Thought for the day:
In light of the recent Chick-Fil-A brouhaha, and with several prominent cities threatening to block construction of new restaurant locations in their neighborhoods, the question of civil rights has once again come into question.
I don’t pretend to have the answer to that question, though I definitely have an opinion. We have the Supreme Court to rule on the matter of what is a “right” and what is a “privilege” and maybe this particular discussion will go before them at some point. However, I doubt it, as Chick-Fil-A has already sustained enough bad press and are backing off of the issue as fast as they can.
So, here’s my challenge to you: whenever you read an article about the Chick-Fil-A issue, substitute another company of your choice, but make it good… say Citibank, or BP. Then substitute “gay marriage” with a different cause or group of people near and dear to your heart. And then finally, change “Christian” to any other religion or organization you choose.
Here are what excerpts from some articles might look like:
In early 2011, a Publix grocery store in California donated food to an event conducted by the Council of Conservative Citizens, one of that state’s most outspoken groups against blacks and interracial marriage. Advocates on both sides weighed in, and students at some universities began trying to get the chain removed from campuses.
My question is, how does that make you feel? Do you want to patronize Publix? Even if they don’t discriminate in their employment practices, do you feel differently about their attitude toward their employees and perhaps even customers? Would you feel comfortable/be willing to shop there if you are black? If you were an official in a town where a Publix was to open, would you want it there?
Again, I have no answer. It’s just something to consider on both sides.
(For the record, I LOVE Chick-Fil-A. I think their service is exemplary and I have had nothing but pleasant experiences whenever I’ve been there. It would/will be really hard to give it up. I just feel like I can’t put money into a coffer from which it might be directed toward something I feel so strongly about. Sorry, CFA.)