By now everyone is certainly well aware of the recent controversy concerning Chick-fil-A. Gay marriage advocates have been in an uproar, condemning Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy for his “hateful” remarks and demanding a nationwide boycott, even calling for legal action prohibiting the company from doing business at all.
So, what were Dan Cathy’s remarks that were so scandalous? Most news articles don’t say. They simply categorize his elusive words as “anti-gay” or “in defense of traditional marriage” depending on the source’s political slant. However, the interview with Baptist Press that caused such an outcry can be found here. Most of the interview has nothing to do with marriage but here’s relevant and apparently “hateful” portion:
Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.
“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.”
That’s it. That is all he said. Never once was homosexuality mentioned. Never once did Dan Cathy say anything regarding gay marriage. What he did say is that his views on marriage are based in his faith and that he wants to strengthen families. He did not target anyone with his words, he did not disparage or condemn, he didn’t even disapprove. Frankly, what Dan Cathy actually said is completely irrelevant to the entire Chick-fil-A controversy – which is probably why most people don’t even know what it is that he actually said. What is relevant, however, is the response that his words have received. According to a highly vocal and highly visible militant fringe, simply stating that your views on a millennia old institution are grounded in a millennia old religion is an offense so terrible that constitutional rights should be suspended and the offenders banned from the market. This is not tolerance; this is thuggery of the worst form. This serves as more evidence that, unfortunately, the gay marriage movement has nothing to do with being treated equally and everything to do with forcing everyone else to publicly embrace the homosexual lifestyle – or else.
Thank you gay-rights activists for proving Dan Cathy wrong: I guess we don’t live in a country where we can share our values after all. “Tolerance” to the busy-bodies trying to tear down Chick-fil-A simply for trying to follow biblical principles apparently means that everyone is allowed to share their values only if those values are all the same. Something else Dan Cathy said in the interview that started this all, but did not receive any press was that ” . . . our performance in the workplace should be the focus of how we build respect, rapport and relationships with others that opens the gateway to interest people in knowing God.” Chick-fil-A put these words into action when they went out of their way to provide water to the very protesters trying to destroy them. Their decision to “turn the other cheek” was of course motivated by the same “biblical principles” the protesters were calling “intolerant” and “hateful” in the first place. Chick-fil-A’s opponents might see the irony if they weren’t so busy plugging their ears, accepting free water while simultaneously complaining about how they “can’t stand the hate, you’ve got to stop.”
Thankfully, most Americans are normal people who readily see through such duplicity and bullying and thus the initiative to destroy Chick-fil-A has utterly failed. If you want to know what Americans really think about Chick-fil-A don’t read the headlines or scroll through the photo galleries of angry picketers. Look at how they vote with their money. Americans don’t like a bully but Chick-fil-A’s business is booming. I think that says something about who the real bullies are.
No apologies will be forthcoming from the pro-gay marriage militant, however. If Christians all over the country are supporting Chick-fil-A, well, then its not just Chick-fil-A who’s intolerant. All Christians are selfish hypocrites who only want to oppress gays but won’t lift a finger to help those in need. Oh, wait, that’s not true either.
Its time to drop the political demagoguery demonizing Christians. Not all Christians behave charitably all the time, but most Christians are tolerant, charitable and kind-hearted most of the time. We need to stop blaming the pitfalls of human frailty on the church. Gay-rights activists can continue to spit their vitriol at Christians but by doing so they only serve to deface one of civilization’s greatest institutions while further poisoning their own well.