I’ve dealt with the Chick-fil-A kerfluffle here at FD several times, and to me, the most amusing aspect of it has always been the religious bigots reaction to any criticism or boycott of Chick-fil-A. What reaction you ask? Well, here’s World Nut Daily columnist Eric Rush’s Godwin breaking reaction: (Fair Warning. That is a link to the World Nut Daily. If you can’t bring yourself to click on it, Dispatches from the Culture Wars covers his reaction here.)
In April of 1933, the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (Nazi Party) in Germany began a nationwide boycott of Jewish businesses; this occurred shortly after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of that nation. The official program of discrimination was the first of many measures with which most Americans of my generation are familiar, and which ended with the Holocaust.
In keeping with the uncannily Orwellian tack American liberals have taken, the war on Christianity that has been in progress for decades (in earnest for the last several years) was denied with such vigor that even some conservative pundits questioned its existence. Lately, however, outrageously discriminatory, blatantly hypocritical campaigns against individuals and businesses professing Christian values have been initiated by those on the left. These have made it obvious to all but the profoundly dull that a war on Christianity is indeed in progress.
It began with a boycott of their businesses … and the rest is history.
Or this press release from the Family Research Council:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss) sent a letter to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy congratulating him on the dignity with which his company has conducted itself in the face of a vicious smear campaign. The letter is cosigned by 16 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives.
“The criticism they have received has been appalling. Elected officials that are now threatening to block new Chick-fil-A restaurants in their cities are acting in a manner that is un-American. Demanding ideological conformity in order to be allowed to run your business is a dangerous precedent. It is like something that would happen in Soviet Russia. Clearly, a lot of people who like to fashion themselves as open minded and tolerant are actually the most intolerant folks around if you don’t agree with them,” Nunnelee said.
Before I continue, let me point out that I do not agree with elected officials attempting to deny Chick-fil-A the permits and licenses needed to operate their business. I’ve dealt with that here previously. Moving on to more reactions, here is more from the FRC, this time from Peter Sprigg on the Janet Mefferd Show:
Mefferd: Well, and that’s what’s so frustrating, especially for us as Christians, when we look at so many people who don’t have the spine to talk about it. ‘Well, let’s just work the issue back around to the economy, everybody wants to talk about the economy, I don’t want to talk about something controversial.’ Part of it, I think, is because they don’t want to be vilified, they don’t want to be called names, because that’s what the activist crowd does, they call you names, they insult you, they make your life pretty miserable. Look what they’re doing to Dan Cathy! Who does want to put up with that?
Sprigg: Right. That’s exactly right. It’s a form of intimidation that they’re using, a sort of emotional blackmail almost. And with some people it’s effective. They don’t want to pay that price.
How about Pat Robertson?
To mark “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” Pat Robertson chided gay rights advocates on the 700 Club today for protesting the restaurant chain’s anti-gay activism. He said that he predicted that a group, in this case the gay community, will move from the “fringes” to the mainstream of society but ultimately “turn on the mainstream,” making those “who are traditionalists feel like they are unwelcome, and that’s exactly what’s happening.” Co-host Kristi Watts in her reaction to the controversy said “the Bible talks about in the later days the truth becomes a lie and the lie becomes the truth, and that really is the essence of what we’re dealing with right now.” Robertson warned that “the gays have just gotten the media megaphone and they’re shouting” at Chick-fil-A’s CEO for his anti-gay statements, “is it going to get worse? I hope not.”
In The Market‘s host Janet Parshall and guest from the Media Research Center, Dan Gainor:
Gainor: This is a line in the sand for everybody listening, for every American right now: what country do we want to have, do we want to have people just say ‘well I don’t like what you believe so we’re going to destroy your business’?
Parshall: Exactly. Dan let me pick up on that point because I think it’s a great one. Paradoxically, in the midst of this brouhaha with Chick-fil-A comes the announcement that Amazon.com CEO and his wife give $2.5 million to Washington state for the same-sex marriage battle going on there. I tell you what, I get an awful lot of press releases all day long and I’m still waiting, I have yet to hear a Christian group that’s saying we’re going to boycott Amazon.com because their founder and CEO has decided to make a multimillion dollar contribution to battle against something that I happen to hold dear and believe in. So this tactic, unfortunately, seems to be one sided, one the one hand I guess I can understand it, and on the other hand, it’s just not the way Christians behave in the marketplace.
Gainor: Conservatives generally are against boycotts. We’ll boycott occasionally for something that’s really extreme. But we accept that people have different values and different opinions, that’s called democracy, we tend to like that and like our Constitution and like our freedom of speech.
Parshall: I couldn’t agree more.
Okay. I could go on like this for a couple days, but I think you get the point. The religious right is incensed, outraged even, that a business is being criticized for bigotry, I mean good old fashioned Christian Values. So why do I find this amusing? I mean, it isn’t like these same Christian groups go absolutely boycott crazy every time a company takes a stand for gay rights, now is it?
Huh, that’s odd since the National Organization for Marriage is boycotting Starbucks and General Mills, and the American Family Association and the Catholic League are boycotting countless companies. In fact, the AFA’s One Million Moms has said “so long Amazon.”
Concerned Women for America, Parshall’s former employer which recently urged shoppers to stop shopping at Macy’s and once endorsed a boycott of Disney, just today sent an email to members warning them about shopping at…Amazon.com! While they claimed that the group “does not participate in boycotts,” they suggested members shop at their website instead of Amazon.com due to their CEO’s pro-gay rights contribution:
Now Amazon.com Founder and President Jeff Bezos is wading into the moral morass by offering 2.5 million investor dollars (unlike Amazon.com, Chick-fil-A is privately owned) to same-sex “marriage” advocates in Washington state in retaliation for the Cathy’s religious stance. (We’re also taking it personally, as Maureen Richardson, State Director for CWA of Washington, has fought like a lioness against the efforts of liberal legislators to redefine marriage.)
Concerned Women for America (CWA) is supporting the Chick-fil-A Day of Appreciation on August 1, 2012, in defense of a Christian family that is being absolutely excoriated by the mainstream media, public officials, private companies, and irate liberals for honoring their faith.
While CWA does not participate in boycotts, we understand that the brazen, politically correct move of Amazon.com’s founder and president may trouble some of our members and supporters. If you feel uneasy shopping at Amazon.com, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that our own store, www.shopcwfa.org, carries over 170,000 Christian titles, and part of every purchase goes back to CWA so we can continue to be your voice on Capitol Hill and in the culture.
Gainor’s MRC promoted boycotts against McDonalds and Ford that were organized by anti-gay groups, denouncing journalists for not giving them enough attention, and MRC head Brent Bozell lauded the Southern Baptists Convention’s boycott against Disney as the “correct” decision:
The Mouse answered with a spit in the face. The Disney-owned production company Touchstone, along with Disney-owned ABC television, brought America the most hyped, high-profile homosexual happening in entertainment history: “Ellen.” To no one’s surprise, on June 18 the 1997 SBC overwhelmingly voted to undertake an all-out boycott of Disney and its subsidiaries.
Bozell also said that boycotts are an important tool for pressure groups and commended groups like CWA for joining the cause:
It certainly grew on August 27 when Dr. James Dobson announced that his organization, Focus on the Family, would join the SBC, the Catholic League, Concerned Women for America (CWA), the American Family Association (AFA), and several smaller groups. The SBC claims 16 million members; Focus on the Family four million; the Catholic League, the AFA, and CWA several hundred thousand each. Add those numbers up and you’ve got an awful lot of parents whose entertainment dollars have bought a lot of Disney products for their children.
A Disney executive has said his company thinks of the boycott as analogous to “a gnat on an elephant.” But remember this: gnats are persistent, and if you’ve ever been plagued by a cloud of them, you know you’ll do almost anything to make them leave you alone. If the boycott reaches gnat-cloud proportions – which it probably will given the tenacity of the boycott’s leaders – Michael Eisner, et al, will want to shoo it away, and fast. The good news is that Disney can do so simply by returning to the family-friendly product that won it a special place in American cultural history.
But forget all that, conservatives don’t boycott!
(Via Right Wing Watch.)
Or Mission America president Linda Harvey making my point for me:
‘We are committed to being a store for all Americans,’ that’s the quote from a spokesman for JC Penney who told the Wall Street Journal this was the company rationale for recently launching several highly visible pro-homosexual marketing campaigns. The problem is, it’s not true. JC Penney is apparently no longer a store for all Americans and has now become a store only for those who aren’t offended by in-your-face support of just plain deviance. There are plenty of Americans who see the JC Penney choice of Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman to be a blatant insult, a bad role model for families, and an endorsement of homosexual political goals.
The pro-family group One Million Moms has called for a boycott of JC Penney because the retailer, not resting with the Ellen DeGeneres move, also featured a lesbian couple in a magazine ad in may for Mother’s Day and two homosexual men in a June catalogue for Father’s Day. Starbucks recently donated and verbally supported the push against marriage in the state of Washington. So a group that supports traditional male-female marriage, National Organization for Marriage, has started a website called DumpStarbucks.com. Now Target is selling same-sex wedding cards featuring ‘Mr. & Mr.’ even though most states have rejected homosexual so-called marriage, Target is selling them nationwide. And of course there is a long history now of pro-homosexual actions by Home Depot, so much so that the American Family Association is calling for a Home Depot boycott. Then there’s Macy’s who showed where their loyalties lie by firing a female employee last Fall who turned away a man from the woman’s dressing room. The man claimed he was a transgender person, a guy dressing as a woman, and unbelievably Macy’s supported him rather than side with their brave of employee who was acting on her religious rights. No, in a head to head match up these days, the rise of homosexuals and cross-dresses is winning in some companies instead of decency, common sense and morality,
Mmmmm. What is that smell? Is it fried chicken, or just hypocrisy?
At least we know the Religious right’s stance on boycotts now.
“Boycotts are bad, unless we do them. And in that case…..shut up.”