Chicken sandwiches for family bad, ice cream for same-sex marriage good?
Ben & Jerry's ice cream is ubiquitous. You can buy it in supermarkets, video stores, gas stations, movie theaters, pizza outlets, and ice cream shops around the world. And besides just making and selling ice cream, Ben and Jerry are often trying to make and sell a point for the left -- namely, that it's time to redefine marriage worldwide.
And that's their right, certainly. In fact, they require all franchise owners to share their political and social view. Note, however, that you hear nothing but crickets about this while the left and its willing allies in the media relentlessly attack Chick-fil-A for its views about marriage -- views that don't fit with the left's agenda. The hypocrisy is staggeringly obvious.
For example, in 2009, Ben & Jerry's demonstrated their support for marriage redefinition in Vermont by changing the name of "Chubby Hubby" ice cream to "Hubby Hubby." And now, they are giving their Apple Pie-flavored ice cream a new name, "Apple-y Ever After," in an effort to support Stonewall, a homosexual activist group pushing for the redefinition of marriage in the U.K.
Where is the outcry? Where are the people lined up to protest Ben & Jerry's? Can you find one college or university campus which is asking Ben & Jerry's to pack up and leave?
No. But Chick-fil-A, another well-known and ubiquitous food chain, is being relentlessly attacked by "tolerant" leftist groups, who want to force them off college and university campuses.
Why? -- because they support pro-family groups instead of groups that are harmful to the family. A group of bloggers who carry water for the homosexual agenda even joined together last year in calls to boycott Chick-fil-A over the restaurant chain's support of pro-family causes.
And whereas Ben & Jerry's mission statement is bundled with pro-activist stances supporting the "Occupy Movement," social justice, and of course same-sex "marriage," Chick-fil-A's mission statement includes a commitment "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us."
Honestly, in this tale of two companies, the eateries are worlds apart.
Yet the duplicitous left is doing its level best to make sure only one of the two gets to support the causes they wish: because only one of the two supports causes of which the left approves.
And that is illustrated most clearly in the fact that a person cannot believe in the timeless definition of marriage as the union of only one man and one woman and get a Ben & Jerry's franchise. That means that Ben & Jerry's makes not only financial demands on their franchisees, but also moral demands that must mirror those behind the homosexual agenda.
Note the utter lack of any cries about "discrimination" or "intolerance." Note the fact that those who support protecting marriage do not argue that Ben & Jerry's has no right to their opinions or business practices. Chick-fil-A, of course, doesn't get the same pass that Ben & Jerry's does because, in the eyes of those who love political conformity, Chick-fil-A doesn't hold to the right opinions.
But that's the sad thing about the political left. They're always pushing their morality on everybody else.
Benjamin W. Bull, Esquire serves with the Alliance Defense Fund as chief counsel, executive vice president, and executive director of ADF Global.