Let me go ahead and apologize now for anything I say in this column that may offend you. Please know that it is not my intention. I am hoping to open up some eyes and maybe even a few minds — on both sides of the fence — in an effort to convince people to stop being good little democrats and republicans, and start being good Americans. And, to encourage some to be a little more conscientious about the food on their plates, where it comes from, and what is in it.
So, without further ado, let’s break this circus down to see if we can make heads or tails of it all. Besides, sometimes a libertarian perspective is just what people need.
The whole mess began when Cathy, an outspoken right wing Christian, was asked his opinion on marriage during an interview. He offered what I thought to be a carefully thought out response explaining that he was in favor of “traditional marriage.” No surprise there.
So, what’s the problem? He [Cathy] never actually used the term “gay marriage” in his response, nor did he directly condemn it. But thanks to the media, here we are anyway.
Then, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a man who obviously confuses his position as Mayor with one of actual importance, as well as above the Constitution, publicly stated that “Chick-Fil-A’s values are not Chicago values” and threatened to prevent the restaurant’s expansion in Chicago.
When did we award cities, or in this case their malfunctioning mayors the power to use religious and political beliefs on a business license application?
Sounds like a lawsuit in the making, doesn’t it? But that’s okay, thanks to excellent mayorship (past and present) Chicago is flat broke anyway.
This media-hyped drama — and, believe me when I tell you that’s all it really is — then spilled out into the public arena where outraged left wingers and gay marriage activists vehemently vowed to boycott the fast food chain.
This is where it gets comical.
Right wing conservatives and defenders of Christian values and straight marriage caught wind of the boycott and launched an anti-boycott of their own in support of Cathy and Chick-fil-A, by lining up all across America in record numbers to consume — I can’t believe this! — monosodium glutamate laced chicken sandwiches. Uh, okay.
Cathy must be laughing all the way to the bank. As for Emanuel, his plan seems to have royally back fired. Or, has it?
Take a look below at just some of the chemicals and ingredients (the real issues) found in a classic Chick-fil-A sandwich as listed on the company website, and you start to see a bigger picture.
Monosodium glutamate MSG (twice!), soybean oil (likely GMO considering the chicken is not organic), sodium aluminum phosphate, dimethylpolysiloxane (an anti-foaming chemical), high fructose corn syrup, ammonium sulfate, soy lecithin, sodium benzoate, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1, potassium sorbate and TBHQ.
Oh, to be fair, there is some chicken in there, too.
There is currently no organic option on Chick-fil-A’s menu and they don’t plan to offer one in the near future. According to Tiffany Greenway, Consultant, Corporate Public Relations for the fast food chain, “At this time, Chick-fil-A is not pursuing an organic chicken sandwich menu option.”
So, just to make sure I’ve got this straight. Right wing Christians in a retaliation against gay marriage activists, showed up in droves to pollute their own bodies (a sin according to the bible) by consuming, among other chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, MSG and anti-foaming chemicals. Have these people all lost their minds?
And, to think all that gluttonous sinning occurred under the 1,600 roofs of a fast food restaurant chain that claimed in a July 31, 2012 press release that they apply “biblically-based principals.”
That’s not all, According to Dr. Michael Greger, MD, the NIH, and the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service, there are “alarmingly high levels of arsenic contamination in the flesh of broiler chickens,” exceeding the EPA upper limit for arsenic in water by 6 – 9 times.
Arsenic is widely used in chicken feed to promote growth. All arsenic compounds have mutagenic potential and are known carcinogens.
Arsenic has also been linked to baldness and confusion. This certainly explains a lot.
But here’s the real kicker, and you might want to sit down for this one. Scientists during an obscure 2003 study in Bangladesh blamed arsenic in the tap water for the country’s sudden rise in homosexuality.
Oh my! If this study has any beef to it whatsoever (no pun intended) that means defenders of straight marriage and Christian values ironically showed up in record numbers on August 1 to digest what might be the world’s most potent homosexual-inducing cocktail, disguised in the form of a classic Chick-fil-A sandwich.
Take that you dirty no good left wingers!
Now take a moment to regain your wits and get back up in your chair.
Remember Rahm Emanuel, that crazy Chicago mayor who was seemingly suffering from an arsenic induced state of confusion when he threatened economic sanctions on Chick-fil-A?
Well, maybe he wasn’t suffering from anything at all. Is it possible that he is some sort of evil modern day mastermind who was already aware of that obscure finding in Bangladesh? Think about it, he might have known his words could easily spark the entire Christian world to rush out and consume those little homosexual-maker fast food sandwiches — and do so in record fashion. Step back for a moment and digest that.
Nah! That’s a pretty big stretch.
But seriously, who is the bigger loser in all this?
Is it that dictator Emanuel who threatens other businesses that don’t align with his personal gay marriage agenda?
Or, is it the Chick-for-brains fools who in a dramatic public act of ignorance — and hypocrisy — ate MSG and anti-foaming chemicals and somehow believe they won by poisoning themselves with processed fast food?
I guess only time will tell.
One thing I do know for sure, we the people will somehow lose, as we always do. Just as we are bound for disaster after the powers that be anoint Obama (corporate wonder boy left) or Romney (corporate wonder boy right) our next president.
But I am not giving up, I am trying to find a way to get Mayor Emanuel to launch a similar campaign against my business interests. I could use the extra bucks.