Monday, July 23, 2012

Does Taking A Stance = Being Openly Discriminatory?

This week Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who I have personally met, publicly said that his privately owned company supports the biblical definition of marriage. The company also said, "We have a culture and service tradition in our restaurants to treat every person with honor, dignity, and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender." Moving forward, Chick-fil-A intends to leave the policy debate of same-sex marriage to the government and political arena, which I highly commend them for and believe is the right place to leave it.

Now my issue here is that Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, has accused Chick-fil-A of being openly discriminatory. For someone in his postion this sure seems like an immature and unprofessional way of pointing fingers and playing the name game. The rhetoric of this is that Griffin is being openly discriminatory and writing about it as a way to get people to stop supporting the restaurant. 

If this is the definition and place that our society has come to in defining an openly discriminatory position then put my name on the list at the top right next to Dan Cathy. I, Matthew Boyd, too choose to support the biblical definition of marriage.

How choosing to take a stance, a biblical one at that, makes a person or a company openly discriminatory baffles me. Yes, I support the biblical definition of marriage, but I do not choose to be friends or not with someone based on their sexual orientation or gender. I follow Jesus and believe that the Bible lays out a better plan for marriage, the best plan, but I also know and believe that Jesus loves all people and wants them to come to him in the shape they are in. Chick-fil-A states a similar stance on their customers. They are not discriminatory towards any of them and maybe all of us on Sunday, :).

If you ask me, based on Chad Griffin's open statement that Chick-fil-A has a decidedly stuck-in-the-past mentality, Griffin himself is the one being openly discriminatory by making these type of remarks and choosing not to eat at America's best fast food restaurant based on his own discrimination. For Griffin and those out there like him, quit accusing others of being discriminatory and look at yourself in the mirror to make sure that you aren't the one discriminating, because often times it is the other way around.

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