Thursday, August 02, 2012

Chick-fil-A, Marriage and the Insanity

There is real insanity in society when a man cannot share his opinion on religion and the role and definition of marriage without a massive counterattack.

When Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy shared his views on marriage during a recent radio program, a few voices were heard: one supporting his right to speak his mind, one who agreed with his opinion, one that did not agree, and one that was just baffling. Cathy said
"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.' I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is about."
If it were not for a few activist organizations, it would have gone unnoticed. These opportunists have launched an anit-Chick-fil-A campaign attempting to label them as anti-gay and intimidate other businesspeople into thinking twice before exercising their freedom of speech.
In virtually every culture, marriage is an institution involving a public commitment between a man and a woman. The complementary nature of men and women points to the unique purpose of marriage: to bear and raise children. One can recognize this fact and so conclude that "same-sex marriage" is an oxymoron—without being "anti-gay."
We can agree to disagree. But the insanity is demonstrated by a few lunatic city politicians -- Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. How they can refuse building permits, operations and expansion in their cities to a company because a senior (Chick-fil-A) executive share a religious opinion is mind-numbing.

It apparently does not matter that no discrimination occurs with the people it employs or the the people it serves. Stupidity is on display in cities across the USA.

Whereas Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day this pas Wednesday was a big hit (record sales), the counter Kiss-in protest was less so. Some protests are miss-aligned. The pro-gay marriage group blew it on this one.

The LDS Chursh's position (and mine) is clear on marriage. From the The Family: A Proclamation to the World:
Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.
Same-sex attraction aside, most of the discussion around same-sex marriage is really about religion. The liberal diatribe is 100% focused against freedom of speech when that speech does not agree with theirs.

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