Monday, July 30, 2012

Chick-Fil-A Gate

Oh the outrage! As I write, anger, angst, and condemnations are flying about like diamond hard grains of sand in a wind storm. It is impossible to look on the Internet without seeing a story regarding all the political and social finger pointing. It is madness personified. It may cause yet another civil war.

The fight over the Affordable Health Care Act? Why that is just a minor spat. The war in Afghanistan? It is hardly comparable to this. Right wing encroachment on birth control and the freedom of a woman to choose? Not worth coughing about.

Here is what we have worked ourselves into a frenzy over now. The head of the fast food chain called Chick-Fil-A has said he is opposed to gay marriage.

Well that is certainly important enough to stop the presses everywhere. Liberal politicians are frothing at the mouths and some are even wanting to ban Chick-Fil-A's from their wards and districts. Conservatives have rallied to the embattled chain's defense. The eminent social architect and political scientist, Sarah Palin has tweeted a photo of herself and her husband enjoying a meal at a Chick-Fil-A outlet. Indeed, solidarity must be maintained--man the ramparts and all that.

Then it gets even sillier. CNN did a brief story about the offending chicken nugget tweet and as Sarah and husband, soon to be reality TV star, Todd were shown smiling at the camera, Pink's song "Stupid Girls" played. The right wing media went wild with anger, screeching that this proved without a doubt that CNN is nothing more than a socialist cabal.

CNN issued a statement saying it was unintentional and "not meant to be a commentary on the former vice presidential candidate." Oh bullshit. At the corporate level they may have been unaware of what was going on. In fact the boardroom honchos were probably unaware of not only the song, but the also of the very existence of Pink. However, some assistant producer knew exactly what he or she was doing.

If CNN wants to regain any credibility-- Lord think of it, we're talking about credibility in regard to a story about a fried chicken chain--the person responsible will now be applying for a job over at MSNBC where such behavior is rewarded.

A quick glance at Wikipedia will explain all of this to you impassioned civil rights activists. Chick-Fil-A was founded by S. Truett Cathy in 1946. He is such a devout Southern Baptist that he is one of the few evangelicals who actually puts his religion above the bottom line of his business. His places are closed on Sundays and always have been so that his employees can go to church. His son, chief operating officer, Dan Cathy inherited his father's faith, so what did you expect him to say?

Now if you can prove to me that Chick-Fil-A requires you to be a born again Christian and or a hetrosexual to be hired, then come to me and we can start to go to work on them.

The fact of the matter is there are plenty of instances out there where the founders of familiar brand names don't exactly agree with the liberal agenda. Enjoyed any Welch's Grape Juice lately? Founder Robert W. Welch Jr. also came up with the idea of the John Birch Society and ran it until the day he keeled over. The Coors family took great pride in not only their beer, but in destroying anyone who even breathed the word union at their brewery. That smiling pizza dude, Papa John hosted a fund raiser for our pal Mitt Romney a few months ago. Don't even get me started on Rupert Murdoch and those vicious louts at Fox News.

In the end who gives a rat's ass what Dan Cathy thinks? Finally, here is an idea, if you don't like what he believes don't eat his fucking chicken. Besides, many of us could do with a salad instead.

Now, can we please get back to the important stuff?

Over and out.


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