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RELIGION: Private donations vs. use of public dollars

Letter by Beth Woodbury Hart, Puyallup on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:50 am with 23 Comments »
August 1, 2012 9:50 am

I appreciate Lane Filler’s comments on the Chick-fil-A controversy (TNT, 8-1). There’s a huge difference between a private company donating to causes the owner believes in and politicians using taxpayer dollars to promote causes they think everyone should be forced to believe in.

So when Filler buys his favorite chicken sandwich, he shouldn’t feel guilty. He should think of it as a statement of support for religious freedom – which includes the freedom of Jews more orthodox than himself.


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  1. the freedom of Jews more orthodox than himself.

    re-read the article Beth – Chick-fil-A is run by a CHRISTIAN

  2. blakeshouse says:

    Let’s just wait and see what the crowds are like by the end of the day

  3. averageJose says:

    Ben and Jerry’s has been politically involved for a looong time… gotta love the constant selective whining from the left.

  4. Fibonacci says:

    What whining? The letter is by a rightie. As far as Ben and Jerry’s goes, who the hell even know what they are giving to? You spend way too much time looking for boogeymen under your bed.

  5. menopaws says:

    I agree with his column…….Don’t like the issues the company owner supports—don’t buy his product………But, don’t use the same kind of discrimination in the marketplace to stop him from doing business……..Let the consumer make the choice…………I think as a businessman, he should keep his mouth shut and sell chicken, but Donald Trump hasn’t learned that lesson either…………..So, buy or don’t……He wants to build more stores, let him……..This is not an issue of real discrimination—he sells his stupid chicken to anyone who wants to buy it—gays included……..This is really a non-issue and over-reaction by some politicians who wanted media coverage………

  6. SandHills says:

    Ask the CEO of Amazon how big of an investment his company has made in the staunch anti-gay marriage state of South Carolina, whose state constitution bans same-sex marriage (hint, over $150 million in just the last year).

    The hypocrisy astounds me..almost as much as how Krispy Creme made it up to the NW before Chick-fil-A (as one donut has more calories than one chicken sandwich – not to mention the much poorer options provided by Wendy’s, Jack-in-the-Box, Burger King, etc., etc.).

  7. beerBoy says:

    Funny how the Rightists who fall over themselves to defend the Market as a true democracy through “voting with your feet” are so critical when someone from the Left writes an article pointing out how they are using the Market to do that.

    btw – check out American Family Association’s many, many, many boycotts:
    The AFA has boycotted companies for various reasons, most often relating to Christmas controversies, pornography, support of pro-choice activism, support of violence or sexual content in entertainment, and support of LGBT activism, including same-sex partner employee benefits. These organizations include: 7-Eleven, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Airlines, American Girl, Blockbuster Video, Burger King, Calvin Klein, Carl’s Jr., Clorox, Comcast, Crest, Ford, Hallmark Cards, Kmart, Kraft Foods, S. C. Johnson & Son, Movie Gallery, Microsoft, MTV, Mary Kay, NutriSystem, Old Navy, IKEA, Sears, Pampers, Procter & Gamble, Target, Tide, Walt Disney Company, and PepsiCo.

    I guess – because Amazon isn’t in that list – it doesn’t count as much as one guy not eating at Chick-fil-a.

  8. LeePHill says:

    “Let the market settle it”

  9. averageJose says:

    LMAO… they’re tripping all over themselves on their way to support a bussiness that shares their views.
    Can’t say that about Ben and Jerry’s.

  10. citizen65 says:

    Ironically, I think James Robinson says it best on the Huffington post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-robison/attack-on-chick-fil-a_b_1708231.html

    The mayors advocating against this company are saying their citizens do not have the freedom to choose. Liberals are now apparently against freedom.

  11. citizen65 says:

    Beerboy – their is a difference between allowing people to choose ala the market and the government deciding people can’t choose. I see you are choosing against freedom by preferring to allow Mayors to choose for them.

  12. alindasue says:

    Fibonacci said, “As far as Ben and Jerry’s goes, who the hell even know what they are giving to?”

    Ben and Jerry’s has always been very straight up front about what causes they support. It’s on their web site: http://www.benandjerrysfoundation.org/

    Private companies and their boards can support whatever cause they want. If any person has a problem with it, he can choose whether or not to patronize that company. It’s called “voting with our wallets”.

  13. menopaws says:

    Honestly—has it dawned on anyone that Chik o whatever released this info to PUMP up sales???? The media gets lead around all the time (they have set the bar much lower these days as to who is a “journalist”)……..It’s a southern company, maybe sagging sales…so, let’s get Mike Huckabee etc. to help us pump up sales and use the gay marriage issue to do it…….My Dad was in advertising–he would call this the Ad man bait and switch……….
    It’s smart, it’s funny because once again the media is being used, and it’s brilliant marketing…..so, let’s save all the political garbage for another time—you have been punked by chicken sandwiches!!!!!

  14. Menopaws, I couldn’t agree more with your first post on this subject. Your second post is pure conjecture.

  15. averageJose says:

    Fib… the whining from your comrades. ;)

  16. Beth,
    My concern is what happens when the private company gives politicians money to support the companies position.

    Not just to boost sells, but to position the owner as a good old WORM?

    Was wondering early if the ‘lines round the block’ were people coming out in support, or for a free meal.

  17. averageJose says:

    “My concern is what happens when the private company gives politicians money to support the companies position.”

    Are you only concerned about private companies giving to repubs, or are you also concerned about all the money flowing to dems?

  18. aJo,
    the only people that should be allowed to contribute are individual American citizens who are registered voters, and that only individual candidates and their political parties should be allowed to spend money.

  19. citizen65 says:

    xring – I agree. The Unions should not be allowed to give our money to union friendly politicians.

  20. C65 – Corporations are not people so they to should be barred for buying pet politicians.

  21. menopaws says:

    It’s a stupid chicken sandwich…and they are laughing all the way to the bank!!!!! Sorry–I think it was a really slick con job and it worked………

  22. averageJose says:

    Xring, should those individual American citizens who are registered voters have to show a photo ID before they make a contribution?

  23. aJo – not after they are registered.

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