil-A out of his city.

Over at the Atlantic Monthly, Jonathan Merritt criticized those calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. After citing examples of Chick-fil-A’s service to communities and its dedication to its employees, Merritt asked, “In a nation that’s as divided as ours is, do we really want our commercial lives and our political lives to be so wholly intermeshed?”

In a better world, the answer might be “no.” In that better world, buying pens and eating lunch would be a politics-free experience. All that would matter is whether we’re getting value for our money.

Unfortunately, we’re stuck with the one we have. In this one, big corporations like Office Depot will embrace all sorts of fashionable and politically correct causes if they think it will help their stock price. They are asking us to patronize them because they “care” about the politically correct thing. This is why Office Depot publicly joined forces with Lady Gaga and her campaign for “empowerment.”

And this is why Kraft produced an Oreo cookie with rainbow-colored filling. Unfortunately, I’m not kidding.

In other words, they, not consumers, introduced politics into the equation, thus running the risk that people might object to the politics they were embracing.

Now, I’m not calling for a boycott of Office Depot. But there’s no reason why we shouldn’t take their “advocacy” into consideration when we need office supplies; is there?

And let’s be clear: The people who turn buying pens and eating Oreos into a politically-significant act have no ground to complain when a privately owned business like Chick-fil-A publicly proclaims that it is pro-family.

So the next time you’re hungry, by all means feel free to take into consideration Chick-fil-A’s commitment to the traditional family and giving back to the community. After all, it’s still a free country.

Correction: Kraft foods, as part of its celebration of "diversity and inclusiveness," did not produce an actual cookie with rainbow-colored creme filling. The company produced an image of the rainbow cookie in an advertisement. The company has announced it has no plans to bake a rainbow-Oreo.

Further Reading and Information

'Guilty as charged,' Cathy says of Chick-fil-A's stand on biblical & family values
K. Allan Blume | Baptist Press | July 16, 2012

In Defense of Eating at Chick-fil-A
Jonathan Merritt | The Atlantic | July 20, 2012

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Tolerance, and Chick-fil-A
Americans have lost sight of the truth. That's why our country is as messed up as it is. Tolerance is about inherent characteristics of people, like whether they're black, or whether they're white. Characteristics that they can do nothing about. You can't be an ex-white. Tolerance is based on the idea that all people are created equal, which is a Christian idea. Many societies, including ancient Rome and even the modern day Hindus, don't believe people are equal. That idea is based on the Bible verse, "God is not a respecter of persons" (all people are equal).

Homosexuality is based on a behavior, which makes it a matter of will. Something that is a matter of will is not a matter for tolerance. A matter of will is something that God said is sin, or not sin. Americans are very confused. A matter of will that God said is sin has nothing to do with being tolerant or intolerant. It's a matter of is God God? If we make up our own rules, we say that we are God.
I spoke too soon. . .
Turns out that Facebook was apparently inundated with posts on the subject, which is why they closed the Mike Huckabee Chick-Fil-A page. This is what happens when a lot of folks post on one Facebook page. . . it reaches a point of not being able to function and closes down. So from what I read from Mike Huckabee, no intent to take the page away from FB ever existed. The page is back up after a twelve hour hiatus. My deep apologies for jumping the gun on why the page disappeared. I stand corrected.
What is Hate?
All the owner of Chick-fil-A said was he was Pro traditional Family. He never said he hated anyone. Yet here goes the media with the "hate" talk.
So much for freedom of speech
Earlier today, I visited Mike Huckabee's Facebook page (the page which described himself as a politician). I read the statements he made, which were passionate yet respectful of those who did not share his beliefs, and joined his "Chick-Fil_A Appreciation Day" Facebook page where those in support of Chick-Fil-A and their support of Biblical Marriage will go to their favorite CFA outlet anywhere in the United States on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. I also invited a good number of my "friends" on FB, and two or three responded positively to my invitation to this event.

Lo and behold, upon revisiting Mike Huckabee's Facebook page, everything mentioning Chick-Fil-A and the planned event in support of it by buying a meal from their company on August 1 vanished. No invitation page, comments on Mike Huckabee's FB page (pro or con. . . an awful lot were con and vitrolic at that) or anything else left. It was as though the words spoken on this topic and the planned event had been literally whitewashed away. Eric, I know you know about this kind of thing from your excellent research and writing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

So there you have it. Another Facebook supression of free speech on the Internet. Thanks for allowing me to dispassionately share what happened today from my perspective. We definitely need to pray for these who are against what we believe. . . and love them, since Jesus said for us to love our enemies.
Office Depot
I used to shop at office depot, but with two young teens, I decided not to support BTW Foundation and their sexualization of kids. Thank you for sounding the alarm. I wish companies would refrain from these culture wars. The marketplace is now getting crowded with companies jumping on the bandwagon.
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