Recently, the president of Chick Fil A stated his opinion on gay marriage. A lot of people freaked out.

Some serious hypocrisy is happening here.

Before we get to the part where I call the guilty party out as being whiny hypocrites, let’s read what Dan Cathy said about gay marriage:

“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,'” Dan Cathy, the company’s president and chief operating officer, said in a recent radio interview. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

In an interview with the Baptist Press published this week, Cathy doubled down on his stance against same-sex unions.

“Guilty as charged,” Cathy said. “We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

“We know that it might not be popular with everyone,” he added, “but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

(read the whole article here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/chick-fil-gay-marriage-201108120–finance.html )

Cathy has been lambasted as being a gay hater.  Read this one more time… do you find anything about hate in here? 

NO.  He’s talking about a magical guy in the sky that doesn’t exist.  If anything, Dan Cathy is just afraid for his own soul and trying to save it. I’ve done the Christian thing, I get it.  All of you people that are calling Chick Fil A and Cathy “gay haters” really need to grow up.  It would be ridiculous for me to accuse you of hating peperoni because you always order sausage.  Until someone comes out and says, explicitly, “I hate ___________”  or “I love __________”, it’s really unfair to put words in their mouth.  The LGBT community would never stand for anyone putting words into their own mouth.

That being said… Cathy and his business are worth examining closer. Cathy contributes to the Family Research Council:  “The function of the FRC is to promote what it considers to be traditional family values, by advocating and lobbying for socially conservative policies. It advocates against LGBT rights, abortion, divorce, embryonic stem-cell research, the theory that global warming is the result of human activity, and pornography. ”  (click here for source article)

Dan Cathy and the Family Research Council are NAIVE.  They are like little children that still believe in the Easter Bunny.  There’s nothing hateful about believing in fairy tales, ghosts and magic.  It’s just silly.  Knowing that when I dine at Chick Fil A, I’m helping fund the Family Research Council definitely does give me pause. I don’t like their platforms. Boycotting this business is a good form of democracy in action. Putting words into people’s mouths is not good democracy. In fact, it just makes you look really stupid and trite. He didn’t say that he hates gays. He loves his church. There’s a difference. Learn it.

However, I think all of you Fil A Foes have bigger fires to fight:

The shitty thing about living on planet Earth is that you have to share certain things with other people. As long as that’s the case, cooperation through deference rather than demand is the only way to peaceably get along.

Thou shalt grant the same amount of tolerance and open-mindedness that you demand from others.

Dan Cathy is a naive little boy in a grown man’s body and needs to lighten up.

The vehement anti-Chick Fil A / pro gay crowd are whiney hypocrites and really need to shut up. 

I want to wrap this up on a positive note. Bill Marriot, President of Marriot Hotels and extremely active Mormon, had this to say about his faith, business, and gay rights:

“This church helped me raise a family and has brought great joy and happiness to my life,” he told me. But that didn’t mean gay employees had any less status at Marriott. “We have to take care of our people, regardless of their sexual orientation or anything else,” he said. “We are an American Church. We have all the American values: the values of hard work, the values of integrity, the values of fairness and respect.” Marriott has both a deep faith and a deep understanding of his responsibility as a leader. Many of his shareholders, customers, and employees don’t belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their values matter, too.

“Our church is very much opposed to alcohol and we’re probably one of the biggest sales engines of liquor in the United States. I don’t drink. We serve a lot of liquor. You’re in business. You’ve got to make money,” he said. “We have to appeal to the masses out there, no matter what their beliefs are.”

As a result, when his church actively campaigned against same-sex marriage in California, neither Marriott nor the hotel chain donated any money to the cause. Instead, he stepped into the drama by publicly reinforcing his company’s commitment to gay rights through domestic partners benefits and services aimed at gay couples.”

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-26/god-and-gay-marriage-what-chick-fil-a-could-learn-from-marriott

Bill Marriot, thank you for a great example of what it means to be Christ-like.  You have embodied “live and let live”, or as the mormons like to say, “living in the world, but not of the world”.

Dan Cathy, I can’t tell you what to believe, but would you please consider that Marriot’s approach may actually be more in line with what Jesus would do?

 

 

 

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