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Chick-Fil-A's Controversy on the Subject of Marriage
For those of you unfamiliar with the recent Chic-Fil-A delima, I'll give you a brief overview of the company, then the recent uproar.
Chick-Fil-A is a family owned, christian based restaurant chain that was founded in 1946 by Truitt Cathy. It employees 50,000 workers across the country, at 1,500 outlets in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Their christian based beliefs include supporting strong straight marriages and high values and character for their employees. As you would expect with a christian bookstore, Chick-Fil-A prides themselves in hiring people who do not oppose their faith-based system. Their number one goal is to glorify God, and that is there constitutional right to do so. They support foster-care, scholarships, summer-camp, and marriage enrichment programs. On Sundays, they are closed to observe God's commandment to keep the sabbath holy, so that their employees can spend time with their familys and observe and worship God.
When we say christian-based, we would affiliate their belief system with everything the Bible stands for or comes against. I guess I'm not sure why it is such a shock that when Dan Cathy, son of founder Truitt Cathy was questioned about the company's beliefs on homosexuality and gay marriage in a recent interview on The Ken Coleman Show, he stated that the Cathy family company stands on the biblical definition of a family unit. Mr. Cathy goes on to say in a radio interview that, 'We are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him (God) and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage, and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to re-define what marriage is about.' A Fox news broadcaster even said that it has been publicly known for quite sometime that the family that owns Chick-Fil-A opposes same-sex marriage. So why all the uproar now? Because now it has been voiced and that the opinions of Christians are alright as long as they aren't voiced? But what about the offensiveness that it causes christians as well as many people who are pro-marriage between a man and a woman, to see homosexuality everywhere we look? We know of countless sit-coms that incorporate homosexuality on television now days, movies of all sorts, and even Disneyland has an annual 'Gay Rights' day. Yet society comes against a man and his family whom have supported straight marriage corporations, and when questioned, were honest about how they felt about such a matter.
The praise and hypocrisy even goes further. Because this has become a nation-wide controversy, while some have given Mr. Cathy strong praise like the National Organization of Marriage (NWO), the company has come under fire by others such as the Boston Mayor Menino who wrote Mr. Cathy a letter and in part stated 'I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.' The Chicago Mayor Immanuel said, 'Chick-Fil-A values, are not Chicago values.' Even more upsetting to me is that the Jim Henson Muppet Company said it will no longer offer Chick-Fil-A muppet toys.
How are these leaders in any way, shape, or form, being constitutionally sound, when they use our God-given freedoms as leverage against Christians because they choose to disagree with them, and feel they themselves are the only ones who are allowed to express such freedoms? To me, that is relatively closer to bigotry than one expressing their personal values and beliefs.
It was also said by many homosexuals on Facebook that while they do not agree with Chick-Fil-A's opinion of how they live their lives, they will continue to eat (and support) the company because they have just as much right to opinion as anyone and they like Chick-Fil-A food.
With all that being said Hubpages, now is your time to speak! I do ask that you keep your comments tactful and do not attack other individuals for their opinions. We all have the same rights, but let's express our freedom of speech with respect for others' same freedom. Thank you.