Chik-il-A has a new restaurant in San Jose. Their grand opening was Wednesday, August 29.
Early returns suggest the company’s planned expansion in the Bay Area may not face as much resistance as one would think. Judging from the demand on its first day, there are plenty of potential patrons in the region. Add to that minimal protests at this opening and at their restaurant in Fairfield after the head of company president Dan Cathy declared the fast food chain’s controversial anti-gay marriage stand and there should be no reason to delay the Walnut Creek opening in October.
Where Cathy spends the company’s money and how protesters respond are in keeping with the great democratic heritage of Americans to believe what they choose. But some opinions are wrong.
If Cathy supported Al-Qaeda, I am sure the likes of Mike Huckabee would not be backing his right to support what he wants with his own money. It is also the right of protesters to discourage people from spending money there—boycotts have been a tool of many right-wing causes, as well.
It is important not to be on the wrong side of this issue. Christianity was wrong on mixed-race marriage. It was wrong to stand for slavery. It is also wrong to stand against equal rights to an entire and single group of people that violate God’s law as it understands that law.
If the purpose of getting marriage defined as between a man and a woman is not to deny gay rights, why not just put a line into the bill that guarantees the same rights in some other manner?
Of course, this would be ignoring that separate but equal has been deemed as inherently unequal by the Supreme Court decades ago. But it would still be an improvement over the current law.
Nevertheless, where one stands is not as important as that one takes a stance. A selective application of one’s proclaimed values is not like taking a stance because it moves depending on the circumstance.
Self-proclaimed prophets who placed blame for Hurricane Katrina on the vices of a liberal world ignored natural disasters in red areas and that hurricanes have overshadowed the last two Republican National Conventions. Cathy has similarly attributed problems to God’s Judgment, singling out gay marriage.
If one is against ungodly marriages, the law would extend to marriages between Christians and non-believers (which would have prevented me from being drawn to the Lord, incidentally) and any divorcees. If the violations in Leviticus are important, why not have bans on boysenberries (a hybrid plant), cotton-blend T-shirts (mixed fabric), tattoos and sex with women that have not gone through the two-week purification after menstruation.
Nothing is worse than hypocrisy. You cannot say it is someone’s right to have an automatic weapon and hollow-tip bullets but say someone else cannot smoke pot, or even crack. If you are truly for freedom, you cannot say you want bans on abortion and pornography.
Dogma-driven agendas that feature deceit can only be the work of the Enemy. If the Word of God is Truth, one with inconsistencies is a false prophet.
Many people are representing Christianity as justification for limiting freedoms while using a Libertarian shield to permit things they do not find so offensive. Even the late conservative Christian Chuck Colson said that was impossible to believe in the teachings of both Christ and Ayn Rand.
Not only is Cathy wrong, but his public stance is harmful to the spreading of the gospel. It is not necessary to protest where he spends his money, but we have a responsibility to spend ours with a business not seeking discrimination in the name of God.