Last January I ran a piece in this blog entitled "Chick-fil-A Gets Creepy" http://pa-rocks-ramble.blogspot.com/2011/01/chick-fil-gets-creepy.html that discussed the fact that the fast food chain was planning to help sponsor an event in Pennsylvania whose aim was "to piss and moan about same-sex marriages." In deference to Chick-fil-A, I also pointed out that they make "a damned good chicken sandwich." The primary sponsor of the event was the Pennsylvania Family Institute, a homophobic group which was on the record as saying that same-sex couples harm civilization.
Well, the story is still brewing thanks to a nasty little chain email that appears to be coming out of some fundamentalist churches - and is quite possibly a corporate ploy to stir its base into buying more chicken sandwiches. A friend of mine (and he is a friend) who gets all of the wrong messages from his Baptist theology, has forwarded the email to me. The first line: "Now the socialists have targeted Chick-fil-A." And from there on it tends to get rather mean and nasty.
The hit piece is largely lifted from an article that conservative writer Michelle Malkin had in the National Review in February. It mentions all of the hot-button points for right-wingers: the company was founded in the south, it employs 50,000 workers in "nearly" 40 states, and pulls in more than two billion dollars in annual revenue as it "serves millions of happy customers with trademark southern hospitality."
(New definition: Southern Hospitality - some high school kid inquiring over a squeaky intercom if you would like waffle fries with your order.)
The email (and Malkin) noted that the fast food chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch." (Hence, the waffle fries!) Also mentioned was the fact that Chick-fil-A closes on Sundays so their employees can spend the day "at worship and rest."
The primary target of the email seemed to be some unnamed "progressive-activist" bloggers who have waged "an ugly war against Chick-fil-A." Among the heinous activities of those bloggers was the derision of the Chick-fil-A company as "anti-gay," and the making of mean references to their main product as "Jesus Chicken."
So yes, those evil bloggers must indeed be socialists!
(And I think I just saw Jesus pulling into the drive-thru at What-a Burger!)