First off, this Chick-fil-a business isn’t news. I’ve known about this, and have been boycotting them, for over a year now. Second, no one is saying–or at least they shouldn’t be advocating–that the COO and President of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, can’t express his own opinion. He certainly has that right, but with that comes repercussions. If people don’t like what an officer of a corporation says, then the people have the right to express their disapproval of his/her stance. The best way to show your disapproval in a “democratic” and “free-market” economy is to boycott products of businesses whose political policies you disagree with. That is a basic economic principle, and a basic principle of nonviolent protest. If an officer of a corporation came out and said that he/she is a racist, used corporate money to fund racist organizations and propaganda, and/or a member of the KKK, Black Panthers, etc.; people would boycott. The officer of the corporation has the right to be a racist–it is protected under the first amendment’s guarantee of free speech. When the South didn’t want desegregation, those in support of desegregation used nonviolent tactics learned from Mahatma Gandhi, one being boycotts, to protest. Eventually, these actions led to a national discussion of the issue. This is the goal of nonviolent protests, and this is one of the reasons why I, and others, choose to boycott Chick-fil-a. Third, if you support Chick-fil-a because they’re a Christian corporation who supports anti-gay marriage policies; you have the right to do so, but you will have to defend your position. If you hold this position because of your Abrahamic religion, then let’s take a look at your Abrahamic religion. The first five books of the Bible alone are not prime testaments to the “sanctity” of marriage. Genesis alone is filled with men who commit incest and polygamy. Abraham married his half-sister Sarah and had a child with his wife’s servant. Esau took three wives–the third being his cousin. Jacob took two wives, both were his cousins, and they were sisters. Lot’s daughters raped their father after Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed and each gave birth to a son. (Your God can take the time to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, but could not prevent incest? Incest between his chosen people at that. He sounds so powerful.) Marriage is nothing more than a contractual agreement between people to consolidate resources–hence why a couple must obtain a marriage license by the state; it’s a secular institution not a religious one. Marriage’s origins are quite nefarious; it was a way to reduce women to chattel. It’s only after a shift in cultural norms over thousands of years do people start marrying for emotional reasons.
Why do you think you have the right to deny someone the same happiness–or suffering depending on your marriage? Because God tells you it is wrong? Then, let’s look at that Leviticus quote the religious throw around.
“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a women, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” (Leviticus 20:13)
So how far are you willing to take your faith? Are you willing to murder people because your God commands you to? If you don’t, you are going against Yahweh’s laws, and He is a vengeful and merciless God. I know many Christian apologists will post feel-good quotes from Jesus that tell you to love everyone and not judge people as proof you shouldn’t discriminate. I don’t see any evidence to suggest Jesus would have supported homosexuality, since he was a Jew and believed in the teachings of the Old Testament, but if that is what prevents you from being a hate-monger that’s fine. (I would suggest there is better philosophy to support why people shouldn’t discriminate.) But I pose the question again, how far are you willing to take your faith? Will you murder someone because they are homosexual as your God commands you? If you see a person working on Sunday, will you stone a person to death as your God commands you (Numbers 15:32-36)? All those TV people who claim to be mediums, will you stone them to death as your God commands you (Leviticus 20:27)? Will you stone me to death for being a blasphemer as your God commands you (Leviticus 24:16)? Go ahead and try. Why are people outraged over what Dan Cathy said? Because we believe in the values of the enlightenment and secularism. We support the principles of democracy and equality. We don’t want to give our money to this man, or the corporation he works for. This is a small stand we can make against one of the many horrible violations of equality that are being committed. Now that you are aware of the issue, you have to choose a side. Are you going to fight to expand equality in this nation, or fight to suppress it?