We see it so often, some of us are no longer reacting.
For the past seven years — sometimes veiled in Washingtonese speak sometimes glaringly apparent — the White House has spewed it.
Sometimes from Congress and the Judiciary. Almost always from Hollywood. Certainly from late night “comics.” Increasingly from society as a whole…. But really? Even a restaurant chain?
I’m talking about attacking our Faith, Christianity and in fact, Jesus Himself.
Earlier this past week I was returning home and had my radio tuned to a Boston-based news station. I heard the following, “Catholics eat fish on Fridays. Piscatarians eat fish all week long” and “Jesus fed 5,000 people with a few fish. We do that every day.”
Now let me share with you that just last Sunday in my parish of St. Boniface, our pastor preached during his sermon about standing up for Christianity, about doing the right thing, no matter what is popular at the moment. I reflected on the commercial and my reaction, my anger, the feeling of being offended and then I did it. First, I called the radio station and left a voicemail message in the general manager’s mailbox. No response. Then I contacted Legal Sea Foods and similarly left a message. A few hours later I did receive a phone call from someone from their marketing department.
I explained my feeling of the ads being only the latest attack on Christianity, and that as a Christian, I had to share my being offended by the ads. The woman responded that it was meant as a joke. When I suggested that if another religion were substituted for Christianity, there would be such an uproar that the ads would be pulled and the advertising agency fired, she repeated her earlier statement. (In fact, there is a a reference to the great Jewish prophet Moses, “Moses split the Red Sea. We split lobster tails and drizzle melted butter on them” so their “humor” expands beyond Christianity. When I asked if she agreed, I received a third “helping” of the same response.
In looking at Legal Sea Foods website’s “Core Values” page, their “Code of Ethics” states that an “…underlying tenet …(is) respect.” They have missed the mark completely, ridiculing not only Christianity, but Jesus, Moses, Roman Catholics and Presbyterians — quite a feat!
Reading further the company states that they “…will be truthful, fair, and genuine on all levels of communication.” Sounds great, reads well but I’m starting to see what could be described as a pattern of corporate boorish behavior.
While they do pledge “to welcome the changing face of a diverse workplace and clientele by encouraging candor from all constituents,” why must they attempt to achieve this lofty goal at the mean-spirited, obnoxious expense of Christians (and I suggest Jews as well)? Stick to seafood, not comedy!
So how did my conversation with Legal Sea Foods conclude? I ended my conversation (or rather monologue) with the employee by politely thanking her for listening to a customer’s concern. Her answer was an insipid “You’ve been heard. Thank you.”
At which point she hung up. Who cares about this one Christian, right? Well, this is when other avenues may prove more “convincing.” My family and I are boycotting this company. I have urged friends and colleagues to do likewise. I doubt that, with their unappealing arrogance and insensitivity, Legal Sea Foods will do the right thing and pull the ads, but then again there is the power of prayer (and social media)!
René M. Lafayette