As For Me and My House, We Will Eat at Chick-fil-A.

Thousands of conservatives protested JC Penny when they announced that Ellen DeGeneres would be their new spokesperson.  (If you recall, I cited the ridiculousness of such a boycott).  In light of Christians calling on others in their ranks to boycott Disney, JC Penny, or (retailer of the week) for supporting gay marriage we should not be surprised that gay and lesbian groups are calling for organized boycotts against Chick-fil-A for their public stance on supporting the family.

Please read this article, published by Denny Burk, titled Chick-fil-A and the Irony of the Tolerance Policy.  I will offer a couple of excerpts but strongly encourage reading the original piece.

Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A is son of Truett Cathy, founder and long time president/CEO of the the company.  The guiding Christian principles of the organization are certainly no secret; is anyone surprised that a restaurant which is closed on Sunday supports the traditional values of marriage?  The mission statement of the company since 1982 begins with the words “To honor God…”  Here is the official statement issued by Chcik-fil-A since Cathy’s comments last week set of a media firestorm:

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 find it very tolerant.  The restaurant will gladly serve anyone who comes in, and not discriminating on any basis.  But the reaction of the GLBT community is to organize protests and boycotts of Chik-fil-A, an organization they claim is guilty of hate crimes.  Burk offers this quotes from the mayor of Boston:

Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion. That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail… If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies.

Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston?  The irony is the intolerance in that statement.  “We are inclusive.. of everyone except Christians.”  Is it even legal to deny a business a license based on the religious beliefs of the owners?  If Boston denied a license to a sandwich shop owned by Muslims, the entire nation would cry foul.  The ACLU would descend with a mighty force.  The irony is that the very people calling for tolerance are intolerant of other views that differ from their own.  No matter how accepting, friendly, supportive, etc. I am of other people and their rights, if I believe in the traditional definition of marriage I get labeled as a hater.  If I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, I am discriminating against others and denying them their God-given rights.  My religious views and convictions… are not tolerated.

Does anyone not see the problem here?

Please read Denny Burk’s article in full.

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5 thoughts on “As For Me and My House, We Will Eat at Chick-fil-A.

  1. For the record, I worked at Chik-fil-A as a college student, and it is still one of my most favorite places to eat period. Rome, GA is blessed to have one of the few Dwarf House locations, which offers a full service dining room and a larger menu that the walk-up locations (including a weekend breakfast buffet).

     

  2. Let me be clearly understood.

    I do not hate. In this country, marriage equality will probably come to pass in all 50 states. I believe the biblical definition of marriage is between one man and one woman. But I want everyone to enjoy a good chicken sandwich at Chik-fil-A, and you’re welcome to sit at the table next to me and my family.

    Your convictions on this and every other issue are just that – your convictions. Which you are free to have as long as you recognize I am entitled to mine, That’s the way equality and tolerance work. At Chik-fil-A I will be courteous, polite, and hope you enjoy your sandwich. At home I will teach my daughter (that’s her at the Dwarf House) that she should marry a good Christian man. AND love every person the way that Jesus loves.

  3. i also don’t agree that gay marriage is Biblical. the only problem i have is when people and companies make a public stand against homosexuality, as if being an adulterer, fornicator, thief or any other sin is any better. why can’t a Christian corporation say that they are opposed to anything that goes against God’s Word? it reminds me of that verse about the log in the eye. but i do agree that a lot of gay groups come across as pushy and bullying in their tactics like they are attention-hungry. but then again, i have seen so many religious groups taking an offensive approach to homosexuality that the gay groups are compelled to be defensive. either way, it won’t stop me from eating there either, the customer service is outstanding.

  4. The customer service is outstanding, to every type of customer that comes in. Chik-fil-A did not make a negative statement against homosexuality; Dan Cathy commented last week in an interview with the Baptist Press that his company supported the traditional family.

  5. thanks for the info. i have been reading the headlines but i haven’t clicked on the article as i try not to on controversial issues because the media sensationalizes too much. the media is stating that he is being discriminatory because he supports traditional families and i don’t find that discriminatory at all. homosexuals prefer alternative families, so everyone has a preference. i wonder why all of a sudden everyone is being compelled to address their views on that subject anyway?

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