There are some people in this country who would disagree with me. These people are a part of the pro-same-sex marriage movement and are upset by the fact that Dan Cathy, President of Chick-Fil-A, openly voiced his support for traditional marriage. According to these folks, we should boycott the restaurant chain because of Dan Cathy’s “incendiary views”.
This controversy erupted because, when the Baptist Press asked about his company’s support for traditional families, Cathy responded “Guilty as charged”.
"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."
Wow, how shocking and incendiary! Who would have expected that from a man who professes to be a Christian, and runs a restaurant company that refuses to open on Sunday? Because of these remarks, and the fact that Chick-Fil-A donates to Christian organizations that oppose same-sex marriage, we are all supposed to never eat there again.
Okay, if his remarks and their support for traditional marriage really bother you that much, don’t eat there. It is well within your rights to choose with whom you will do business. It is not right however, for the mayors of Boston and Chicago to attempt to block the company from building restaurants in their cities. What may be entirely appropriate positions for individuals and private organizations to take are absolutely inappropriate for government agencies. The religious beliefs of the company’s owners are not punishable offenses.
If I were in Dan Cathy’s position, it would be tempting to turn my back on these two cities and shake the dust from my shoes. After all, the company has been doing quite well over the years without building restaurants there; and I suspect they could continue to do so in the future. The problem is however, that by not challenging this action we allow the precedent to stand that the government can punish a company because of the religious beliefs of the company’s owners. Is this the kind of American in which you want to live?
Dan Cathy had the audacity to openly state the fact that he believes in the Biblical standard for marriage, a view held by the majority of Americans; and for that he is being castigated as a bigot and his business is being discriminated against by the government. Regardless of how Chick-Fil-A decides to respond to this action, we as Christians should be outraged. If Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel are allowed to get away with such blatant attacks on Cathy’s religious freedom, we are all at risk of having to toe the line of political correctness to avoid punishment from the government. Christians should not be alone in their outrage, however; all Americans face the same fate. When the government is allowed to punish someone for their religious views, the right to exercise our freedom of religion is under attack for people of all faiths.