Billy Graham did not go to Chick-fil-A (and he didn’t tell you to go there, either)

Hophni Phineas Graham

Steve Knight does not believe that recent statements allegedly from evangelist Billy Graham are really statements from Billy Graham: Let me tell you about Billy Graham, just as he is, because based on what I experienced working for the man for six years, two statements issued under his name last week (and one earlier this year) significantly collide with the well-established values of this great humble faith leader. … I sincerely fear that Billy has become a puppet for the political … [Read more...]

Fred Phelps: Why it is not possible to believe that you ate Chick-fil-A because of ‘freedom of speech’

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Please stop pretending that the orgy of hate last week at Chick-fil-A had anything to do with free speech. It obviously did not. I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. Fred Phelps. That's why if you say you went to Chick-fil-A "Appreciation Day" because of "freedom of speech," everyone knows you're just play-acting. Fred Phelps, buddy. Fred freakin' Phelps. Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps of the infamously nasty Westboro Baptist Church. Fred Phelps proves you're just playing … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Flustercluck: The Day After

Gracequeer Felicia Jenay Follum

"Had there been a Fox News back in 1960, I'm sure there would have been a Woolworth's Lunch-counter Appreciation Day, too." "The people who organized boycotts of these bigots and the places they represented back then were similarly accused of 'intolerance' at the time." "If Mike Huckabee had declared yesterday 'Homeless Appreciation Day,' would the response have been even half as large and loud?" "It's a systemic pattern of discrimination for a certain way of being a … [Read more...]

Clowns, prophets and the Chick-fil-A Flustercluck

I suspect James McGrath is probably right when he says, regarding Chick-fil-A: "Satire is likely to be a more effective weapon in the controversy ... than protests and boycotts." That calls to mind an exchange from Robert Wiede's Directors Guild  interview with Mel Brooks: Q: On the surface, The Producers is simply good, silly fun. But do you take personal pleasure in the subversive element of making fun of Nazis? There are Nazi jokes in many of your movies. A: Yeah. If you can make them … [Read more...]

Chik-fil-A flustercluck link roundup

"I mean, it's so unhealthy it's probably killed more Southerners than crystal meth, Gen. Sherman, and illegal fireworks combined … but it's undeniably tasty." "The folks at FRC lie about the LGBT community and they spread hatred. Not mere disagreement, but actual hatred." "Do all of my economic decisions ascribe to a morally perfect model? no. But when I know better, I try to do better, and in this case, I don’t agree with the company’s sponsorship and support of events and … [Read more...]

The Chik-fil-A Flustercluck: What’s Next?

For all the buzz about "boycotting" Chik-fil-A, we haven't really seen anything that formally organized yet. Basically, thus far, what we've seen is a big corporation telling part of the public that "We don't want your money here," and that part of the public unsurprisingly responding "OK, then, you can't have it." This latest corporate flustercluck is mostly following the standard script for what happens when a business decides to fire off a volley in the culture wars on a matter wholly … [Read more...]

‘Stance’ vs. substance: why evangelicals are confused about the actual harm Chik-fil-A is doing to actual people

Inside the world of American evangelicalism, one must always have the proper stance. Stances, actually, plural, as one must have the proper stance on a whole host of subjects. "What is your stance on X?" is a common question in the subculture, with X including a wide variety of litmus tests such as abortion, homosexuality, the inerrancy of scripture, creationism, women's ordination, abortion, homosexuality, divorce, Rob Bell, foreign missions, climate change, infant baptism, predestination, … [Read more...]


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