Wednesday, July 25, 2012

why i will continue to eat the chicken

You knew this was coming - my two cents on the whole Chick Fil A hubbub surrounding Dan Cathy's remarks that they do not support gay marriage. I mean, after all, this is my blog and everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Let me first start by saying that i have several close connections to Chick Fil A and the Cathy family. They are good people, whether you want to believe it or not.

Here is my biggest issue: why is this even such a big deal what the owners of Chick Fil A believe in about gay marriage? They aren't discriminating.  They don't refuse to serve anyone who comes through their doors (or in my case, their drive thru window) because of their sexual preference. It would be discrimination if they did, but they don't.  There are several Chicks I have frequented over the years that have employed gay people. And I have been in line behind countless gay people who have ordered chicken nuggets and been served extra Polynesian sauce JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN LINE. All the Chick is doing is using their profits to support something they believe in. Something they believe in based on their RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS. Because they live in America, where these things are allowed. I really don't get it. It's their opinion, it's their money, and they are a private company. They aren't mandated to spend their money in any way other than how they see fit. Just like you and I are allowed to spend our money how we see fit. ($450 shoes? Yes, please).

The funny thing is, if this weren't associated with any religion, it probably wouldn't even matter. Everyone is always out to get the Christians. But if this were some athiest group donating money to an anti-gay organization, it probably wouldn't even make the county newspaper. But the minute you throw Jesus into the ring, it becomes a full on dog fight. Yes, Jesus loved everyone. And yes, the Bible has some things in it that don't really apply to today's society. But it's still the word of God. And part of being a Christian is incorporating that word of God into your life. If that means running your company on the principles you find in that book, then that is YOUR prerogative. And while no one is perfect, let's remember something that we all learned in Sunday School:

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

All these people running around griping about what the Chick is doing with their money should probably just be quiet. After all, we do live in 'merica. And just like you're entitled to think what you want about the Chick (and even protest it and never eat there again in your entire life), they are entitled to do what they want with their money. If you don't agree, don't eat their chicken. It's as simple as that. It's not some complicated hate filled conspiracy against the gays. It's simply a Christian organization putting into practice what they believe.

Let's find something else to holler about. Like, I don't know. Maybe everyone who hates the Chick should use all the money they used to spend there and sponsor a child from World Vision who has no clue what a chicken biscuit even is. Think of all the kids who could be fed (literally, spiritually, figuratively) this way. And even if you hate Christians, you can't deny that the kids who need sponsors don't tug at your heart strings, even just a little.

Oh, and on another note, I think it's awesome that the Chick stands up for what they believe in. Maybe we should all take note of that. Corporate America wouldn't be so effed up if we all stood up for our beliefs every once in awhile.

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