Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Chick- fil- A "What Really Should Be A Non- Controversy" Controversy

My word.
The OFFENDED have gone off the deep end yet again.


Here we have, yet again, crazy lunatics twisting words and taking comments out of context and adding innuendo that clearly wasn't part of what was said and running to the extreme.

It got to the point where a friend of mine who works for Chick-fil-A posted this on Facebook yesterday:
'Just got stopped in the parking lot by three people who wanted to know why I hate gays. Looks like I might need to change out of my chick fil a uniform before I leave now lol.'
This is a guy who just works in the restaurant on his way home and these self-righteous loons feel it's okay to assault an employee with ridiculous insinuations.


I guess it's ok to assume that everyone who works for Chick-fil-A is a homophobic, religious nutcase. 

So let's back up a bit here.

The ASSUMPTION by the OFFENDED is that the Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy hates gays because of his comments in an interview with The Biblical Recorder.


Let's see what Mr. Cathy said that was so "offensive":
In a recent visit to North Carolina, Cathy said, “We don’t claim to be a Christian business.” He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, “There is no such thing as a Christian business.”

“That got my attention,” Cathy said. Roach went on to say, “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.”

“In that spirit ... [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are.” Cathy added.

“But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”
What Mr. Cathy said so far is not controversial. He's merely stating the fact that they believe in asking God for guidance when running their operation. If you do not believe in God, Jesus, or the Christian doctrine, fine., but do not lose sight of the fact that Mr. Cathy and others are perfectly within their Constitutional rights as Americans to believe what they want.


The First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Mr. Cathy goes on in the interview to explain the company's philosophies about not opening on Sundays:

When questioned about Chick-Fil-A’s “Closed on Sunday” policy Cathy responded, “It was not an issue in 1946 when we opened up our first restaurant. But as living standards changed and lifestyles changed, people came to be more active on Sundays.” The policy has not changed over the years as malls began changing their policies by opening on Sundays. Cathy said, “We’ve always put in our lease that we will be closed on Sundays. We’ve had a track record that we were generating more business in six days than the other tenants were generating in seven [days].” “While developers had no identity whatsoever with our corporate purpose to ‘glorify God and be a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and have a positive influence on all that come in contact with Chick-fil-A,’ they did identify with the rent checks that we wrote to the mall, that were based on our sales. “So, they would make an exception for Chick-fil-A when they wouldn’t make an exception for anybody else, simply because they knew we would pay them more in rent than any other tenant would that was open even seven days a week.”
Again, nothing controversial unless you want Chick-fil-A on Sunday.

Here is apparently, what OFFENDED  lunatics like the increasingly irrelevant Rosanne Barr:
The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through their WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners. It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. “That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries,” Cathy added.
 Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about this opposition. “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. “We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families – some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized. “We intend to stay the course. We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
This is where liberals and those who get so easily  OFFENDED should read what was said before going off half-cocked and make wild accusations.

The enlightened among us loves to label people who make statements like this as INTOLERANT and HATEFUL when that is JUST WHAT THEY ARE BEING when making these accusations.

Mr. Cathy and every single person in this country are ENTITLED to believe whatever it is they want to believe including bigoted, hateful ideology which is NOT what Mr. Cathy is espousing.

Mr. Cathy was simply stating his beliefs that he supports a traditional family. 

He did not say that he condemns non-traditional families.

What if Mr. Cathy came out and said he likes chocolate ice cream? 
Are people going to slay him because they ASSUME he hates vanilla ice cream???

See how ridiculous this can get?????

It's the same thing. He said he supports traditional families because those are his values. From all accounts there are ZERO cases of anyone being discriminated against by Chick-fil-A and their employees. How anyone can make the leap that Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A are bigots is simply ridiculous.





Oh, and Roseanne Barr, ever classy as she always is, had this to say about Chick-fil-A on Twitter:
“anyone who eats S--- Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ,”
OK, Roseanne. I sincerely hope you're getting residual checks from reruns of your old show.



Which brings us to our esteemed Mayor of Boston Massachusetts, His Honor Thomas "Mumbles" Menino.

For those of you not familiar with Mayor Menino, I give you the above video which will give you an idea of how he's earned the nickname 'Mumbles". Not only is the mayor prone to gaffes in virtually every speech or statement he makes, he's a bully who has no problem throwing his considerable weight around.

Mayor Menino weighed in on the Chick-fil-A controversy because Chick-fil-A has intentions of opening a restaurant in Boston where the Purple Shamrock Pub is currently located when their lease expires. (their leaving because their lease is going up 60% - gotta love Boston!)

Mayor Menino warned Chick-fil-A that they are not welcome in the City of Boston (he also has done this to WalMart)

Menino was quoted by The Boston Herald as saying:
 “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the City of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”
Incorrect Mr. Mayor. Chick-fil-A does not discriminate against a population! Why I bet anyone with money can belly up to the counter and order some food without any problem no matter what they are.

And I'm positive that Menino said "scriminates" when he dictated the letter.

And true to his bellicose, ham-fisted political style, Mumbles fired off a letter to Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy:









































Now please reread the above quotes from Mr. Cathy and even read the full article here.
Nowhere in either did Mr. Cathy say he opposed same-sex marriage nor did he say the "generation that supports it has an arrogant attitude".

Where Mumbles got that is beyond the pale.

Another grandstanding political event that unfortunately is far too common these days at the expense of common sense. Why are all these politicians so happy to fan the flames and make mountains out of molehills like this? 

VOTES.

This all out attack is similar to the distortions espoused by the left with the Blunt Amendment which somehow got twisted into a "Republican War Against Women". (Patent pending)

Here is the gist of the amendment that caused all the controversy:
Until enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111– 148, in this section referred to as ‘‘PPACA’’), the Federal Government has not sought to impose specific coverage or care requirements that infringe on the rights of conscience of insurers, purchasers of insurance, plan sponsors, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders, such as individual or institutional health care providers.
PPACA creates a new nationwide requirement for health plans to cover ‘‘essential health benefits’’ and ‘‘preventive services’’ (including a distinct set of ‘‘preventive services for women’’), delegating to the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to provide a list of detailed services under each category, and imposes other new requirements with respect to the provision of health care services. While PPACA provides an exemption for some religious groups that object to participation in Government health programs generally, it does not allow purchasers, plan sponsors, and other stakeholders with religious or moral objections to specific items or services to decline providing or obtaining coverage of such items or services, or allow health care providers with such objections to decline to provide them.
By creating new barriers to health insurance and causing the loss of existing insurance arrangements, these inflexible mandates in
PPACA jeopardize the ability of individuals to exercise their rights of conscience and their ability to freely participate in the health insurance and health care marketplace. 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would force religious institutions to provide birth control which runs counter to the core beliefs of some institutions. For the government to impose this on them is unconstitutional. This as I mentioned above, was twisted into the "Republican War Against Women". (Patent pending).

How about we call this the "Government's War Against Religion"?

It's increasingly disturbing to see the political push for more and more government infringement into our lives by the likes of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who wants to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in the city. Yet, this is the mindset of these politicians who feel that it is their duty to protect the public from themselves at the expense of liberties. And anyone who really thinks about this and still comes to the conclusion that indeed the government should impose restrictions on the likes of soda size is giving in to the socialism that has infected far too many politicians.

Tolerance means putting up with stuff you don't agree with.
Which is protected by The Constitution of The United States of America.

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Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A are entitled to have a corporate philosophy that they believe in as long as it does no harm to others. I see none done here.

Stop being so OFFENDED.


Update: Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino repeated today that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in Boston, but he backed away from a threat to actively block the fast-food chain from setting up shop in the city.
“I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.
The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”


1 comment:

  1. The government cannot change the belief of their citizens. The religion plays a big part in our lives.

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