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!