There’s been a whole lot of craziness surrounding the Chick-fil-A controversy. People on both sides are furiously arguing about it, and I’ve tried to stay out of it… but I guess I may as well weigh in and then drop it.
A couple of points:
- I believe in legalizing same-sex marriage
- I believe individuals (including business owners) should be able to peacefully express their opinion
- I like Chick-fil-A’s food, but am disappointed by their CEO’s public statements and political donations with Chick-fil-A proceeds
- I support the CEO’s right to make those public statements, and begrudgingly support his right to direct his company’s profits towards legal donations to causes he believes in
- I support other peoples’ right to choose not to eat at Chick-fil-A as a result (not an issue for me, since there isn’t one here that I can go to anyway)
- I do not support politicians and public figures threatening to use the power of their office to interfere with Chick-fil-A doing legal business in their jurisdictions, unless the proprietors of the business are breaking the law
Stepping aside from the whole controversy around the business, I have to say that I’m disappointed that there were giant lines down the block of cars going to Chick-fil-A this past Wednesday to show their support of the company CEO’s anti-gay-marriage stance… Not because I disagree with their political views (which I do) or because their massive show of disapproval of same-sex marriage is a horrifying thing to witness (which it is) but because these people are out there representing their religious community, and they’re doing a really lousy job of it.
First, let’s just focus on the fact that thousands of people (millions? I dunno) around the country took time out of their day to go show their support for a cause that they believe in. That cause wasn’t tending to the sick, feeding and clothing the homeless, or defending the weak and helpless… Y’know, things that Jesus was reported to have done… No, their religious calling was to show their disapproval of something that has absolutely nothing to do with them and hurts no-one.
Not very Christ-like of them, in my opinion. You’d expect followers of Jesus to be out volunteering at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and hospitals, not chowing down on fast food in solidarity against innocent strangers.
Still, though, the hypocrisy goes deeper. The whole basis of the Christian stance against homosexuality (and by implication, same-sex marriage) is that it is condemned in the Bible, right? The Book of Leviticus, in fact. So imagine my delight when Jon Stewart had this to share on Thursday’s The Daily Show:
“Of course, it’s perfectly okay to have the audacity to reengineer God’s chicken design to make them 95% breast meat, and then drop a couple of strips of bacon and cheese on top of those bad boys (because you can’t take everything in Leviticus like it’s the word of God) but alright!”
Amen, brother Jon.
I never cease to be amazed by the hypocrisy of picking and choosing which parts of the Bible to follow as God’s unchanging command. (And let’s not even get into the subject of “Biblical marriage” okay?)