OHATCHEE, Ala. October 3, 2013 — Last year, LGBT activists cried for a boycott of Chick-fil-A when the restaurant chain’s COO Dan Cathy told BRnow.org that his family-owned business supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
In the midst of the protests and counter-protests that ensued, a meme circulated social media featuring the sage face of Willy Wonka: “So, you stopped eating at Chick-fil-A because the owner of the company thinks homosexuality is wrong. Tell me, when are you going to stop buying gasoline because the owners of OPEC put homosexuals to death?”
That certainly puts our domestic quarrels into perspective.
“Even though we depend on oil every day of our lives, it’s easy to forget how integral it is to our lives personally and to civilization generally,” says Amanda Achtman, a recent graduate of the University of Calgary who produced the informative video Social Oil.
The 92-second YouTube video highlights the fruitful opportunity provided by Canada’s oil sands, the ethical problems that arise from being dependent on Saudi Arabian oil, and it invites the viewer to choose between “Social Oil” and “Conflict Oil.”
Robert R. Reilly, author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, said in an interview with the Wynnewood Institute that oil is “the oxygen supply of the industrialized world” and that “the less we are dependent on the Middle East, the better for us and for everyone else - particularly in respect to Saudi Arabia, which has the single most retrograde form of Islam that exists and which has out-spent the United States by tens of billions of dollars on its form of public diplomacy in spreading the Wahabi retrograde form of Islam.”
EthicalOil.org promotes the ideas of Ezra Levant, an author who makes similar arguments in his book Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands.
“Social media is a sign of Western liberal democratic values like freedom of expression,” Achtman told me via Facebook, explaining her inspiration for the Social Oil video. “Everyone can relate to social media so ‘Social Oil’ is to tell the story of oil politics according to something to which everyone can more easily relate.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is often credited with the quote, “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”
When the people are fully aware of the choices and consequences concerning these integral parts of energy, their nations will more easily escape control.
Amanda Read is a columnist for the Communities at The Washington Times. Trained as a historian, skilled as a writer, and aspiring to be a filmmaker, Amanda investigates the ideas behind contemporary culture and politics. A professional writer and researcher, she is also a Christian homeschool graduate, unconventional college graduate, military daughter, and eldest of the nine Read children at Fair Hills Farm. Find more of her work at www.amandaread.com. Follow @SincerelyAmanda
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