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Will The Culture War Save Our Economy?

This post [1] with photos and an account of the scene yesterday at a Chick-fil-A in Austin made me happy that there will always be a Texas. Excerpts:

The crowd brought a kind of party atmosphere to the restaurant. The kids’ play area was full, as the line in the dining room snaked all the way around, dozens and dozens of Texans patiently waiting to order.

And there was this:

When hippies boycotted Whole Foods because its CEO opposed ObamaCare, I became a customer of the high-end grocery store, and in the three years since that boycott Whole Foods’ stock has gone through the roof. Now, lefty intolerance is driving a huge business increase to Chick-Fil-A. Maybe lefty boycotts are the key to getting American business back on its feet.

Hey, there’s a thought! I love the idea of buying delicious fried chicken — and doing so cheerfully — as a way to stand up to left-wing bullies. Maybe every Wednesday should be Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Better go on Friday, too. According to The New York Times (which says that most of the Chick-fil-A customers yesterday were Evangelical Christians, though they cannot possibly have known that; what, Catholics, Mormons, and plain old conservatives who resent the bullying, don’t like chicken?), here’s what’s coming [2]:

People who support same-sex marriage and oppose the company’s position are organizing a kiss-in on Friday at the restaurants.

Seriously? If I supported same-sex marriage, the last thing I would want to see happen is gay protesters walking into Chick-fil-As nationwide and to start making out [3]. Gosh, that’s going to do wonders for their cause. What a bunch of self-absorbed jackasses. Honestly, who wants to see straight people making out in a fast-food joint?

Think about how much good it would do conservative Christians to go into business tagged as gay-friendly and have a pray-in, or a hymn-singing? Yeah, they’d look like obnoxious idiots, because they would be obnoxious idiots.

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63 Comments To "Will The Culture War Save Our Economy?"

#1 Comment By J the second On August 2, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

That, plus people are sick and tired of being told that their religious beliefs and expressing them constitutes hatred and bigotry.

The tropes here are not all new and innocent, Rod. White Southerners, lunch counters, both sides claiming to have justice/God on their side, an ingroup/outgroup based “morality”….

#2 Comment By EddieinCA On August 2, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

This post with photos and an account of the scene yesterday at a Chick-fil-A in Austin made me happy that there will always be a Texas.

Great. Let’s all shoot for a state that:

…has the highest percentage of workers working for minimum wage in the country.

…has the most medically uninsured in the country.

…ranks 49th in written SAT Scores.

…ranks 46th in math SAT Scores.

…ranks #1 in Executions.

…ranks #1 in prisoners held in local jails.

…ranks #1 in prisoners held in State prisons.

…ranks #1 in Teen Birth Rate.

…ranks #3 in Obesity rate.

…ranks #2 in Suicides.

…ranks 47th in percentage of people who have graduated high school or gotten a GED.

Yeah, thank goodness for Texas.

#3 Comment By c matt On August 2, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

If you don’t, as some do, they have the right to express their views, orally and with their pocket books.

Can’t speak for others, but the outrage of this story as I see it is the mayors’ saying they would deny permits based on political/religious views that have nothing to do with the permit sought. Protestors pro and con have every right to buycott or boycott, or otherwise speak their piece (so long as no breach of the peace occurs).

What if a mayor stated he would refuse a hair salon an operating permit because its owner espoused support for SSM? I would find that just as outrageous.

#4 Comment By hattio On August 2, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

Rod,
I have to ask once again, where’s the consistency in all this? When gay people were boycotting a restaurant in SF that donated to Prop 8, you thought it was ridiculous. When donations poured into Planned Parenthood instead of the Relay for Life people, you thought it was ridiculous. Just a week or so ago, you thought boycotting CFA was ridiculous and said people should buy their sandwiches if you enjoy them and not if you don’t. You even said something along the lines of you probably wouldn’t switch to eating their sandwiches, even though you’re in solidarity with their political views, because some other chain is better.

But here you are today cheering those who showed up specifically to show they were in line with political views (whether those political views are don’t trod the first amendment or no gay marriage seems irrelevent).

How are these at all consistent except in the sense of you’ve always taken the conservative side? Is your opinion really that market forces should be brought to bear upon private businesses and non-profits for conservative reasons but not liberal ones? Or do you really not get the inconsistency? Because I’m a liberal who admires you greatly and reads you most days and certainly several times a week, but on this issue you seem completely blind and unaware of how it’s your position that always, always, determines what you think about boycott like issues.

#5 Comment By Monterey On August 2, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

Yo, Chick-Fil-A, please build a restaurant in my state, too! I’d have gone to appreciation day yesterday if I’d had one. Closest to Seattle is Boise State Univ. campus. ugh

#6 Comment By Monterey On August 2, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

Uh-oh, here are some other companies for the childish “if you disagree with me you are a hater” crowd to start boycotting, including “Forever 21” clothing and In-N-Out Burgers:

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#7 Comment By Sands On August 2, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

Anyone else find it funny that someone with the screen name ‘EddieinCA’ is pointing out how horrible another State is? Gotta love thems interwebs.

#8 Comment By Polichinello On August 2, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

Eddie,

Why U mad, bro? You got Facebook stock, like all of California? LOL.

#9 Comment By Polichinello On August 2, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

Ah well, bully for you then. And then again, there is a poster here who talks of “inherited abilities” or some such stuff.

Oh, look, another liberal creationist.

#10 Comment By JonF On August 3, 2012 @ 6:00 am

Skills and abilities are not inherited. They are learned, and honed with long practice. Anyone here born speaking English? That’s not “creationism”, that’s just plain common sense.
And I don’t understand the weird rush to pass off one’s achievements to mere heredity when anyone who excels at something actually does deserve some level of praise for the effort it took to excel.

#11 Comment By Rich in SC On August 4, 2012 @ 5:42 am

@ Eddie in CA–Spot on, sir. You have succinctly laid out the case for secular values predominating over spiritual values. That will get you a long way in this life, maybe, but in the next? Perhaps not so much. Your call.

#12 Comment By Franklin Evans On August 4, 2012 @ 10:03 am

Rich in SC, on behalf of the non-Christians of the US, observing the behavior of the vast majority of Christians in this country is why we choose to guard secular laws over the “predominating” spiritual values. It gets us through this life with a minimum of interference from evangelists who are more interested in money than in souls, but in the next? Perhaps I’ll see you in the Summerlands.

#13 Comment By Jim On August 6, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

I have one conservative, Christian coworker of mine who participated in the “buycott” on Wednesday, and made a big production about it. I asked him if he took the son he fathered out of wedlock 20 years ago, and he got offended. I guess “Christian values” stop at sticking it to gays.