What will you give me if I hand him over to you, they gave him 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15)
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37)
Apparently Chick-Fil-A ‘s Christian principles died with
Dan CaddyDon Perry
The Christian-rooted fast food restaurant agreed to stop funding groups such as Focus on the Family that oppose same-sex marriage in a meeting with the Chicago politician who had been blocking the company’s move there. Chick-fil-A wrote a letter to Alderman Joe Moreno affirming this, according to his spokesman, Matt Bailey, but the company initially wouldn’t allow his office to release the letter to the public. Three weeks later they relented.
We’ll deal with the Christianity angle at the end of this post for now let’s talk strictly business.
You have built a successful business model based on not only good food but principle, when pressed on the matter not only did national protests against you prove a massive flop, but the counter Chick-Fil-A day was the biggest day in your history. You had a group of hundreds of thousands of people nationwide who went out on a limb despite what the media and the left might say about them to make a statement on your behalf and you not only betray them for the sake of a single location but you attempt to hide your efforts from your loyal customers.
This is called stupid, really stupid! Insulting your customer base is a poor business model in the restaurant business. You are not a monopoly, there are plenty of other choices for the customers you played for fools to support and believe me it will stick in their craw for years.
And really Chick-Fil-A do you think this is going to be the last time someone decided to lean on you now that it’s known you will fold? Allah pundit who supports gay marriage says:
Still depressing to see them cave, though, and I say that as someone who supports gay marriage. Letting this cretin bully them into withholding money from their favorite political causes as a condition of doing business sets a terrible precedent.
And Brandon Darby notes how the left rolls:
.@chickfila made a mistake by giving in to leftist pressure. They’ve tasted your blood and will destroy you. You’re their trophy now.
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) September 20, 2012
Don’t think for a second this isn’t going to be repeated at other locations and thanks to you these guys will happily shake down other business’ too.
Oh and to the left who is now cheering, I wouldn’t cheer too loudly, if it’s established the rules have changed than we on the right are perfectly capable of playing by them, as Allahpundit puts it:
But oh well. Note to red-staters: Feel free to start making zoning permits contingent on local liberal business-owners taking a solemn vow not to give money to the left anymore.
If that’s the game you want there are plenty of officials in red states who will be happy to play it, in fact they might even consider it a religious duty.
Finally Chick-Fil-A , you have given away your identify for a song. You were always known as a Christian Company now no matter what good you do or what you profess you will always be the people who tossed your Christian principles away for one store in Chicago. Are you really so short sighted demographically to understand what throwing that away means in the long term? Or has since the death of the original owners your identity simply a facade that was an excellent marketing device that has run it’s course?
Unless this report is false or you decide to reverse yourself, fast I suggest you go public and sell, if you are going to be just another fast food company let it be run by people who don’t pretend to hold Christian faith & values as its core belief.
Update: Now we are hearing this isn’t true, or at least not clear. Suggestion, when you want to clarify a potion use clarity. Speaking of clarity I meant to write Don Perry the Chick-Fil-A exec who died during the controversy not Dan Caddy, now corrected