June 11, 2018
Chick-fil-A's slogan is "eat more chicken" -- not act like one! Unfortunately, that's exactly what Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey did after activists slammed him for posting evidence that he'd stopped by the fast-food chain. After six years, the controversy over Chick-fil-A is still sizzling -- and, as we learned over the weekend, just eating there can ruffle plenty of feathers.
Dorsey sent LGBT activists into a frenzy when he posted a picture of the money he saved using a new cash app. "Boost @ChickfilA," he tweeted. The meal may not have given him indigestion, but it certainly turned the stomach of the far-Left. Users resorted to public shaming, insisting that Dorsey was a traitor for visiting the chain at all -- let alone in June. "This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack," Soledad O'Brien tweeted.
"You're right," a chastened Dorsey replied. "Completely forgot about their background." Their "background," of course, being that of Christian owners who believe what the Bible teaches about marriage. Back in 2012, before LGBT activists made him skittish about social issues, CEO Dan Cathy had been very open about his views. "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that... We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
Now, six whole years later, the head of a major social media platform is apologizing for eating a chicken sandwich! This is how out of touch the Left's new orthodoxy is. To them, it's a given that everyone in America thinks just like them. That no one in their right mind would even consider eating at a restaurant operated by someone who believes that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Even if that restaurant is currently ranked in the top 10 in America and is forecasted to be the third largest fast food chain by 2020.
Fortunately, not everyone subscribes to the Left's narrow-mindedness. "Don't give in to these people and their complaints," one user tweeted. "I'm gay and I LOVE ChickfilA. Ridiculous. Go on and eat that ChickfilA and post as much as you want about it!" Others hit back at the narrative that having faith somehow disqualifies you from running a business. "'Background' meaning they employ 41,000 people, many of whom are the most pleasant fast-food employees in the country, serve delicious food at good prices, and at amazing speed?" wrote journalist Jeryl Bier. "That background?"
For millions of conservatives, this should be another warning of who's controlling social media. If Jack Dorsey is begging the Left's pardon for his fast-food lunch, how sorry will he make you for your views?
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.