Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chick Fil A....Boy oh Boy!

I generally stay out of emotional, political debates because I feel that personal opinions are just that--they are personal. How I think, how I feel, how I choose to live........those are my choices. But I also respect others choices as well. It's hard to sit back and be an American and not weigh in on the Chick-fil-A situation as it stands. I have seen it enough in the news this week to want to rip my hair out and scream but here's the bottom line. If everyone wants their opinions respected, if everyone wants equality, then we simply HAVE to   respect the voice of those who also might oppose our opinions or beliefs. When I first caught wind of what had happened, I immediately thought the CEO of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, must have really said some rotten things about gay people. When I saw the interview and read what he REALLY said, I wanted to stand up and applaud him. Not because I agree or disagree with his feelings but because he stood up and stayed true to what he believes in. How on Earth does that make him a bigot? A hater? In raising my 4 children, I am doing my best to teach them right from wrong but I am also teaching them to stand up for themselves and what they believe in and I feel that Dan Cathy has done just that. It's not like he set out for this mission to get his opinions out there and tell the world what he thinks. He was asked, during a CHRISTIAN interview how he feels. Let's also remember that Chick-fil-A is a known Christian business who is not even open on Sundays! They are a privately held, family owned business with very traditional beliefs and values. So of course if you ask them what they believe, they are going to support the biblical definition of marriage. Why is this offensive? I am so confused. If I had a dollar for every time someone disagreed with my opinion on matters I would be a millionaire! 

Bottom line. I love gay people. I love straight people. I have both gay and straight friends. What lifestyle people personally choose is their choice, not mine. BUT, we must face the fact that everybody is not going to agree and if you want your opinion respected, you must also respect those who might oppose your opinion as well. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make them wrong. Respect the opinions of others and realize that free speech was not just given to one side or the other. We have all been given the right to think and feel however we want to and we all need to accept that. 

8 comments:

  1. I agree...and if people don't agree with his views and what he supports, by all means, don't go to his restaurants. That is as much their right as it his to have his views.

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  2. I agrree! I am tired when the "tolerance" does not go both ways...he has done nothing wrong by holding a point of view and being honest about in a non hateful way.

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  3. Just have to say that truly, this isn't about what he *said*... it's about what he does with the money made off of his company – which he can totally do, without question. But the people who are boycotting are doing so because they don't want their money to fund hate.

    To snag an excerpt from the best post about it I've read to-date:
    "- In 75 countries in the world, being gay is illegal. In many, the penalty is life in prison. These are countries we can’t openly visit. In 9 countries, being gay is punishable by death. In many others, violence against gays is tacitly accepted by the authorities. These are countries where we would be killed. Killed.

    Two organizations that work very hard to maintain this status quo and roll back any protections that we may have are the Family Research Council and the Marriage & Family Foundation. For example, the Family Research council leadership has officially stated that same-gender-loving behavior should be criminalized in this country. They draw their pay, in part, from the donations of companies like Chick-Fil-A. Both groups have also done “missionary” work abroad that served to strengthen and promote criminalization of same-sex relations.

    - Chick-Fil-A has given roughly $5M to these organizations to support their work.

    - Chick-Fil-A’s money comes from the profits they make when you purchase their products."

    – http://citizen-40.tressugar.com/Tempest-Over-More-Than-Chicken-Sandwich-24270734

    So yeah, that is why this was originally gaining attention.

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