Starbucks vs. Chick-fil-A: some results

I didn’t realize there would be a follow-up so soon to my earlier post, but here you go. When I first saw the headline “California Chick-Fil-A Offers Free Meals To Gay Marriage Supporters,” I presumed that a franchisee acted independently to protest the COO’s (I mistakenly referred to Dan Cathy as the CEO in the earlier post; mea culpa) pro-natural marriage stance. But the ... More

What Does The Chick-Fil-A Drama Mean For The Future?

No one knows when the Chick-Fil-A drama will finally run its course, but when trying to discern what it tells us about American culture, it’s a mixed bag. You can argue, as commentator and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan did, that the news is bad—“ If intolerance is a mark of rising faiths and movements, the news is not good,” Buchanan opined. Does the intolerance of the gay rig... More

Three Reasons I Ate at Chick-Fil-A Yesterday.

In descending order of importance. These guys really made out well yesterday. Mooooo. 1) Freedom of conscience, expression. The reason Boston, Chicago, and possibly Philly have threatened to ban Chik-Fil-A is because the owner had the audacity to express a belief that they find unfashionable. Seems Chicago values, Boston values, and Philly values don’t include tolerance or freedom of express... More

What Were Thomas Menino’s Real Motives For Attacking Chick-Fil-A?

Thomas Menino had no track record as a radical left-winger until last week. What changed? It’s been over a week now since Boston Mayor Thomas Menino decided that anyone who holds religious or cultural beliefs contrary to the left-wing political establishment can’t serve chicken sandwiches or employ people in the city he serves. The question of Menino (and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel) and his ... More

Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Now Amazon: Why Controversy is Bad for Business

Source: Flickr For the life of me, I don’t understand why companies – or prominent figures on their leadership teams – publicly engage in financing or commenting on controversial topics that don’t relate at all to the products and services they’re selling. Before the recent furor over Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s statements supporting traditional marriage,... More

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