Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tolerance in the Name of Chicken

The mayors of Boston and Chicago are seeking to ban Chick-Fil-A from their cities because of what the company's president said about traditional marriage when interviewed by The Baptist Press in North Carolina. The headlines are hilarious, if I must say:
  • Homophobic Chick-Fil-A Prez Dan Cathy: "Guilty as Charged" - Vibe.com
  • Chick-Fil-A: A-OK with being anti-gay, says prez - NY Daily News
  • Chick-fil-A 'guilty as charged' in anti-gay stance - GLAAD
  • Is Chick-fil-A anti-gay marriage? 'Guilty as charged,' leader says - LA Times
  • Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A President, On Anti-Gay Stance: 'Guilty As Charged' - Huffington Post
Homophobic. Anti-Gay. They're very quick to judge. If we're being honest, Dan Cathy never mentioned gay marriage in the interview.
"He was not saying 'guilty as charged anti-gay,'" Blume added. "[Cathy] never even brought up that subject. Everything he stated was on the positive side … He never stated anything negative."

Blume asked Cathy about opposition to the company's support of the traditional family, and Cathy responded, "Well, guilty as charged."

In the interview Cathy went on to say, "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that." (Read More)

Why the twist and spin to make Dan Cathy sound like a hateful human being? We may never understand the gay left's desire to feel oppressed, but there it is. Disagreement and difference of opinion equate to hate in the minds of many. We live in a world where sticking to your values is close-minded, and shutting people down for being different is open-minded. Tolerance used to mean accepting people just as they are, but the meaning has changed to accepting people who fall into your line of thinking. Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor, said Chick-Fil-A doesn't represent Chicago's values. Another word for political corruption is Chicago; and if someone asks you why gun control doesn't work, your answer should be "Chicago." So I'm not sure what he's talking about. And if he plans to deny ever church, mosque, or family who supports traditional marriage access to his city, then his words would make some sense. Either way, it is completely unconstitutional to deny business permits to a company because of their religious beliefs. Same goes for Boston's lovely mayor. People have a right to not spend their money somewhere, but boycotting a business because of something they didn't say say is hilarious. And to throw around words like "homophobic" and "anti-gay" until they sting is hateful.

Natalie Maines, lead singer of the country trio Dixie Chicks, had me laughing because she seems to think Chick-Fil-A is going to go bankrupt because of this. Her disdain for Chick-Fil-A is laughable seeing as how something very similar happened to her just a few years ago. Her record sales dropped, concert venues wouldn't take her, and radio stations wouldn't play her music all because she said she was ashamed George W. Bush was from Texas. And she has the nerve to wish the same thing on Chick-Fil-A? Unfortunately for her and many other Hollywood liberals, they underestimate the power of the Evangelical Christian community and that delicious Chicken Sandwich. Chick-Fil-A may have lost the support of the once apolitical Jim Henson Company, but they're going to be just fine. If anything this will boost their sales. I've talked to people on twitter who have been to Chick-Fil-A more in the last week than in the last few months. There are people going to Chick-Fil-A for the first time. It's not traditional marriage they're supporting; it's freedom.

Mike Huckabee decided to take it upon himself and deem Wednesday August 1st "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day." Over 200,000 have signed up and the list is growing. I don't support Ben and Jerry's politics but I love Half-Baked. I thought Oreo's "homo cookie" was stupid, but nothing taste better with milk. Target supports gay marriage, but I won't buy purses from anywhere else. I respect a company's right to believe however they choose, but I really respect Christians who stand strong when facing liberal hatred. I don't consider myself tolerant. I would have...before the meaning changed.

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