A Michigan restaurant chain is currently under threat of boycott by hundreds on Facebook and Reddit.
The reason? According to its Federal Election Committee filing, in the words of Chris Isaak, “Baby did a bad bad thing”: It made contributions to President Trump.
From local Fox 17:
[H]undreds of Facebook and Reddit users are posting they will no longer be eating at Anna’s House after seeing a Federal Election Commission filing detailing its political contributions.
The 8-location Anna’s was “voted #1 Best Breakfast in Michigan.” But in April, it coughed up $15,000 to joint fundraising committee Trump Victory.
This whole hubbub began when 30-year-old Facebooker Doug Chu shared a screenshot of Anna’s FEC documentation.
[I]t was shared on Wednesday and shared it to his personal Facebook page. It’s since been shared hundreds of times, mostly by people upset to learn about the restaurant chain’s support of the President.
Perhaps surprisingly, Mr. Chu’s all about his religious responsibility:
“My political beliefs, at their core, come from being a Christian. More specifically, from studying the Bible and and paying attention to the kind of society God wants people to live in, as well as from working to apprentice myself to Jesus’ teachings on how to treat other people.”
But eaterie owner Josh Beckett isn’t ashamed of what he did. He released a statement to that effect:
“I am proud to live in a country where we are free to have different opinions and to support a candidate of our choice. At Anna’s House, we employ and serve people of all backgrounds and beliefs, without judgement. Our goal is to treat everyone like family – and in families, there are often differences of opinion. Embracing these differences and respecting each other despite them is what makes our country great. If you are looking for an open, supportive, and accepting place to enjoy a great meal and conversation, Anna’s House is here for you.”
“You know, I think moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world. So why would our family be any different? There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you. The bad thing is when it turns to venom and negativity, and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion. We can learn from each other and, if anything, it solidifies your point. Or maybe you learn something.”
What a beautiful thing. Doug is exactly right. That’s the way family should be, including the American family.
But some aren’t for it.
Kent County Republican Party Chair Joel Freeman told Fox 17 what he thinks about that, as it relates to orange juice and waffles:
“Treating people with different political viewpoints as enemies to be eliminated is toxic and counterproductive. Anna’s House is a popular locally-owned business that has found success serving delicious breakfasts that everyone can enjoy. It’s too bad that some would prefer division and strife over breaking bread, but that just means there’s more waffles for the rest of us.”
Of course, participating in boycotts is one’s right as a citizen. But in my view, if you’re refusing to get a pancake simply because you’ve heard that a company quietly and respectfully made a donation to a presidential campaign, you’re giving up palatable ecstasy for a wrong cause.
Eat the pancake — it’s delicious.
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