A recent article in the New Yorker decried the opening of a 4th Chick-fil-A restaurant in Manhattan. The author called it a “creepy infiltration” because of what he calls the company’s “pervasive Christian traditionalism,” evidenced by the fact that the headquarters in Atlanta features a statue of Jesus washing His disciple’s feet, and that the stores are closed on Sunday.
Hmmm … pretty creepy stuff.
The New Yorker certainly has the right to publish articles with a secular point of view, but New York was founded by Dutch Calvinist merchants, and some 60 percent of New Yorkers still self-identify as Christian.
The foot washing episode inspired John Locke to teach the doctrine of religious liberty, which influenced our own 1st Amendment. So: the scene which offends the New York press today is what led to the freedom which enables that same press to deride it.
Maybe it’s the New Yorker that’s kind of creepy.Read More »