Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chick-Fil-A controversy

There are many views out there on same-sex marriage, and I have spoken on mine before, but I just want to comment on the Chick-Fil-A debate right now.

When people heard that the C.E.O. of the chicken restaurant spoke out against same-sex marriage, the immediate outcry was to boycott the fast food chain. I was a little incensed that people would think they could keep a restaurant from coming to a city because of the views of its C.E.O. no matter their beliefs.

I am proud that people have spoken out in favor of Chick-Fil-A, even if they don't believe in what they stand for. Even the most-liberal leaning ACLU said that judging Chick-Fil-A for being against same-sex marriage is the same as wanting to barr a restaurant for being in favor of homosexual unions. I was flabbergasted when I saw the ACLU standing up for a Christian company.

Again today, Christian leaders in Chicago spoke out against mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said that Chick-Fil-A's views are not Chicago's views. Some of the church leaders in the area said they were Chicago residents but had differing views from Emanuel and he shouldn't speak for all of them.

The country is split 50-50, almost exactly even, on the debate of same-sex marriage. I don't think that either side is going to change the mind of others. However, I did love this quote by the Rev. Charles Lyons in a FoxNews article on the subject today.

"If the thought police come to Armitage Baptist Church, we will meet them at the door respectfully, unflinchingly, willing to die on this hill, holding a copy of the Sacred Scriptures in one hand and a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the other."


Even if unpopular, I'm proud of people who stick by their convictions, when they're God's convictions anyway.


  1. Oh goodness, I have a lot of thoughts on this issue. :-) Thanks for writing about it, Ki!

    The most frustrating aspect of this issue is the lack of rational thought and the high volume of irrational group think. Why is it that others ask a openly Christian company that closes on Sundays about a hot button issue, then act surprised and outraged by the very response they should have expected?

    Regardless of the moral position, broadly applying the concept of "I will not partake of any product produced by a company I don't morally agree with" would leave many of us with very few, if any, choices of services. I am quite grateful that the public's memory is quite short-lived. :-)

  2. I completely agree. It's such a huge issue now, and I'm sure it will be forgotten in two weeks. I guess it's good for us to step up and think about issues like this once in a while though!