Grease Mongers Rally Against Equality

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State Rep. Sally Kern’s immediate and vocal support for a business executive’s remarks criticizing same-sex marriage is about as predictable as it gets, but it’s still another embarrassment for Oklahoma on the national and international stage.

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A restaurants, purveyors of greasy, fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, sugared soft drinks and high-calorie desserts, recently said his company is opposed to same-sex marriage, which sparked calls for boycotts of his restaurants among equality groups and even some big-city mayors.

Cathy’s remarks can be construed as a horrible business decision at the very least, but what can you expect from a company that has a mission statement that includes this language: "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A." The company’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, is a right-wing religious ideologue of the Southern Baptist variety, and the company’s restaurants are even closed on Sundays as “a way of honoring God.”

See, S. Truett Cathy wants you to have some God with your grease:

I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.

Of course, Oklahoma City’s Kern, another right-wing religious ideologue, likes her God with all the fixings, too, so she issued a statement about Cathy’s remarks opposing same sex marriage. According to a media report, Kern said, “We need to support a business [that] is willing to take a stand for those values that Oklahomans believe and support.” She apparently also said, “We are in a culture war, and people need to start getting involved.”

Kern is infamous throughout the world for once equating homosexuality with terrorism. She has also argued on the Oklahoma House floor that people of color and women don’t work as hard as men or, by logical extension, white men.

Her remarks supporting Chick-fil-A’s corporate bigotry are only worth noting because they are part of a pattern of controversial statements that make Oklahoma seem backwards and archaic.

Here’s an idea: Since Kern is so obsessed about homosexuality, why doesn’t she travel to places that actually allow same-sex marriage and fight her “culture war” where it really matters? Inciting the right-wing religious robots here doesn’t do much for her cause, and it only damages the state’s image in the process.

Meanwhile, the mayors of Boston and Chicago have both vowed to prevent Chick-fil-A expansion in their cities because of the company’s same-sex marriage stance, which could obviously hurt overall sales of fried chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. The San Francisco mayor has also warned Chick-fil-A to stay away from his city.

Here’s some nutritional information for a religiously inspired Chick-fil-A Deluxe Chicken sandwich, according to calorie count:

Calories: 420
Total Fat: 16g
Sodium: 1300mg
Carbohydrates: 39g

You want some heavenly waffle fries with that?

Calories: 270
Total Fat: 13g
Sodium: 115mg
Carbohydrates: 34g

Surely, you’ll want to wash down all that Godly goodness with a large Jesus-Is-Lord Coca Cola:

Calories: 250
Sodium: 25
Carbohydrates: 69g

Let’s top that off with an amen-sister! Fudge Brownie Sundae:

Calories: 590
Fat: 22g
Sodium: 230mg
Carbohydrates: 91g

Hallelujah! Can I get some extra bigotry with that?