“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.” – Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A President
Let me begin with this disclaimer: I enjoy Chick-fil-A just as much as everyone else. Those waffle fries are delicious and their breakfast chicken sandwich with honey, orange juice, and hash brown bites are the best. With that said, the latest move by the Christian Right has placed Chick-fil-A in the middle of the culture wars.
After Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy made his comments denouncing gay marriage many people decided to protest the organization, but there were many on the Christian Right who came to Cathy’s defense, such as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former half-Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, and former Senator Rick Santorum. Now, to be fair to Chick-fil-A they have since came out and said they do not discriminate against patrons based on sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
David Badash from the Huffington Post recently posted a few facts about Chick-fil-A:
1) Chick-fil-A has donated at least $5 million to organizations (including a certified hate group) that, among other things, depict gay people as pedophiles, want to make “gay behavior” illegal, and even say gay people should be “exported” out of America.
2) Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy didn’t merely say he supports traditional marriage. Dan Cathy said if you support gay marriage, you “are inviting God’s judgment on our nation,” and that we “shake our fist at Him” when we do. Dan Cathy also said same-sex marriage is the result of a “deprived” mind and called it “twisted up kind of stuff.”
3) Chick-fil-A supports organizations that have claimed they can change gay people into straight people — “pray away the gay” — despite the fact that practically every major medical organization has stated that this is not only impossible but dangerous and harmful.
4) The media keep saying Chick-fil-A has never discriminated, but the truth is that Chick-fil-A has been sued over a dozen times for employment discrimination. That’s what a leading business publication, Forbes, stated in 2007, when they also called Chick-fil-A a “cult” and reported that Chick-fil-A’s founder and CEO Truett Cathy said he wanted to hire married people because they are more industrious and productive. Truett Cathy has also said he would probably fire someone who “has been sinful or done something harmful to their family members.”
5) Chick-fil-A is just exercising their First Amendment rights by running a business based on the Bible, right? Wrong. There’s a line between the “free exercise of religion” and violating the law. If Chick-fil-A is violating the law by discriminating against gay people or by firing women so that they can be “stay home” moms, as one woman who is suing Chick-fil-A says in court documents, that are not exercising religious expression or free speech, and that’s not a First Amendment issue. It may be, if the court decides, a violation of the law.
Now, I am not going to pretend like I don’t shop at organizations that take controversial stances on issues, for instance, Target Department Stores came under attack for contributions they made to anti-gay groups, but I still shop at Target, my problem with the Chick-fil-A controversy is that it has become a means test for “Christian Values”. Believe what you want to believe about God, because I definitely do, but don’t tell me what you believe is superior to my beliefs.
Many have been citing Bible scriptures as the primary reason they are against gay rights, they are saying God does not approve of it, so they do not approve of it, but there are many things God do not approve of that many people do, and if God is Love like the Bible says he is, then why hate gay men and women? While we are citing scripture I remind those who frown upon homosexuality of James 2:10-13:
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!”
If you think gay marriage is an abomination before God, that’s great, we can all believe what we want to believe, but if that’s the case, being gay is no worse than lying, fornicating, gossiping, and killing, that is why we should all show love towards one another and not pass judgment. I do not and will not accept a brand of Christianity that promotes hate over love.
Chick-fil-A executive vice president of marketing Steve Robinson released a statement saying: “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chick-fil-a”. “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” was created by members of the Christian Right who believes their form of Christianity is superior to all others. I refuse to let those who won’t even recognize President Barack Obama’s Christianity lecture me about Christian Values. I refuse to let those who fight against working-class Americans and women health issues, pledge to eliminate the Pell Grant and child nutrition programs, and support tax breaks for the rich dictate to me what Christian Values are.
**OK now I am going on an hiatus for real**