Toddlers and Tiaras. Oil and Water. Ammonia and Bleach. JESUS and HATE.
Some things just don’t go together, y’all. They just don’t. Add one more combo to the list: Chic-fil-A and my money.
I normally like my blog to be a place of fun, happiness, passion in proper doses… but today it’s taking all the restraint I own not to go thermonuclear red hot Sicilian on everyone. Let’s get fired up!
(This blog will probably go down smoother if you crank the Gaga and let her pulse pumping melodies take you to that happy place of tolerance and dance moves)
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Chic-fil-A is a homophobic company. A company based on Christian ideals, but one that is ultimately homophobic and comfortable announcing such vile hatred to the country at large. The mostly-Southern chain famous for slinging delicious fried chicken sammies and breakfast biscuits has been embroiled in a homophobic slurry for years. This is not new news. I’ve been on a permanent “boycott” of the establishment for a while now; in 2009 they gave nearly $2million to anti-gay groups and funded politicians of the same credo. Based on a recent statement made to the public by CFA’s head honcho – new flames of fury are being stoked, fresh eyes are opening to the hatred, and more people are newly becoming aware of what is going down.
CFA isn’t all bad. Duh, I know this.
Their food is beyond dope. It’s some tasty chicken, y’all (let’s just be real). And I am super aware of the local good they bring to the communities in which they’ve established restaurants. CFA has a pretty open door policy about helping local groups of all kinds fundraise using their goods and facilities. I know so many people who’ve personally said “our school band wouldn’t exist without CFA,” or “the scholarships they offer employees put me through school.” I know that they do good works. And fundamentally, I’m cool with a company that has a religious background and works to keep those ideals intact. CFA has never been open on Sundays, and I respect that choice. Heck, I even admire it.
Here’s what President Cathy had to say about CFA’s religious affiliation, from the NY Daily News:
Despite a corporate statement declaring that the purpose of Chick-Fil-A is “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us,” Cathy told the Baptist Press that it isn’t a Christian business. Christianity “is about a personal relationship,” he said. “Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are. But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles.”
But telling the whole world that gay ain’t okay is the line in the sand. Don’t believe me? Ask the Internets:
CNN Blog: CFA and Gay Marriage = Media Storm
Daily Mail UK: Anti-Gay Stance Sparks Protest
Huff Post: Chicken with a Side of Bigotry
Facebook has been a flurry of debate since the newest set of statements coming from CFA’s top dog went viral yesterday. Also making news this week – the Boy Scouts of America went ahead and chimed in to the national debate of gay rights by letting us all know that they’ll be upholding their ban of gay kids. It’s enough to make a gal sick. But crumpling in defeat in the face of hate ain’t my style. When the going gets tough, the tough get blogging.
Last night I made a pretty passionate Fb Status:
Attn America: The Boy Scouts and Chic-fil-A want you to make SURE that you know how evil homosexuality is, and thus, in the year 2012 they’re randomly issuing statements to go ahead and inform of us their bigoted positions.
Methinks this is another stunt from the Romney propaganda machine. I mean, he got the NAACP to boo him on purpose to help increase votes in racist areas.
The debate that sparked was pretty intense. You can check out my profile to see it all for yourself! I’ll also be posting a part two after this with some of my favorite talking points – in case you find yourself asking questions and/or ensnared in vitriolic discussion.
Last night and already today, I’ve been jumping into debates here and there – I’ve also gotten some PMs asking me to explain my beliefs. How is it that I can be openly Christian, a Bible-believer – and still support gay rights? The answer, dear reader, is easily and readily.
I am a Christian Who Supports Gay Rights.
I believe in a Jesus that exclusively taught love.
I believe that the Biblical use of words that “support” anti-gay rhetoric are misinterpreted. For more clarification and get my POV – check this link out.
Hypocrisy is not okay: Leviticus is not a substantial reason to be anti-gay. If you’re still wearing poly-cotton blend, eating shellfish, touching a woman when she’s on her monthly, if you don’t stone to death adulteres… you’re not upholding ALL of Leviticus. The Bible ain’t a grocery store, you don’t get to pick and choose. Furthermore, Leviticus is from the OT. If you’re NT kinda Christian (which, technically, you must be – right?) using one odd phrase from the Old Testament to fuel your hate is (more than) a stretch.
Furthermore… the very same parts of the Gospel that speak against “homosexuality” also speak against a host of other human sins, some that I think are important and others that I don’t. If you want to go the Levitican route, it seems so silly to uphold just that one teensy clause when so many Christians are allowed to wear cloth made of mixed fibers (poly-cotton blend is against the Bible, you know). You can eat shellfish, touch a woman within eight days of her period and refrain from stoning to death known adulteres, all without condemnation from Christians… but but… if you “lay with a man” you’re evil?
It’s all or none. And I can’t stand the hypocrisy of picking and choosing.
In other sections of the Bible that speak to homosexuality, it speaks to sexual depravity – and again, I evoke the translation error. Jesus speaks SO MANY times at lengths about things that are important to Him. Where in the Bible does Jesus actually address being gay? NO WHERE.
Love each other. Be patient. Take care of one another. These are the things that Jesus took the time to teach us about…. He never ranted and raved about the evils of being gay the way today’s big time super conservative preachers do. I think its a misuse of power and persuasion to throw the church and God behind an ideal that’s clearly political and of our own culture.
There’s always the idea of hating the sin, but loving the sinner. While I think that’s pretty lame and not embracing gay people and their rights in a full context – it’s better than being all around hateful. I suppose by that same mentality people can hate adultery, but still love adulterers.
But beyond all of this – I truly know and believe in my heart that people are born gay. Sure as I was born heterosexual, I believe that others are born gay. And thus, I must accept and know and trust that God created these people this way. And it’s neither our place or God’s desire for us to be the ones who judge them. Not at all. Love is love. People are people. If two people love each other and want to love each other, and that’s what makes them happy – then I am so all about it, 100% flying (rainbow) colors in support of it.
Jesus taught us to love.
This is something I’ve just known in my heart of hearts, and something I’ve had reinforced for me via prayer many times.
So there you have it folks. In case you didn’t know – now you do. I am a Christian and I fully support gay rights. I’m a straight ally, and I have been for a very long time. Even back in my UNF Student Gov’t days, I was an ally (before I even knew how that term applied to this issue!). I used to always be the Senator to introduce/sponsor bills from the PRIDE club – they even gave me an award my junior year for being such a fervent supporter.
If you’re a reader with a difference of opinion – please know that I respect and appreciate all sides of an issue, as well as your right to your own beliefs and ideals. I’m a true American in that spirit and proudly embrace the freedoms of choice that we all have. Hopefully, this post serves as insight into my belief structure and not as a form of antagonism. If you have ANY questions or want to hash this out more – just reach out to me. I’ll try my best to get back to you in a timely manner.
I will publish that second post of links and quotes in a hot minute too.
AS ALWAYS – Thanks for reading y’all! This is a biggie and an important one, and even if all you did was read this and then decide this blog isn’t for you – I at least appreciate your time.