Adam M. Smith isn’t normally a stupid person. He was the chief financial officer for a very large company up until just the other day when they fired him for his incredibly bad judgment and, well, plain rudeness to a Chick-Fil-A employee at a drive-thru in Tucson, Arizona.
Adam M. Smith was so profoundly stupid to not only videotape his rude and abusive diatribe, but also to post it on YouTube for the entire world to see!
In his video (below) Adam M. Smith expresses his displeasure with Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy’s [allegedly] hate-filled comments to Baptist Press. He hasn't a clue what those comments were, of course, but that's entirely beside the point.
Here’s what Dan Cathy actually said:
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Not only did he NOT mention gay marriage, he took a pretty good shot at heterosexual folks instead. His family takes the institution of marriage seriously and as a result the members of his family are all married to their first wives. That’s very unlike the rest of the nation where divorce rates run well over 50% and second marriages are the norm.
Ever looking for a Christian to scapegoat, the Lame-Stream Press went wild and declared that Dan Cathy hates gays, that Dan Cathy is homophobic, and that Dan Cathy is filled with hate.
All because he said,
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Oh the horror!
To quote John Hayward’s column on HumanEvents.com,
There’s not much doubt, even from the context of this single interview that Cathy is referring to the union of husbands, wives, and children when he discusses support for the traditional family, but that’s not the same thing as condemning anyone.
As it happens, Cathy has directly addressed the topic of gay marriage recently, when he said during a radio interview: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think we can try to define what marriage is all about.”
That’s a rather forceful statement against the re-definition of marriage – delivered with an invocation of divine judgment that understandably makes some listeners uncomfortable, and is arguably intended to do so – but still not a personal condemnation of anyone.
Of course CNN, ever the hater of all things Christian, probably didn’t bother to read Cathy’s actual words. Why bother when you can manufacture a story instead of report one?
As Hayward explains so clearly, it’s not about reporting a story but about ending public debate on gay marriage.
Of course, the name of the game being played against Chick-fil-A involves ending the discussion, by ruling one side of this important social debate completely out of order, and dismissing their beliefs as unworthy of respect. All resistance to gay marriage is instantly transmuted into personal hatred of gay people. On the other hand, criticism of traditional marriage proponents cannot be viewed as hateful, no matter how angrily it might be expressed. It’s a rigged heads-we-win, tails-you-lose game.
Cathy isn’t allowed to encourage reverence and support for the traditional family, or even worse, put his money where his mouth is. He’s not allowed to say that he finds moral or practical value in the time-honored definition of marriage, without feeling animosity towards gay people. His ideas and principles are automatic thought crimes, no matter how gently and constructively they might be presented.
The Blaze put out a poll using the question:
Do you feel Chick Fil A Appreciation Day on August 1 had more to do with Free Speech and Freedom of Religion than it had to do with same sex marriage?
This is NOT about hate. It’s not even about gay marriage. It’s about a man’s RIGHT to say what he believes. We call that right Freedom of Speech.
There is this little thing in America called The First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Most liberals and lame-stream media personalities have never heard of it, or if they have, believe it only applies to them. Anyone not espousing the tenets of Political Correctness are dubbed bigots and publicly crucified, just like happened to Dan Cathy.
Dan Cathy has every right to say what he believes. Seriously, it’s not like his Christian values are any big secret. The company was founded on Christian principles and remains true to them to this day. They close on Sundays so their employees can attend church if they so choose. They lose a lot of money every year by closing on Sundays but clearly the Cathy family believes attending church on Sunday is far more important than making a few more bucks.
Enter the profoundly stupid Adam M. Smith.
In his video (below) he enters the drive-thru at his local Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1st, on what was called “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day”.
As you saw in the video, attacks the young woman at the drive-thru window, even though she is polite in the face of being attacked personally by Adam M. Smith. Even after he tells Rachel,
“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here. I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better. Rachel, you deserve better.”
Rachel is nothing but polite and respectful to him. She response to Adam Smith, saying only,
“Well, I hope you have a really nice day.”
I hope Rachel gets a raise. She certainly earned it with her professionalism in the face of Adam M. Smith’s rudeness.
After berating Rachel, insulting her for having a job at Chick-Fil-A and being told to have a nice day, Adam M. Smith then says what I think is the funniest thing in the entire video. He actually has the audacity to say,
“I will. I just did something really good. I feel purposeful, thank you so much. I’m a nice guy, by the way, and I’m totally heterosexual. I just can’t stand the hate.”
You “can’t stand the hate” so you express hatred to a young woman who has never done anything to you except be extremely polite and professional. Makes sense somewhere, I suppose.
I disagree, but that probably just makes me hate-filled too, right?
There must be a lot of us who are filled with hate then, since much of the blogosphere have condemned Adam M. Smith’s atrocious behavior toward a young lady who, in the face of his diatribe, was polite, respectful and dignified.
Thu Aug 2, 2012 5:03pm EDT
TUCSON, AZ, Aug 02 (Marketwire) --
The following is a statement from Vante:
Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson
between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at
Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of
The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any
manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce,
which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and
all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we
also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with
their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of
civility with others.
We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith's actions
against Vante and its employees.
Getting fired for being a rude jerk is what I like to call “instant Karma”, and it can be a bitch, but that's probably not even the worst thing that's happened to him.
Adam M. Smith claims he's received death threats and cannot even live in his own home because his address was posted on the internet.
Like I said, sometimes profound stupidity has consequences. Usually those consequences are not what we intended or what we would like.
I hope that Adam M. Smith’s “purposeful” feeling lasts a while, because he’s going to have to live on it for the foreseeable future.
There is one thing I must give him credit for, however. The next morning he went back to that same Chick-Fil-A restaurant and tried to talk to Rachel, to see how she was doing in the wake of what he had done. She refused to speak to him (good for her!) but at least Smith made the attempt. It shows he is not a complete waste of DNA.
It’s interesting to note that the massive public outpouring of support for both Dan Cathy and his company were all but ignored in the mainstream media. Makes sense, right? They’d already delivered their verdict on both Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A so there was nothing more to say.
Obviously normal, everyday Americans felt quite differently about the media attack on Dan Cathy and his company and were lined up for blocks from the time Chick-Fil-A restaurants opened in the morning until they closed at night; all to show their support for a man who has the audacity to support the concept that traditional marriage is one man and one woman.
Feel free to add your support for this column (or your hate mail) in the comments area below.