As I’m sure you’ve all heard, Chick-Fil-A owner Dan Cathy has been blasted by the media recently for his statements regarding marriage. Cathy, whose restaurants have always been run on Christian faith-based values, believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman; I don’t think this is surprising, considering his restaurants have never been open on Sundays to honor the Sabbath.
Yesterday was declared Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A locations nation-wide and customers were out in droves, according to news articles found on online and the stories of those commenting on such stories. Many customers were there because they share Cathy’s beliefs, but perhaps even more were there to support the First Amendment Rights of the United States, which includes the freedom of speech and religion.
This post isn’t to share my beliefs or to convince anyone else to change their beliefs. I simply bring this all up because many Chick-Fil-A patrons interviewed yesterday were FOR same-sex marriage; yet they supported the company because they believe the owner has a right to have and share his own beliefs as long as he is not actually discriminating against those of the GLBT community.
The fact that so many people took a stand for the foundations on which our country was established warms my heart. Perhaps with the Olympics games in the forefront, people are feeling more patriotic, but it all gives me hope that the United States will once again find the way to being a nation more like the one our forefathers envisioned.
I think at some point, we need to find a balance between expressing our own beliefs while respecting other’s beliefs. In this case, I find it ridiculous that supporters of same-sex marriage will protest for their beliefs, while at the same time saying that opponents of same-sex marriage cannot express their views because it offends them and vice versa.
Whether you are a supporter or same-sex marriage or traditional marriage, I encourage you to be tolerant of the other side’s views and think about our First Amendment.
Also keep in mind the Declaration of Independence, which states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
If one person’s happiness is different from another’s, yet does not impinge on the other person’s happiness, why does it offend?
I think there are important thought-provoking points to take away from the Chick-Fil-A controversy.
The Yahoo! article that inspired this post can be read here.