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Culture Wars Gone Koo-Koo

The lastest “outrage” to American political correctness has happened, this time emanating from the Chick-fil-A empire.  Their company’s president, Dan Cathy, had the audacity to state in an interview that (get ready for this…) the family-run business backs (okay, brace yourself…) the traditional family unit (gasp).  This simple statement to the Baptist press resulted in over-the-top backlashes, protests, and boycotts by the gay community, as though somehow Mr. Cathy were engaging in a discriminatory hate crime.

It must be an election year or something.

For years, the company has been unabashedly Christian in nature, closing their establishments all day on Sunday, and engaging in community-supporting activities at other times.  They treat their employees and customers with respect and dignity, not requiring any litmus test in terms of beliefs or persuasions.  They’ll serve anybody a chicken sandwich with waffle fries and send them on their way with a smile on their face.

And now this.

Apparently, traditional, conservative beliefs inspire outrage among certain fringe segments of American society. There’s the faulty thinking that goes like this: to be pro-something necessarily means to be be anti-something else.  Or does it?

Meanwhile, the restaurants are experiencing overflow crowds of supporters anxious to “Eat Mor Chikin” while refusing to be ashamed of traditional family values.  Not to be outdone, an in-your-face reaction comes from The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation which is promoting a National Same-Sex Kiss Day to be held one day soon as their people also will converge upon Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Oh yuck.  I’d like to sip my Diet Coke without any public displays of affection– homo, hetero, or otherwise, thank you.

What’s with all the bullying?  It’s outlawed on the playground, but par for the course in the corporate world?  Whatever happened to shrugging your shoulders, and just keep walking?

Since when did entrepreneurs have to conform their values to that of 5% of the population?  Even the normally-liberal ACLU has come out squarely on Chick-fil-A’s side.   Citing as illegal the outbursts and semi-threats by the mayors of San Francisco (are we surprised by gay support there?), Chicago (which has such a high murder rate that Mr. Emanuel should work to save his citizens from that, rather than from any questions about the family unit), and a city council member from Philadelphia (who likes to remind us about being the Quakers’ “City of Brotherly Love”, which somehow, I don’t believe they meant to describe gay love), the ACLU is ready to defend the Chick-fil-A owners’ right to hold whatever values they want.

Isn’t that as it should be?

Anyhoo, all this Olympic-watching is making me hungry.  Might be time to run out for some chicken sandwiches.




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