Chik Fil-A COO Dan Cathy announced on Monday via The Baptist Press that there is no denying his opposition to marriage equality. Of course, actions speak louder than words: His 3 million dollars to anti-gay organizations from 2003-2009 could have told us that. Joe.My.God connected the dots for us all the way back in January of 2011.
In his words,
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Well, that’s nice. Supporting families is fantastic! But using the Bible to define the ‘family unit’ blows it. So does “we are married to our first wives.” Is Chik-fil-A anti-divorced people, too? What exactly is he saying? That somehow, because I got married, went through some horrendous bullshit and ended up divorced, that I am somehow less-than? Are step and blended families are somehow sub-superior in the eyes of Chik-Fil-A? Watch it, buster- NOW you’re stepping on my turf.
I wonder if he and his wife observe the Biblical definition of marriage as stated in Genesis 3:16:
“…thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”
“Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.”
or of women in 1 Timothy 2:12:
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet.”
Yeeeeah, no thanks. Somehow, I doubt even the most conservative of Christians observe those definitions after tying the knot.There are countless outdated references in the Bible. No pastor is at the pulpit on Sunday, touting the wisdom of Deuteronomy 21:18-21:
“If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son. Then shall his father and his mother, bring him out unto the elders of his city and all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.”
Clearly, there are things in the Bible modern Christians just say, wave off and say, “Well, obviously.“… So why doesn’t same sex marriage get the same pass? I promise you, members of the homophobe nation: gay people do NOT want to marry you. You have nothing to fear and taxes to gain! C.mere, little unicorn. It’ll be okay, I promise.
It’s not that I’m anti-religion: My husband-to-be is Christian; we even met in Sunday School when I was 6 and he was 7. I went to that same church every Sunday from the day I was born until I was 18 and my grandfather is a Minister, to boot. I should note that he is Presbyterian; a denomination of Christianity that allows LBGT folks to serve as clergymembers and also allows ministers to bless same-sex unions. Though Presbyterians as a whole are still officially at a crossroads, my grandfather has personally performed ceremonies for gay couples at his current church in Bayside, California. He has also created programs to help the homeless, helping the least fortunate without judgement or premise. He led groups of all ages and volunteered thousands of hours of his time for the good of his community for the love of and in the name of Jesus. I’ll take THAT form of Christianity, thankyouverymuch.
Most Christians I come into contact with realize that things have progressed (See how I did that? Eh? Tied in the blog name there?) over the last 2,000 years or so and that Jesus’ message was simple:
Here’s how to make a healthier, LBGT-friendly chicken sandwich at home by a girl who looks so much like Lisa Kudrow, it’s uncanny: (Which, on a sidenote, slightly satiates a tiny part of me that totally misses Friends.)
Buying local, sustainable meat is the most sustainable and healthful to buy!
I am a huge advocate of knowing the source of your food. If you like fast food chicken more than you like equal freedoms for all people, that’s you’re choice. I’m glad you’re reading this.
It was Nelson Mandela’s birthday yesterday- he has spent the larger part of his life seeking peace, education and freedom for all. He says,
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
I’m going to support ALL freedoms and never give Chik-fil-A a cent of my hard earned money again. (By hard earned money, I mean doing this, here- my only method of income are the ads on this blog. By just clicking- no purchase necessary- you write my paycheck from Google’s account. Nifty, huh?) Every consumer has a duty and a right to know what they are supporting when they make a purchase. Here is a list of 10 more religious companies (not including The Salvation Army, which is another admittedly anitgay company)- whether or not they’ve donated to homophobic causes, I haven’t Googled yet.
Put your money where your mouth is. Next time you crave a chicken sandwich, buy local and just make one with
Phoebe Hilah and know you’re doing your part to make the world a better place, just by eating home fried chicken.
Sorry- I can’t help you with the calories. As my kids well know, “I’m a mommy, not a magician.”
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