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.