Maybe we’re going about this the wrong way.
With those eight words I began the most hotly contested and highly criticized post I have ever written. It garnered more comments across Facebook and WordPress than my last three or four posts combined, and almost all of them were negative–against Chick-Fil-A, against the premise of the post, even against me.
It’s a big price to pay for a hypothetical, isn’t it? “Maybe” was my first word, soon followed by “perhaps,” and I ended the post with both a question asking for perspectives on the issue–to which I got a lot of responses–and a call to spread the word if they agreed with it. I can guess the word wasn’t spread very far, but maybe that was for the best.
Still, though, the question remains–or does it?
This past Wednesday–the day conservative Christians declared “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” in support of their strong support of so-called traditional family values–Facebook remained flooded with messages against Chick-Fil-A. One of my personal favorites was a picture of Gene Wilder, dressed as Willy Wonka with his iconic grin, that had the following caption: “So you think Jesus is impressed that you bought chicken today? Tell me how many starving children you bought sandwiches for.”
Another shifted the argument from moral humor to pure politics when it stated, “So when anti-gay rights organizations boycott and protest JC Penney’s, Ellen Degeneres, DC Comics, Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, the Lifetime Network, Toys’R’US, etc. they are exercising their freedom of speech. But when gay rights activists boycott Chick-Fil-A they are infringing on the company’s freedom of speech?”
On top of all of these comments directed at Chick-Fil-A directly were a plethora of voices from well-known public figures. “You don’t have to be gay to be a supporter,” reads the caption of an image of Daniel Radcliffe, shot into fame for his portrayal of Harry Potter, “You just have to be human.” Lead singer of Maroon 5 Adam Levine recently told reporters, “I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother [Michael] is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew.” And he’s not the only celebrity who’s become an advocate for equal rights says an article in the Huffington Post, because, for them, standing up for equality for the LGBT community is, in fact, a show of family values: Colin Farrell, Anne Hathaway, and Chris Evans also have siblings who are gay.
So all around, it seems, Chick-Fil-A remains under fire while the LGBT community keeps adding our allies–such as the Jim Henson Company, who’s pulled their line of Muppet toys from the franchise (meanwhile, Chick-Fil-A claims a safety recall); HarperCollins, who also has a toy line forthcoming at the restaurant; and Mayor Thomas Menino, of Boston, who proudly stated the fast food place is not welcome in his city.
The pieces are all in play, you could say, and check mate seems only a move or two away, but if the issue is so near resolution, is there any point in posting? Yes, there is–because despite the overwhelming number of people who have come out in defense of the LGBT community since this lightly-breaded fiasco began, there’s still just as large a crowd–if not a larger, or perhaps just louder, crowd–standing behind all of the moist, buttery goodness in question. Why do people stand behind these apparently out-dated values of marriage, claiming marriage has not evolved since Biblical times when even a mediocre sociologist can tell you it has? What does the Bible say about same-sex marriage anyways? And, in regards to what set the stove afire here, is it better to occupy Chick-Fil-A or stay away?
In as few words as possible–and probably many more than most will read–I’ll try to answer all of this here for the whole world to witness.
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