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Monday, July 30, 2012

Chick-Fil-Anity: America's Hottest New Faith

The New Crucifix?
In case you weren't aware, tomorrow you can skip sloppy joes in the church basement between choir practice and Bible study and instead head over to the nearest Chick-fil-A, because eating fast-food chicken in support of opposition to same-sex marriage is now Jesus-approved Christian fellowship of the highest caliber.

In fact, Chick-fil-A is Christianity, apparently, according to some of the highest clerics of our land, because they have spent $5 million in support of groups that oppose same-sex marriage. Even Billy Graham himself, apparently over the embarrassment of Richard Nixon, has again launched into politics, saying he'll be eating at the fast-food chain on Aug. 1 -- Mike Huckabee's self-proclaimed "Support Chick-fil-A Day." Why? Because in the words of his son Franklin Graham, good Christian folks need to stand up to the "concerted attack from same-sex marriage advocates" and "a culture that has grown openly hostile to the Christian faith and its followers."

By "hostile to the Christian faith and its followers," Graham really means "hostile to prejudice against gays and lesbians." But more on that in a bit.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fowl Exegesis: Some Thoughts on Chick-Fil-A

By and large, I think the boycotting culture that we live in has become rather absurd. On a grand scale, consumer politicking -- picking and choosing the companies one supports with dollars based on their political  leanings -- is a fruitless and ineffectual business. The basic rules of economics suggest that self-interest is too strong an impulse to expect companies not to protect their bottom lines at all costs and consumers not to protect theirs by buying the cheapest products or dining at the most convenient locations.

So when I heard Dan Cathy, president of Chick-Fil-A, muse nonsensically about "biblical marriage" and how his company supports such shams that pretend marriage under state law must somehow conform with their own personal religious convictions, I was mostly just amused. But I was also moved not to eat there any more.