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Can We All Agree to Disagree? The Chick-fil-A ‘Controversy’ Is a Poor Reflection of America

by Maria Lloyd

America is most known and respected for its First Amendment, the freedom of speech. Where some countries severely punish their citizens for voicing opinions, America applauds and invites its citizens to voice an opinion. There’s one crucial problem with the amendment: Everybody has an opinion. When you have over 300,000,000 people in one country, there is a strong chance that the freedom to say whatever you want to say will piss some people off.

Having the unrestricted ‘privilege’ to voice your opinion in the “digital age” is one that can make you an overnight hero or an overnight enemy. Unfortunately, the latter distinction was given to Chick-fil-A’s CEO, Dan Cathy, when he publicly voiced his objection for same-sex marriage on “The Ken Coleman Show.” Anyone who knows anything about Chick-fil-A knows that it operates off of strong Christian values. The fast food chain takes its Christian values so seriously that it never opens on Sundays- in observation of the Sabbath Day. In response to Cathy’s stand against same-sex marriage, thousands of people are protesting the restaurant and mayors in San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago are not allowing the fast food chain to expand in their city.

There is one very valuable lesson to learn from this controversy: Americans are’t smart enough to respect the First Amendment. Or as my favorite comedian/commentator, Bill Maher says “Americans are stupid.” Mayor Rahm Emanuel defends his stand against Chick-fil-A saying “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values and if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.” Perhaps Chicago, a city with excessive gang violence that has led to the deaths of innocent children this year alone, should consider adopting new “values” and a new mayor.

If people believe Cathy’s remarks are vile or demeaning, they should address their concerns with the Christian faith, not the messenger (Cathy). He is one man who is standing in solidarity with one institution that he firmly believes in. If we are becoming a nation in which people can’t publicly express a solid objection without being severely criticized, we are going to continue to divide and eventually fail. The hypersensitivity surrounding political topics such as homosexuality is spiraling out of control. Simply put,  being anti-same sex marriage does not make you anti-homosexuality and being anti-homosexuality does not make you homophobic. No one should support something simply because it’s the popular thing to do.

A person who has a solid argument to support their opinion should be respected no matter what stance you take on the topic at hand. Instead of allowing the popular opinions of television networks to form your thinking, get educated and learn to think for yourself.

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26 Responses to Can We All Agree to Disagree? The Chick-fil-A ‘Controversy’ Is a Poor Reflection of America

  1. Renee Reply

    July 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Amen, amen, amen! Since when was it a crime for a person to simply express an opinion? Yeah, Bill Maher was right. Americans are stupid. Plain and simple.

  2. NoWay Reply

    July 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    You write, “Anyone who knows anything about Chick-fil-A knows that it operates off of strong Christian values.” Did you know that there are gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people who are Christian? Did you know that being pro-gay marriage is considered a Christian value in many denominations by many churches? Do you realize that you are promoting a very specific kind of Christianity when you write that this corporation “operates off of strong family values”?

    Being anti-same sex marriage does not make you a “strong Christian.” It makes you a certain kind of Christian–one who believes that gay people are second-class citizens and deserve to be discriminated against. OBVIOUSLY you have a right to this opinion. Other Christians have a right to reject your hate and work for equal rights for all citizens.

    So you’re sick of hearing about other people fighting against hate? Has it just gone too far for you? Poor Christian corporation Chick-fil-a. Fortunately it has heroines like you to defend it from those mean old gays and lesbians.

    Hate-promoting organizations do have a right to exist. We also have a right (and if you support justice, an OBLIGATION) not to patronize such businesses.

    • Vee Reply

      July 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      @ NoWay – Because a person or organization is against same-sex marriage does not mean they hate a person or organization that’s for it. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – same sex marriage is a sin in the bible and goes against what God intended for us to populate the earth. If God had put Adam and Steve in the garden from the beginning, there’d be no “be fruitful and multiply”. Like most people, I’m so sick of someone with a homosexual lifestyle trying to shove their lifestyle down my throat. If that’s your choice, so be it. Why do we, that don’t agree with you have to be haters of you? We’re not. Your lifestyle is just not our cup of tea. Get over yourself.

    • Derrick Reply

      July 31, 2012 at 6:44 am

      @no way:

      I’m not a xtian, muslim, athiest nor do I have any ‘religious’ affiliation because all of that shyt is man-made!

      You already know what the bible says about homosexuality, but you still claim to be a xtian? Nothing in the bible AGREES WITH HOMOSEXUALITY. As a matter of Truth a city was DESTROYED by the Creator because they were praticing homosexuality…sodom and gomorrah? YOU HIP TO IT?

      Any way the bible is full of contraDICKtions and you gays are using the very book that is against this ‘death style’. How can homosexuality be legal when AIDS is running rampant because of males involved in same sex? If you want to live your life with another male or fe-male, than, that’s on you, but don’t promote your agenda to people, who don’t beLIEve in that shyt! STAY IN YOUR LANE

      Romans 1:26 reads: “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.”

      (27) “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

      THIS IS IN YOUR BIBLE! Therefore, how can you people be xtians? How can racist caucasoids be xtians when they hate Black people? How can self-hating negroids be xtians when they hate their own kind? This religion is nothing because none of you heathens and hypocrites live by that book because you so-called xtians are just like that bible…LIARS!!!

      Dr. Llaila O. Afrika says: “Homosexuals are in a very
      delicate position because they can’t reproduce their own kind. So they have a very high-gear recruiting program and we are not looking at them as having a recruiting program. They recruit better than
      the Jehovah Witnesses. They have a good recruiting program.”

      INTEGRATION AND RELIGION FVCKED UP NEGROIDS MINDS!!!

  3. JAZZED Reply

    July 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    America The Beautiful:
    Cathy exercised the 1ST Amendment and his ex- customers have simply chosen to do the same. Free speech, democracy and capitalism; the epitome of being all American.

  4. Richard Reply

    July 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I agree with the article. This Country is being dismantled piece by piece! This society is so crazy that anyone who speaks their mind gets blasted IF their opinions are not “Mainstream”. People study history please and see that we are currently repeating the ugly parts of it!

    • Onesilverbac Reply

      August 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      You do realize, until 2 months ago our President believed marriage was according to his faith, between a man and woman!

      He now states he believes it’s ok for a man and another man to marry. Why do you think he suddenly changed his thoughts on this matter?

  5. Matthew Reply

    July 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Yes, Bill Maher is right. Americans *are* stupid. But I’m afraid that your article doesn’t so much reinforce Maher’s perennial thesis as it proves it with a case-in-point.

    Chick-fill-A’s freedom of speech is not being violated. Suggesting that it is only shows that you don’t really know what it means to have the freedom of speech — which, again, only helps to prove Bill Maher’s point. If Chick-fill-A’s Dan Cathy didn’t have freedom of speech, you would have seen government agents spirit Mr. Cathy away in the dead of night and take him to an undisclosed location for re-education. Because Mr. Cathy enjoys freedom of speech, this did not happen: entirely without fear for his own safety or reprisal, he was completely free to express his backwards, outdated and homophobic beliefs.

    What happened instead, however, was something quintessentially American: Mr. Cathy expressed his beliefs, and the public, rather than merely sitting in passive acceptance, expressed *their* beliefs. That’s what you ought to be celebrating, here: that a segment of the public has felt so strongly the need to reject a creed of inequality and intolerance that it has been shaken from its typical apathy and moved into action.

    Two final points. First, re: your assertion that “being anti-same sex marriage does not make you anti-homosexuality and being anti-homosexuality does not make you homophobic”… to be blunt, this is rather moronic. By definition, being “anti-homosexuality” makes you homophobic, no less than being anti-black, anti-Hispanic or anti-Asian makes you racist. To argue otherwise is extremely silly.

    And lastly, I have not heard Dan Cathy — nor anyone else, for that matter — make a “solid argument” in opposition to same-sex marriage. And just so we’re clear, “because the Bible says so” and “because I don’t like it” are n ot solid arguments. It also seems just a touch hypocritical that you would belittle the other side for “allowing… television networks” to “form [their] thinking,” when it is abundantly clear that Dan Cathy has done exactly the same thing with one prevailing interpretation of the Old Testament scripture. I suppose endorsing “strong Christian values” means he gets a pass on needing to “get educated and learn to think for [him]self”?

    • Kells Reply

      July 30, 2012 at 10:14 am

      You are just too know it all for me! HOMOSEXUALITY IS AN ABOMINATION! PERIOD! DO NOT TELL PEOPLE IT MAKES THEM RACIST TO BE HOMOPHOBIC! INCORRECT! IT’S NOT THE SAME AS PEOPLE THAT ARE PREJUDICE AGAINST BLACKS OR HISPANICS! RACIST PEOPLE DISLIKE ONLY BECAUSE OF RACE! HOMOSEXALITY IS SAID TO BE WRONG IN THE BIBLE AND SOME PEOPLE AGREE WITH THAT! SO MANY OF YOU PEOPLE ARE GONNA BE SICK WHEN JESUS PARTS THE CLOUDS FOR THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN SERVING HIM!!!!! HOMOSEXUALS WILL NOT BE IN THAT NUMBER!

  6. Juandero Reply

    July 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Thank You, I finally get to hear what I deem is the truth.But you see most people will still get mad even though they know that people refuse to fight or join their cause when it comes to same sex marriage or homosexuality. Unfortunately, the opponents against Same Sex marriage does have the rights to choose what they want in their lives.With so much going in this country its a shame that no one respect each other anymore

  7. Samdromeda Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

    It appears that free speech comes at a price. If Chick-fil-A’s founder put the opposition to the test they would melt into the woodwork. Deprivation of character and political sabotage does not afford the opposition protection and they are fully aware of that. They are hoping that there is no response but only conciliatory caving in. Their jubilation will soon turn to gloom.

  8. Dea. Stephen Johnson Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Cathy is free to take his action and support who he may for whatever cause his faith dictates.

    Likewise, I am free to take my action and purchase from a vendor that reflects my values. Their chicken is not that great that i am missing anything by dropping them. In fact, I believe my lady and I are better off eating at KFC, Popeyes, Etc. So we need to stop the talk and point our feet to whom we agree with. For me that is NOT Chick-Fil-A and now never will be.

  9. Andrel Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 12:51 am

    SINCE WHEN DID IT BECOME A CRIME TO DISAGREE WITH HOMOSEXUALITY?
    MUST “EVERYBODY” AMEN IT?
    THIS COUNTRY HAS BECOME TOO “CARNAL”..WHY DOES EVERYBODY HAVE TO KNOW YOUR “SEXUAL PREFERENCES”?
    I AM TIRED OF THE “HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA” BEING PUSHED DOWN MY THROAT.

    • Kells Reply

      July 30, 2012 at 10:07 am

      THANK YOU!!!!!!

  10. David2001 Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 8:11 am

    This is just another ridiculous example of gays crying oppression and homophobia when there isn’t any. I have no issue with their lifestyle but this is why so many black people speak out against the comparison that gays try to make with the civil rights movement and black Americans. Gays are not being discriminated against in receiving service at these restaurants or in employment.

  11. Maria Lloyd Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Opposition does NOT equate to discrimination or prejudice… I want someone to let me know where in Cathy’s remark did he imply that same-sex couples can’t eat at his restaurant.

  12. Roxanne Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

    You are missing what people are saying against Chick-Fil-A. Very plainly, we will not give our money to a company that then gives money to anti-gay organizations that are trying to keep rights away from the gays. How many times do we have to say this?

  13. Harvey Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Let me get this straight two hairy back men laying up in the bed buck naked having anal sex is normal to me it is repulsive. The act of homosexual sex is not normal in spite of the media trying to convince you other wise the mechanics behind it just isn’t healthy am I anti-gay no I could care less who you want to lick or stick but don’t try to tell the rest of the country that, equals special legal consideration

  14. Al Jonson Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    “A person who has a solid argument to support their opinion should be respected no matter what stance you take on the topic at hand. Instead of allowing the popular opinions of television networks to form your thinking, get educated and learn to think for yourself.” – by Maria Lloyd

  15. Al Jonson Reply

    July 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve eaten at Chick-Fil-A. Although I’m not crazy about their food, I totally agree with Mr. Cathy’s position on Gay Marriage. If the Homosexual community disagree with his stance, they should complain to his Boss, CEO and Supervisor. THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. JESUS! God manifest in the flesh. (case closed)

  16. Udosed Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

    If a gay person does not want to eat there because of the owners Christian values, they don’t have to, go somewhere else and eat where the owners values match. On a physcial level, this could be viewed simply as the owners opinion. I don’t agree with the gay lifestyle either due to how I intrepret the Word of God. However, this does not mean that I will treat gay people less than I would anyone else. I choose to let God be the judge.

    I have noticed that a movement is on to make being gay a civil rights issue and try to equate it to race, however, a gay person is gay by choice, men and women are born with definitions called penis and vagina and other unique differences, but being African American or Latino American or Italian American ect… is not a choice… JUST my own personal opinion.

  17. freeze Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Aman, Aman again. Cathy and many others should speak up about same sex marriage. Hell what can two men or two women bring to the table. God said be fruitful and multiply and two men or two women married so call can’t do either. Those that’s says it’s OK need show it to me in Gods word and not something written by man.

  18. SAJ Reply

    July 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I am proud of Chick-Fil-A. I totally agree with them. The bottom line is that God said a man should NOT lay with another man PERIOD.
    Gays want us to disregard God’s word but what they need to understand is there is no compromising. It is truly sad how people do not take Gods word seriously until they start having problems; get diagnosed with cancer, their momma is dying or they lost their job and have fallen behind on all their bills. Who do they call on when they need help? Bet it’s not a gay man or women because they can do nothing for them however gays expect us to turn your back on God and stand in agreement with them…NEVER…. One thing I do know is that we will all die one day and stand in from of God in judgment. Wonder how they are going to explain ignoring him.

  19. Jim Bean Reply

    July 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    @Udosed…where has it been proven that gay people are gay by choice? It may be ur opinion but u did not state that sentence as an opinion. Have those that disapproving of gay rights or gay marriage consider that it may not be a choice. Think about it. Why would someone choose to gay when being gay comes with the risk of ridicule, mental and physical abuse? People that are openly gay or are known to be gay could stop being gay if it is a switch you could just turn on and off like choices of what sandwich I want to eat for lunch today.

  20. Onesilverbac Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    You know being Gay does not make you a creature from another plant.

    Except for those men who overtly act out as if they were a woman, we have all seen them, know one would know you are Gay, you have all the rights as any other American, you are not a protected class or group. If you would stop the recruiting and flaunting know one would have any knowledge of your homosexuality. Most people can care less about what is done behind closed doors.

  21. rick Reply

    August 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

    You can tell when someone has remained in the same ole, tired, hate-filled rut when they are still using phrases like “Adam and Steve” or “shoving their lifestyle down my throat” and “the Bible says…”. These are the rantings of individuals who clearly have not educated, let alone evolved in the past 20 years. First of all, drop the “Adam and Steve” quip. It wasn’t that clever the first 50 times my creepy back-woods uncle used it and has not improved with age. Second, if anyone is guilty of trying to “shove lifestyles down anyone’s throat”, it’s the ones who show up at your door on Saturday morning when you’re trying to sleep in either trying to “witness the good word” to you or wanting to leave you with some “Christian” reading material. Talk about recuitment! And why are the ones that claim to be the most the repulsed by homosexuality always seem to dwell on the physical aspects and never the emotional. Maybe because is harder to get others to hate when it is genuine love and caring for someone of the same gender. Regardless…one of the pricipals this country was founded on was freedom of religion and, like it or not, that includes “freedom from it”. We did not escape religious persecution of the purpose of re-establishing it. As far as the bible is concerned, no one has the inside scoop on what it all means or there wouldn’t be so many denominations today. But it saddens me that people go to it as their first line of defense as a place to feel comfortable with their hate and prejudices. WWJD? I think Jesus would have taken all of the money spent at Chic Fil A to promote hate and intolerence and given it to people who couldn’t afford a meal that day.

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