Everywhere I go, people are posting their opinions about my favorite fast food restaurant. I can't avoid it. It's amazing how divided my Facebook friends and Twitter followers are on this issue.
I'm not sure why Chick-Fil-A coming out in support of traditional marriage suddenly became the shot heard around the world, but that seems to be the case. I've kept quiet on it until now, but I just can't help throwing out my own opinion when everyone else does. So here we go.
I, Cherie Jamison, will continue to eat the same amount of Chick-Fil-A that I have always eaten. And here is why.
1. I do not go to Chick-Fil-A based on their religious or political beliefs.
I go to Chick-Fil-A because it is delicious. I go to Chick-Fil-A because it is a little bit healthier than McDonalds, the people are friendly, and they've never messed up my order. Also, their lemonade is the best, tangiest lemonade I've ever gotten at a restaurant. Their spicy chicken is to die for, and don't even get me started on waffle fries.
2. It shouldn't be a surprise that an openly Christian business does not support gay marriage, so this "revelation" didn't really surprise me.
Chick-Fil-A is founded upon traditional, Christian beliefs. They are closed on Sundays. Clearly, a good percentage of traditional Christians are against gay marriage as they believe marriage is a sacred, religious covenant between two people and God. And since the Bible clearly states that men shall not lie with men, women with women, etc... this defies that sacred covenant. So am I surprised that Chick-Fil-A, an openly Christian organization, supports Christian values? Nope.
3. Why shouldn't they be allowed to have an opinion?
I know that people in support of gay marriage think that those against it should be more "tolerant" of people with different lifestyles. I understand this. That's why I, as a Christian, do not think that gay marriage is that big of a deal. The traditional marriage has been marred with a 50% divorce rate. Premarital sex is practically the norm now. So really, I don't think it impacts me any more if a gay couple wants to marry than if two teenagers get married and later realize they were too young for such a decision and end it.
That being said, I don't know why other people cannot express their opinions -- either in favor of or against -- any issue. This is America. Aren't we supposed to be free to speak our opinion? Free to practice any religion we so wish? It kills me that companies coming out in favor of gay marriage are applauded by supporters for being so bold as to express their opinions, but someone against it is shunned?
And isn't it a bit hypocritcal for the same people who preach "tolerance" to be completely intolerant of someone with differing opinions? I don't see the difference here. Some say that no one has to be tolerant of "hate," but I don't see how hate is even a factor. Just because someone is against gay marriage does not mean that they hate gay people. They may disagree with the lifestyle, but it doesn't mean that they have anything against the person.
I don't think it was a good business move at all for Chick-Fil-A to come out (haha, see what I did there?) with this opinion, but it is their every right to do so. And it isn't like they are fighting against gay marriage. They are simply expressing their disagreement with it.
On the other hand, I think this "Chick-Fil-A day" -- or whatever today is -- is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. So, while I support Chick-Fil-A having an opinion, I am not so over-the-moon about their rights to sit in a drive-thru line for God knows how long just to prove some kind of point. Because it isn't my point to prove. And honestly? I just want the whole thing to go away.
Some of my friends are eating Chick-Fil-A more. Some are boycotting. Me? I'm just going to go out for the occasional delicious spicy chicken sandwich and waffle fries and call it a day. Because honestly, their opinions don't make a bit of difference to me.