Thoreau Would Have Eaten Mor Chikin'

Henry David Thoreau
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“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another”, or so goes the famous quote by Henry David Thoreau. It is a rationalization that anything that is inherently natural does not go against the grains of common sense. Anything that is meant to be part of the natural order of things, whether it is by natural selection or by Divine influence, should remain as so and not messed with. Wisdom does not, cannot and will not go against Mother Nature. Mother Nature, as is God, is perfect. Period. Any one thing, any act or any cause that is created by man and that is not natural has been proven time and time again to be unwise.

The current media travesty surrounding Chick-Fil-A’s president Dan Cathy’s statement of his personal beliefs has hit ridiculous levels. Mr. Cathy believes in the Bible’s point of view on homosexuality. Leviticus 20:13 says: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be on them.

Mr. Cathy’s comments should be respected. They are his own personal beliefs. He never said that gays were not welcome at Chick-Fil-A. He never said that he would not knowingly hire them. He just merely expressed his own religious beliefs. And I agree with him. Let him be. He is entitled to his opinion just as much as I am (as you will see), or the gays are. Dan Cathy was not forcing his beliefs upon the gay community, but it seems that the gay community is bombarding Chick-Fil-A with theirs. Knock it off, already!

But my opinion just happens to concur with both Mr. Cathy and Mr. Thoreau, and in this venue I will put it forth. I agree with the Bible and God’s word. I agree that Nature will never go against herself. While I have several friends and relatives that are quietly gay and openly gay, I don’t condemn them for their decided lifestyle. It is not my place. I love them and respect them just the same. The choices that a person makes to guide the direction his or her life takes is his or her choice alone. It is not their mother’s or even their pastor’s decision. The decision lies solely in the heart and mind of the person making it. We have to respect that.

The body parts of the male of any species were meant by creation and/or evolution to fit into the body parts of the female of any like species. Again, period. The act of coitus between the male and female is meant for procreation and in the higher life forms for showing love and affection (and even lust) toward one another. It is normal. It is the natural scheme of things. Thus it is unnatural for a man to have anal sex with another man. It is a misrepresentation of all that is natural. It is going against Nature. The Bible will never go against Nature and vice versa.

Thoreau was an anarchist. He stood up for what he believed in regardless of the cost. He went to great lengths to prove a point. I think that if he were here today, he would support Mr. Cathy’s rights to his own beliefs, but he would also champion the rights of others to be able to live their lives without having someone else’s credo forced down their throats. It goes both ways.

This is an election year. The politicians are stoking the coals of this issue to secure the liberal votes. Has this country sunken so low that we are ready to shelve our values for the sake of preserving a crumbling democracy? Think about it.

©2012 By Del Banks

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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

Thoreau is one of my favorite anarchists. I think everyone should be free to express their views. But isn't it a silly business practice to not sell your product (in this case, chicken) to LGBT people? Is it really the establishment's business what the sexual orientation is for the customers of a fast food chain?

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badegg 4 years ago from Southern Appalachians Author

It isn't good business to limit your clientele audience, but Cathy wasn't doing that. He just expressed his own personal beliefs, that is all. It blew up from there. If I said that the Second Amendment is being taken out of context, it is my own belief. I am entitled to that. There is no need to make a media frenzy out of it.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

Thank you badegg. I agree, as a Christian I find it sad that we often can't express our views without backlash. Anyone should be able to express our personal view without a media frenzy. However, I often hear of Christians boycotting a particular business if it doesn't support their own views. We need to extend the same grace to those we disagree with that we want extended to us.

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swb78 4 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

Great read--good work my friend.Voting up!

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badegg 4 years ago from Southern Appalachians Author

Thank you for reading and commenting.

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badegg 4 years ago from Southern Appalachians Author

@ April Reynolds: It really is too bad that Christians especially cannot express themselves from the heart without creating a stir, but that is to be expected. Nothing good in this world ever came easy. I enjoyed reading your profile, very good ideals for yourself! Thank you for reading and for your comment.

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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

I like journaling as well. I got away from it when I started writing online. But I used to go back and read the journals, once a month, and at the end of every year. It helped me to see if I was complaining about something and not doing anything about it, or to see if little things or annoying people needed to be seen or done less in my life. I'm sorry I got away from it. I got rid of my journals, since the remarks I made in them were so personal, I was afraid a family member might get offended by what I wrote in a time of anger or misunderstanding. It was really only venting, and good mental health.

I'm not sure why everyone goes nuts about Christians expressing themselves. I guess to some it sounds self righteous, when the person is only trying to share what they feel is beneficial. Sometimes the information age is a pain, everyone jumps on every little thing!

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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

Thank you for visiting my page badegg and the follow. I appreciate it!

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Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

Agree with you Badegg.Too many people get excited about nothing because they are nothing.A lot of people get involved in politics because they want to prove what an important person they really are in the world.''Hollywood for ugly people'' as J.F.K. said.

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badegg 4 years ago from Southern Appalachians Author

Nick, I agree. Self importance is frequently a negative personality trait and it tends to create friction on a lot of levels.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Good thoughts on this subject. I find that our freedom of speech is being censored in many areas. It is sad that we have to watch what we say on almost everything and anything. We are becoming a mindless nation, being directed how to think.

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RobinGrosswirth23 4 years ago from New York

As an educator, I have always taught my students to express their beliefs, opening up in a forum that invites multiple perspectives (no judgment).

Each of us is a unique being, with our own belief systems and we as a society should embrace acceptance of these differences---not build a partition that divides us.

It is my belief that "everyone" has the right to live as they so please, freely.

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