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.