I don’t like chicken all that much. I will eat it, but it is not my first food (or fast food) of choice. Also, I am often lazy when it comes to food. What that translates into is the fact that, prior to this week, I’d never been to Chick-Fil-A. The two closest to me are still 5-7 miles away, and there are plenty of other fast food places in between.
Still, I’ve always heard good things about their food, and I’ve admired the fact that they’ve made a point to build their business around their Christian values, and not been shy about acknowledging that. I am a Christian, and I understand Biblical teaching re: the issue of marriage. I understand the moral arguments for and against gay marriage. At various times, I’ve made both. Legally-speaking, I cannot reconcile a state (or any government) granting marriage licenses — and the legal privileges that come with them — for heterosexual unions, but not for homosexual ones. IF a state allows civil unions or domestic partnerships that afford the same legal privileges, then fine.
I think the fight to legally define “marriage” is a lose-lose. I resent those pushing to redefine it and the use of this issue to bash Christianity. I resent those who use the issue as an excuse to gay bash. As far as I’m concerned “marriage” is between you, your partner and your God, god or non-god, whatever the case may be. The state should stay the hell out of it.
I don’t share Dan Cathy’s views on the matter exactly. But I support the hell out of his right to hold them and express them. And I support the hell out of the right of those who disagree to not frequent his company and to express their disagreement. What I do NOT support is Tom Menino or Rahm Emanuel or the mayor of any city declaring that they will not allow a business to set up shop in their city because of their views. Their VIEWS.
So, with that said, I made a point to stop by Chick-Fil-A Monday evening and grab dinner. And it was pretty good. Not great, because, as I said, I’m not that big a fan of chicken. But good. The waffle fries were excellent. I hesitated on going today because of Mike Huckabee’s involvement with it. I cannot stand Mike Huckabee. I loathe the man. But…I loathe the idea of infringing on free speech more. So, I had myself some Chick-Fil-A for breakfast this morning — their bacon, egg & cheese sammich and hash browns are pretty damn good!