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Beliefs expressed

Published 8:04pm Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How many times have you been traveling down an interstate highway and started looking for a sign for a Chick-Fil-A restaurant? Everyone one in the car starts looking at the informational signs, or with today’s technology using a GPS to search. Just as you pull into the parking lot and notice it is empty, you remember it is Sunday. All Chick-Fil-A’s are closed on Sundays regardless of being company owned or franchised. “Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business. Also my father opened his first restaurant on a Tuesday and by Sunday he was just worn out,” current CEO Dan Cathy has responded in interviews. Even though you are disappointed there could a respect for a company that keeps its values. It could be said “they walk the walk” not just spouting rhetoric.

After following this tradition since its inception, one could wonder how anyone could be surprised when Dan Cathy recently made a statement on family during an interview. Cathy made the comment “”We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.” Cathy probably did not realize at the time what this statement would bring about. However, a company that has operated very successfully since 1967, following a set of values, should have the right to state its opinion. Not only Chick-Fil-A but other companies should be able to state their values and belief system without being an object of ridicule.

This comment like others in the past can be taken out of context and added to or taken away to prove a particular point of view. It seems that many, especially the “Hollywood” folks, want to boycott the restaurant chain and even accuse them of gay bashing. In today’s world so many would rather believe the gospel according to Hollywood versus what many Americans still hold true. One could question how an actor or actress who has been successful on screen and financially suddenly becomes an expert in politics and right from wrong. In fact many times it would seem they will jump on the side that goes against the belief system of the majority.

If we are reaching the point that as Americans we cannot voice our beliefs and stand firm on them the future could be dim. This is not judging or condemning anyone. As Christians we are instructed to love one another just as Christ loves us. We may not always agree with others but not to love each other with Agape love is not an option.

Randy Garrison is the president and publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer.

  • Yveylise

    You Sir, like many others, have missed the point entirely. In all the news articles, Facebook posts, and Twitter feeds I have read I have yet to find a single person who has held the opinion that Chick-Fil-A/Mr. Cathy wasn’t within their rights to say what was said. Freedom of speech is not the issue. Truly it is no surprise that Mr. Cathy holds this viewpoint but when things go unsaid they also go unnoticed. The fact that he chose to answer his interview question in the way that he did opened the eyes of many of his consumers. Many of them researched his position further and found that he not only holds this viewpoint but he does, in fact, heavily fund organizations who use this viewpoint to lobby and fight on a daily basis to make sure that the rights of gay people are restricted. Now, it is one thing to believe that their lifestyle constitutes sin.. it is entirely another to think that they should not be allowed equal rights. Mr. Cathy is a bigot. He is a bigot because he chooses to exercise his financial power to restrict the rights of others whose lifestyle he doesn’t agree with. He’s the intolerant one!

    I could care less what hatred he spews forth from his mouth, he has the right to say it..but no one..not one single person on this planet is immune from criticism. Criticism and peer-review is how we learn as a society which ideas are good and which ones are bad. Mr. Cathy should be familiar with this concept given that he is a product of the Civil Rights Era. One day in the future, people will look back on him and on others like him just as they do the racists from the Civil Rights someone who “failed to thrive” in the modern world because his antiquated ideas held him the bigot that he truly is.

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