As you are all probably aware, Governor Mike Huckabee is promoting today as national Chick-Fil-A appreciation day, to show support for the six day-a-week franchise in the midst of the media firestorm that sprang up after Dan Cathy’s comment about how he believes marriage is between one man and one woman, and that God designed it so.
What has become interesting is the storm of controversy that Cathy’s comments to a Baptist Newspaper have stirred up. The left and the media descended upon Chick-Fil-A in a storm of righteous fury and flaming indignation. “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino “We’re an open city. We’re a city at the forefront of inclusion.” The irony that they are tolerant and thus not tolerant of intolerance seems lost on them. As is the threat to religious liberty.
According to R. Albert Mohler Jr. president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,
|R. Albert Mohler Jr|
The threats made against Chick-fil-A betray the principle of religious liberty that is enshrined within the U.S. Constitution. Civic officials in some of the nation’s largest and most powerful cities have openly threatened to oppose Chick-fil-A for the singular reason that its president openly spoke of his Christian convictions concerning marriage.When Quinn (Speaker Christine Quinn of the New York City Council), one of the most powerful officials in New York, announces, “I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views,” is she also threatening the Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Islamic mosques?They, along with evangelical Christian denominations, openly oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage. Cathy’s statements are completely consistent with his own denomination’s statement of faith and official declarations. He was speaking as a Christian and as a Southern Baptist, and he was speaking as a man who does his best to live and speak as he believes.
He has a point, and it is quickly becoming a grave concern in America. Thus as a response Mike Huckabee’s Support Chick-fil-A day was born. The lefts response to it has been humorous, Facebook shut the event down (apparently as hate speech, though they were never clear in their actions. According to Governor Huckabee “it seems we caught a 12 hour bug, apparently it hits when large numbers of Christians support something and post about it on Facebook!”
The result of the press and the lefts flaming indignation has been that over half a million people have decided to eat at Chick-Fil-A (of which our office is sending 9). Even celebrities have gotten involved in the support!
But here is the most fascinating thing about this. Instead of setting up a boycott of the cities and companies who have opposed Chick-fil-A, Christians, and others who care about traditional family and religious freedom have decided to patronize and defend those companies that stand for what is right. We have spent 20 years in various boycotts against “evil companies” but those in my opinion, haven’t really worked, and I can’t think of a major company that changed as the result of a boycott.
This is better. We are voting for a good, rather than trying to starve out a bad. We know this works, it’s why we get on board with a campaign, we love to support good, to help out the underdog, to succeed even when the odds are against us. Those desires and feeling inspire us. Boycotts are inherently negative; this is positive, demonstrates Christian principles and Biblical values, and does not paint us as intolerant and judgmental Christians.
Also they have great food.
See you at Chick-fil-A!