Chik-Fil-A is known for being a Christian values based company. This may be news to anyone who didn’t already figure that out after noticing they are always closed on Sundays.
By the way – Wednesday is National “Eat at Chik-Fil-A Day“. I’m going.
The attacks on Chik-Fil-A go back well over a year or two. The recent militant calls for boycotting them or pulling products from them over the chain’s opposition to gay marriage have renewed the controversy. These tactics are not unlike what we say the Left engage in over Komen pulling some funding for Planned Parenthood, the outrage that Augusta National was an male membership only golf club and the recent attacks on the Boy Scouts of America having a policy that restricts gays from being members.
My thoughts on this? These are all privately run organizations with voluntary membership or participation. They have every right to operate as they see fit. People have every right to disagree with these policies and positions.
This renewal of attacks on Chik-Fil-A reminded me of a recent conversation on Twitter. I had made a small response to a comment on Twitter and it turned into a rather snarky set of replies. It wouldn’t be much to note, except for the inherent hypocrisy of them in juxtaposition to an article written by the same Tweeter.
The conversation went on for about an hour – mainly because I was dismissed as being some sort of troll instead of having a valid criticism of my own. My point that Mr. Mataconis had left out that the Boy Scouts had the right to their policies was left out of his initial tweet turned into accusations that I was somehow telling him he didn’t have the right to his opinion. I was squashing his Free Speech. To the contrary, that was never what I said nor implied.
My point that he had left out the right of the Boy Scouts to do as they wished from his tweet didn’t match up with his self-proclaimed Libertarianism. Then again one of the fatal flaws of Libertarianism is it’s handling of liberty. Libertarians believe that every individual has the right to his own decisions and should never be opposed unless their actions are interfering with the liberties of others – but where and how do they draw that line? In this case, it’s personal objections. Consistency is important and Outside The Beltway isn’t a little known site. I also was told that I didn’t ‘understand Liberty‘, I was a ‘robot‘, a ‘worthless Republican‘ and other rather nasty remarks. I tried to keep it civil, but I admit I let at least one zing go.
After reading Mataconis’ piece on Chik-Fil-A and his defense of them, I wondered where that same defense was for the Boy Scouts or at least the same ire he displayed at their gay membership policy? He does mention he disagrees with it, but the very last sentence seems to echo the very point I was trying to drive home in our little Twitter debate – yet I was being obtuse then. So, it’s not bullying when an author of a well traveled news site tweets dislike for the Boy Scouts? Consistency matters.
The last paragraph from the Article:
Chick-fil-A has apparently decide that the public uproar over their President’s comments were too much and announced late yesterday that they would no longer be getting involved in the same-sex marriage debate. That’s certainly their right, and I can see from a business point of view a company that has been involved in a major expansion for several years now would want to reduce the risk of losing customers by offending them. At the same time, though, if they did this because they were being pressured by interest groups on the opposite side of that debate then I think its unfortunate that they were bullied into suppressing their speech. I don’t agree with the position they took at all, but they have every right to take it and I’m not comfortable with living in a world where it’s okay to bully people into shutting up.
I commented on these attacks in the Morning Links on May 31 2011:
It’s chicken people, get over yourselves. It’s this kind of militant knee-jerk style activity that turns people off on the gay community. The chicken doesn’t care if you’re gay and if this privately held company has Christian values that has philanthropical involvements in topics of which you disagree then the choice is simple: DON’T EAT THERE. The message these ‘activists’ are sending is that we should bend to their views and abandon all others; the views of Chik-Fil-A’s operators are to be shunned and they should be forced to follow the dictates of these activists. The hypocrisy is astounding.
I’ve never encouraged a boycott other than to sign a petition to HBO to pull Bill Maher. He’s a useful idiot but even useful idiots have expiration dates. I think most people wish he and Michael Moore would just get permanent laryngitis. I pick and choose where I shop based on what I need, however if I can avoid an item that from a group I don’t agree with — well that’s my right to do so and is also a form of free expression. That’s not a boycott, that’s a personal choice. The loss of common sense in this nation is startling, but what is more startling is that those who possess it are crucified for using it.