YOU KNOW we’re in the summer doldrums when a Chicken War is hatched to take center stage.
After the president of the Chick-fil-A chain stated he opposes gay marriage based on what the Bible says, he was blasted in the media, which is OK, while a few elected officials said they planned to ban his restaurants, which is not OK.
The sanctimonious mayors of Deep Blue Boston and Chicago fumed that Dan Cathy’s words were discriminatory and discrimination can’t be tolerated. Locally, Councilman Jim Kenney called Cathy’s remarks “hate” speech, but sanely stopped short of trying to ban the restaurants — which would hurt those who work at the six Philadelphia franchises.
Is it “discrimination” to oppose gay marriage? In the broadest sense, I would say yes.
But is it always deep, visceral “hate”? Firm Christians (and others) believe “marriage” must be restricted to one man and one woman. Is that “hate”?
If you are pro-choice, do you “hate” the unborn? If you oppose polygamy, is that “hate”? My gay friends say those are silly questions. It is the same principle.
Cathy’s views are based on the Bible, which is why none of his restaurants is open on Sunday, the biblical “day of rest.” That decision costs Cathy money, but he is devout and lives his beliefs, whether or not you agree with them. Unlike shape-shifting politicians (I’ll get to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a minute), Cathy is not a hypocrite. If his views are “hate,” and they come from the Bible, it follows that the Bible must be “hate” literature and should be banned, too. (Stop cheering, atheists — it’s not going to happen. Not soon, anyway.)
I don’t believe that opposing gay marriage is automatically “hate.” Some same-sex-marriage supporters see it differently, but they are throwing that word around too casually, as others do with “racist” or “socialist.” Both left and right are guilty of sloppy thinking and trash-talking.
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