“You can’t handle the truth” was the most memorable words in the movie “A Few Good Men.” But the crux of the movie was that those in charge, “failed to stand up for those too weak to stand up for themselves….” That is why Vante, Inc. did the right thing by firing Adam Smith from his job as their Chief Financial Officer. I certainly hope that he can handle the truth about his egregious behavior towards a minimum wage woman that he himself videotaped.
But Smith’s action, objectionable as it was, does not give the Cathy’s a pass. In fact, the Cathy’s scheme to increase their chicken restaurant business using their hate of LGBT is not a new scheme. Actually, the Cathy’s undertakings are a reincarnation of Segregationist Lester Maddox of Georga. He too used hate against others as a tool to increase business in his Pickrick Restaurant, and to propel him into the governorship of Georgia. Not surprising, his restaurant also featured fried chicken as the principal cuisine. While Lester Maddox used cartoon chickens on billboards and pick handles to increase business and accentuate his hateful segregationist views. The Cathy’s draped themselves in “Christianity” and the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation day to market their hate and to entice others to unite behind their appalling cause. My advise to Smith and the Cathy’s is to think about and remember the words a famous man who said. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches.