Business Culture: The Dark Side

By Anonymous, Trending Writer

As it has become the norm for business to bow to political correctness and societal agendas that demand unquestioning inclusion, it is refreshing to know there are companies who are still willing to stand by their conservative beliefs.

The 1st Amendment gives citizens freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly, but it commonly gets thrown up as a shield from words and ideas that a person does not agree with or simply not like to hear. The people who demonize companies with certain conservative values and push to have them change their belief systems are perpetrating a hypocrisy in itself. These individuals push modern agendas onto companies and are infuriated when met with refusal. However if an outside force tells them how to act, they would be just as stubborn.

Chick-Fil-A is one of the most beloved fast food chains, however they are not open on Sunday due to CEO Dan Cathy’s religion. In addition, in 2012, remarks surfaced about Mr. Cathy being “very much” against gay marriage, and subsequent protests and boycotting occurred. He went on to explain, “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles”. They have no issue hiring or serving LGBT customers, but it remains hypocritical for one side to try and force another to change their religions views, while taking no accountability for the seriousness of their request.

John H. Tyson, the current chairman of Tyson Food Corporation and a born-again Christian, also believes his values should not be pushed aside when he walks through the front door. If he were to quell his beliefs, it would set a precedent for his workers that they should repress their religion at work as well. By standing by his beliefs, Mr. Tyson advocates for an atmosphere that is described as “giving people permission to live their faith seven days a week.” They are not a company who is bigoted towards a certain faith, rather just led by a boss who believe his religious values should not be stifled.

If any company failed to accommodate a lower level employee’s religious choices, they would be brought to court under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, so why should the CEO should be held to different standards?

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 21st print edition.

Contact the writer through the editor at

laura.colantonio@student.shu.edu

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