Friday, July 27, 2012

1049 Chicken Fit

1049 Chicken Fit

Hey, let’s all go down to Chick Fill-A and kiss a member of the same sex on the mouth.  Probably tastes better than that God awful sandwich, as does air.   And don’t plan a Sunday dinner at one of these places.

For those of you preoccupied with trivia like the presidential campaign, health insurance, the economy, voter i.d. laws and the olympics, here’s the story in quick time:

The Chick Fil-A fast food chain (white meat only!) are:

-closed on Sundays
-vocally opposed to same sex unions of any kind
-endorsed by countless big name representatives of the religious right including Billy Graham, Mike Huckabee and the lunatic Rick Santorum.

The cities of Boston and Chicago have declared “don’t come here with that kind stuff,”  although to the horror of Rahm Emanuel there’s already one Chick shop within his borders.  The mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, wrote to the Chief Chicken saying “There is no room for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”  Bravo!

The company already has brought its poison to such cities as Rochester, Michigan (As opposed Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic where they prefer medicine over faith healing,) downtown Manhattan (NYU students will eat anything and accept any indoctrination,) and other places you might not expect them.  But most of the outlets are in religiously infected areas like South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas and the most backward of the northeastern states, Pennsylvania.

They have a right to their opinions, of course.   And as Willard Romney reminds us, because corporations are people, they’re free to express them. (Fortune Biscuits with New Testament aphorisms coming?)

Also allowed to express opinion is the company that owns the rights to the Muppets, which has asked Chicken Fit to stop including their toys with kids’ meals.  Chick’s response?  We have stopped giving away Muppets because they’re too small for little kids who might get their fingers stuck in them.  Jim Henson’s heirs see it differently.  They have an aversion to bigots and will donate revenue from Chick Fil-A to GLAAD, the gay and lesbian rights group.

So the religious right is planning an eat-in and gay and lesbian groups are planning a kiss-in.

What have we learned from this?  First, Billy Graham is too far gone to recognize a rubber chicken dinner with real rubber.  The rest of that breed has found yet another way to demonstrate bad taste.

Shrapnel:

--In Alice in Wonderland, they paint the white roses red to satisfy the queen.  In drought struck Staten Island, they paint the brown lawns green to satisfy the neighborhood look. This could be the start of something big.

--Seventeen days to go and we’ll be out from under all the olympic stuff.  The 2012 Summer Games are the biggest hype in London since Q-E-II’s coronation.  But at least that took only one day.

I’m Wes Richards.  My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®
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© WJR 2012

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