While I am pro-homosexuality (I do not promote it, but I do not hate people simply because we both aren’t attracted to the same gender) I am against this gesture. Here is why.
Activists are having a field day because the owner of this particular company said this in a statement:
"We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” Dan Cathy, Truett’s son, said in an interview last month. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” (CNN)
Okay. According to the article that quotes this statement, the guy said this and everyone got offended and started organizing rallies and protests and whatnot against Chick-fil-A. Sure, the guy might be anti-homosexuality, but is he rubbing his beliefs on those who aren’t? Is he going out vandalizing properties owned by gay advocates? No he didn’t. He said he is grateful to God and he believes in the biblical definition of a family unit. That is HIS BELIEF. Just like supporting homosexuality is YOUR BELIEF. He is NOT refusing to pay his gay employees or serving his gay customers..is he? It’s simply freedom of speech.
From what I gathered from the article I read about the controversy, he is stating what he believes in, and he didn’t mean to offend anyone. If he did, he would use derogatory words and try to bash at gays..or do any of the aforementioned activities. But he didn’t. I honestly think that vandalizing Chick-fil-A outlets and hosting Kiss Days and making them feel uncomfortable is going about it all wrong. You can’t expect the guy to change his opinions overnight..especially after the “Tastes Like Hate” graffiti all over their buildings.
I know I, as a Muslim, would feel extremely uncomfortable if I said I was fasting during Ramadan and someone who didn’t share the same views as me started eating in front of me. Just to show that he can. Or host a nationwide “Eat In front of A Muslim During Ramadan Day” Because believing in fasting during Ramadan is MY belief. Just because you don’t share the same belief as me doesn’t mean I have to shove mine down your throat. Or vice versa.
["For you is your religion, and for me is mine." Holy Quran 109:6]