The firestorm over Dan Cathy’s remarks affirming a biblical view of marriage continued late last week when the mayors of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco vowed to keep the company out of their cities.
If you’ve been on Mars for the last week, you may have missed the headlines. Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-fil-A and the son of the founder, gave an interview to a Christian newspaper. In the interview, he laid out the company desire to run the company by biblical principles. He also affirmed a biblical view of marriage and family.
The latter statement brought on the controversy. Governor Mike Huckabee and others have endorsed a Chick-fil-A day tomorrow in support of Chick-fil-A. This came after numerous calls to boycott the chicken sandwich company.
This story has had about as much intrigue and twists and turns as you can imagine. For a day or so, Governor Huckabee’s Facebook page mysteriously disappeared, apparently over content. At the same time, a defiant and strident anti-Chick-fil-A page stayed up.
Here are some of the areas that concern me.
First, when did the idea of principle and ideas become abhorrent in America? We were founded on principles. The views of Dan Cathy are the views of our founders.
Second, would we really discriminate because of Christian ideals? If this sounds like it could never stand in America, maybe we should look at other countries where tyranny has reigned. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Third, if Chick-fil-A is unwelcome in Boston, what about the Catholic church? Boston and Chicago have a lot of Catholics. Would they be next? Strangely, Chicago’s zoning laws are allowing a strip club to go up next to a catholic home for the elderly run by nuns but Chick-fil-A is unwelcome. This is weird and extremely troubling.
Finally, this bothers me because the mayor of Chicago has been at the highest levels of American politics as a member of congress and the Chief of Staff in the White House. What does this say about our future?
Please pray for real tolerance and openness. Please pray for a return to constitutional government. Please pray for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Please pray for a spiritual awakening in America.
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