I believe it is safe to say that we are in the midst a culture war between those who believe marriage is an evolving concept guided by popular opinion and those who believe marriage is a fixed institution between one man and one women, grounded by historical tradition and/or Divine command.
Currently, those who see the meaning of marriage as dynamic rather than static, believe the move toward gay marriage is a matter of civil rights, much like the fight against slavery and racism and the fight for the right of women to vote.
Today, August 01, 2012, happens to be Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. I do not believe that it is a day in celebration of bigotry or homo-phobia, but is in my opinion a day to affirm our God-given and Constitutionally recognized 1st Amendment right to the free exercise of religion and expression. Dan Cathy, the President of Chick-fil-A, made a statement while being interviewed on a Christian talk show where he stated his belief in and support for the historical and traditionally Christian view of marriage and the family. He did so as a private citizen and successful business owner; but not at the time as a representative of Chick-Fil-A.
I believe that civil unions are the right alternative to redefining marriage because gay couples in particular as well as the gay community at large should have equal protection under the law because they are equally human. However, I also believe that there are by nature to distinct genders within humanity and because all human beings naturally come from the union of one man and one woman, therfore monogamous heterosexual marriage is grounded in the very origin of our existence as human beings.
Since marriage is therefore naturally between one man and one woman, I do not believe that gay-marriage is any more meaningful than a square-circle – you simply cannot change the reality of our nature, though you can strive against it… I also do not believe that homosexuality should be illegal, as I believe there is a difference between acting against our nature and crime. It is also no more the case that I must automatically hate and fear gay people because I don’t support gay marriage than it is the case that anyone who supports gay marriage must automatically hate and fear me because I support traditional marriage.
I am in support of bringing equal protection under the law for the gay community and since I have great concern for this cause; why not focus on where gay persons are being persecuted in a much more direct and inhuman way. If you want to boycott someone why not boycott OPEC that is almost entirely controlled by countries under Islamic sharia law, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia just to name a few, where, as Mamoud Amadenijad says “we don’t have homosexuals like in your country” because they either stone them to death or have them arrested and executed in some other fashion. If gay marriage supporters are serious in their indignation at human rights violations against the gay community, why not boycott oil from these countries and allow America to become energy independent, where not only gasoline for cars can be produced but hundreds of other items that are made from oil as well as thousands of new American jobs?
The company Chick-Fil-A, by any account has allowed gay persons to be hired. They treat their employees as equally human and pay very well in salary and benefits, with no apparent bias toward sexual preference, but the President, Dan Cathy believes in the Christian view of marriage and said so in an interview. He doesn’t advertise it in his restaurants or make it some sort of un-spoken hiring requirement, yet he is being attacked for his thoughts and not for any actions within his business.
Is it really a good thing to attempt to use the force of government, as politicians in Chicago and Boston would like to do, to prosecute “thought crimes”? If persons believe, as many truly do, that this is a terribly unjust belief, then simply don’t patronize his business. The free exercise of religion and the freedom to expresses one’s beliefs are foundational to the very existence of this country. If someone prefers less liberty and more authoritarian control over what can be thought and expressed, there are plenty of other countries one can move to.
The President of Chick-Fill-A, Dan Cathy has every right to express his opinion on anything he wants as a private citizen whether it hurts his company or not, which is the beauty of free enterprise. When asked what he believed regarding family and marriage, he had the integrity and strength of character to be honest. Yet how many of you out there who believe Dan Cathy is a worthy of demonization and ridicule, actually believe President Barak Obama was being honest when, until 6 months ago, he held the same view as Chik-fil-A’s CEO regarding marriage?
Does anyone out there believe that Mr. Obama’s views on marriage actually changed from 4 years or even just 6 months ago? Does anyone out there actually believe that Mr. Obama’s “new” support for gay marriage is anything more than a disgustingly naked attempt to buy votes and curry political favor? Yet, the outcry in Chicago and Massachusetts and San Francisco and other centers of gay rights was rather muted. There appears to me to be a particularly pathetic lack of consistency…
So, by all means, let’s stand up for human rights, such as life, liberty, and the freedom to do as you please in your bedroom, gay or otherwise, regardless of political persuasion, where people are actually being robbed of these. If not, all the anger and indignation is empty, self-serving, and vain.
Not a word about today’s activities has been whispered on Chick-fil-A’s feed even though CFA has been trending on Twitter off and on all day. As noted in the earlier post, the suspicion is that the company’s lying low about what’s happening in order to extricate itself from the front line of the culture war, but I wonder if today’s outpouring will draw some sort of recognition tomorrow. If Dan Cathy’s willing to tout the numbers to Rick Warren, presumably an official acknowledgment and thank you is on the way.
There’s no shortage of local news stories out there about huge lines at the neighborhood CFA; if you’re curious, these two, from Iowa and Kentucky, are fairly representative. Meanwhile, I assume some sort of “Unappreciation Day” is in the works on the left, if only to respond to such an impressive show of strength, but I don’t know. Could be that, between this and the thuggish idiocy of Rahm and Mumbles Menino, they’re ready to cut their losses. Exit question: How big a political victory is this for Huckabee? Per this Fox News clip (via Mediaite), even he sounds surprised.