Monday, July 30, 2012
Chikin served with a side of hate & bigotry
The owners of Chick-fil-A oppose more than marriage equality; they're against every extension of rights to LGBT. Every single one. Rights to family status in hospital visitation by gay & lesbian partners? Yep, that one too. Cruelty. They would if they could refuse to hire LGBT & non-Christians. I'm not exaggerating. Geezer founder S. Truett Cathy & his sons Dan & Donald “Bubba” back up their beliefs with their fortunes.
It's unfortunate that a few individual Chick-fil-A franchisees here & there support LGBT rights & place signs to that effect in their stores. But they are "operators" not "owners," sending a lion's share of their profits to the home office. Chick-fil-A owns the restaurant & pays the rent. Sorry, folks, you don't get a bye.
The Chick-fil-A slogan is "Eat mor chikin," a plea made by anxious cows. Chick-fil-A unleashes its corporate lawyers on anyone, any business using the two words "Eat more" for promotion. Doesn't have to be "Eat mor." Does seem a stretch for trademark infringment. Common sense tells us "mor" & "chikin" are the trademark words. Even Hershey won't fight Chick-fil-A to offer the "Eat-More" bar now sold only by Hershey Canada, I've had one, it's a very good candy bar, would sell well in the United States.
One guy is standing up to Chick-fil-A, a small time Vermont entrepreneur named Bo Muller-Moore. Bo home manufactures an "Eat more kale" tee shirt, which he sells online & at flea markets. Hardly anyone outside of Vermont had heard of him until he received a cease-&-desist letter from Chick-fil-A. Bo refused to cease & desist. The international exposure of Chick-fil-A's owners as homobigots also brought Bo's battle into the spotlight.
Government has no right to deny Chick-fil-A the right to open & operate restaurants. It can make certain the restaurants are up to codes & obeying legal hiring practices. But where Chick-fil-A operates restaurants inside private colleges & other institutions, it certainly can be shown the exit when the current contract ends. I doubt the one at New York University in Greenwich Village will survive.
If you're "Christian" like Sarah & Todd Palin, be aware that enthusiastically supporting Chick-fil-A because of the owners' anti-LGBT activism goes well beyond what your literal reading of scripture requires. If you think LGBT ought to be stripped of all their civil rights & driven back into the closet, then "Eat mor chikin" served with a side of hate & bigotry.