I wonder if Dan Cathy expected to find himself at the center of a revolution.
The Chick-fil-A owner, who is a Christian, has been the target of gays’ ire since he gave an interview to Baptist Press, in which he was asked about his support for traditional families.
“Guilty as charged,” Cathy said.
“… 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.
“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 have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Now Cathy is in the middle of a firestorm.
It’s understandable. I mean, how dare he?
How dare a successful businessman uphold the concept of family that is the very foundation of society and has been held by advanced civilizations for thousands of years, since the dawn of human history?
Doesn’t Cathy realize that this is the 21st century? The 21st!
I’m sure it’s written somewhere that after 20 centuries, the tried-and-true rules that satisfactorily guided humans through millenia of wars, disasters, peace, famines, dark ages, renaissances and revolutions should no longer apply. And if it isn’t, it should be. Right?
What’s more important — human history, tradition and reason, or the petulant whining of a self-absorbed interest group that represents only 2 percent of the population? Actually, less than 2 percent, because contrary to what the media portray, a lot of gays don’t support gay marriage, either.
Not that you’d ever hear that in the media, which are too busy touting skewed polls showing a “majority” of Americans favors gay marriage.
Now a group called Equality Illinois is hoping to lead gays and liberals to destroy Chick-fil-A’s business. First, it is circulating a petition to get the restaurant evicted from malls and universities across the country. It is also encouraging gays on Aug. 3 to go to any local Chick-fil-A restaurant and cause a scene by making out in front of the restaurants.
Great idea. Because nothing will make people support gay marriage more than the sight of gay men and women being disgusting in public. It’s done wonders for San Francisco tourism, why not take the show on the road?
Even the Muppets sided with gay activists as the Jim Hensen company has pulled out of a deal to distribute toys with Chick-fil-A kids’ meals. (A cynic might suggest the move was purely calculated to avoid backlash from the Muppets’ liberal fan base.)
All of this circus shows what the whole gay marriage movement is really about. Notice that Chick-fil-A hasn’t actually taken any actions against gays. It hasn’t refused to serve gays, it hasn’t fired gays or refused to hire gays.
But the company’s owner came out and said he and his company are in favor of marriage between a man and a woman. Further, he explained that he held that belief because of what God says in the Bible.
The hysterical, over-the-top reaction from gays and the rest of the Left is to light the torches, grab the pitchforks, get some rope and take Chick-fil-A and its boss to the hangin’ tree to teach those Bible-thumpers a lesson.
And that is what the gay marriage fight is really about.
It’s not a civil rights issue. Gays have exactly the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. All that stuff about visiting sick lovers in the hospital, too, is just a straw man. Hospitals don’t decide who is or isn’t eligible to visit a patient. It’s not even really about tax breaks or government privileges, though that’s of interest to some people.
After listening for decades to all the arguments for and against gay marriage, I’m convinced the real, central motivation for changing the definition of marriage is simply to acquire a legal hammer with which to punish those Christians and others who find the homosexual lifestyle sinful or just distasteful. And once obtained, that hammer will be used in courts to pound any sense of traditional morality out of the Christian heathens and their children.
It’s half revenge and half neurotic need for approval.
Either way, it’s immature, faddish and not in society’s best interests.
If the gay marriage fight was really about equality and respect, gay activists would extend those principles to people who disagree with them instead of trying to bully a family business.