July 20, 2012

Boycott Chick-Fil-A For Overt Bigotry And Homophobia



As some of you may know, I don’t call for a boycott of a corporation very often. Ha! 

When I do call for a boycott, the intelligent companies tend to listen. Just ask the 150+ companies that still refuse to support the Christian Values Network, which is now known as the Charity Give Back Group or CGBG.

I am officially calling for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A for the blatant homophobia expressed by the CEO of Chick-Fil-A. Over the coming week I will also be writing about other actions we can take to convince Dan Cathy, that he is sorely mistaken.

I am writing an open letter to Mr. Cathy, and hope that you will do the same.

It is unacceptable for the CEO of an American corporation to espouse discrimination and homophobia in any forum, whether public or private.



Here is the text of my letter to Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A




Dear Mr. Cathy:

You recently appeared on the radio program The Ken Coleman Show, and you made some controversial and incendiary remarks that included your personal belief that you think marriage equality is challenging God’s definition of marriage. You said:

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.’

I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.

I’m confused about why you personally think it’s audacious, as well as prideful and arrogant, to demand or expect equality.

Your personal beliefs and statements raise a few questions that I’d really like you to answer.

There isn’t ONE WORD about marriage equality in the Bible, so I challenge you to cite where God condemns marriage equality anywhere in scripture.

Do you have a hotline directly to God? Has he spoken to you about this? What has God told you?

The institution of marriage has been evolving over hundreds of years. There was a time when a wife was the “property” of her husband, and the Bible has many representations that support this fact. As our culture has progressed, a woman is no longer her husband’s property. As such, marriage was redefined. How does God view that?

For many years women couldn’t charge their husband with assault, or rape. Since they were personal property, like a slave, they weren’t given legal standing in a court of law. As our culture has progressed, if a husband physically or sexually assaults his wife he can expect to be arrested by the police, and charged with a crime. Again, marriage was redefined. How does God view that?

If you want to cite scripture to support your view, even though scripture never touches on marriage equality, what do you think of Leviticus (20:9)? In case you are unfamiliar with this passage, it says that if anyone curses their mother or father that they must be killed.

How about Leviticus (20:10)? In case you are unfamiliar with this passage, it says that if a man is unfaithful to his wife, or a wife is unfaithful to her husband, that they both must die.

Since the Bible was written, our society has evolved and we don’t kill anyone for adultery in this country. Marriage was redefined. How does God view that?

Hell - in Deuteronomy (13:6-10) it states that if a family member worships another God, you should kill them. In our society today, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists and Agnostics live side by side. We are friends and neighbors, and in some cases a family member might have a different faith. We don’t kill someone for their beliefs. How does God view that?

In the United States of America we believe that all men and women are created equally. While you don’t share this view,  and you think that the LGBT community should be singled out and denied basic civil rights, how do you think God views that?

A better question is probably - how do you think God views you?

I’d like to remind you of Corinthians (13:1-3):

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Marriage has been redefined many times over the centuries, and it will continue to evolve and be redefined.

God wants everyone to love and be loved, that’s the real truth Mr. Cathy - not your nonsense.

I’m not shaking my fist at God and telling him that I know anything better than anyone else. I’m shaking my fist at you Mr. Cathy - and telling you I know what the definition of marriage is - and if you would look beneath your prejudice, you might learn it too.



Sincerely,


Roy Steele
jiveinthe415.com



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2 comments :

  1. I think the Bible includes a whole lot more than what you've referenced above. Both Old and New Testaments clearly remind us that same sex practices are not what God intended - you conveniently chose a passage that talks about God's love as if to suggest that willful sin against one of His principles is irrelevant - or somehow doesn't matter very much to God and that the ONLY thing that matters to God is that we love one another no matter what. While I do believe that God commands us to love as the passage clearly teaches, I fail to understand how Dan Cathy's Biblically-based beliefs on marriage are violating God's command for us to love each other no matter what. I don't think Cathy ever said he didn't love gays, he simply disapproves of their practices. That my friend, is fact and twisting it so grossly to fit your weak arguments is childs-play. Just as you disapprove of him having that belief - both are entitled to believe as they see fit - the bigotry is coming more from the gay community in my opinion - maybe there is such guilt over their lifestyles that the only way to live with the guilt is to call others who don't support their lifestyles bigots - I only know this, that if faced with the question as to which seems to be more likely, a world with opposite sex marriages or a world with same sex, I think common sense prevails - and it doesn't matter if you are a Creationist or evolutionist - both clearly support opposite sex marriages as the standard normal practice, otherwise, gay sex should be able to procreate. Otherwise gay sex would not directly lead to contracting aides. Need I say more??

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  2. Hey - you're doing exactly what Hitler did to the jews on April 1, 1933 - congrats - you are following in some great footsteps - you should be most proud of yourself - keep it up!!

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