“We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy said in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, “There is no such thing as a Christian business.”
“We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.” (Dan Cathy/Baptist News)
CHICAGO, July 20, 2012 — When I decide to buy something I have only one criterion: Is it the best quality at the best price to satisfy my needs or desires?
I do not believe in social compacts, social responsibility, or any other idiotic political mumbo jumbo. I only believe in getting the best product or service at the lowest price.
When I dine out, I only care about the quality and taste of the food. I do not care where it came from, how it was raised, how it was killed, or who killed it. I do not care about the religion or race of the chef. I do not care if the chefs, bus boys, or wait staffs are legal or illegal immigrants, gay or straight, married or unmarried, Republican or Democrat. I just do not care.
It just better be damned good. I demand good food and good service.
I rarely eat fast food from corporate chains. I prefer local independent places. If I do have to eat at a corporate chain, I don’t care about obesity, how many super-duper sizes they carry, salt or fat content, trans-fats, how many children they lure with toys, or anything else.
I only care about getting a tasty meal fast. That is all that counts. My wants and needs trump social-moral-economic-political-justice equine excrement every single time.
The last time I looked, this was America, and it was still a free country. You do what you want. I do what I want. You complain and protest. I enjoy.
Which brings us to Chick-Fil-A. The company and its CEO came under a vicious attack this week by the ubiquitous social media lynch mobs and progressive exploding heads. The CEO, Dan Cathy, made an innocent comment supporting traditional marriage in Baptist News and on a radio show.
Cathy is a Christian who lives his beliefs. He runs his company based on those beliefs. There is supposed to be nothing wrong with that in America. This is not Iran, Saudi Arabia, or Great Britain. This is America. We are supposed to be free to believe whatever we want and express those beliefs.
Like most outraged lynch mobs, no one bothered to read the whole article. They merely cherry picked a few sentences. The typical unwashed, ignorant, hateful lynch mobs lashed out and called for boycotts. Facebook went ballistic and tweeters Twittered.
Cathy never claimed he hates gays or wishes them ill. He does not state he or his company discriminates or would discriminate against gays in hiring, promotion, or service in their restaurants. Nowhere does Cathy make any negative comments about gay people, or anyone else for that matter.
He just believes that marriage is defined as a partnership between a man and a woman. For that he must be tarred, feathered, and lynched.
To the lynch mobs and exploding heads, his belief about marriage is an egregious, heinous crime. Expression of beliefs that run counter to the lynch mob is not to be allowed.
The spiteful screechers and scribblers came out with the usual false accusations of hatred and homophobia - whatever that is.
Apparently, in this great nation we are all supposed to think alike. We are all supposed to be one massive herd of sheep following a single shepherd. No one is allowed to have a different point of view.
General George Smith Patton said, “when everybody is thinking alike no one is thinking”.
Cathy has every right to express his personal views on marriage. He has every right to run his business as he sees fit. People have every right to patronize or not patronize Chick-Fil-A.
That is the American Way. Freedom of expression, speech, association and religion are just as sacrosanct as freedom of association. We all have the same rights. We all have the same responsibilities not to violate the rights of others. The lynch mobs do not see it that way. They rampage, stampede, and violate any and all rights they choose.
There is no evidence that Cathy or Chick-Fil-A violates rights or expresses hatred or phobia. The only haters are the social media lynch mobs and progressive exploding heads.
If they could not find something or someone to hate they would invent it. They troll the Internet and the media constantly looking for targets of opportunity to spew their hatred upon. Their only objective is to be a destructive force.
They have the proverbial rope and they want to lynch someone or something. No rhyme or reason is necessary. They look for any excuse or reason to shut down freedom of expression, speech, association, religion, or even freedom of the press.
As I said, I rarely eat fast food. But, since the lynch mob is measuring out the rope for Chick-Fil-A and shouting for boycotts, I decided give them a try. It is reported their food is mighty tasty.
I went to a Chick-Fil-A in Chicago. I ordered my food from a pleasant young woman. There was no indication of her sexual orientation or beliefs.
In a very short time a pleasant young man brought my food out to me. Again, there was no indication of his gender or beliefs.
All the hoopla about their food is true. They do make a mighty tasty chicken sandwich and their fries are excellent. It was way better than Mcwendyking.
I got great food fast at a good price. Who cares what the owners of the company think or believe? It is all about the food.
There is one problem. They converted me with just one sandwich. I will be back and I will evangelize about Chick-Fil-A.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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