For starters, the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A is not about the First Amendment. This is not a free speech argument. Nobody is saying that Dan Cathy should be censored by the government or put in jail for speaking his mind with his money and his foundation. Regardless of what happens to his business in the long run, he will still be completely free to fund hate groups all he wants, but let’s get serious here—Chick-fil-A is not the innocent company some people think it is. For all the talk about how this is just one man who made a statement on a radio show, that’s simply not the case.
Chick-fil-A and its WinShape foundation have donated at least $5 million to hate groups that have supported the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda, groups that have worked to reinstate sodomy laws here in the United States and backed groups that believe homosexuals should be “exported” from America. Unfortunately, facts like these have been lost in the fracas because Chick-fil-A supporters want people to believe that this whole thing is about same-sex marriage. Guess what? It isn’t. Gay marriage is an intensely divisive issue here in this country, and elections all over have been won and lost on this issue. This is about human rights and the incontrovertible fact they should be granted to everyone.
As for the Cathy family and their comments that ignited this firestorm, Dan Cathy didn’t merely say he supports traditional marriage. He said explicitly that if you support gay marriage, you “are inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
Paging Reverend Phelps.
This debate reaches further than just supporting same-sex marriage. Even if you don’t support the rights for all Americans to get married, do you believe that gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation?” Do you agree that America’s acceptance of homosexuality has brought about things like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina? Shootings in movie theaters? Dead American soldiers?
The owners and supporters of Chick-fil-A do, and they are saying so with their dollars and their employment practices. Chick-fil-A has been sued more than a dozen times for employment discrimination, and Forbes Magazine reported in 2007 that CEO Truett Cathy said he wanted to hire married people because they are more industrious and productive. He also said he would probably fire someone who “has been sinful or done something harmful to their family members.”
This is the face of “traditional family values?” This is upholding America’s moral fabric? This is what makes America the greatest nation in the world?
These issues at the core of America’s problems. Bigotry. Hatred towards what is different. Persecution of Americans because they are not like you. This type of thinking is wrong, and it must stop. Some people say that we should agree to disagree, but at the end of the day LGBT Americans remain second-class citizens in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of bigoted hate-mongers like Dan Cathy. They don’t want to “live and let live,” they are spending millions to make sure LGBT Americans cannot live their lives in peace and be afforded the rights they deserve. It’s time for change in America and it is coming. Chick-fil-A will soon find itself on the wrong side of history.
Although Chick-fil-A may have experienced a temporary bump in sales from those who supported the fast-food chain on Mike Huckabee’s “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” it is impossible to gauge the numbers of those who will never support them ever again. Of course, there will be some supporters who will blindly eat their fast food with a perverse sense of satisfaction, but I predict there will be more who will stand up to the hate.
Let Chick-fil-A have its views and let them conduct business, but remember, there are plenty of restaurants out there that are happy to provide you with good food. Don’t support a company whose agenda is to deny Americans their rights.
“Eat mor chikin” is right. Eat it somewhere else, or better yet, eat it at home with your family.
Sean Cary is a local business owner, freelance writer, host of Nevada Matters heard on Fox News Radio (www.nevadamatters.us) and pundit on the television show “Nevada Newsmakers.” Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and read his blog at www.seancary.com.