OPINION -Who could have guessed that a scrumptious little chicken sandwich would send this country into a political tailspin?
Chick-fil-A has been thrust into the media spotlight and the famous chicken restaurant chain has performed the faux pas of the century; the president of a corporation has taken a stance on a political matter.
Dan Cathy told the world that he did not support gay marriage.
Gay rights activists, political leaders and supporters of gay rights are verbalizing their outrage over the discrimination against gay and lesbians. Boycotts, bans and circulating petitions are sending a powerful message; bite into a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich and consider yourself a ”homophobe”.
Should those that run major corporations weigh in on political matters at all? Maybe not, but what about Cathy’s personal right to voice his opinion and utilize his own free speech? His views were never intended to represent Chick-fil-A as a corporation. There have been no known documented cases, that I am aware of, in the media that gay employees are being discriminated against at Chick-fil-A and anyone, regardless of their sexual preference, can enjoy a nice meal at the nationwide restaurant chain.
What if Dan Cathy had renounced his beliefs and had only supported gay marriage to go along with the status quo. The headline would have read, “ Chick-fil-A is the most tolerant restaurant chain in the country and supports gay marriage.” Although dishonest and not representative of his Christian values, Cathy would have probably garnered awards and accolades for hopping on the tolerance bandwagon.
Regardless of the issue at hand, it seems when Biblical values are represented as opinion, there is a rush to judgment that you have become a bigot or a hate-monger. Why is this? Because it seems as though free speech prohibits the use of the words “right” or “wrong” in America today and Biblical values use those dreadful words. That type of language is now considered offensive and must be replaced with words like “choice” and “tolerance.” Heaven forbid we use the word “sin;” it may make someone feel bad.
The phone lines lit up like a Christmas tree this week on the Perspectives Morning Show as caller after caller wondered if this is a true reflection of what a free America should represent. Cathy did not say he hated gay people or that gay people were horrible.
Chick-fil-A is not the enemy. It is a fast food restaurant.
We should start worrying about the bigger problems we are facing as a nation, regarding the encroaching loss of our liberty and freedom, our enormous deficit, our rising inflation. No offense to the scandalous chicken sandwich, but we have bigger “fish to fry.”
If free speech were to be driven only by political correctness and sensitivity, free speech would rapidly become “no speech.” Our Founding Fathers were not shy about voicing their beliefs and opinions and they did not seem to cower out of fear of not being popular. I get the feeling that they thought America would be a place for all people to live and speak freely. I would venture to guess that the validation of our Founding Fathers’ choices and beliefs did not hinge on the mere opinion of another.
Can we discuss issues that actually matter? We can talk about it over a nice chicken dinner.
Kate Dalley is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are hers and not representative of St. George News.
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