“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.” – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel
IT’S BOSTON MAYOR Thomas Menino, who has vowed to keep his city Chick-fil-A-free, versus religious conservative Mike Huckabee, who’s having an
Chick-Fil-A Bigots Appreciation Day.
This comes after the Jim Henson Company disassociated itself from Chick-Fil-A after its CEO Dan Cathy said: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/) – Jim Henson Company on FACEBOOK
The lack of integrity of the company at the center of this brouhaha, Chick-Fil-A, goes further than their bigotry and homophobia.
But did Chick-Fil-A lie to the public about why a “voluntary recall” on Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys was made?
After the Jim Henson Company severed their relationship with the company are we to believe the recall is a coincidence?
Instead of just pulling the toys or telling the truth about the clash between the two businesses, Chick-Fil-A put up this statement:
“Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets. We are offering a substitution of a complimentary kids Icedream cone in its place until a replacement toy is available. Thank you.”
In an op-ed, the Boston Globe comes down against Mayor Menino.
But which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.
Chick-fil-A must follow all state and city laws. If the restaurant chain denied service to gay patrons or refused to hire gay employees, Menino’s outrage would be fitting. And the company should be held to its statement that it strives to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation, or gender.” But beyond the fact that Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, the religious beliefs of the company’s top executive don’t appear to control its operations.
I’d rather see Mayor Menino calling for a good old-fashioned boycott rather than a decree from on high.