Part of me is bothered by the mere fact I even bring this up but maybe if I just throw it out there I can move on to important things. This fiasco with Chick-Fil-A is getting ridiculous. I see both sides of the argument, but using a fast food chain to wage a war against two unrelated things just doesn’t make sense to me. It does make me sad, though. Humanity is capable of many amazing things (including compassion) and yet many squander that on buying fast-food sandwiches and servicing selfish desires over truly improving things in the World.
I get it. The CEO of Chick-Fil-A can say whatever he likes. I don’t agree with it but it is his opinion and it doesn’t matter. Even if it did, Chick-Fil-A does some good things and contributes to charitable causes. The restaurant also has no voting power over the issue of gay marriage so, if anyone, folks should be angry at the CEO, not the company. Corporations are NOT people – by treating them as such, we validate that very wrong (yet somehow lawful) claim.
I get it. Everyone wants to be happy and having the right to marry someone you love is something I agree with. Who someone chooses to love and be with is just none of my damn business. And it should not be the business of Government either. This conversation should be revolving around Religious institutions dictating marriage. At most the Government could recognize civil unions and that’s it. Everything else is between a couple’s religion, or at least higher power, and that’s that.
What bothers me, deeply, about this is that folks are taking a stance on 1st amendment rights – and I agree with that! But that goes both ways. Just because your opinion is more important to you than the other guy doesn’t influence who has more rights to express it. So if the Christian stampede upon Chick-Fil-A is really meant to be about free-speech, then go for it. If it’s about Gay-Marriage, then shame on anyone who went there under such a cause.
There are many better causes in the World that have more value, as a Christian or otherwise, than going to a fast-food restaurant and buying a sandwich. But to exercise your right to buy a sandwich because you believe Gay Marriage is wrong. It just makes me sad – folks having an opinion that basically protects their own happiness at the expense of another. It’s their right to have such an opinion and be free to express it. I certainly agree with that. I just don’t agree with the opinion and that is my right too.
In some ways, this is a microcosm of the problem with US politics. The political stage is both divided and vicious. Officials spend more time calling each other out than recognizing differences and working on compromise. This thing with Chick-Fil-A is a very similar thing. Can’t we, as a People, have a proper debate about issues without having to picket everything someone has a diverging opinion? That is a poor example to set for Congress and doing this seems to validate that fact that sensationalism is ok and accepted in Society. In my opinion (which I am entitled to), it isn’t. And the damage that can be doing to our Country is far bigger than a divided agreement on gay-marriage.
At the end of the day, I don’t agree with the CEO’s opinion. But it’s his. I have mine. I will still go to Chick-Fil-A for delicious sandwiches, but will do so without turning it into a circus. If you ask my opinion, I’ll give it. If I have the option, I’ll vote on it. And, to be fair, there are companies I do not give my patronage to (Wal-Mart being one) and have reasons to do so. You vote with your wallet, as should be the case in a free market economy. But I’m going to do it without making it fanfare.