Squawking Over Chick-fil-A

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And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14


Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
July 26, 2012

Squawking Over Chick-fil-A

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 Helm 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 to 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.

Eric Metaxas, BreakPoint, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eric Metaxas is a co-host of BreakPoint Radio and a best-selling author whose biographies, children's books, and popular apologetics have been translated into more than a dozen languages. BreakPoint commentary airs each weekday on more than one thousand outlets with an estimated listening audience of one million people. BreakPoint provides a Christian perspective on today's news and trends via radio, interactive media, and print.

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