Accuracy in Media

The Young Turks are building a conspiracy theory against Chick-Fil-A.

As we know, to many on the Left, it’s an affront that evangelicals – actually strongly religious people — should be allowed to run their business as they see fit. Given this, the woke are determined to show that all is not well in the chicken empire. The latest claim is that evangelically minded Christians are involved with evangelically minded Christian organizations.

That really is it. On such shaky grounds are conspiracy theories launched.

Chick-Fil-A is, famously, run by those who have an abiding belief in the Christian religion. Unsurprisingly, the National Prayer Breakfast also involves some who have a similar, strong, belief in the saving graces of that religious stance. The claimed conspiracy is nothing more than noting that one Chick-Fil-A executive has, for many years, been involved in that prayer breakfast.

The company is not involved. The owners of the company have, over the years, donated significant amounts to varied religious organizations. This executive, Tim Burchfield, has worked within the chicken sandwich franchising company – and also owns a franchise – and also followed his faith into organizing the prayer breakfast.

This is, apparently, sufficient for there to be a claim of something nefarious going on. The report has many claims about who has been invited to what and when but that is the core of the complaint. Evangelically minded folks are involved in evangelical organizations. Look, it’s a conspiracy!

The Young Turks is a major media outlet for the young. The YouTube channel has 5 million and rising subscribers, with over 6 billion views so far. The online site, plus access occasionally to broadcast radio and cable TV, expands this audience.

With such a reach comes a certain responsibility to at least rational thought even if opinion is whatever one wishes. This is a test The Young Turks are failing here. Noting that Christians do Christian things is not evidence of a conspiracy, it’s evidence of Christians taking their duties are religious believers seriously.

Really? An evangelical in a known to be evangelically minded business – but not the business itself – is involved in organising attendance at an evangelical function like a prayer breakfast? That’s the start of a conspiracy theory?

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