I never anticipated politics to cross paths with my lunch. But, it did.
Before I get into my personal opinions on the Chick-fil-A scandal I’d like to make two things very clear:
- I believe in the freedom of speech. This freedom is truly what makes America the country it is. Please don’t condemn me for exercising this freedom in this post (or any). If you don’t like me, my thoughts, or my opinions – don’t read it.
- I believe in the freedom of love. What matters to me is if a person is kind, hardworking, and a well-intentioned human being… I don’t care if someone is straight or gay. Gays were born that way. Deal with it. And to my gay friends who might be reading this – continue being the fabulous people you are.
Here is where things get a little hairy.
Chick-fil-A. This has been a very conservative Christian franchise from the start. It’s one of the few places that close on Sunday, and I respect them for that. And let’s face it… for fast food, it’s damn good. And I have only received incredibly friendly service from the patrons that work there… I think it is AWESOME when I see people taking pride in their work, and providing a good service with a happy attitude. I have seen this occur at CFA’s all over Virginia (I travel for work and have been to several as a result) time and time again.
Chicken: So… Dan Cathy (President of CFA) was being interviewed by The Baptist Press (not the National Enquirer, mind you) where he was asked about his beliefs regarding marriage. He tactfully stated that he believes in the biblical definition of a family. He also said “going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena” .
This is the part that I don’t get… Was his stance not common knowledge before? I’m pretty sure it was. I don’t understand why ALLLLLL OF A SUDDEN the opinion Cathy expressed while being interviewed provoked such an uproar when people already knew this information.
Rainbows: And on the flip-side… I have always found it quite interesting that in the Bible that sin is sin… Meaning, there is no set scale for ranking how bad your sin is. But why do so many people judge homosexuality so much harder than other sins? If two guys hold their hands peacefully, they have to worry about the negative reaction of everyone around them. But if a straight guy comes to a bar and gets caught taking his wedding ring off (or is simply acting single when he is not), he might get subjected to an eye-roll, maybe. This just doesn’t seem right.
Chicken: While my beliefs are different from Cathy’s, I do believe he has the right to tactfully say what he believes. I don’t agree with him, but I don’t think he did something wrong in stating what he believes. In fact, I appreciate his honesty.
Rainbows: I don’t know how a homosexual could go into CFA and feel as welcome. It’s the equivalent of President Obama going to a Republican rally… awwwwkward.
Both: I don’t like the way either party has retaliated. I especially don’t think it is right for Boston, Chicago, etc. to attempt to disenfranchise CFA.
Both: I have heard that CFA has funded some not-so-cool groups. While I don’t like that one bit… I think it is ridiculous that people are ONLY looking at Chick-fil-A. Want to read about some screwed up companies? Check out Citgo (I will push my car with my own two hands before filling it up with Citgo gasoline, unAmerican jerkoffs). Check out Monsanto (corporate bullies with ties to politicians that allow them to do the things they do). If you are going to look into one company, be fair, and look into them all.
Where does this leave me?
It leaves me appreciating the freedom of speech even more, and the good people in my life whether they are straight or gay.
Neither the oober conservative Christian groups, or the gays are going anywhere…The best way to get someone who is on the opposing side to join yours is to kill them with kindness, not threatening them with chicken sandwiches.