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I would be the first to admit that I’m a far cry from the status of Dan Cathy, chief operating officer of Chick-Fil-A, so my opinion or comments have little or no impact beyond the reaches of those who read the Douglas County Herald each week. However, I want to go on record by saying if I were doing an interview and the topic of marriage came up, my answer would be very similar to Cathy’s.
This uproar over the same-sex marriage issue has been blown so far out of the water that it has become totally absurd. And for people like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to attack Chick-Fil-A should be grounds for impeachment.
Emmanuel said Cathy’s comment that he believes in the biblical definition of the family unit is not what the people of the city of Chicago believe. So, let’s poll the people of Chicago and see if that’s what they really believe. Could we ask them if their mayor is speaking on behalf of the majority of the people? After all, we know that to be elected in Chicago does not really require a majority.
Why is this a major news item anyway? And who made it that? What if Cathy had said he prefers a Chevy over a Ford, or he likes Pepsi more than Coke? Ed Feulner, of the Heritage Foundation says “At this point, we’ve moved well beyond debate. It’s a free-speech issue now.”
Feulner goes on to say, “These officials did not merely express an opposite point of view. they threatened to use their political power to punish a man, and those who work for him, for saying something they disagree with. The message this sent is crystal-clear – and chilling: conform to the ‘accepted’ view, or else.”
In Philadelphia, city councilman James Kenney told Dan Cathy to “take a hike and take your intolerance with you.” He said he plans to introduce a resolution condemning Chick-Fil-A at the next council meeting. It will be interesting to see how that plays out. If the city council refuses to go along with Kenney, will the media report it?
Ed Feulner goes on to say in his report: ”Emmanuel and company spoke in breathless tones about how offensive Cathy’s beliefs are. Yet what could be more offensive than what they’re trying to do? What could be more, yes, discriminatory than using the power of the state to punish private viewpoints under the guise of standing up against ‘discrimination’?”
“You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population,” Menino said. But the company does no such thing. Chick-Fil-A hires employees and serves customers without regard to sexual orientation. The head of the company simply expressed his privately held view on the issue of family.
“And, it’s not just talk”, Feulner says. “The Cathy family has been a model of corporate responsibility, helping tackle social problems and strengthen civil society. For years, they’ve taken concrete steps to strengthen families through the programs of its WinShape Foundation. Founded in 1984 by S. Truett Cathy, WinShape supports college scholarships, foster care and international ministries. It works hard to strengthen marriage, offering counseling and help for couples in crisis, saving marriages that had been on the brink of divorce.”
“It’s not the stuff of headlines,” said Jennifer Marshall, of the Heritage Foundation, “which is why many Americans probably have no idea this critical effort is under way.”
In his interview, Cathy said: “We know that it (his position on family) might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
We have to wonder now, do we? And would Dan Cathy be able to make that same statement now? Will we be able to say that a year from now?