I may lose some friends (at least the social networking type) after posting this. I may garner some hateful comments. I may be called a great many horrible things, but I think that it would wrong to idly sit by and not say something when I am witnessing what I believe to be a gross injustice.
Chick Fil-A, a fast-food chicken eatery, has been under fire lately after the president of the company gave an interview to the Baptist Press. In it, he never said anything derogatory, he never called anyone anything hateful or slanderous, he just happily admitted that the company gives money to an organization that promotes traditional Christian family values. That is all he said. He certainly didn't use any of the hateful speech used by say, the Westboro Baptist Church while they picket soldiers' funerals or even other churches, or Bill Maher when he's discussing Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann in the most vulgar of terms. He didn't do anything like that. He just said that they are "very much in support of the traditional family." That's it. So now he's a gay hater, and the militant left wants to destroy his business. Here's an excerpt of his interview with the Baptist Press:
The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners.
It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.
"That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries," Cathy added.
Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
"We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.
"We intend to stay the course," he said. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
Apparently we don't live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles anymore. Had he said that they run the business under Sharia Law principles and contributed a substantial amount of their profits to al-Qaeda he would have received less flack. Now we have militant liberals wanting to stage protests at Chick Fil-A's, liberal city officials are hindering job growth by prohibiting Chick Fil-A from opening in their cities, and of course celebrities are boycotting the place and trying to influence we ignorant normal people to do the same. All the while, he never said that he hated gays or was anti-gay. He just said that his company supports the traditional Christian family?
Since when has that been a bad thing? When did promoting a family where there's a married mom and dad in a healthy, loving relationship become bad? When? In promoting traditional families, no one's necessarily discrediting single parents or nontraditional families. They're just supporting what they prefer.
I personally believe that the best environment for a kid to grow up in is one where there is a dad and a mom. I believe that they should be married, committed to a relationship with God and with each other. That said, I'm not saying that parents in non-traditional settings are bad parents. There are good and bad parents in all situations. One of the best moms I'll ever meet is a friend of mine whom I used to work with. She has raised her son from day one all by herself. She works her butt off to do it, but he's an awesome young man. I am in awe of all she has done and have even told her so once or twice.
I don't think of myself as having been raised in a single-parent home, because until I was ten years old, I had a dad and a mom. The truth of it though is that after my dad died, I did have a single parent. In my case especially, I really missed having a dad to help with school projects, to teach me to drive, to scare boys, and just to talk to. Also, my dad kept my mom's crazy at bay. That's been running rampant for twenty-two years. I needed both parents. I made do with one, but would have loved to have had two.
So, I still eat at Chick Fil-A. If I disagreed with what they were doing, I just wouldn't go there anymore. I wouldn't make other people feel like they shouldn't go there, or that they weren't safe or couldn't bring their kids there. That's each person's decision. If someone calls me ignorant or a hater, that's more their problem than mine, and they have their own prejudices to overcome. I think for myself and refuse to bow down to herd mentality influenced by biased, incorrect reporting in an alarmingly leftist media that is willing to make up anything in order to further their own agenda. Unfortunately most people probably haven't even read the article in the Baptist Press. They have listened second, third, fiftieth hand to what the real haters have been spewing. Personally, I like to know exactly why I'm angry about something, rather than have a celebrity or someone on The View tell me why I'm angry.
If you agree with any of this, support Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1st. Just go eat there. That's all. Don't paint any signs or anything crazy. Just eat there.
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