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Monday, July 23, 2012

Regarding: Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day

By Rick Pearcey • July 23, 2012, 11:50 AM

The statement below in support of Chick-fil-A -- which has been viciously and unfairly attacked by extremists for its support of genuine marriage -- appears on the Facebook page of Mike Huckabee (I have included a few comments in the body of Huckabee statement, as indicated by brackets and italics):

I have been incensed [This is good and appropriate; outrage at social injustice and evil, marketed and masquerading as liberation, is both humane and Biblical
-- "Love thy neighbor"] at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld.

[Note that the "Biblical view" is not to be reduced to a merely "religious" view that privatizes "faith" inside an airtight closet divorced from the space and time and public life. For what is affirmed here represents verifiable information given by a knowable, rational Creator. Marriage so described upon this basis reflects not a private taste or subjective group preference but instead the form of the world and the humanity of the human being, both in our individuality and in our social unity and diversity.]

The Cathy family, led by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story. [The so-called liberal worldview operates according to philosophic presuppositions that aggressively war against the center of the American experiment, which, as the Declaration of Independence makes clear, is rooted in the Creator and not in the state, nature, class, envy, group, diversity, gender, skin color, or some monodimensional concept of naturalistic "equality." Thus, liberalism per se rejects and, yes, despises, any concept of America or American success or American exceptionalism that recognizes its liberating starting point in the uniqueness and wonder of a Creator who is the basis for unalienable human rights. An exceptional Creator gives rise to exceptional nations.]  

Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick Fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO. It's a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left. [The Left has become a uniform act of bigotry and discrimination against any who question its basic presuppositions and who claim the God-given right to practice a critical distance vis-a-vis the truth-claims of liberalism. As such, the Left functions in its argumentation and in its application across society more like a totalistic religious cult than as a force for genuine and humane liberation of the human spirit.]
The Chick Fil-A company refuses to open on Sundays so that their employees can go to church if they wish. Despite the pressure from malls, airports, and the business world to open on Sundays, they still don't. They treat customers and employees with respect and dignity. [Excellent on all counts]
I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 "Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values [Note: What is affirmed are not merely "values," as if these were privatized matters of taste. Rather what is affirmed is a wholistic way of life rooted in truth and rooted in objective, rational moral norms that foster liberation and human flourishing] we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. 

Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values [Note: What is embraced are not merely "traditional values," but rather, objective moral truths. After all, if a social practice is not truly rooted in the wonder of humanity as created in the image of God, which is asserted as a knowable and verifiable proposition, then such a practice may be "traditional" even while it may also properly be open to challenge. Some traditions are bad and should be jettisoned], we're considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant.  [These words are just politically correct curse words designed to get you to shut up; a free and dignified people rejects them for the fascist style of social oppression and attempted manipulation for which they stand. Humanity created in the image of God rages against the machine.]

This effort is not being launched by the Chick Fil-A company and no one from the company or family is involved in proposing or promoting it.

There's no need for anyone to be angry or engage in a verbal battle. [There are many legitimate ways to express one's outrage against inhumanity; voting with one's pocket book is certainly one of them. Engagement in the battle of ideas is appropriate as well.] Simply affirm appreciation for a company run by Christian principles by showing up on Wednesday, August 1 or by participating online -- tweeting your support or sending a message on Facebook.

The Pearcey family is marking Aug. 1, 2012, as a day of resistance. Meanwhile, some may find my article How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War to be of interest.