Only in America can a chicken sandwich become political.
The latest brouhaha for the masses comes at us, not from Hollywood, but from a certain restaurant that makes a fairly decent chicken sandwich.
Speaking to the Biblical Recorder in North Carolina, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Pretty radical quote made to a religious publication, don’t you think? Makes the whole Tom Cruise scandal pale in comparison. I thought Charlie Sheen was the vilest person on earth. Mel Gibson is now exonerated.
But, wait, what about the guarantee of free speech in the first amendment?
Free speech is an American value guaranteed to all — even those we do not agree with.
Free speech was on display last Wednesday when supporters of Chick-fil-A helped the chain break a one-day sales record. Stockholders were grinning like the Cheshire cat at the sight of a pilgrimage that ended at a fast food restaurant. Although last Friday’s counter-protest was not as large, the old adage remains: bad publicity is better than no publicity at all.
People have the right to choose what products they buy, but one must be careful of all companies they buy products from.
Here is a sampling of companies founded on Christian values: Tyson Food’s, Domino’s Pizza, Interstate Batteries, Mary Kay and Tom’s of Maine.
Where is the intolerant outrage at these companies?
Examples of companies that are — allegedly — for gays’ rights will be surprising to some: General Mills, Levis, Disney, Pepsi, J.C. Penny, Ford, General Motors and Kraft — anyone remember the rainbow cookie?
Where is the prejudiced rage at these companies?
Will the public dump their F-150 pickups and stock up on Domino’s Pizza or will it be the other way around?
Here is my list of rage-inducing issues that causes me to become insular and narrow-minded: Lack of jobs, skyrocketing food prices, unlimited corporate funding of elections, escalating gas prices, rising utility prices, corruption in government and the erosion of our freedoms, to name a few.
Enough of this issue. All this intolerance is making me hungry. Anyone want to join me at Church’s Chicken? I want a southern-style chicken sandwich with French’s mustard — hold the turpitude.