I am appalled at how many people totally misunderstood and blew out of proportion this whole Chick-fil-a thing. The left wing liberals tried to make this whole Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1st, 2012 out to be an anti-gay thing. Dan Cathy’s statement that infuriated the homosexual community quickly went viral and became a dividing line between American Conservatives and American Liberals. The homosexual community cried foul and turned Cathy’s statements into nothing short of a hate crime.
But was it hate? Was all of a sudden, Chick-Fil-A the big bad hate monger that sought to condemn the homosexual community? Or was it something completely blown out of proportion? Let’s look at the original words that started the whole war. In an interview with a Christian magazine, whose readers are largely conservative, Dan Cathy, president of Chick-Fil-A made the statement, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.” Later in an interview on a Christian radio station, he stated, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage.”
These words sparked such an outrage in the liberal community that the mayors of Boston and Chicago vowed to keep Chick-Fil-A from opening a store in their cities. Really? A liberal mayor has the ability to do that? And all because the president of a privately owned company in a Christian setting said that he believed the Bible defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Dan Cathy himself says that Chick-Fil-A is not a Christian company. It is simply a fast food restaurant that serves chicken instead of beef.
I believe the right wing and the Christian communities would have never gotten involved in the war over Chick-Fil-A if it had not been so blown out of proportion. But as soon as mayors started making it a political thing, the conservative world reared its head to say, “Wait a minute. Our country allows the freedom of speech. And you are trying to blast a company because of a personal view of its president.”
The war of words then began to escalate. And as if it say “enough is enough,” conservatives and Christians alike began to tout August 1st, 2012 as Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. Note that it was not Dan Cathy or the Chick-Fil-A organization that pushed for this day. It was the American people. Yet, the liberals and the homosexuals spoke out in their enragement that such a day would be organized as an anti-gay day.
But again, they missed the point. Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was never about being anti-gay. It was about allowing the Constitution of the United States of America to be practiced. No government official has the right or authority to ban a restaurant from their city because of the president’s view on marriage. Dan Cathy, never said he did not like homosexual people. He never implied that his restaurants would not serve homosexuals. In fact, he has even admitted that there are gay people who work at Chick-Fil-A . But that fact has been lost in the war of words because the liberal left decided they wanted to declare war no matter what the facts were and no matter what the Constitution says.
I’ll be honest. I went to Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. I even proudly posted in facebook that I was in line waiting to order my chicken sandwhich. And I did that despite the fact that I don’t even really like Chick-Fil-A ‘s food that much. I know, I probably just spoke heresy in many people’s eyes. But it’s the truth. I simply am not a fan of their food. I am probably in the minority in the fact that I don’t know what the big deal is about their waffle fries. Give me McDonald’s fries any day of the week. But, alas, I digress. And this may come as a surprise. I did not go to Chick-Fil-A so that I could make an anti gay statement. I happen to agree with Dan Cathy’s statement, but I am not about bashing gays. They are people who deserve God’s love as much as anyone else. But I went to Chick-Fil-A to show my support of the Constitution of the United States of America and to show that people are allowed to express their personal opinion and not be crucified for it. I did it to show the mayors of Boston and Chicago that they overstepped their bounds. I did it to show the left wing liberals that as much as they like to think they are in the right about everything, there are still a number of people out there who have different beliefs. And I did it because I wanted to see Chick-Fil-A succeed because they were being unjustly crucified in a war of words without every fighting back.
And the sad thing is out of all of this, I know many missed the point completely. In the hours following my excursion to Chick-Fil-A , I was speaking with a friend who is also a homosexual. He claimed Chick-Fil-A was being hypocritical by speaking against homosexuals yet using food, drinks, and material that are made by organizations who support gays. My argument again was simply that this shows that Chick-Fil-A was not anti gay. And again, the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was not anti gay. We were all simply standing up for the freedom of the United States of America. Surely, the gay community desires the same thing.
Liberal, why bash the conservatives for believing what they believe and at the same time think its perfectly fine to make your statements? We both have that right in this country. Not just you. Think about it. The citizens of the United States have thought about it. And as a result, Chick-Fil-A had record sales on August 1, 2012.