Chick-fil-A is one of the country’s most successful businesses. This is a business like any other food service business. But there is one difference they have one of the best chicken sandwiches and the best waffle potato fries. And, the customer service at my local South Florida Chick-fil-A restaurant is comparable to some of the best. It is just an all around great fast-food place to eat.
The business is run by a Christian, Dan Cathy, who makes business decisions based on biblical values and his faith in God. Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses biblical values. This seems to be the issue at hand and cause for controversy and bad press.
Perhaps the guy down the street makes his business decisions based on something else other than the bible. Diversity you say. Well, to have diversity in style and approach is the nature of free enterprise in this country. And, it is the right of each individual citizen. Perhaps a closer look at the definition of the word diversity will clarify it. Diversity means being unlike the other, distinct in kind, different, and a point or respect in which things differ. If there were no difference of opinion the guy down the street would look, think and operate his business exactly the same or in other words it would be a franchise. There would not be the distinct flavor or business style of the variety of “mom and pop shops.”
Dan Cathy is not telling the mayor of Boston, Chicago or Jim Henson how to run their offices or company. But Cathy does have the right under the Constitution of the United States to run his business as he sees fit. It is the Constitutional right of each individual citizen to express their faith and religious beliefs and the exercise thereof. We’re talking religious liberty here!!!
Is Dan Cathy being told he cannot believe the bible as the Word of God and he cannot apply it to his own business? But, on the other hand, another person has the right to apply their beliefs not only to their own business but to that of Cathy’s too? That would be biased and discriminatory based on religion.
The Constitution states: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence (sp), promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Subsequently, there were 10 amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. It was thought that the Bill of Rights was needed to ensure the proper use of the powers of Government, – “…. expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added.”
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The very first amendment addresses religious liberty. In layman’s English it means that Congress is not allowed to make a law to establishment a state religion such as was the case in England or the Church of England. In that age it was the declared, legal religion and none other was permitted. Furthermore, Congress is not allowed to make a law that prohibits the free exercise of religious beliefs or that curtails the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to assemble peacefully, and to petition the Government to rectify (set it right, make amends for wrong done) grievances.
Although the views of Dan Cathy are conservative and moralistic, He is within the law to take a stand. “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” Exodus 14:13 (NIV)