You've heard about the firestorm of ridicule and retribution directed toward Chick-fil-A because of the religious beliefs of the owners---the Cathy family.
Interestingly, those administering the fire apparently haven't even read the interview that supposedly lit the fire, they are merely depending on reports from those with shared hatred toward the Christian view of marriage while igniting their own blowtorch with word and deed.
However, it may be backfiring on those homosexual activists who are seeking to do harm.
Make no mistake, the Cathy family has a history of believing, practicing and advocating biblical principles---including the sanctity of life and natural, traditional, biblical marriage. They have built a successful restaurant chain of 1600 stores with an annual revenue of $4 billion dollars. They have consistently treated every customer with Christian respect and dignity regardless of who they are or what they believe.
Homosexual "marriage" activists apparently didn't even read the interview before launching their attack on the Cathy family, demanding tolerance and inclusion.
Here's what happened. And what will likely happen over the coming weeks.
The Baptist Press interviewed Don Cathy awhile back, asking him about his beliefs on marriage. He told them he believed in traditional marriage as only between one man and one woman, and said his family are all married to their original spouses.
When asked further he said, "I think we are inviting God's judgement on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you what constitutes a marriage'."
While that's forceful, it was not a personal condemnation of anyone, he was merely stating his biblical beliefs.
Then all hell broke lose.
Boston Mayor Menino threw his political power against the Cathy family. He said, "Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in Boston. You can't have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We're an open city, we're a city that's at the forefront of inclusion."
No-discriminating against a population? Are there no people in Boston who believe in traditional marriage?
Inclusive? Are biblical Christians not welcome in Boston? Or do none live there?
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the press, "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago's values." Does he speak for the religious beliefs of all the resident's of Chicago?
Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno told the press he will block a Chick-fil-A restaurant in his district. He said, "If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don't want you in the First Ward."
What about the churches and Christian people who live in the First Ward who believe and teach biblical truth regarding marriage and homosexual behavior? Are they no longer welcome? Must they relocate? Are there none who teach or believe biblical truth in the First Ward?
Mountain View, California, a bedroom community of San Francisco, has blocked a new Chick-fil-A from opening in the city because of the beliefs of the family who owns the business.
Let's put this in perspective.
What if a city in, say, Washington state blocked a Starbucks from opening because Howard Schultz, the CEO, strongly supports homosexual "marriage"? Or a city or even small town banned Microsoft products from being sold because Bill Gates supports homosexual "marriage"?
That's how culturally and socially perverted this is.
This is different than average people boycotting businesses with which they disagree. This is the force of government.
The advocates of tolerance, openness, inclusion, equality and kindness are trying to destroy a business because the owners do not share their religious, moral or social beliefs.
Homosexual activists should be ashamed and embarrassed. Their mask has slipped.
Some are. The LA Times has reprimanded elected officials for using their political power in seeking to destroy. Not because the Times is moral or fair, but because, I believe, they are embarrassed and fear these hateful actions may hurt the cause they and the media are so deeply committed to and so closely associated with.
The Boston Globe has done the same. For the same reason.
I personally think this seek and destroy mission is going to backfire. The blowtorch directed at the Cathy family will, I believe, be turned back on those who were so quick to light the match.
Not because Christians will respond in kind---we don't and won't. But because the public will see how hypocritical and disingenuous these people really are. They label others as being "hateful" as they dispense hate. They congratulate themselves as symbolizing "openness" and "inclusion" while they are closed to every other belief other than their own.
Mike Huckabee has called for a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on August 1. That's next Wednesday. I don't believe there are many, if any Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Northwest.
If so, correct me and send us the locations. However, there are many elsewhere. I would encourage every reader to, if possible, find one and eat there on Monday. Encourage your friends and family to do so as well.
This is a snapshot of the self serving hypocrisy that drives the movement to redefine marriage. It's not the face of the "person next door" that is displayed in their ads, the movement is driven by people who share the sentiments and emotion of Emanuel and Moreno and Menino, but are usually more restrained in front of the public.
As we address this issue in Washington State, the obsession to redefine marriage will take on many faces, but behind the mask, it is not about equality or tolerance or inclusiveness, it is about rebellion against the God who created us and a disregard for His institutions that have sustained the human race through out history.
May God help us.
Be Strong. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.