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Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage not surprising

Posted: August 2, 2012 5:07 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2012 5:00 a.m.

For some reason people are shocked by Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage.

The fast food restaurant’s president, Dan Cathy, made public his opposition to gay marriage in favor of the “biblical definition of family;” a family that includes a marriage between a man and a woman.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said in an interview.

The out-pour of opposition is surprising, however, considering it is obvious that Chick-fil-A is a Christian values-based organization. They are closed on Sunday’s for goodness sake, so that their employees don’t have any religious conflicts, although their website says the founder Truett Cathy’s decision to close on Sunday “was as much practical as spiritual.”

“…Employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so,” the website said. Gay-rights groups are now boycotting a stance Chick-fil-A has had since their establishment. Chick-fil-A was founded in Atlanta and is a hit in the Bible belt; they have however, expanded their territory and opened restaurants up north. Leaders in Boston and Chicago have made it known that they don’t want Chick-fil-A or their philosophy in their area -- which speaks to their commitment to their constituents, which leads one to ask:

Should we stop (or at least be more conscious of) eating, shopping, supporting companies that don’t support our values?

In the wake of a presidential election people want to know which candidate corporations and individuals are supporting with monetary contributions. It's important to know what you stand for and what companies help support your rights.

It’s this little thing called buying power. We vote with what we spend our money on.

The owners of the Marriott Hotel have been in the news lately for their tie to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney: Mormonism. Bill Marriott said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek that although he has “deep faith” and believes “marriage is reserved for a man and a woman” he does not let his views conflict with his business. Marriott said he supports his employees:

“We have to care take of our people, regardless of their sexual orientation or anything else,” he said. “Our church is very much opposed to alcohol and we’re probably one of the biggest sales engines of liquor in the United States. I don’t drink. We serve a lot of liquor. You’re in business. You’ve got to make money. We have to appeal to the masses out there, no matter what their beliefs are.”

There are many companies that support the Bible and its theology. Forever 21 prints “John 3:16” on the bottom of their bright yellow bags. With that, I don’t think that Cathy’s personal beliefs are wrong; he has a right to believe whatever he wants, but should there be a line drawn?

Studying Native American spirituality in one of my religion classes at Winthrop I learned that Native Americans had no concept of the term “religion” in their language. Everything they did was in honor of the most high spirit. In today’s society, I think that would translate to Truett Cathy’s stance in honoring the traditional resting day, and his belief of the biblical view of marriage between a man and a woman is perfectly acceptable in his place of business.

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