My Media enquiry to Chili’s on Planned Parenthood & their Response

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My Media enquiry to Chili's on Planned Parenthood & their Response

If you can’t make them see the light, make the feel the heat

Ronald Rea­gan

Before I hit the sack this after­noon the story of some Chili’s Restau­rants deci­sion to hold fundrais­ers for Planned Par­ent­hood, on the eve of the March for Life no less, broke

and the response from pro-​life folks, par­tic­u­larly those who unlike Nancy Pelosi actu­ally take that whole: Intrin­sic Evil, Mor­tal Sin busi­ness in their reli­gion seri­ously was not pleas­ant from their perspective:

This response at their face­book page was typ­i­cal:

Mark A Byers I reg­u­larly patron­ize Chilis in and around Pasco County, New Port Richey, Trin­ity, and Palm Har­bor. NO MORE! I will not sup­port any­one that con­tributes to abor­tions in any state, or coun­try. ADIOS!

So I decided that it was time to get a state­ment from Chili’s and wrote them the fol­low­ing email:

Good after­noon:

I am work­ing on a piece to be pub­lished this week on the reports that Chili’s restau­rants in two states were hold­ing pro­mo­tions to sup­port planned par­ent­hood and have sev­eral questions.

1. Does the Chili’s chain sup­port these fundrais­ers for Planned Par­ent­hood at their restau­rant, if so why, if not why not?

2. Given that Abor­tion is a very divi­sive issue why did Chili’s decide to jump in the mid­dle of it and are any sanc­tions planned for the restau­rants In ques­tion for putting Chili’s in a posi­tion where they are likely going to be forced to choose one part of their cus­tomer base over another?

3. Are there any plans to make a gen­eral state­ment on any such fundrais­ers in the future? Will there be guid­ance to locally owned fran­chises to avoid cul­tural war issues in the future?

4. The annual March for life is tomor­row, given the likely reac­tion of the par­tic­i­pants to this news what mes­sage do you have to those marchers con­cern­ing this promotion?

5. Given that the Catholic Church (and other Chris­t­ian denom­i­na­tions) con­sider abor­tion an intrin­sic evil and cooperation[misspelled in orig­i­nal] with abor­tion a mor­tal sin what mes­sage do you have to believ­ing Catholic /​Chris­t­ian cus­tomers who may be eth­i­cally required to avoid Chili’s over this promotion?

6. As fund­ing Planned Par­ent­hood is an issue on which the left has attacked Pres­i­dent Trump what assur­ances can you give vot­ers who sup­ported the Pres­i­dent that this pro­mo­tion was not a slap in the face to him and his supporters?

7. Finally if Chili’s argues that it has no posi­tion on this issue and val­ues cus­tomers who hold pro-​life and pro-​abortion opin­ions equally can you give an exam­ple of a fundraiser for a pro-​life group held at a Chili’s in the past or will you do such a fundraiser to counter bal­ance this one?

I will hap­pily include any state­ment by Chili’s in my piece if it arrives before it is pub­lished, and/​or will update or pro­duce a fol­low up with said state­ment if it arrives after pub­li­ca­tion. Be aware that the piece will include the con­tent of this email.

Thank you for your time

Peter “DaT­e­chGuy” Ingemi
Dat​e​chguy​blog​.com
Fea­tur­ing DaTechGuy’s Mag­nif­i­cent Seven
Have Fedora Will Travel

Chili’s responded at 1:28 PM, with the following:

Peter,

Please find below a state­ment that can be attrib­uted to Chili’s® Grill & Bar.

At Chili’s, we have a long­stand­ing his­tory and take pride in giv­ing back to unite our local com­mu­ni­ties together. We rec­og­nize every com­mu­nity is unique, and encour­age our restau­rant man­agers and fran­chise part­ners to sup­port causes that help bring com­mu­ni­ties together and leave a pos­i­tive impact on our val­ued Guests, neigh­bors, friends and fam­i­lies we serve.

Yes­ter­day, we learned that an inde­pen­dent fran­chise part­ner of Chili’s in Indi­ana and Ken­tucky made the deci­sion to host a Chili’s Give Back Event on behalf of Planned Par­ent­hood Indi­ana and Ken­tucky. While our fran­chise part­ner had the best inten­tions; we have received grow­ing feed­back and con­cern from com­mu­nity mem­bers regard­ing the Give Back Event. This feed­back does not reflect Chili’s focus on bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties together and the event was never intended to be viewed as a par­ti­san event or polit­i­cal state­ment, there­fore we, along with our fran­chise part­ner, have decided to can­cel the event.

We will more clearly com­mu­ni­cate the focus of Chili’s char­i­ta­ble giv­ing efforts, so that our restau­rant man­agers and fran­chise part­ners can feel empow­ered to sup­port local orga­ni­za­tions that bring com­mu­ni­ties together.”

No answers to my ques­tions and a state­ment which reeks of moral equiv­a­lency. Not a big sur­prise by a com­pany that doesn’t want to get involved. Their state­ment that “every com­mu­nity is unique” and the “best of inten­tions” sug­gests that they don’t have a prob­lem with abor­tion itself, only that we who oppose it might object. It’s the type of state­ment I’d expect in 1817 if a Ken­tucky fran­chise owner held a fundraiser to help a local plan­ta­tion owner whose slaves had escaped and they wanted to pla­cate out­raged abolitionists.

Clearly the only rea­son con­sider this a big deal is because of the back­lash from Pro-​Life poten­tial cus­tomers, and I strongly sus­pect that the local fran­chises, fooled by the MSM cov­er­age of the so called “March for Woman” thought that of COURSE this would not make any trou­ble nation­wide given how every­body in the MSM was so behind it. So we get a state­ment attempt­ing to pla­cate pro-​life din­ers with­out risk­ing offend­ing pro-​abortion din­ers. It’s a state­ment that is nei­ther hot nor cold, and as I recall there was a good com­men­tary already writ­ten con­cern­ing those who are luke­warm which I’ll repeat here

I know your works; I know that you are nei­ther cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are luke­warm, nei­ther hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and afflu­ent and have no need of any­thing,’ and yet do not real­ize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white gar­ments to put on so that your shame­ful naked­ness may not be exposed, and buy oint­ment to smear on your eyes so that you may see.

Those whom I love, I reprove and chas­tise. Be earnest, there­fore, and repent. ” ’”Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any­one hears my voice and opens the door, (then) I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me…

Rev­e­la­tion 3:14:20

Did Chili’s have a 1st cen­tury fran­chise in Laodicea?

Alas for Chili’s, as much as they would put the genie back in the bot­tle it’s doesn’t work that way any­more the time has come to choose sides and their attempt to choose nei­ther will likely sat­isfy nobody.

They have a fran­chise in Leomin­ster just a few miles from my house which, given the prox­im­ity and qual­ity of Happy Jacks I’ve not vis­ited in a cou­ple of years. Given their luke­warm state­ment I think I’ll fol­low the exam­ple of Mother Angel­ica who when a sup­plier tried to extort a kick­back from her peanut com­pany that her monastery used to sup­port them­selves in the 60’s closed it instead saying

“If I’m going to hell, it’s not going to be over peanuts”

There are plenty of other places where I can eat and I’ve only got one soul.

If you can’t make them see the light, make the feel the heat

Ronald Reagan

Before I hit the sack this afternoon the story of some Chili’s Restaurants decision to hold fundraisers for Planned Parenthood, on the eve of the March for Life no less, broke

and the response from pro-life folks, particularly those who unlike Nancy Pelosi actually take that whole: Intrinsic Evil, Mortal Sin business in their religion seriously was not pleasant from their perspective:

This response at their facebook page was typical:

Mark A Byers I regularly patronize Chilis in and around Pasco County, New Port Richey, Trinity, and Palm Harbor. NO MORE! I will not support anyone that contributes to abortions in any state, or country. ADIOS!

So I decided that it was time to get a statement from Chili’s and wrote them the following email:

Good afternoon:

I am working on a piece to be published this week on the reports that Chili’s restaurants in two states were holding promotions to support planned parenthood and have several questions.

1. Does the Chili’s chain support these fundraisers for Planned Parenthood at their restaurant, if so why, if not why not?

2. Given that Abortion is a very divisive issue why did Chili’s decide to jump in the middle of it and are any sanctions planned for the restaurants In question for putting Chili’s in a position where they are likely going to be forced to choose one part of their customer base over another?

3. Are there any plans to make a general statement on any such fundraisers in the future? Will there be guidance to locally owned franchises to avoid cultural war issues in the future?

4. The annual March for life is tomorrow, given the likely reaction of the participants to this news what message do you have to those marchers concerning this promotion?

5. Given that the Catholic Church (and other Christian denominations) consider abortion an intrinsic evil and cooperation[misspelled in original] with abortion a mortal sin what message do you have to believing Catholic / Christian customers who may be ethically required to avoid Chili’s over this promotion?

6. As funding Planned Parenthood is an issue on which the left has attacked President Trump what assurances can you give voters who supported the President that this promotion was not a slap in the face to him and his supporters?

7. Finally if Chili’s argues that it has no position on this issue and values customers who hold pro-life and pro-abortion opinions equally can you give an example of a fundraiser for a pro-life group held at a Chili’s in the past or will you do such a fundraiser to counter balance this one?

I will happily include any statement by Chili’s in my piece if it arrives before it is published, and/or will update or produce a follow up with said statement if it arrives after publication. Be aware that the piece will include the content of this email.

Thank you for your time

Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi
Datechguyblog.com
Featuring DaTechGuy’s Magnificent Seven
Have Fedora Will Travel

Chili’s responded at 1:28 PM, with the following:

Peter,

Please find below a statement that can be attributed to Chili’s® Grill & Bar.

“At Chili’s, we have a longstanding history and take pride in giving back to unite our local communities together. We recognize every community is unique, and encourage our restaurant managers and franchise partners to support causes that help bring communities together and leave a positive impact on our valued Guests, neighbors, friends and families we serve.

Yesterday, we learned that an independent franchise partner of Chili’s in Indiana and Kentucky made the decision to host a Chili’s Give Back Event on behalf of Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kentucky. While our franchise partner had the best intentions; we have received growing feedback and concern from community members regarding the Give Back Event. This feedback does not reflect Chili’s focus on bringing communities together and the event was never intended to be viewed as a partisan event or political statement, therefore we, along with our franchise partner, have decided to cancel the event.

We will more clearly communicate the focus of Chili’s charitable giving efforts, so that our restaurant managers and franchise partners can feel empowered to support local organizations that bring communities together.”

No answers to my questions and a statement which reeks of moral equivalency.  Not a big surprise by a company that doesn’t want to get involved.  Their statement that “every community is unique” and the “best of intentions” suggests that they don’t have a problem with abortion itself, only that we who oppose it might object. It’s the type of statement I’d expect in 1817 if a Kentucky franchise owner held a fundraiser to help a local plantation owner whose slaves had escaped and they wanted to placate outraged abolitionists.

Clearly the only reason consider this a big deal is because of the backlash from Pro-Life potential customers, and I strongly suspect that the local franchises, fooled by the MSM coverage of the so called “March for Woman” thought that of COURSE this would not make any trouble nationwide given how everybody in the MSM was so behind it. So we get a statement attempting to placate pro-life diners without risking offending pro-abortion diners. It’s a statement that is neither hot nor cold, and as I recall there was a good commentary already written concerning those who are lukewarm which I’ll repeat here

I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see.

Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. ” ‘”Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, (then) I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me…

Revelation 3:14:20

Did Chili’s have a 1st century  franchise in Laodicea?

Alas for Chili’s, as much as they would put the genie back in the bottle it’s doesn’t work that way anymore the time has come to choose sides and their attempt to choose neither will likely satisfy nobody.

They have a franchise in Leominster just a few miles from my house which, given the proximity and quality of Happy Jacks I’ve not visited in a couple of years.  Given their lukewarm statement I think I’ll follow the example of Mother Angelica who when a supplier tried to extort a kickback from her peanut company that her monastery used to support themselves in the 60’s closed it instead saying

“If I’m going to hell, it’s not going to be over peanuts”

There are plenty of other places where I can eat and I’ve only got one soul.