I’m weary of the controversy over Chick-Fil-A. The last thing we need is more angry Facebook debates about gay marriage. They are not going to change anyone’s mind on either side. In an issue like this, there is no quick “catch-phrase” said over the Internet that will accurately reflect a “winning argument”.
I do not even want to begin to get into any of the details, but I do want to briefly correct a few statements I have heard.
First, the allegations that Chick-Fil-A is somehow “homophobic” or hateful towards gay employees are over-the-top. If Newsweek had to beg people to come forward, I find it unlikely that there really is such an oppressive culture. Even when some employees finally talked to the press, their comments were completely the opposite, saying that the company had a “positive” environment. In fact, I feel sympathy for any employee of Chick-Fil-A at the moment. They are harrassed and bullied by both sides. Employees are constantly caught in a firestorm of insults when they are only trying to do their jobs.
Second, and most importantly, I wanted to point out this Facebook statement:
Here is the big point that I want to be the main take-away of this article, regardless of whether you support or oppose gay marriage: We are not Iran.
Why not? While besides the fact that Iran is 98% Muslim and America is only 76% Christian, there are some obvious environmental factors. To say that “Islam dominates the country of Iran” is an understatement. Islam is the “official religion” in the Constitution, government positions are reserved almost exclusively for Muslims, the government requires non-Muslim store-owners to post their religion on their front window, and converting from Islam can be punishable by death. The government-controlled media regularly sponsors campaigns against religious minorities. Councils of Islamic scholars ensure that all laws and regulations are consistent with Islamic law, and religious minorities often face more severe punishments than Muslims when breaking the law.
Now let’s move over to America. We do not imprison those who believe in another religion besides Christianity. We do not kill those who convert from Christianity, and we do not force them out of the government. Instead, we allow anyone to express their opinion.
We live in a wonderfully free country. Whenever you get into one of these Facebook debates, remember that. We are not Iran. We are very blessed to have the rights to freedom of expression that we have. It is uplifting that the responses to Chick-Fil-A are “appreciation day” and boycotts, not killings and terrorism. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, that has to make you feel thankful to our country.