I walked into Taco Bell this evening to get my usual dose of Saturday evening nutrition: three greasy tacos and a Cherry Coke. Greeting me on the door was a sign that assumed I was devout Christian. It read, “We at Taco Bell wish you Happiness and Joy as we celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ!” (Note the exclamation point). It continued, “We will be CLOSED EASTER to enjoy this Holiday with our Families…Thank You!”
Wouldn’t a sign that just informed customers that they would be closed on Easter have sufficed? Before you think I’m another liberal agitator, please take into consideration that I think banning the word “Christmas” is ridiculous and I think banning the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance is even worse. Please also understand the hypocrisy of Taco Bell in this situation, considering there is a huge Middle Eastern and Jewish population in this area that does not celebrate Easter and the “resurrection of Jesus Christ!” (With the exclamation mark, as Taco Bell prefers it).
There are never any signs about Yom Kippur or Ramadan. If there were, can you imagine Taco Bell getting specific about the return of Allah? I never understood the relevance of the ACLU (the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization I’ve usually detested) until this evening.
Once again, the “Christian Taliban” has reared its ugly head and is trying to hypocritically push their religion on us. This time, it is using a corporation to draw us in. I wouldn’t be surprised if I walked into Taco Bell next week and saw a sign that read, “We at Taco Bell support George W. Bush.” The week after, it might read, “We at Taco Bell believe sex before marriage is sinful.” Next month, “We at Taco Bell believe homosexuality is a sin. Ted Haggard and Mark Foley told us so!” Do you understand where this is going?
The United States is supposed to be a society that separates state from religion. I understand Taco Bell is not a government entity, but it is a corporation that is supposedly open to all races and religions. I wouldn’t be upset if Taco Bell displayed a sign informing us they would be closed on Easter, but it’s the specific content that bothers me and should bother people of any religion, especially considering its geographic location and its refusal to ever acknowledge the other religions of many of their customers.Powered by Sidelines