In the 50 years since they made their literary debut, The Berenstain Bears have taught generations of children valuable lessons about acceptance and the rejection of bigotry. Now, publishers of the beloved children's series are facing pressure to make a stand against homophobia in the latest episode of a controversy over the Chick-fil-A fast food chain and its president's stance on gay marriage.
Gay rights groups want the bears to pull out of a marketing partnership with Chick-fil-A, which plans to hand out some of their titles as part of a forthcoming children's meal promotion. Campaigners say that Chick-fil-A's conservative Christian president, Dan Cathy, has exhibited exactly the kind of social intolerance that Papa, Mama, Brother, Sister and Honey Bear educate young readers to avoid, with his public declaration that his 1,000-restauarant chain supported "the biblical definition of the family unit" and that same-sex marriage was "inviting God's judgment on our nation.'THEY ARE ATTACKING PEOPLE OF FAITH AND RELIGION, NOT CHICK-FIL-A.
THEIR REAL GOAL IS DISMANTLING RELIGIOUS GROUPS, NOT GAY MARRIAGE.
BUT AMERICA WAS NOT FOUNDED UPON THE PRINCIPLE THAT RELIGION WAS BAD.
AMERICA WAS FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE.
THE GAY EXTREMISTS ARE THE ONES WHO ARE INTOLERANT.