A commentary in The New Yorker has many – conservatives and liberals – shaking their heads, with some calling the piece “incredibly bigoted,” “disappointing,” and “media hypocrisy at its best.”
“It’s disappointing that The New Yorker would engage in such blatant anti-Christian bigotry,” commented NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “Unfortunately, this has become all too common in the elite media.”
The author of the article, titled “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City,” takes issue with the restaurant chain’s arrival in New York, stating that it “feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism.”
The chain’s “emphasis on community … suggests an ulterior motive,” the writer continues before noting that the “restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with the words ‘to glorify God,’ and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant.”
“Its arrival in the city augurs worse than a load of manure on the F train,” the writer states further in the article, adding later that “there’s something especially distasteful about Chick-fil-A.”
Since the article’s publication on Monday, some critics of the piece have responded in jest.
“The article accused the company of a laundry list of misdeeds, such as posting Bible verses at its Atlanta headquarters,” remarked Warren Cole of the Chuck Colson Center. “The Horror!”
“The New Yorker caught us red-handed. The jig is up,” reported Todd Starnes of Fox News.
“The truth is months ago a covert team of specially trained Southern Christians crossed the Mason-Dixon Line along with a herd of grammatically-challenged bovines,” he added, referring to Chick-fil-A’s use of cows in their marketing.
“Our mission was to convert the Yankee heathens with gracious Southern hospitality and delicious chicken sandwiches,” Starnes continued. “And our plan would’ve worked had it not been for those meddling members of the Mainstream Media.”
Other critics, like David Brody, host of CBN’s Faith Nation, noted that the article “is ridiculous on so many different fronts,” but took a more serious tone, calling it “hypocrisy – media hypocrisy at its best.”
Phil Cooke of Cooke Pictures similarly called the article “incredibly bigoted,” while Eric Metaxas, host of the Eric Metaxas Show, said it was The New Yorker’s article that was “TRULY creepy.”
“It’s encouraging that so many have spoken out against this piece, including some on the Left,” noted Johnson. “Chick-fil-A has proven time and time again that it is a wonderful business that operates according to Christian principles and is a force for good in communities in which it operates across America.”
Notably, both the founder of Chick-fil-A, S. Truett Cathy, and the chain’s current president, Dan Cathy, were recipients of the NRB Board of Directors Award, with the former receiving the award posthumously in 2015 and the latter receiving the award earlier this year.
The NRB Board of Directors Award honors a Christian who demonstrates integrity, displays creativity, and makes a significant impact on society.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 19, 2018