Thursday, August 02, 2012

Who gives a Chick-Fil-A?

The Chick-Fil-A controversy of 2012 is a barometer of how stupid public debate is in America these days.

 In the July 16 issue of Baptist Press, the COO of Chick-Fil-A spoke in favor of the "biblical definition of the family." He didn't say anything too out of the ordinary for someone of his ilk, a heterosexual white guy from the south.

The reaction of left wingers was typical as well. To paraphrase their views, "How dare a business owner have such wacky, hateful, and exclusionary opinions." Which got right wingers and resident homophobes all in a tizzy. "How dare you suppress someone's right to an opinion? And, oh yeah, God hates fags."

Gay marriage is a controversial topic in America right now as scores of states take stands either in favor of or against it. I just don't understand why Cathy's comments have fomented such a debate on this topic. Maybe it's because it is rare for a high profile business, which must cater to everyone, regardless of gender or orientation, to take any viewpoint on a controversial topic. Or maybe the reaction of gay marriage proponents gave fuel to opponents because it became a free speech issue as well.

It's really simple. If you're against gay marriage, eat at Chick-Fil-A, go to the church of your choice and vote for politicians who reflects your views. If you support gay marriage, don't eat at Chick-Fil-A, etc. etc. What good will come from this debate? Will anybody's mind be changed? Will it affect legislation regarding gay marriage? Only time will tell.

But for now, it's just fast food. Homosexuality isn't one of the seven deadly sins, unless you choose to sub-categorize it under "lust." But Gluttony is. And in an obesity epidemic, when the lifespan of our children's generation threatens to be shorter, and when heart disease and diabetes are leading causes of death in this country, how dare a fast (i.e. fried fat) food magnate speak out in moral condemnation against anything? Cathy is in the business of fattening Americans, and is thus a proponent of Gluttony.

How come nobody has called Cathy to the carpet for that? Because food, like sexual orientation, is a matter of personal choice.

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