The Debate of the Century!

Everywhere you look, everywhere you go all anyone is seeing these days are headlines, FaceBook posts, and tweets about Chick-Fil-A and the gay marriage debate.  Controversy has been sparked in its largest form and technology is throwing it hard in our faces.  Everyone has an opinion on the matter and there is no way in hell that everyone is ever going to agree.  Arguments center around equal rights and the sanctity of marriage according to the Bible.  People have an argument to support or stand against and no matter what someone else’s argument may be they have a counter for it.  Surprisingly enough, I have said very little.  However, it is time to get off of the sidelines and weigh in.

Let’s break this down.  People arguing in favor of Chick-Fil-A’s stance have two different opinions on the matter.  I have seen a lot of people go on about how it is commendable that Dan Cathy is standing up for what he believes in and people should respect his opinion. Others are defending him solely upon the  basis that they agree with his stance.  DAN CATHY, PRESIDENT, CHICK-FIL-A: 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. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about. (Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/2012/08/02/bill-oreilly-playing-chicken-gay-marriage#ixzz22PCT8gbE).  Mr. Cathy and his supporters are taking the religious side of the argument.

Those standing against are Chick-Fil-A and Mr. Cathy are taking the legal side.  Equal rights are a big deal in this country.  Everyone deserves the right to be treated just as the next man.  If a woman can marry a man, why can she not marry a woman, or a man marry a man?  The same issues were addressed in the 1950’s with interracial marriage.  While race barriers are a bit different than human sexuality, the same equal rights argument still applies.  The boycott is not only about showing disagreement with the food chain’s stance, it is also about where a consumer’s money is going when they pay for food from Chick-Fil-A.  If you buy a chicken sandwich, your money is going to the charities supporting the gay marriage ban.  It is a person’s right to decide where there money goes and where it does not.

So, the Bible states that marriage is between a man a woman.  The bible also states that hatred and judgement are wrong.  God is the judge.  Homosexuals are an abomination.  It also says that sex for pleasure is a sin.  Bottom line:  you can argue semantics of the Bible all day long.  You’ll still come to the same conclusion.  It is a book full of contradictions and hypocritical ideas.  Bible was written by MAN, not God.  Man interpreted it the way he so chose and no one will ever know what God truly feels about the situation.  It is 2012, time for forward thinking.  What may or may not have been acceptable a thousand years ago, might be a different story today.  The majority of people accepted integration, civil rights, and racial barriers being torn down.  In the grand scheme of things, this is no different.

My biggest issue with those standing against gay marriage is that there are so many arguing about how it will corrupt the sanctity of marriage.  Several of those arguing this point have been married and divorced.  Do NOT give me your opinion on the dedication of marriage and how it needs to be protected if you could not make yours last.  Marriage is about love and spending your life with someone that you can look at every day for the rest of your life.  People who are married understand this.  What right is it for anyone to take that option away from someone just because they love differently than you?

Dan Cathy needs to understand that his personal opinion has no place in his business.  If his salary goes to anti gay marriage support, then that’s his money to spend.  But to donate in the name of a national food chain is down right idiotic.  He may think that he is making a stand for the greater good and superb Christian values, however, he’s only hurting himself and his employees in the long run.  They are the ones dealing with this fallout.  Not him.  He gets to go sit in his cushy corner office and screen phone calls.  The cashiers at the numerous chains throughout the country are the ones dealing with heated customers, opinionated protesters, and hate mongers.  Every single one of them deserves a raise after this shit. A HUGE raise.

To stand up and say that God is going to come down and punish us all because gay individuals want to get married is downright preposterous.  I understand all of the Sodom and Gomorrah stories.  Tell me when anything of that nature has happened since then?  If God wanted to wipe out the entire homosexual population, he could.  I’m not even a religious individual and I know that!  So because some idiot decided he did not like gay people, he decides to say he spoke to God and this is what he said.  I call bullshit.  Get mad at me.  Cuss me.  Tell me I’m going to hell.  I do not really care.  Someone else thought woman should obey man.  I do not see anyone screaming that God is going to kill all women because we have minds of our own and do not bow to our men.  If you want to preach to me about the bible, you better believe every damned word presented in it.  Which, I do not care what anyone says, no one lives their life by EVERY word spoken in that book.

So where do I stand?  Chick-fil-a will not get my money.  I will stand up and fight for the right of anyone who wants to get married.  I will continue to state my views on what a contradictory book the Bible is and I will forever believe that people need to learn acceptance.  Which is what they should be gathering from this great book instead of the hatred spilling from it!

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2 thoughts on “The Debate of the Century!

  1. The things you speak of are hypocritical.

    “Do NOT give me your opinion on the dedication of marriage and how it needs to be protected if you could not make yours last.”

    If you tell someone not give there position(opinion) on marriage because of past mistakes or whatever, how can you?

    God gives free will to those so that they can make their own decisions. He wishes that no one shall perish but that everyone shall come to HIM and have a direct relationship that will help you prosper in every area of your life. Passing judgement is not right which I know I don’t do. Though I do not agree with homosexuals course, I still love them no differently than Mark Hackett.

    You Said:

    Dan Cathy needs to understand that his personal opinion has no place in his business. If his salary goes to anti gay marriage support, then that’s his money to spend. But to donate in the name of a national food chain is down right idiotic. He may think that he is making a stand for the greater good and superb Christian values, however, he’s only hurting himself and his employees in the long run.

    I’m going to say this!

    He’s standing up for what he believes because it’s those values, beliefs and morals which created Chick Fila’. Closed on Sunday for a day of rest as God asked each individual to do for themselves.

    Tithing the first fruits of his increase. (Because it’s God who gave you that job) Plus an added benefit of increases your finances.

    No matter what attack people tend to throw Dan’s way, he will come out on top and bigger then ever with his employees benefiting all the way.

    Chick Fila is a successful company, great food and excellent service than any other fast food chain I’ve been in. Because he chooses to speak on his beliefs, that’s his American Born Right. Have you ever tried to get a job there? You should because you’d realize everyone knows after they start applying it’s a Christian Based Restaurant.

    God is in the business of preparing tables and prosper HIS children in mist of controversy. You deny HIM before men and don’t stand up and speak, You will be denied before God!

    Bible is not a contradictory book as you state. It’s in fact God Breathed, one of the most accurate books of history and spirituality of its time.

    I am constantly amazed by the fact that the Bible, written so long ago, is still relevant today. In Matthew 24:3, Jesus tells us, “Heaven and earth will pass away but My words shall not pass away.” Again in Isaiah 40:8, God assures us, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of God stands forever.”

    History has also proven God’s Word to be true. As far as researchers have been able to determine, the events, people and places in the Bible are accurate. For example, when a debate arose many years ago over the book of Acts, the Roman historian Sherwin White wrote, “The facts authenticating the book of Acts are overwhelming. Any attempts to disprove its historicity even in matters of detail are absurd.”

    Additionally, archaeology has proven Scripture to be true. The great archaeologist William Albright said, “All radical schools in New Testament criticism which have existed in the past or the present are pre-archaeological and are quite antiquated today.” In other words, all archaeological evidence that continues to unfold only supports Scripture as accurate and true. If you are interested in reading more about the existing archaeological evidence supporting the reliability of the Bible, I would urge you to read Josh McDowell’s book, A Ready Defense.

    In matters of science, the Bible speaks in simple, yet correct terms that avoid opinions. For example, some non-biblical accounts of creation border on the ridiculous, whereas the Bible is nowhere guilty of this. The Babylonian creation myth, for instance, developed during pre-scientific times, suggests the crude proposition that the earth was formed from a dismembered part of one of the gods after a fight occurred between them in heaven. The biblical narrative, on the other hand, is concise, sensible and above all, accurate…

    Whether, someone is gay or not, doesn’t mean I should treat them differently. It says even though my beliefs are different than your’s I still love you! But just as you would stand up for what you believe in so shall I.

    1. First of all, in no way was ANYTHING I said hypocritical. I have been married and it did not work out. I do not go out going on and on about how marriage is such a blessed union and grand gesture to the one you love. As a matter of fact, I have said many times that marriage is JUST a piece of paper. My point is that so many go on and on about how homosexuals do not know the value of marriage and looking at divorce rates in our country, neither do straight individuals!! It’s simply not a basis for argument in this debate.

      As for the Bible, we know we disagree on that one. Personally, I believe that it’s full of contradictory terms. I believe it is dated and antiquated and so many values set forth do not apply to modern times. When this book was written, things were different. No one allowed for modernization. In no way am I saying the entire book is false. I just do not believe that all accounts are completely true.

      As for Dan Cathy and his Christian based company– I’m a strong believer that personal matters and business and personal matters have no place in the same forum. Have you, as my boss, not told me this SEVERAL times? I am confident in the fact that if I were to come to you and say I wanted to marry a woman, my job would not be in jeopardy. If I worked at Chick-Fil-A, my job would be done. That is discrimination, and that is illegal. A person’s personal preferences in no way, shape or form affect their ability to do the job correctly. I respect for the man for standing up for his personal beliefs regardless of if I agree with them or not. However, I disagree with his forum of doing so.

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