I’m not a fan of fast food; however, from my first exposure to Chik Fil A back in 1986, I’ve been a fan. I enjoyed the well cooked chicken, those big fluffy waffle fries, and the lemonade that I now mix with the unsweetened tea; creating my Arnold Palmer. I can’t say that I eat it often, but I will say, I’m still a fan.
Over the years, I wondered why Chik Fil A closed on Sundays when all other fast food chains did not, so I finally mustered the presence of mind to inquire. When I found out the reason, I was the more impressed and thought that other establishments should consider the same opportunity for their employees of whatever religion they practiced.
Fast forward to current day events, I still enjoy Chik Fil A in spite of the founders stand on Gay Marriage. I feel Dan Cathy has a right to his opinion and viewpoint and unless he’s banning gays from employment or frequenting his establishments, I don’t feel the need to boycott Chik Fil A. While I consider myself a Christian, I find myself rather liberal and have no issue with gay marriage. In fact, I not only attended one, but was a part of the ceremony. This couple has been together for 12 years now, have remained their vows and fidelity, and while they have their problems like anyone else, they’re completely committed to each other. I, however; my own marriage didn’t last more than 3 years and I know many other hetrosexual couples who lack the Biblical definition of marriage. Heck, most of us lack the Biblical concepts of life in general, so for us to now take a stand against Mr. Cathy is truly hypocritical. And even more hypocritical are those who up until they heard Mr. Cathy was opposed to gay marriage, were probably eating Chik Fil A. In truth, most of us aren’t aware of what many CEOs personal opinions are and we don’t take the time to care of inquire. Those very CEOs could be bigots, abusers, or any other thing that we could easily find fault with, so again, are we going to protest anything and everything we call ourselves taking offense to? I highly doubt it.
We have priests violating boys in church and under the religious guise. We have many black and white churches where the pastors are falling short of their roles – Pimps in the Pulpit, infidelity running rampant in the congregation, and a plethora of many other acts that go against Christian doctrine, but folk are worried about gay men and women being married…Really? Okay, I understand the word “marriage” might be a part of the argument, but even calling it a “civil union” still has the same implication in my book as it’s all a matter of semantics. Personally, I feel that gay men and women who buy homes, adopt and raise children together, take care of each other, and whatever else that comes with a relationship should be afforded the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals. Families come in many dynamics and ones sexual orientation shouldn’t be a preclusion to it.
To bottom line to me is this…Mr. Cathy like all of us is entitled to his opinion. He may not support the Biblical reference to marriage, but that doesn’t make him a bad guy. He gives back to his community, takes care of his employees, and for the most part runs one of the BEST fast food chains across the country; hell, in my opinion it is the best because between the customer service and quality food, I’ve yet to find fault with Chik Fil A.
Whatever your stand on this issue is none of my business, but I thought I’d drop my two cents in the bucket.
That is all!