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Taking a deeper look into Chick-fil-A controversy

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

A couple of weeks ago, Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, made comments in support of traditional marriage.
In the time since, his name and the fast food franchise have been criticized by citizens all over the political spectrum. Those include politicians, city mayors, celebrities, and even the Muppets. Unfortunately, most people casting their opinions have stated them without ever reading his actual comments posted by the Baptist Press on July 16 on their website. The article can be found at http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=38271.
In the article written by K. Allan Blume of the Biblical Recorder, Cathy said:
“We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business…our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.
“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
I’ve read these quotes over and over and I don’t see what the fuss is all about. Cathy expressed his views while representing what many have already known to be a Christian owned business.
Christians know the Bible is full of scriptures that point to a “true” definition of marriage, dating as far back as Adam and Eve.
Genesis 2:20-24 states “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
This is Cathy’s religious belief and the last time I checked he’s protected by the 1st Amendment.
If he had said no members of the LGBT community can ever be served at any of the Chick-fil-A franchises, then he’s fair game.
I argue his comments don’t justify the backlash Chick-fil-A has received. Both the mayors of Boston and Chicago were outspoken and said they would block the construction of new Chick-fil-A franchises in their cities.
What’s more scary to me is not what Cathy said, it’s that public officials are taking a stance and in essence not being “tolerable” themselves of his beliefs and wanting to block construction of new locations in their towns.
What’s next? Churches can’t be built? What if a conservative mayor then came out and said no LGBT businesses can be built?
Some have also criticized the business for donating money to “hate groups” like the Marriage & Family Foundation, Exodus International, and the Family Research Council. I went to their websites and don’t see why they are being called “hate groups.”
These are folks who are exercising their beliefs in fighting for “traditional marriage.” Check them out yourself by visiting http://familyfoundation.org/initiatives/marriage/, http://exodusinternational.org/, and http://www.frc.org/.
When controversies come up like this, I am still amazed at the wisdom of the framers of our nation in protecting our rights and how those documents have held up against the test of time. They experienced a violation of rights themselves long ago and never wanted to see a free nation experience them again.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.