Don’t Be a Chicken
posted at 2:00 pm on July 19, 2012 by Amy Lutz
I think I just passed out from shock. The President of Chick-fil-A actually came out in FAVOR of traditional marriage and AGAINST gay marriage. Time to break out the rainbow flags and claim that civil rights are being infringed upon somehow somewhere. Or something. But no, really, does this move actually surprise anyone? Chik-fil-A is closed on Sunday for crying out loud. In the past, President Dan Cathy has urged his staff to treat customers with honor and respect while applying Biblical principles. Chick-fil-A is about as Christian an organization as they come, and you know what? I think that’s great. There’s no problem with a private business making the decision to proclaim their religious views openly.
Too bad Hollywood disagrees. Again. In response to Chick-fil-A’s announcement, Actor Ed Helms (who I love, by the way) and gay rights organization NOH8 has suggested that a boycott is in order for the “intolerance” of Dan Cathy and his restaurant. Give me a break. Sure, the Hollywood crazies have every right to boycott and protest so long as they don’t descend into Occupy territory. However, I find myself asking, “What’s the point?” I doubt that their efforts will produce any sort of financial strain on the restaurant. Hollywood-driven liberal boycotts are rarely successful. What’s more, conservatives will probably flock (no pun intended) to gobble up chicken in “solidarity” with Cathy’s freedom of religion. Dan Cathy’s statements have brought his restaurant into the spotlight and in this case any publicity is good publicity.
Perhaps those behind this boycott believe that they are making some massively brave statement by selecting from one of the other 10 billion fast food restaurants in the US instead of Chick-fil-A, but I tend to believe otherwise. It’s not brave to cling to an ideology (i.e. pro-gay marriage) supported by almost all of the media, academic elite and Hollywood. Rather, it’s cowardly. Hey Ed Helms, don’t be a chicken. What is really brave is making a statement you KNOW could possibly hurt your business. If you want a look at fearlessness, divert your eyes toward Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A. He had to know that his platform would illicit such a response. However, he stuck by his guns and proclaimed his Christian beliefs. For that, I commend him.
Christians are not “intolerant” for hating the sin, but not the person. Just last week, my church pastor made the following statement: “You can be outside God’s will but not outside God’s grace” in regards to homosexuality. Liberals like to claim that hating gays and opposing gay marriage go hand in hand. Not so. We are all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Christians, like Dan Cathy or me, tend to believe that all people are covered by God’s grace; even when their actions go against His will. Intolerant? I think not.
Just like I’m not surprised that the Sabbath-honoring owners of Chick-fil-A support the Biblical principle of traditional marriage, I’m not surprised that liberals went insane in response. It’s just another case of intolerant “tolerance” from the left. They scream and cry that that social conservatives are “intolerant” for not backing their pet issue of gay marriage, but act differently when their backs are against the wall. You want to know what intolerance looks like? This is what intolerance looks like: boycotting a restaurant because the President dares admit that he is a Christian. Liberals preach tolerance but are often incapable of espousing it themselves. Opposing gay marriage does not make you intolerant. Now if Dan Cathy refused to serve homosexuals, that would be an entirely different story. However, that’s not the case. Chick-fil-A is a private business based upon Biblical principles. Dan Cathy is not exactly the poster child for intolerance. However, panicking because someone disagrees with you and refusing to buy their products because of it is intolerant. So, can we all just take a chill pill and disagree without being disagreeable? I’m all for talking about our political disagreements over a nice chicken sandwich and waffle fries.