Christianity will be embarrassed today and its witness further eroded by the throngs of Christian-identified peoples and other bigots lining up to celebrate Chick-Fil-A’s “brave stand” in the matter of using the Bible as justification for the marginalization of homosexuals and the ensuing attempt to deny gay and lesbian American citizens equal rights.
In Truett Cathy, Chick-Fil-A, and their delicious ‘chikin’ sandwiches served with a side of hate, the religious right has finally found a new champion in its quest to promote its agenda of bigotry, hate, and discrimination all snugly wrapped up in biblical justification and a side of waffle fries. Not that finding such a business was easy. Sure, you can go to thousands of churches on any given Sunday and hear these un-Christian messages proclaimed from their altars. But to find a business willing to state that it is openly willing to discriminate against a subset of American citizens—well that is an accomplishment indeed; I can imagine the Right hopes Chick-Fil-A becomes their coup de grâce in this “holy war.”
Am I upset that these people are exercising their first amendment right to freedom of religion, speech, and peaceful assembly (which would include eating aforementioned delicious chikin)? Absolutely not; in fact, I am exercising mine similarly, only refusing to spend my money at Chick-Fil-A.
But I am sorely disappointed that Christian people—those who purposefully claim to follow Christ’s example of love—fail to stand against such bigotry and even hypocrisy. I even have Christian friends (though not after today…more on that in tomorrow’s blog) who are posting statuses about and even going there today!
There is absolutely so much hate and ignorance in this stand that it is beyond my comprehension to understand. The photo recently taken of the Palins (which I won’t show here) giving a thumbs-up is just disgusting. I can only compare it to someone with their to-go order giving a thumbs up in front of an establishment refusing to take down their “Whites Only” signs.
Though history shows us countless examples otherwise, Christians know better than to behave like this. Beyond political disagreements about what rights a United States citizen should have (i.e. marriage equality), celebrating the discrimination of another human being is wholly opposed to the message of the Jesus these people claim to follow. In fact, I believe our Bible calls for a completely different kind of activism.
What people should be asking (and i know this is cliché) is not
“Would Sarah Palin eat at Chick-Fil-A?”
(and the answer is “of course she would; her son uses the word fag as an insult”)
“Would your Jesus eat at Chick-Fil-A?”
I maintain that he would not.
So to those of you, particularly Christ-followers, celebrating Chick-Fil-A’s “brave stand,” shame on you. Though you have every right to patronize them as do I to boycott them, our God teaches otherwise—and in far more abundance scripturally than the seven verses you use to attempt to discriminate against me, other homosexuals, and our families.
I hope that as you eat your “delicious chikin,” waffle fries, and that amazing honey-roasted barbeque sauce, you’re able to discern that curious bitter taste and that it stays with you in the form of an uncomfortable spiritual indigestion.
Because that taste and that uncomfortable feeling are the remnants of hate which you spent money on and allowed to nourish your body.
You really know better.
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