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ONE MOTHER'S PERSPECTIVE

  • WHO WE ARE-Women did it again. The annual Memorial Day tradition of placing flowers on graves of fallen soldiers was begun by women in the South after the Civil War. Who knew? Who now remembers that it was originally Decoration Day? Or that it is a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who fought for a better future. Memorial Day is a great deal…
  • 453 Days Later...

    Tom Rubin
    OFFENSIVE BUT PROTECTED SPEECH-Welcome news this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. By a vote of 11 to 1, the court overturned its injunction against the controversial video called "Innocence of Muslims" that it had ordered off YouTube back in February 2014. Here's the background. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia (photo below) was…
  • What LA Educators Should Learn From Bell Gardens High School’s Shocking Turnaround

    Jay Mathews
    VOICES FROM THE SQUARE-Bell Gardens High School in east Los Angeles County was a sorry mess when science teacher Liz Lowe arrived in 1989. It was overflowing with trailer classrooms and graffiti. More than 3,000 students crowded into school buildings surrounding a concrete quadrangle with patches of grass and some trees. Expectations were low. Not…
  • The Clean Sweep Election Finally Happened

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD- A few years ago, a group calling itself Clean Sweep argued that the voters of Los Angeles should defeat all the incumbents and replace them with fresh blood. On Tuesday, the results came close. There are two distinct lessons, one of which is quite ominous for elected officials. This election demonstrated the end of voter patience…
  • What Did Tuesday’s LAUSD Election Results Prove?

    Paul Hatfield
    PERSPECTIVE-Did the LAUSD election results signal a change for charter schools? Perhaps. Possibly. Maybe. You can make a decent case that Ref Rodriguez’s victory in District 5 points to strong support for charters. It was a battle between two well-funded candidates with diametrically opposed views on the issue. The effectiveness and fairness of…
  • (Train)ing Ourselves to Confront Modern Mass Transit

    Ken Alpern
    GETTING THERE FROM HERE-It's great to learn that Metro has an excellent new CEO with the hiring of Phillip A. Washington who comes to us from Denver. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Roger Snoble and Art Leahy, Mr. Washington has a first-rate reputation to maintain--but his first job will be to pass Measure R-2. Measure R-2 (perhaps…
  • City Controller’s Grandstanding DWP Audit is the Real Waste of Ratepayer Dollars

    Dennis Zine
    JUST THE FACTS-City Controller Ron Galperin’s Grandstanding DWP Audit results were finally released. Unfortunately, the conclusion and political spin that came afterwards from the controller was misleading. Here are the FACTS: The DWP’s Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute are administered by DWP managers and representatives of the…
  • A Place Where ‘Special Interest’ is NOT a Dirty Word

    Denyse Selesnick
    MY TURN-We need to have a new word to differentiate the villainous “Special Interest” that everyone is always complaining about and the “Special Interest” that almost all of politicians and civic and social activists have adopted as a cause. It is impossible to have passion about multiple issues. I know I have mentioned this before, but it seems…
  • Alert! America’s Small Businesses are Being Screwed by Big Business

    Robert Reich
    THE ECONOMY-Can it be that America’s small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they’re being screwed by big businesses? For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big businesses lobbies. (Photo: small businesses in Studio City) They’ve contributed to the same Republican…

 

  • Can Strawberries Help Fight Cancer?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-There have been a number of studies over the years that could show evidence of strawberries fighting off cancer. Tong Chen lead a study…
  • Study: The Best Way to Quit Smoking … Bet On It

    Francie Diep
    WELLNESS-Oftentimes, money speaks louder than words. Apparently, that aphorism applies to cigarettes too. A new study finds that money incentives…
  • Exercise Can Help Anxiety … Here’s How

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-Statistics show that over 3 million American adults suffer from anxiety and there is no evidence that number will be declining any time…




Memorial Day 2015- Freedom Isn’t Free

J. Cole raps on the Letterman show: “Be Free’

The Star Spangled Banner … like you’ve never heard it before

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Chicken with a Side of Bigotry: Chick-fil-A's Ungodly Business Plan

BUSINESS OF BIGOTRY - It's unlikely that most of us know the political, religious and philosophical beliefs of the CEOs and owners whose businesses we patronize. I have no idea what the founders of Subway might believe, whether or not Macy's board is a cabal of hate-filled bigots, or if the guy who owns that Italian restaurant down the street is a raving right-winger (though I do know he loves Italian soccer!).

We traverse the world, make our purchases and eat at our favorite establishments blissfully unaware of anything other than whether the product is good and the price is right. Until we hear otherwise.

While others appear to have known about this long before I did (not generally a fast-fooder, I'm surely granted late-to-the-table bona fides!), it seems Chick-fil-A makes a chicken sandwich so good that footballer Cassanova McKinzy chose a college based on the proximity of said sandwich. So good that some people drive miles to imbibe on a daily basis. So damn good that God said only straight people can eat them.

Wait... what?

OK, I'm paraphrasing, but it seems Chick-fil-A's president (and son of founder S. Truett Cathy), Dan Cathy, has gotten himself into some deep chicken doo-doo for proudly and loudly declaring himself "guilty as charged!" for his support of that great Christian umbrella of homophobia, the "family values and traditional marriage" platform. Yep, he's a believer.

And not only has Mr. Cathy blathered all the usual fundamentalist talking points (i.e., "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," and "...thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."), but his company has reportedly put their big money where their bigger mouth is by donating nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups.

That's a whole lot of intolerance.

I've eaten only one Chick-fil-A sandwich in my life. Franchises have been sprouting up around Los Angeles and my husband, a noted lover of the better end of fast food (In n' Out being the gold standard), suggested we give them a try, particularly after making humorous note of the McKinzy story. So we tried. Not bad... a decent chicken sandwich if you're going to waste calories on fast food.

Would I drive across town to get one? No. Would I choose a school based on one's location? Hell no.

But it's better than a Big Mac and the seasoning is tasty. Then I read the press reports on all this anti-gay carrying-on and my stomach seized up... not from the chicken, but the chicken-shit statements of this Christian company president. God Almighty.

I've written before about the oxymoronic (take that any way you'd like) dogma of fundamentalist Christians (Can the Not Crazy Christians Please Speak Up?!), that unhappy mix of God-devotion, Bible-loyalty and cultural/secular intolerance and bigotry. It's a belief system that confounds those not in the "cult" because the very notion of Godliness would seem to suggest love, acceptance and open-hearted tolerance, yet this bunch finds these qualities impossible to apply to non-believers, particularly gays and lesbians.

Perversions of Biblical tracts are rampant, used as justification for behaviors and attitudes that would surely have Jesus rolling in his grave if the Man/God hadn't rose up out of there.

Blatant declarations of what most would consider unequivocal bigotry are espoused without a glimmer of shame or recognition of their shocking and regressive small-mindedness.

In fact, the words and actions of the very high-profile Mr. Cathy make me wonder (even if just satirically) if he's ever considered installing "Gays Only" signs over the back doors of their establishments ... I mean, we'll feed 'em, we just don't want 'em stinkin' up the place, right?

All in the name of God, mind you; all in the blessed name of God. Will they ever see the absurdity of that? That's a real question. And no. The answer is likely, no.

Mr. Cathy can believe as freely as the next person, I do not begrudge him that (regardless of my antipathy). But as the president of a company that feeds the public -- the big, unwieldy, melting pot public -- his stance against gays and lesbians is not only distasteful, it is stupidly counterproductive to business (and what could be holier than the bottom line?).

Boycotts are being organized, buzz is flying around the viral universe, people are leaving heated messages at both Chick-fil-A's and Mr. Cathy's Facebook pages. The chickens have come home to roost, the feathers are flying' and the clucking is not pretty (I think I just used every chicken metaphor possible).

Will it have an impact? I don't know. It depends on how many people hear about this and how many of those decide that no chicken sandwich is worth supporting ignorance and intolerance.

I do know my husband and I will not eat another Chick-fil-A. That's a start.

(Lorraine Devon Wilke is a writer, photographer and rock and roll vet. Visit her website: lorrainedevonwilke.com.  This blog was posted most recently at huffingtonpost.com)
-cw








CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 58
Pub: July 20, 2012

 

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