Still Didn’t Build That; Chick-fil-A
August 2, 2012
Didn’t build that .com continues to be updated with new items, some of which are hilarious. There was even one yesterday in honor of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day! (The day was a great success, by the way. I went to the nearest Chick-fil-A for dinner last night, in a mall food court, and the line stretched from the counter to the end of the food court, for the whole hour I was there. Others report similar results.)
If you’re just joining us, catch up on the Chick-fil-A situation with Mark Steyn. (Question for the liberals, if you support legally banning Christians from running a business: “. . . political winds shift. . . . It’s easy to cheer on the thugs when they’re thuggish in your name. What happens when Emanuel’s political needs change?”)
The current spate of “outrage” started when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy affirmed (when asked) in an interview (this one, I believe) “the company’s support of the traditional family” (“we are married to our first wives”), and that the company supports a program that tries to help couples save their marriages. This, apparently, liberals cannot abide; some have responded with calls for boycotts and ugly, angry outbursts that I won’t bother quoting or linking to. The mayors of Chicago and Boston have publicly expressed their desire to use their power as government officials to keep Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants in their cities.
As you encounter these outbursts (or even, by some chance, actual arguments), keep in mind four things:
- This interview revealed nothing new. Dan Cathy’s opinions and Chick-fil-A’s actions were already known. The fact that the reaction to this interview has been so sudden and so fierce seems to underscore that it is not a rational, considered response, but an emotional outburst.
- Nowhere in this interview is homosexuality mentioned.
- At no point has there been any allegation, as far as I am aware, that the company actually discriminates against anyone, say, by not hiring homosexuals. In fact, the company explicitly says, “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.” (If something more like declining to extend spousal health-care benefits to persons who are not, in fact, married is what supposedly puts Chick-fil-A beyond the pale, you might mention that President Obama himself was officially “opposed to same-sex marriage” until May of this year. I don’t remember when Rahm Emanuel or his predecessor as mayor ever suggested that President Obama should be unwelcome in Chicago.)
- In the vision these liberals have for society, it’s not that companies aren’t allowed to have an official opinion about marriage and sexual morality one way or the other; they’re welcome to have any opinion they want, as long as it’s the one approved opinion. As of this writing, well-known companies American Airlines, Citibank, Microsoft, Nationwide Insurance, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Lexus, Prudential Insurance, BP, Chevron, Google, Nike, Chase, Dell, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Macy’s, Met Life, Shell, and Starbucks all publicly support homosexuality. I am not aware of any major conservatives’ calling for boycotts of them; on the contrary, for whatever it’s worth, conservative talk-radio hosts (Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity, in my hearing) have repeatedly recommended that conservatives not boycott companies just because they disagree with them. Isn’t that interesting?
Read more about the Chick-fil-A situation:
- Well-spent Journey
(Are liberals sealing themselves off from conflicting ideas?)
- Policy Mic
(Why ban Christian-owned businesses from a city, but not the churches themselves?)