UPDATE: I am by no means a great writer, or even a particularly good one...sometimes a girl just has to vent! But my friends the SLOB's are exceptional writers, and Beers with Demo has an elegant and biting post on this Chick-fil-A insanity, please check it out.
Let me start by stating that I am not a Christian and I do support gay marriage. Took a while to get to this place, but I don't believe gay marriage to be an erosion of family sovoreignty (of course this piece of lunacy out of Cali might contradict me...and I do think the coming tide of plural marriage is an offense to women everywhere).
Enter the Chick-Fil-A uproar. Co-Founder Dan Cathy was recently asked about the company’s charitable support of organizations that promote traditional marriage. He said, “Well, guilty as charged....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.”
OK...Chick-Fil-A donates to Christian organizations that support traditional marriage.
Does Chick-Fil-A discriminate against gay customers or potential employees?
Chicago area franchise owner, Lauren Silich, states that she is dedicated to, “serving all of our guests with honor, dignity and respect. . . . We alone created 97 jobs this past year and our passion is building leaders for future generations, regardless of sexual orientation or beliefs.... We hold fundraisers for hospitals, schools, fallen police, and we donate to a wide variety of causes, including everything from churches to gay and lesbian organizations.”
Soooooo...sounds like the restaurants do NOT discriminate against gay customers or employees.
Yet Chicago authorities have announce that a second Chick-Fil-A will not be allowed to open in the city because the company discriminates.
Mayor Rahm Emanual said, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values” (what values? Like being the murder capital of America?)
OK, so the company doesn’t actually discriminate...but they will be blocked because of what the CEO thinks. Just let that sink in for a moment.
Of course Rahm Emanual is a gigantic hypocrite, rolling out the red carpet for anti-semite homophobe Louis Farrakhan.
What about any Hispanic Catholic owned businesses in Chicago? I bet the owners believe in traditional marriage, even if they treat all customers the same.
Or Muslim owned companies...led by folks who thing homosexuality is a sin against God...but must open their doors to everyone.
What's really going on? Who didn’t make the right Chicago-values donation to the right Chicago campaign? Or is Rahm making a sad final attempt to stir up the social divide for his buddy Barry?
The always tasteful Roseanne Barr added to the fray by Tweeting, “anyone who eats Shit Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ.” Classy! Oh, wait, she was corned into apologizing when she realized her statement had been screen captured by the world.
I'm pro-life (that's right pro-gay marriage and pro-life...what can I say I'm for love and the innocent)...should I start a ban on any businesses run by folks who beleive their bodies are more important than being responsible for the choices they make? Run them out of town for a Belief? Even if they treat me with dignity as a customer? Not in the America I know and love.
Now what? No more Christian run businesses? The Thought Police win?
Then it’s time to shut down beloved So-Cal founded In-N-Out Burger...a private corporation run by a Christian family. While there have never been accusations of discriminations against gay customers or employees, the owners have Christian THOUGHTS. They even print the numbers to Bible passages on their packaging! (GASP!!!). No, you like Double Doubles and In-N-Out is a sacred pop-culture institution? Well, ok, then. Carry on.
P.S. Wonder how many people hating on Chick-Fil-A this week have this bumper sticker on their cars?