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


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. [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 [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. [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? [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 [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, [Read More...]

Evangelicalism and ‘time wasted in disabuse’

Ta-Nehisi Coates is discussing an unrelated topic here, but his analogy captures the frustration with the evangelical subculture that caused me to leave my work in that world 12 years ago: Consider this: what if you were a medievalist and the majority of your public simply refused to accept that Charlemagne ever existed. Indeed, what [Read More...]

Robot Eurythphro and news from the religious right

“And a good day to you, Robot Euthyphro.” If you’re not familiar with the original, you can read it here. Go ahead, it’s short, and funnier than you might expect. (For best results: Imagine Peter Falk in the role of Socrates.) I found the video above after reading Libby Anne’s response to a column by [Read More...]