Wednesday, August 1

Chicken Anyone?

Since July 16 our social media, news, and nation have been lit up over one man's comments in one article. Today I am saddened and outraged over the comments my generation has made. From what I have read so far, many don't seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation - or they haven't properly educated themselves on the events that took place. Below I have researched what was said and offered some thoughts for those that have chosen to speak out of ignorance. For those that agree with me, thank you for your support. For those that disagree, I welcome your opinion because even though I believe it to be wrong I want our nation to remain one with Freedom of Speech and Religion so please USE YOUR FREEDOM! However, if you take what I say out of context or don't read my statements completely and leave an ignorant comment I have the freedom to delete it.

Below is a glimpse of the article where Dan Cathy made a statement in support of the biblical definition of family. I encourage everyone to follow the link at the end of the quote and read the whole article.

"Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family."

"Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.

"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," Cathy emphasized.

"We intend to stay the course," he said. '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.'" 


This quote is taken from the original source here: http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=38271

Soon after Mr. Cathy made this statement to the Baptist Press, the Mayor of Boston shared his thoughts on the matter with the Boston Herald.


But that isn’t cutting the mustard with Menino. He said he plans to fire off a letter to the company’s Atlanta headquarters “telling them my feelings on the matter.”

“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” he warned.

The quote is taken from an article in the Boston Herald here: http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1061147182 


I'd like to make several points not only on the comments made but also on the comments my peers have made which seem to come from uneducated assumptions.

1. You can't believe everything the media says, you must go out and find the source and read it directly. If you want to be treated as an educated individual do not make idiotic statements. I see people of my generation (I'm 25) believe what the local media outlet says far to often. From this comes stupid comments not made on facts but instead on the reporter's opinion or poorly conveyed article. Every media outlet in our nation today has a bias. It's a fact we have to live with. You want to see more objective reporting, try BBC (note I said more objective). So to make an educated statement in today's world living in the U.S. you need to go to the source and find the full article and ensure it hasn't been taken out of context etc. If you don't have time to do this, you probably shouldn't open your mouth!

2. I am seriously concerned that because of the uneducated statements my generation makes, we will continue to elect individuals who will lead this country away from what our constitution stands for. Not only that but if you call yourself a Christian, the two best things you can do for our nation is 1. PRAY and 2. VOTE RIGHTEOUSLY. I'll probably be writing a whole blog post soon on just that.

3. This is NOT a battle about chicken.

4. Why are so many people, including myself, outraged? One man in an article makes a statement of what he believes and how he chooses to live that is in support of Biblical marriage. From that, several mayors (including the Mayor of Boston quoted above) have come out and stated they will work against this man's company, so he can not open business in their cities because of his comment. Should I break it down for you: They are DISCRIMINATING against him for what he believes by stating they will do everything they can to block his business. They are holding his RELIGION against him. They are holding what he chose to SAY against him. You have government officials openly making statements against our constitutional rights of FREEDOM OF SPEECH and FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

Something to think about: Ben and Jerry's, a very well known ice cream company, openly supports homosexuals. They even had a specialty ice cream at one point to support gay marriage, entitled Apple-y Ever After. Did at any point government officials come out and say they would block the expansion of Ben and Jerry's in their cities, states etc. because of that belief? NO. And were people outraged? NO.

But on the other end of the spectrum, you have someone who doesn't support the way some individuals choose to live, is asked about it and honestly answered. Now his business, his livelihood, is being jeopardize. How is this right? It's not! He didn't even go as far as naming a chicken sandwich for the cause, he just simply answered a question.

5. So if you wonder why people are coming out in droves to support his business, it's because they feel that by government officials saying they plan to block his business it's in violation of our freedoms. While some, yes, are coming out to support him because they agree with his Christian beliefs as they too are Christians, most educated people are upset because they see this as jeopardizing our freedoms.

So before you go making an ignorant statement, try researching the topic from the real sources and seeing the real issues and then comment.

Personally, I think this man is brave and should be applauded!

1 comment:

  1. A friend sent me this link, I really appreciate the peaceful way in which you stated your facts. I wish more people, on both sides, would come to the table in this way. I think people could hear a lot better then.

    I agree with most of this. What was articulated by most, including Huckabee and the leaders calling for the anti-boycott, had nothing to do with first amendment rights--it was about supporting Christian-valued business that has given a lot of money to groups that are openly really harsh with their words to homosexuals (Family Research Council). And this is coming from someone who agrees that homosexuality isn't what God would ultimately want for His children. Chick-Fil-A has given thousands to an organization whose spokesperson has said we should make homosexuality illegal, it would be better to deport gays, and that gay teens are suicidal because they know they are different. As a Christian, that is NOT how I want the world to know I am a Christian--regardless of whether the base principal is truth or not. It breaks my heart to know and love so many people who are gay, not loud, belligerent, just living their lives WELL, see my Jesus represented in that way. Instead of people flocking to decry Joe Paterno, we're more concerned about his football legend. But we will gladly buy a chicken sandwich if it's a political issue. I think we should rally around the things Jesus spent his time with--caring for orphans, areas of injustice and the poor. If we aren't doing those things--AS publicly, if not more, it makes us look like jerks.

    And this, above all, breaks my heart:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/chick-fil-a-anti-gay-controversy-employees-speak-out_n_1729968.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

    I truly hear you, though. I think this is absolutely the wrong battle, and doesn't gain us any ground with PEOPLE--the ones Jesus called us to draw in. It just makes a detached political statement that ostracizes a world watching us.

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