The Chick-fil-A Controversy: Can I Get a Side of Hypocrite with My Chicken Sandwich, Please?

As a pro-gay rights conservative, and someone who takes the time to Google, I have a major issue with the current anti-Chick-fil-A trend that's sweeping the left-leaning nation. Here's why...

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I'm a pretty open book when it comes to my opinions regarding politics and social issues. You can search my name on Patch to find a few columns I wrote sharing my political leanings. However, please don't judge this book by it's red cover. 

Sure, I'm passionate when it comes to governmental fiscal responsibility and my strong desire to vote Barack Obama out of the White House can't be wavered. But there's another subject I'm crazy passionate about. The rights of the gay community. 

If anyone on my social media networks breathes a stitch of anti-gay rhetoric, I'm claws out. The equality of law abiding, tax paying American citizens is not something that is up for discussion in my world.

I've had gay friends, a gay business partner, and I've marched in favor of the legalization of gay marriage. Although classifying my friends and business partner as "gay" seems unnatural to me...as they were just my friends and my business partner. I really do not understand why anyone's sexual preference makes them something different than me or you or anyone else. 

My personal thoughts on gay marriage is that all "marriages" should be classified as civil unions at the state level. If two citizens want to go to the county courthouse and make their partnership legal, and they have the correct documents to do so, then they should be granted a civil union. If those same two people want to then classify their partnership as a "marriage" they can and should do so via the religious institution of their choosing.

Treating "marriage" as I just described takes the religious argument, that so many cite to make their anti-gay debate, out of the equation. Personally, I can not wait until the day, and it's coming, when this issue isn't something that divides our country. 

However, right now our country is more divided than ever on the subject. Why? Because of a comment Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-fil-A made. Because of his comment to a Christian publication, the country is up in arms planning protests and boycotts of the restaurant. The mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, has even pledged to block Chick-fil-A's desire to open a new restaurant across from City Hall in his city. A restaurant which would provide much needed jobs in this strapped economy. 

To further add to the divide, Jim Henson Productions, at the request of Lisa Henson their CEO, has publicly denounced Dan Cathy's opinion and put an explanation point on that denouncement by pulling their promotional partnership with the restaurant.

And now my head starts to pound. I present to you the following: 

In November 2008, Barack Obama stated, "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” 

In October 2010, Barack Obama stated, “I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage.”

Here's where my head starts to spin and is on the verge of exploding...

Lisa Henson, THE Lisa Henson, the very one who is the CEO of the Jim Henson Company, donated over $50,000 to Barack Obama's campaign at the time he made those comments.

Yet when Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A now infamously stated, "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." ....the very same Lisa Henson made a big display of pulling her company's partnership from Chick-fil-A citing "Chick-Fil-A’s CEO’s opposition to same sex marriage."

Soooo.....where was the outrage against Barack Obama? His statements on the subject show a MUCH more of anti-gay stance. Yes, he recently came out in support of gay marriage but as the most powerful person in the world he has yet to act on that position. Which seems odd as he's tossing executive orders around more than a pizza joint tosses dough in the air on a Friday night. Also, Lisa Henson has continued to donate more than $5,000 prior to Obama's sudden (and conveniently timed) change of heart.

I can see if Dan Cathy said something along the lines of, "Those [enter horrible gay slur here] aren't welcome to nom on my chicken"...but he didn't even MENTION the term or any variation of "gay."

Apparently I'm missing something here...because this makes ZERO sense to me.

Unless you mention the term "hypocrite"...then I get it.

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yuli mora July 30, 2012 at 03:35 AM
We (Christ followers) believe that the entire bible is inspired by God. God says we are not to add or delete from his word. It is because of this that we know that there is no contradiction- 0 mistakes in his word. This world has a way of making God out to be so unreasonable. God is interested in our our trust and obedience. I thank u for your comments. God is Defenitely good and just and the one and only judge. God bless you.
doug toader August 01, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Bring me all the GAY women and a CHICK-Filet Chicken sandwich please. I have been working out and thinking about getting married. Don't forget to include a Diet Coke!
Andy Tisdel August 01, 2012 at 10:43 PM
@Sara Conrad-- You know that was not all of Cathy's comments, correct? "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,'" Cathy said. "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." http://www.christianpost.com/news/chick-fil-a-president-says-gods-judgment-coming-because-of-same-sex-marriage-78485/#2Ocef2klTpeu6SMQ.99 While I agree that the backlash against Obama for his stance on same-sex marriage was muted in comparison, surely you'll agree that Cathy's full statement is rather more inflammatory than you're making it out to be. I believe that undermines your argument that Obama demonstrated "a MUCH more of [sic] anti-gay stance", at least when Cathy is talking about how redefining marriage is going to bring down God's judgment.
Cathal O'Donoghue August 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Well done! Yes, I am pro-hetrosexual marriage just to put it out there. However, this went from a "Hey, let's protest/picket this guy's company" to 2 mayors and an alderman trashing Freedom of speech. Also, yes to the hypocrisy of Obama being Pro-hetrosexual marriage and no one gave him crap. Hell, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, had NO problem working for Pres Obama when he was ani-gay marriage. Even worse, Emanuel, a Jew, has no problem with Louis Farrakhan of the Black Panthers which is an openly anti-semitic and gay marriage organiztion, helping to curb the out of control gun killing in Chicago. Can I have an Amen? Chuck D
Cassie Burckhardt November 05, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Rock on my friend. Please keep supporting our LGBT beliefs. Thank you for writing this wonderful article.


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