Rick and Nancy Pearcey are well-known leaders of the religious right and advocates of the intelligent design movement. Rick’s latest effort are directed at Ronald McDonald. He has declared war on the company for ties to the gay community — a move that he predicts will undermine the very foundations of this Republic.
Rick Pearcey apparently is calling for a movement against McDonald’s because the company has a corporate connection of a gay business group and added Richard Ellis, vice president of communications of McDonald’s, to their board of directors.
His blog belies against intelligence design in his response:
Not today, in light of reports that McDonald’s has decided, apparently, to declare war on my family. And to declare war on the civilization of liberty, independence, creativity, and humanity under God that my Dad fought for in World War II.
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For Christians, this is a matter of stewardship and “loving thy neighbor” — Why spend good money on a morally and socially corruptive business?
For families, this is a matter of child protection — Why support a business that helps fund organizations that disrespect the heart of family life?
For human beings, this is a matter of liberty under God — Why help finance groups that turn their backs on the Declaration of Independence, the Founding vision, and the living Creator who holds it all together?
Is it too much to hope that this is a joke? I hope so but he may actually be serious. It is hard to tell.
The Declaration of Independence thing caught my eye. I can almost understand if Pearcey’s Dad went to war to stop gay burgers or Ronald McDonald’s attack on American civilization. Yet, how a gay member of the board of directors undermines the Declaration of Independence has left me a bit confused. Moreover, I understand if Piercey’s view of the “Founding vision” is religious and morality based. However, I am less than confident that Thomas Jefferson would have viewed the composition of the board of directors of a fast-food company as a matter of constitutional significance.
Nancy Piercey is the head of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, the center of the intelligent design movement. Click here.