Muppets’ Makers Sever Ties With (Supposedly) “Anti-Gay” Fast Food Chain #Chick-Fil-A

July 24, 2012

Here is the story, which includes useful links.

Last Friday, the company behind beloved shows such as “Fraggle Rock,” “Labyrinth,” and “The Muppets,” severed ties with Chick-Fil-A due to the fast food chain’s CEO’s opposition to same sex marriage.

Jim Henson Company And Chick-Fil-A: ‘Muppets’ Makers Sever Ties With Anti-Gay Fast Food Chain.

It’s not enough that we should scream at each other on radio talk shows, and post the most hurtful and stupid personal insults in the comment section (except, of course on GS). The deep division, and rotting dark chasm, of American “culture wars” is so prevalent that it hardly requires comment. Can we not see that we are destroying America? The creativity and intuitive leadership, the kind of traits that caused men to instinctively take control of seemingly hopeless situations on the beaches of Normandy and the far away Pacific islands while more regimented foes marched to their death in perfectly straight lines, also gave birth to resourceful people who knew how to make better products, and even produce positive social change, and now it is being submerged in a sea of political selfishness.

We are devouring our national life and vitality in a frenzy of partisan and philosophical purity, draining any sense of cooperation, poisoning the wells of mutual respect and salting the fields of practical patriotism.  The United States of America is losing the “culture war.” We are reducing ourselves to something worse than the standards of “least developed nations.” When the authoritarian self-appointed referees of social acceptability are done, this nation will be a menace to its own citizens and the world that we should be leading.

All of this bring us to the topic of Chick-Fil-A. Marie and I will continue to patronize this chain, mainly because we like the product and also because we agree with the policy of favoring people with families. This policy is good for women and men. It helps protect children. It gives substance to the vision of a nation that slows down one day a week and gives naturally connected people a an opportunity to enjoy each other. One interesting aspect of this is that the corporate polices are somewhat subversive to the idolatrous position enjoyed by giant corporate entities.

The position of Chik-Fil-A is not harmful to homosexuals. Gay people may work for the company and are not discriminated against. It would appear that the chicken sanwhich specialists donate to several organizations that lobby against legislation that would harm society by rearranging the legal understanding of the marital contract. In America, we change things by law. It is deeply destructive to propose that people should not lawfully express their opinions. In fact, I am O. K. with gay folks saying what they believe. This is still America.

Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy recently gained a few points with me when he said straight out that the fast food chain is not a “Christian corporation.” He went on to correctly state that Jesus Christ did not die to save corporations. Cathy places his concern on human beings, another deeply subversive trait.

As one who is continuously in trouble for stating unpopular opinions, here is some advice for Dan Cathy.

… do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. (1 Peter 4:12-14 ESV)

This is what Christians ought to  expect, Dan, so suck it up and get on with business. This is not our world to dominate by force of government or coercion. This is our time to be leaven hidden inside the human race and to begin to bring about the change that comes from Gospel conversion, but that takes patience. It also means that right kind of change, the repentance that happens in the human heart and transforms lives.

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