Sex & Chicken Sandwiches
I can’t quite figure out this Chick-fil-A controversy thing. Maybe I missed something, but is all the hype and heat coming from Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy expressing his own personal opinion about marriage? On a radio broadcast and in an interview with Baptist Press?
Dan Cathy believes that marriage should preserve the historical, biblical definition: the legal union of a man and a woman. Some think he is wrong, and that’s fine. This is America, where all are entitled to our own opinions. This is America, where brave soldiers fought and died to protect our right to express our opinions. This is America, where we value differences of opinion.
Except, it seems, opinions like Dan’s.
Several are promoting a large-scale boycott of Chick-fil-A. Choosing where to spend your lunch money is also a form of expressing your own opinion. I’m not crazy about boycotts, but I defend the right of those who insist on eating inferior chicken sandwiches.
Jim Henson’s Muppet company is dissolving it’s partnership with Chick-fil-A. (We TOLD you there was something odd about Bert and Ernie’s sleeping arrangement!)
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is responding by promoting a Chick-fil-A appreciation day on Wednesday, August 1.
In an article at Slate.com Elliot Spitzer encourages boycotting Chick-fil-A because they have such wrong ideas about relationships. Spitzer makes references to treating others as second-class citizens, and marrying, and love, and … wait, WHAT? Yes, THAT Elliot Spitzer – who spent $80,000 on prostitutes WHILE he was the married governor of NY. Thanks, Elliot, for the lecture on relationships and respect.
What really grabbed my attention was Boston mayor Thomas Menino saying he will block all efforts for Chick-fil-A to open stores in his city. These are his words: “We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.” Inclusion of what, exactly? All viewpoints except those that you – by force of government power – exclude? Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno has just announced his intent to similarly blockade America’s best chicken sandwich. How far will politicians take the policing of personal opinion? Will they now obstruct all efforts to start Christian churches or schools?
Back to Dan Cathy, and his personal opinion. There are those who – just to add some fuel to this fire – point out that Chick-fil-A donates money to organizations they deem “anti-gay.” Time.com pointed out that the company “donated more than $3 million to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality.” That’s redundant. ALL actual “Christian” groups support the New Testament view of marriage – a man married to a woman.
It is worth noting that waaaaay down at the bottom of the Time.com piece is this statement from Chick-fil-A:
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race creed, sexual orientation or gender. Going forward our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
I don’t like boycotts. I don’t like for Christians to be known for what we’re against. We are FOR a wonderful Savior. And I don’t think any of us, holding any opinion, should want politicians to bully us into thinking like they tell us to think.