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LANETexasLonghorn
01:35 PM on 07/31/2012
Thank You Berenstain Family,
From LGBTs and our straight allies
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01:06 PM on 07/31/2012
My grandson will no longer be getting Berenstain Bears from me. And if it is solely in the hands of HarperCollins...they are off my list too. I once worked for Doubleday and we had a Christian book club. The members wrote angry letters about us featuring Disney books because Disney allowed same sex couple benefits. I guess the shoe can be on the other foot, huh?
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Caroleeena
The reasonable adapt to the world
02:27 PM on 07/31/2012
The ignorance is great in this one. Here's hoping your grandson turns out to be gay and then you can see what it feels like to have the shoe on the other foot.
11:35 AM on 08/01/2012
My grandson will not be raised as a bigot. That's what counts. He can wear pink ballet slippers for all I care. 
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Mysteryprincess
Liberal Libertarian
02:45 PM on 07/31/2012
I think it's funny that you think bigots are underrepresented in America.
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lacrosselamore
sick of deluded fools
12:51 PM on 07/31/2012
What a brilliant move! Take the proceeds from the Chck Fil A deal and donate it to a Gay Rights Organization!
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SGillLondonUK
Obedience is a sign of weakness
12:14 PM on 07/31/2012
Books at CFA? Can they read?
01:06 PM on 07/31/2012
Only a fast food menu.
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SGillLondonUK
Obedience is a sign of weakness
01:30 PM on 07/31/2012
I thought they just pointed at the picture and said "That one"
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lacrosselamore
sick of deluded fools
01:16 PM on 07/31/2012
PICTURE BOOKS
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SGillLondonUK
Obedience is a sign of weakness
01:37 PM on 07/31/2012
Books? I thought Neanderthals kept their pictures on cave walls...
12:11 PM on 07/31/2012
Wow. A person speaks his mind about how he views a family unit and the companies run scared. Land of the free, home of the brave...not.
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Caroleeena
The reasonable adapt to the world
02:29 PM on 07/31/2012
No one's running scared. They're brave and standing up to a bigot's ignorance. This is capitalism baby. We give money to companies we like and only bigots like bigotry.
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Mysteryprincess
Liberal Libertarian
02:46 PM on 07/31/2012
Wow. A conservative thinks people with his viewpoint have freedom of speech but nobody should be allowed to criticize him. Land of the free, home of the brave... not.
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lifetimestudent
Cosmic Possum
11:23 PM on 07/31/2012
F&F Mysteryprincess. I also think that it strange that the people who are shouting the loudest about Mr. Cathy’s right to free speech and right to run his business and spend his money as he sees fit are the same people who are whining that those of us who choose not to patronize his business are discriminating against him.
07:27 PM on 08/01/2012
Who's saying Mr. Cathy cares if he is critized?

Who says that I am a conservative?

Lot of "prejudging" and assumptions in that statement.
11:36 AM on 07/31/2012
I personally hope that the guy who runs the company will stop & think that going against a segment of the population like this isnt good.Going against civil rights just isnt a good thing to do.If I could talk to him Id say look,Im Christian as well,though many people arent,which is fine.There are lots of gay people and were a child of yours to be gay,would you REALLY desire for that child to have less rights than the others??Also,JESUS said love all,NOT judge all. It wasnt Christ who was antigay,just some of His folowers. BIG difference! I would urge a change of mind/heart in the matter.
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Lalita Amos
My hovercraft is full of eels
01:33 PM on 07/31/2012
Seriously, Mr. Cathy doesn't care. He has ignored pleas to stop the forced prayer meetings (don't come and see how far you get), to stop interfering in marriages (they are against divorce), to stop discriminating against members of other--or no--religions, to start promoting women into senior leadership positions.

He hasn't. He believes God is on his side.
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11:21 AM on 07/31/2012
I always found the Berenstein Bears creepy. The kids only having names like "Brother" and "Sister" was a little too Deliverance. And the mother was always in some sort of lumpy nightgown and sleeping cap. And yes, I would get myself all worked up over fictional, talking bears.
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candlesmp
life is as good as you make it
10:56 AM on 07/31/2012
If the deal was indeed penned over a year ago - they may not have any rights to pull out as they indicated. I think what may have to happen is for the promotion once it hits Chick Fil-A chains to be an epic fail: then the restaurants would have to stop the promotion. Once again it would be boiling down to - don't go to Chick Fil-A.
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esotericus01
Former Republican now a proud MBA-holding Democrat
10:10 AM on 07/31/2012
While Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum have pledged their support of the fast food chain, mayors in Boston and San Francisco have publicly said Chick-fil-A franchises are not welcome in their cities.

Sarah Palin/Rick Santorum: Soon to be has-beens.
Boston/San Francisco Mayors: Rising stars.

Says something, doesn't it?
12:16 PM on 07/31/2012
Yes. It says we are hypocrites that in a land where we are protected by the constitution to express our beliefs and practice free speech and in cities where those who run them claim to be a communities of tolerance. The practice now is "yes, you are free and yes to tolerance until what you say conflicts what I think is right."
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David Moore
Teacher, German, Math, Pennsylvania
04:45 PM on 07/31/2012
In Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia or Washington DC, did any of the mayors formally deny any official zoning permits, building permits, or any necessary governmental paperwork preventing Chick-fil-A from opening, maintaining, or operating a business? The simple answer is, NO. Those mayors took a stand against bigotry, and I applaud them for it. Their acts were courageous in a nation which stands on so-called biblical principals. Yes, the intolerant folks at Chick-fil-A can open their restaurants if they wish, and will be approved if they choose to open franchises, but at least those mayors and councilmen have gone on record opposing bigotry and division.
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Cranmer1549
Always bet on black.
12:18 PM on 07/31/2012
Isn't that a sign of the times, in general? Being anti-LGBT is a thing of the past.
08:18 AM on 07/31/2012
If you're going to include the fact that Chick-Fil-A recalled the Jim Henson toys based on safety grounds, you must also include that those toys passed all safety tests and there have never been confirmed reports of there being a safety issue with the toy, which leads anyone with half a brain to believe that their claim that it was separate from the controversy is a lie.
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practiceempathy
Tolerance need not yield to willful ignorance.
10:12 AM on 07/31/2012
Just more intellectual dishonesty.

Like Cathy saying he respects the dignity of all people, inferring that he respects the dignity of GAY people, but behind the scenes he's giving money to groups that present to the public the image of gay people as pedophiles.

The intellectual dishonesty never ends with these people.

They really do think they can get away with it, as they exploit their personal relationship with their deity.
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04:24 PM on 07/31/2012
He respects their dignity...as long as they don't get all uppity and ask to be treated like people. Makes you wonder if he's peeping in everyone's window to see if they are worthy of dignity or if they're acting on those homosexual feelings!
07:21 AM on 07/31/2012
It'd be interesting to hear Paddington Bear's philosophy on the matter.
11:57 AM on 07/31/2012
This comment really deserves to have more than 2 faves. If I were drinking milk it'd be coming out of my nose right now.
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04:25 PM on 07/31/2012
He would probably ponder if over some orange marmalade before putting on his Wellingtons and going to the train station.

The *real* question is what does Owl say? Pooh, Piglet & TIgger always respected his opinion!
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bigshotprof
Pre-moderated for your protection
07:20 AM on 07/31/2012
Takes me back to the good old days when my ma used to tuck me in with Berenstain Bears and the Guys Who Were Just Good Friends.
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BooBoo Bob
Snark is my life.
05:47 AM on 07/31/2012
Well, it looks like I may have to inspect my book collection and avoid authors that publish through HarperCollins from here on out unless they pull out of the deal. Otherwise, the Berenstain family is kinda awesome for making their statement. I think they should maybe push for the deal to be cancelled, though. I mean, they've been a cash cow for decades, they should have some pull.
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Bettina Hall
04:24 AM on 07/31/2012
It all really depends what kind of deal the Berensteins have with Harper Collins, and what the contract says that Harper Collins made with Chic-A-Fil before this controversy.

Depending on the contract the Berensteins have with their publisher, they may retain certain rights or not, and they may be allowed a veto before any collaboration contracts are signed.

However, once the contract is signed, the question is what clauses may allow either party to cancel the collaboration.

While the "moral" and "ethical" issue is very often cut and dried, unfortunately contracts do not look at these things.

Boycotting Harper Collins may be exactly the wrong thing to do in this instance. You might want to boycott the Chick-a-fil franchise and thus reduce the money they make Harper Collins. Because often, these contracts have a monetary fulfilment clause. I.e. if a certain amount of money is not made with this promotion, the promotion is pulled.

Ending the promotion without a lawsuit if Harper Collins simply pulls out (that is rather likely), is the easiest way, and not supporting this chain is the way to go.

Please note that I am not a lawyer, but from everything I have read about authors contracts with publishers and publishers rights for promotional campaigns (which this is), there is nothing the Berensteins can do until their contract with Harper Collins runs out or they cancel it (if they have a cancellation clause, which is rare in the bookworld).
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CogentThought
Tax wealth, not work.
11:30 AM on 07/31/2012
Good post. Informative. However the Bearinsten People can publicly express their displeasure with them. It'd be great if they came out with a Pro Equality series of books and shipmthem to Chick Fil A.
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tyrekecorrea
Silence in the face of injustice is injustice.
01:19 AM on 07/31/2012
This is interesting; there are a number of religious Berenstain Bears books.
Croaxleigh
Surely I jest.
01:50 AM on 07/31/2012
There were, though they were done by a Harper Collins imprint and not Harper Collins itself. The religious titles such as "Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School" and "Berenstain Bears God Loves You" were published by Zonderkidz; if the deal with Chick-Fil-A only features books from the primary Harper Collins publishing catalog then none of them would be included. (I imagine that the books selected for the promotion are a bit more mainstream anyway, stuff like "Down on the Farm" or "The New Kitten.")
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tyrekecorrea
Silence in the face of injustice is injustice.
02:20 AM on 07/31/2012
Oh, okay, because it seemed counterintutive at first. Thank you.
08:19 AM on 07/31/2012
With a name like Berenstain, wouldn't going to Berenstain Bears go to Temple or Berenstain Bears fellate an infant be more appropriate?
05:09 AM on 07/31/2012
And there are any number of religious people who don't have this personal hangup about people doing things in private that are none of their invasive business. "Christian" should mean tolerance, not just another excuse to fight.