Celebrating and Embracing Diversity and Inclusiveness??

I am breaking my summer blogging sabbatical to bring to light a statement released by the Jim Henson Company, the creators of “The Muppets” franchise. On Friday, June 20 they posted to their Facebook page the following:

The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.  Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD (http://www.glaad.org/).

This, of course, was in response to comments made by Dan Cathy, the President of Chick-fil-A, who has publicly spoken in support of the traditional definition of marriage and is “pro-family.” What is worth noting is that the profound irony of their statement was completely lost on them.

Their celebration and embracing of diversity and inclusiveness extends only to the point that you agree with them. In other words, if you think like them and toe-the-line with their political or social agenda then you are welcome to enter into business partnerships. If you diverge from their expressed view on such matters then you are not included. And therein lies the dilemma: If you hold to a different (diverse?) view then you are not included. Wait, but don’t they “celebrate inclusiveness“? Apparently that inclusiveness does not include those who have a diverse view from theirs. “But, how can they do that,” you may be asking, “if they “embrace diversity?” Great question.

Simply put, they don’t include those with a diversity of views. The admitted and blatant hypocrisy that is revealed in this statement is apparently oblivious to the Jim Henderson Company publicity team that released it. This is another typical example of what D. A. Carson terms “The Intolerance of Tolerance.” This is a great resource to help in identifying the myth of those who claim inclusiveness and diversity as an excuse to do the opposite.

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One thought on “Celebrating and Embracing Diversity and Inclusiveness??

  1. And Scripture, our guide is abundantly clear…

    “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
    —Genesis 1:27

    “And the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’ Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
    —Genesis 2:18-25

    “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
    —Romans 1:26-27

    “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
    —1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    “Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,”
    —1 Timothy 1:9-10

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