CHICKEN AND THE SECULAR PROGRESSIVE
July 28, 2012
When I first went off to college, some 600 miles away from home, I had to make new friends and find a job in order to have spending money. Enter Gaston and Jeanette McGill. The McGill's were the managers of the very first Chick-fil-A store in Greenbrier Mall, Southwest Atlanta, GA. They were also very close friends to one S. Truett Cathy, the founder, owner, and CEO of the company he founded.
Yes, I'm proud to say I worked for the Chick-fil-A team in the early 70's when it only had five stores in the metro Atlanta area.
Chick-fil-A is an American success story. Founded by Georgian entrepreneur Cathy in 1946, the family-owned chicken-sandwich chain is one of the country's largest fast-food businesses. It employs some 50,000 workers across the country at 1,500 outlets in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia ... The company generates more than $2 billion in revenue and serves millions of happy customers with trademark Southern hospitality.
So, what's the problem? Well, Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who believe in strong marriages, devoted families, and the highest standards of character for their workers. The restaurant chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch." The company's community-service initiatives, funded through its WinShape Foundation, support foster-care, scholarship, summer-camp, and marriage-enrichment programs. On Sunday, all Chick-fil-A stores close so workers can spend the day at worship and rest.
Over the past month, several progressive-activist blogs have waged an ugly war against Chick-fil-A. The company's alleged atrocity: One of its independent outlets in Pennsylvania donated some sandwiches and brownies to a marriage seminar run by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which happens to oppose same-sex marriage.
In the name of tolerance, the anti-Chick-fil-A hawks sneered at the company's main product as "Jesus Chicken," derided its no-Sunday-work policy, and attacked its operators as "anti-gay." Petition drives on websites are demanding the company change and disavow their standards. Facebook users dutifully organized witch hunts against the company on college campuses. Even the mayors of two big cities are squawking invectives against them.
Among the gutter snipes who have targeted Chick-fil-A are:
---Students at ten U.S. universities, including New York University (NYU), who have circulated petitions to oppose the opening of new Chick-fil-A franchises on their campuses and lobbied for the removal of existing restaurants;
---The Jim Henson Company announced last week that it was severing its partnership with Chick-fil-A to supply toys for the chain's children's meals.
---Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino also sent a to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy urging the company to reconsider its plans to open an outlet in Boston, vowing to block the company from opening a restaurant in the city, and 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."
---Chicago mayor, Rahm Emmanuel even goes before the camera Thursday to announce that Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values. Well, duh! The city of Al Capone, Tony Resko, Saul Alinsky, the Daly Machine, far-left politics, corruption galore and of extremely high murder rates, share absolutely nothing in common with the Christian worldview of the Cathy family.
Progressive groups are gloating over Chick-fil-A's public-relations troubles. This is not because they care about winning hearts and minds over gay rights or marriage policy, but because their core objective is to marginalize political opponents and chill Christian philanthropy and activism. The fearsome "muscle flexing" is being done by the hysterical bullies trying to drive them off of college grounds and out of their neighborhoods in the name of "human rights."
Even the far-left satirical "Onion" web site spoofed the Chick-fil-A controversy by publishing an article titled "Chick-fil-A Debuts Homophobic Sandwich":
As part of its recent efforts to publicly align itself with fundamentalist Christian values, the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain announced the debut of its new Queer-Hatin' Cordon Bleu sandwich that would be on sale in all of the company's 1,600 restaurants.
In a press conference to reporters, company representatives said the homophobic new sandwich will include the national fast food chain’s trademark fried chicken filet wrapped in a piece of specially-smoked No Homo ham that would be topped with a slice of Swiss cheese and lathered in a creamy new Thousand Island-based Fag Punching sauce.
Secular-Progressives will never stop attacking and marginalizing Christianity and Christian principles. They are energized when a Christian walks into the room and simply says, "God bless you." Once the S-P completes the silencing of the traditional values group, they will move on to closing up their "meeting places," (churches and places of worship). Once relegated to private homes, they'll move on to using things like rezoning efforts, denials of assembly in certain neighborhoods and possibly passing unlawful assembling laws leading to civil and criminal charges.
But right now, the focus is on destroying Christian businesses and silencing those who talk about traditional values.
In the case of Truett Cathy and his family, clearly the Christian business man who lives what he believes deserves our support....Thank God that some people are strong enough to stand up for what they believe even in the face of assault and ridicule from those who have no integrity.
I'm just looking at my clock and it's almost noon. I think I'll go to Chick-fil-A for lunch! In fact, Let's all eat Chick-fil-A! By doing so, we thumb our nooses at the Secular-Progressive anti-Christian world and support real values.
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