Chick-fil-a Debacle…

I’ve been asked to give my two cents on chick-fil-a.  So here it goes.

The argument should start off by talking about freedom of speech, our 1st amendment right.  Key word here is “right”.  Yes, we have the “right” to express our individual view points and because of that “right” Mr. Cathy didn’t do anything wrong.  I don’t particularly agree with his statements, but that is my opinion.  But here is the problem I have with this whole debacle.  Mr. Cathy doesn’t just express his opinion.  He uses earnings from his company to pursue an agenda that would limit a particular group’s individual “rights”.  The very “right” I agree with him on, our freedom of speech and expression.

See I believe you can take any one of our “rights” and trace its origins back to the first one, Freedom of Speech.  My “right” to marry my partner is not only my freedom of speech and expression, but also my 14th amendment right to equal protection under the law.  I should be able to enter into a contract the same as anyone else and as most have forgotten, marriage is simply a contract.  (I’m not ignorant enough not to know that religious marriage means something different, but what I am talking about is marriage as it pertains to our government, you know separation of church and state)   And I believe that two people regardless of sex should be able to enter into a marriage contract.  People like to bring “Love” into the marriage debate by saying that same sex couples should have the right to love and have that “love” recognized under a marriage contract.  I am a little bit more cynical because I don’t give a shit about that argument.  A marriage contract at its roots is simply a way to take responsibility of another individual and receive tax and other benefits for doing so.  Love has nothing to do with it, look at the divorce rate if you don’t believe me.

Now back to Chick-fil-a.  Every time we support a business that in return supports limiting individual’s rights, I believe, is wrong.  Not only do they support limiting rights, they give money to hate groups as defined by Southern Poverty Law center a non- profit civil rights organization. Besides, isn’t a business’ main objective to give back to its shareholders?  And if you are going to donate money to social causes, why not give to those suffering like the poor and hungry?  Why waste shareholder money on your (Mr. Cathy) moral convictions that are your own beliefs. Beliefs, by the way, that have no effect on your (Mr. Cathy) own individual life.  I hear a lot about religious freedoms, but how is limiting my rights invading your religious freedoms? (oh, because you don’t think gay’s should get married because it’s against a book that was written thousands of years ago by men seeking a way to create “laws” to govern people and has been retranslated a million times said it is wrong… oh yes, that makes sense)  People with religious beliefs choose their religion.  I didn’t choose to be gay.  Believe whatever you want, but don’t push your beliefs on me, especially in the “land of the free”.  The land of the free where I have chosen not to support those who don’t support me… I believe religion defines this as the “golden rule”.  Due on to those as you would have them due to you… or something like that. (I for one don’t believe in limiting another’s ability to live freely and take advantage of monetary opportunities given out by the government as a tax break while they share their life with another individual)

As for Mayor’s coming out against Chick-fil-a from opening up in their cities, I believe they are right to try to keep those who discriminate out of their cities.  It is the governments job to protect us against those who would do us harm.  So good luck Mayor’s, though I don’t think you’ll be successful, even the Supreme Court has acknowledge that people can say and discriminate however they want as long as they do it to everyone equally.  Westborough Baptist Church comes to mind.

SO there you go…I don’t support Chick-fil-a right now, not while they actively support hate organizations.  Oh and this is not a new revelation… Chick-fil-a has been giving money to hate organizations for years; it’s only relevant now because same sex marriage has become a hot social issue.  Get and eat your chicken from where ever you want. It just happens to be that I like mine Kentucky fried anyways.



3 thoughts on “Chick-fil-a Debacle…

  1. Great post. Glad you shared it, Thomas.

    As a happily married heterosexual woman, I would also emphasize that I agree that if gays are able to marry who they want that in no way affects my marriage. It is too, too weird when people claim that if gays are able to live their lives in marriage (if they choose) that that affects some other person’s marriage. The more happiness and fairness there is in the world the better for everyone.

    I will not be eating at Chick-Fil-A now that I know that they support the American Family Association, a group that is a blot on the image of the State of Mississippi IMHO. Besides interfering in gay rights, they interfere also in women’s reproductive rights and in your right to read what you please too. (In her book on censorship, Nadine Strossen puts it very, very humorously in one of her books about Donald Wildmon thinking it is okay for him to read pornography but no one else can if he gets his way.)

    I hope that those of you boycotting Chick-Fil-A for hatemongering and not honoring gay rights will also be boycotting ALL Roman Catholic Church fundraisers and festivals until such time that they stop trying to intefere in the lives of non-Catholics and until they stop trying to prevent couples from using birth control and abortion and protections against AIDS. How many cases of AIDS in gays and straights may have been avoided if not for the Catholic Church’s malevolent interference. (This doesn’t even get into their willfully letting pedophiles continue to prey.) The RCC also is constantly trying to use public funds to purvey their hate.

    You won’t see me at Chick-Fil-A and you won’t see me at any RCC festival/fundraiser. Their using their freedom of speech to tell us what they are up to gives us the chance to choose whether to support them or not.

  2. Brenda I do agree with you mostly. I am a catholic. Just wanted to bring a couple of things to your attention. My priest has never tried to stop me from using birth control. We do not believe in condoms because in our religion we believe you should wait until marriage before having sex. And we also believe abortion is killing a baby. So to each their own. I rarely talk about religion because I believe it is a very personally decision. But I also feel I am a very open person and never try to push my beliefs in others. Every person has their own beliefs. And sometimes we need to look at it from a different point of view. Catholics have very specific reasons for our beliefs so you can’t just say we are against something without knowing the reason why. Oh and we also don’t pray to Mary. We ask her to pray for us just like I would ask a friend to pray for me. That is another misconception that always bothers me too.

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