Chick-a-fil-a-boom-boom

No Chik-fil-a?So, here are a few of my succinct thoughts on this whole Chik-fil-a pseudo-scandal (here is a pretty good summation of the story). Completely unasked for and unpaid for. And as my old high school government teacher used to say, it’s worth exactly what you paid for it…

  • Chik-fil-a’s president/COO Dan Cathy iterated his, and more importantly, his company’s, support of the so-called “biblical*” definition of marriage as being one-man-and-one-woman. As such, the company has thrown its financial support behind organizations that believe the same thing and have worked to ensure that these beliefs are enshrined as law.
  • Mr. Cathy is perfectly within his 1st Amendment rights to say what he wants to say, believe what he wants to believe.
  • People that agree with Mr. Cathy, and his company, are perfectly within their 1st Amendment to say what they want to say, believe what they want to believe. This includes continuing to patronize that business as often as they like, and encouraging others to the do the same.
  • People that disagree with Mr. Cathy are perfectly within their 1st Amendment rights to say what they want to say, believe what they want to believe. This includes ceasing to patronize that business, and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence.
  • In other words–a boycott is not squelching freedom of speech. It is, in fact, an expression of it.
  • People like Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston, who wish to use governmental fiat to squelch Mr. Cathy’s ability to do legal business because of those beliefs, miss the point entirely. It is those types of actions that run counter to the 1st Amendment.
  • Yes, a boycott could negatively affect some very nice franchise owners–some who may even believe in marriage equality. However, the point of a boycott is to affect the parent company’s bottom line. That’s how it works–and something to consider as you act according to your conscience.
  • So why is this a “pseudo-scandal”? Because things are working they way they are supposed to in an argument like this. Everyone has the right to have their say and to deal with the consequences of what they say. That’s the way it works. Welcome to freedom. It’s only controversial to those that think that any act of dissent from their point of view is an attack. Which is silly and a bit dangerous. And, unfortunately, an indication of where we’re at as a country these days.
  • Am I going to be boycotting Chik-fil-a? Probably–but then, in all honesty, I don’t really eat there anyway. However, I very much disagree with most of Mr. Cathy’s statements. So if I were inclined to grab a bite at one of his drive-thrus, those statements would give me pause. But even more importantly, it’s the company’s ample financial backing of organizations that act on the misguided beliefs behind those statements that bother me and would more readily change my mind the next time I’m in the mood for a sandwich.
*Why is “biblical” in the all-sarcastic-and-snarky quotes? Because if you read your Old Testament you’ll find all kinds of examples of biblical marriage that folks using that phrase would not cotton to at all (incest, inheriting wives, etc.). When they say “biblical”, what they really ought to say is “traditional”. And even that could use some “snarky quotes” considering just how relatively young those traditions are (in a historical sense).
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About Shedrick

I am a professional librarian and a part-time writer that's working to do that the other way around. I currently live in North Texas in the lovely city of Denton (“The Home of Happiness“) with my lovely wife and the obligatory demon-spawn cats. When not writing, gaming, or watching cheezy kung-fu flicks, I can sometimes be found in a pub (or the American equivalent) enjoying a fine brew.
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2 Responses to Chick-a-fil-a-boom-boom

  1. June Hanson says:

    No, I actually think this was worth a bit more than I paid for it. – – Nicely said. Too bad we don’t have a Chik-fil-a in our neck of the woods to have the pleasure of boycotting.

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