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Dan Cathy
President of Chick-fil-A

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 operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families – some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that … We intend to stay the course. We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.

–Dan Cathy, President of Chick-Fil-A, Baptist Press, July 16, 2012

Some people have a lot of nerve. Have you ever heard such hate speech? Shocking.

In all seriousness, the food at Chick-fil-A might be a little bland, but its politics are hot and spicy, with an extra helping of political incorrectness. And the Chick-fil-A president’s opinions on marriage have a lot of people’s feathers in a ruffle, and they are starting to squawk.

Two mayors, one from Chicago and the other from Boston, have criticized the political opinions held by Chick-fil-A’s president. No longer will Chick-fil-A be allowed to open a restaurant in Chicago, and forget about Boston. No word yet on other traditional-marriage advocates that have already made it into Boston and Chicago, like Catholic or Baptist churches, or Muslim mosques.

Michael Graham of the Boston Herald had a great scoop, when he pointed out that Boston’s mayor took time out from his anti-Chick-fil-A ranting to help dedicate a Bostonian mosque. According to Graham, when the City of Boston sold the land to the mosque at below-market cost, the mosque followed an imam who advocated the execution of gays. The imam just couldn’t decide whether gays should be thrown from a high place or burned.

The imam eventually settled on stoning gays to death. But yet the mayor of Boston reserves his ire for Christians like Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, advocate of traditional marriage.

Honestly, what is it with liberals and Christianity? It seems as if Muslim countries can advocate and actually do any kind of torture or killing of gays and women and the average liberal will ignore it and instead find a Christian to hate. And of course it is the Christian who is branded the “hater.”

This Chick-fil-A tempest reminds me of my own Facebook battle a few weeks ago with several liberals who attributed much of anti-gay actions in the world to Christians. Most of the time I ignore political posts like this, but when a liberal friend of mine posted a citation to an article about a Ugandan church that debated imprisoning or executing gays, I had to respond.

“It is horrible that gays are mistreated anywhere, whether by a proposal in Uganda by a few rogue bishops, or by much of the Muslim world, where gays are routinely tortured or executed,” I ventured. Immediately, others in the discussion referred me to other notable Christians and their views on gays, as an explanation as to why Christians “have blood on their hands.”

I responded that whatever the level of gay-hatred from people claiming to be Christian, it is not even close to what really happens to gays in Muslim countries. “Enough hate to go around,” came the reply.

I provided links to websites that chronicle Muslim torturing of women and gays, including one website that had a photo, front and center, of two gays in Iran about to be hanged. A few minutes after the photo was taken, those gays were dead. That photo had to make an impression.

It didn’t. Instead, my opponents provided citations to a story of one Christian pastor who complained that the government won’t kill gays, and to another pastor who advocated quarantining gays.

After some back and forth on glass houses and moral equivalences, I finally got an admission that Christianity is “graded on a curve.” As anyone who has been to sixth grade can tell you, “grading on a curve” means a double-standard in favor of lower-performing students. Bad students get help with their grades while good students get grade reductions.

And this is what is happening not only in the Chick-fil-A controversy but to Christianity in general. Christianity, and any organization like Chick-fil-A that advocates Christian positions, is “graded on a curve,” or given a lower grade than the grade given to Islam and the murderous imam associated with the Boston mosque. That explains it.

And that might be the silver lining to this whole Chick-fil-A controversy: the double-standard exposed for all to see.

Meanwhile, anyone like me who supports Chick-fil-A is expected to participate in this week’s “buy-cott” of Chick-fil-A’s bland food, so I will dutifully join in. My only question is this: what will it take for a chain of Thai restaurants, or maybe a group of Szechuan Chinese restaurants to take the same position so that we can eat at their restaurants? Why is it that the only restaurant that defends traditional marriage also happens to be the purveyor of the most boring food around?

13 comments
  1. Gays seem to buy into the narrative that only in Christian countries are gays treated badly. No number of counter-examples will shake them in this article of faith. 

  2. So as long as someone, somewhere is treating LGBT people worse, groups like American Family Association and Family Research Council can do no wrong? Is that the point?

  3. Two mayors, one from Chicago and the other from Boston, have criticized the political opinions held by Chick-fil-A’s president. No longer will Chick-fil-A be allowed to open a restaurant in Chicago, and forget about Boston. No word yet on other traditional-marriage advocates that have already made it into Boston and Chicago, like Catholic or Baptist churches, or Muslim mosques.

    Religion and politics have NOTHING to do with each other but people in government are trying to drag religion into politics which is a BIG no no!This is social engineering via government at its worst.After 30 years in Boston I cannot believe a politician would say something so retarded about a private corporation doing business in America.I suggest corporations move to other countries to prevent this type of hardship.Forget about America,The politicians have already destroyed the country 16 trillion dollars and counting!

  4. People have the right to free speech as long as it isn’t inflamatory.  No where did I see an outburst declaring war on gays.  ” As for me and my house”… we may support people of similar beliefs.  We must not hate those who are not of our beliefs and convictions, knowing they too have a right to free speech. We are all of the human race and while I have firm lines on what is right for me I can not but feel others have this right.  I do not have to support those of other convictions with time, talent or money as they have a right to do likewise. One day we will all face the certainty of death and I hope we have lived a life that reflects the goodness of man, not the evil. 

  5.  “the biblical definition of the family unit” – This is offensive. I cannot believe that you can’t see how offensive this is to Christian Gays who want to enjoy marriage as much as other people. Blacks were treated the same way. Does history have to keep repeating itself for some people to wake up one day and say ‘oh, I get it!’.

    1. Please show me in the Bible where a marriage between two men or two women is condoned? The Bible is very clear about who makes up a marriage. Bringing up interracial marriage is a red herring, that was a position held by a limited few, at a particular time, and not supported by the Bible. Those who held that position did herminutical somersaults to reach that position. It was an interpretation determined by their cultural bias – the same as supporters of SSM.

      1. There is no mention of same-sex marriages or partnerships in the Bible,
        either for or against. The omission is probably because these issues were not even considered in Biblical times.

      2. I’m not a Christian but even I know that the bible is against homosexual relations. It is referenced several times. So being a Christian homosexual is an oxymoron. A Christian doesn’t get to pick and chose parts of the bible they want to believe in. Pick up your bible and read it. BTW, I’m NOT against homosexuals just stating the facts about being gay/christian/the bible.

      3. Jesus and other New Testament leaders taught by word and example
        not to be self-righteous or discriminate against those we consider to be “sinners” (Matthew 9:10-13,
        Luke 7:36-48, 18:9-14).

        Further, Jesus told us to eliminate the sins in our own lives rather than passing
        judgment or looking down on others. For if we judge other people harshly, we will, in turn, be judged harshly:

        “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge
        others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (NIV,
        Matthew 7:1-2)

        Christians have a responsibility to correct matters of wrongdoing among themselves
        (Matthew 18:15-17), but this should always be done fairly and with compassion. We are never to take upon ourselves
        the task of judgment that belongs to God alone (Hebrews 10:30, Romans 14:10-13, 1 Corinthians 4:5.)

  6. The double standard that stood out to me was the fact that the foods CfA and other fast food establishments serve are full of unhealthy GE and modified foods and chemicals. They make their profit from this. Why are they trying to remove the speck from the other person’s eye while they have a beam in theirs. Of course we all know that if you have the attention on someone else than your own sin goes unnoticed in the short run.

  7. Except the morons at Chik-Fil-Ass cherry-pick which “scripture” to support their traditional view of marriage. The bible also sanctions concubines, multiple wives, laws where a brother would have to marry his brother’s wife in the event of death, and the list goes on. And, if they are so hip on “traditional biblical principals” why are they open on the biblical Sabbath?

    Nice try, Thurlow. Swing and a miss.

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