Did you ever think a southern fried chicken sandwich would become the symbol of our country's social issues? Yeah, me neither.
Am I the only one who's tired of talking about it? It's become Chick-Fil-Annoying, if you ask me.
I've hesitated about sharing my opinions because I'm probably going to offend people on both sides. I see valid points from both, and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
It's common knowledge that Chick-Fil-A is run by a very devout southern Baptist family. Can you name another retail establishment that is closed on Sunday? It's not surprising that a traditional Christian family has traditional Christian beliefs.
This quote from Dan Cathy's Christian Radio interview is sometimes left out: "... While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees."
Not that I believe Cathy's statements were intentional marketing, but wow! - what a marketing campaign! Every radio station has talked about it. Every television network has covered it. It's been all over Facebook and Twitter. Common, everyday people just like you and me are talking about Chick-Fil-A at the grocery store or the neighborhood pool. And Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day? With lines that were miles long? Marketing genius.
At the end of the day, free speech is free speech. Freedom of religion is freedom of religion. These freedoms exist for all of us, whether we agree with each other or not.
If we ban Chick-Fil-A in certain cities because of their Christian beliefs, should we ban Jewish owned establishments for the same reason? What about Muslim businesses? How would you feel if a city didn't allow sushi restaurants due to their religious beliefs? I, for one, would cry a river. I love sushi. And I would say that it wasn't fair.
Freedom from religious persecution was sort of the whole reason that we started America in the first place.
But, look - if you feel that way, Mr. Cathy, did you have to be so specific about expressing it?
I would have preferred every "we" in his statement to be "I" instead. Each person is entitled to their opinions and their beliefs, but when he said "we" instead of "I", he changed "Dan Cathy" to "Chick-Fil-A". And it's just not cool to speak for an entire organization of executives, franchise owners, employees and even patrons.
And now, we're forced to take sides when all we wanted was a chicken sandwich and some waffle fries.
I got a small taste of the offense, personally, when I read his statement: "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives."
As for me? I'm not married to my first husband. So would Dan Cathy deny me the beautiful, faithful love that I share with my husband now? Would he call our son a bastard? Would he condemn me to Hell for divorce?
When a comment is directed toward you, it's easy to take it personally.
Take out what he said about gay marriage and insert "people who are overweight" or "women who don't work" or "men who play too much golf" or anything else you want. Like I said, when a comment is directed toward you, it's easy to take it personally.
Nobody can argue against what the Bible says about marriage. Nobody is trying. But the Bible also says that you should honor your mother and father. You should not drink until you are drunk. You should not covet your neighbor's possessions. You should not commit adultery. You should not have pre-marital sex. You should not take the Lord's name in vain.
So if you've ever said, "God, I hate my husband!" just before going out drinking with your girlfriends so you could gossip about so-and-so's new Escalade, you've committed a multitude of sins.
And according to the Bible, a sin is a sin. There was only one perfect man who ever walked on this earth and his name was Jesus, not Dan Cathy.
Nobody told me that I couldn't marry my husband, so why should I tell somebody else who they can marry?
Love is an individual choice. And all individuals should be loved.
Whether you're for or against this issue, let's try spreading some love, y'all. It tastes even better than chicken.