I'm a Liar
There's My Church
I Sing in the Choir - Pearl Jam, Do the Evolution
Chick-Fil-A is still a corporate bully. Dan Cathy came out and proclaimed proudly what many have known about Chick-Fil-A, that they are a group determined to undermine the basic liberties of Americans because the Bible says so.
I'm betting that Cathy and his Board made a conscious decision to broadcast their Gay Hate proudly as a Marketing Strategy. The company has gotten free advertising from Sarah Palin (Sarah's astonishing ignorance of the 1st Amendment was great reminder of her utter lack of ability to be VP), Rick Warren, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Faux News, and thousands of conservative bloggers to trumpet their chicken sandwiches.
This is the same company who stole the "Eat More..." phrase from the VW Boys who had popularized the phrase "Eat More Possum" in the 1950's and then threatened Vermont artist and small business-man Bo Muller-Moore with multiple lawsuits for his "Eat More Kale" t-shirts.
And the Right has fallen into their hands faster than the 6 minutes it takes their deep-fryers to fry one of their signature chicken breast sandwiches. When people pointed and were upset by Chick-Fil-A's discriminatory bigotry right-wingers became mad because Liberals were shakin' their fists at god and all. Bigotry, Hatred and Intolerance are considered by right-wing buffoons to be okay but pointing out, ridiculing and boycotting them are the true crimes.
Chick-Fil-A as a business has the right to spend money on any campaign they wish. They do not have the right to discriminate aginst employees and customers. But, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Chicago Aldermen Proco "Joe" Moreno do not have the political power to restrict Chick-Fil-A from building a new franchise in Chicago just because they are rightly insulted by the rank bigotry and blinkered ignorance on display.
But, I'd make sure every application, zoning document, and building blueprint is double-checked for errors. Any violations of building code, failed health inspections, workplace harassment or discriminatory violations by refusing service should be investigated and if it found to be true should be used to sanction or close the fast-food joint.
Also if Aldermen Moreno wants to begin legal proceedings to have the proposed 1st Ward building site rezoned to not accommodate any commercial restaurant then he should. As long as it is done in accordance with the law.
But, it's already too late. This is just another front in dividing people with this issue. Dan Cathy knew precisely what he was doing, rallying the bigots around him by exposing and waving his religious bigotry for them to see. It's just so shameful so many hypocritical conservatives continue to deny basic freedoms and liberties to their fellow Americans.
See My Previous Post: Eat Less Chick-Fil-A Corporate Bully.
Hmm, I thought it was all about the Holy $$$.
"While we don't release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day," said Chick-fil-A's executive vice president of marketing, Steve Robinson, in a statement.But, it also has become a pilgrimage site for the Religious Bigots in Office who never wanting to let a pious photo op go to waste let every one of their Zealous supporters know they partake of the Most Holy Chick-fil-A.