Gay-fil-A

Mike Adams is one of the funniest writers I know. Last week he told his facebook friends, “I’m tired of sexism. I’m opening a Dude-fil-A.” Okay, some of his jokes are silly. Some of them will make you groan. But even when he cracks a joke, at least in this case, there’s a something worth paying attention to.

I want to apply this Dude-fil-A wisecrack to a movement afoot concerning Chick-fil-A. It has come to the attention of some gay activists, or what I have called the Viewpoint Enforcement faction, that Chick-fil-A sponsored a marriage seminar put on by the Pennsylvania Family Institute. To them, this is unacceptable. Heat must be applied, and demands must be made.

“If you’re eating Chick-fil-A, you’re eating anti-gay,” according to this New York Times article. Michael Jones of Change.org demanded that Chick-fil-A pull its sponsorship from the marriage seminar.

Now that’s all fine and well. Free enterprise and free speech allow Mr. Jones to express his opinion concerning Chick-fil-A, to encourage his supporters to do likewise, and to vote regularly with his dollars. It’s clear from the New York Times article that some people are considering whether or not to continue to Eat More Chikin.

But free enterprise and free speech allow Chick-fil-A, a private company, to sponsor the events of their choosing. In the interest of maintaining free enterprise and free speech for all, I have a novel suggestion for Mr. Jones and anyone else who doesn’t like Chick-fil-A’s decision. Rather than complain and demand that they change, start your own restaurant chain. Run it the way you like, and sponsor whatever events you choose. Isn’t that what freedom and tolerance are all about?

Oh, and I have a great idea for you for a name.

4 Comments on “Gay-fil-A

  1. Terrell: If you found out that a restaurant you patronized made frequent contributions to Planned Parenthood and/or the ACLU (because they wanted to support their political ideology, would you continue to give them your business?

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  2. No I would not, particularly in the case of Planned Parenthood.

    I think you missed my point. Please go back and reread, “Now that’s all fine and well. Free enterprise and free speech allow Mr. Jones to express his opinion concerning Chick-fil-A, to encourage his supporters to do likewise, and to vote regularly with his dollars.” Also, please note that I didn’t demand that anyone stop what they’re doing.

    I really was suggesting that people who have a problem with Chick-fil-A’s decision consider creative, constructive enterprise as an alternative way of countering them. God gave LGBTs and their advocates abilities and talents too, just like he did Truett Cathy and the people who operate Chic-fil-A.

    To tear down is easy. To build is not, but it’s a more noble undertaking than merely airing grievances and demanding that other people change. It is also more tolerant and in keeping with free speech and free enterprise.

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  3. No, I think you missed MY point. If (say) McDonalds were publicly making contributions to Planned Parenthood, wouldn’t you speak out against it and tell your friends not to spend money at McDonalds?

    I seem to remember a boycott of Target a couple years ago because they asked their employees to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. I don’t remember you writing a blog ridiculing that boycott. Perhaps I missed it.

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  4. Well … I answered the question you asked me: “If you found out that a restaurant you patronized made … contributions to Planned Parenthood … would you continue to give them your business?” No I would not.

    Now you’ve asked a subsequent question. Would I speak out and tell others to do or not do something because of it? To be honest, that depends on the situation. I remember a while back you asked me what I thought about the “Happy Holidays”/”Merry Christmas” quandary. I remember answering that I don’t get uptight over holiday greeting verbiage. You liked that answer.

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