When I heard that Starbucks and Target had announced that they would be contributing to Gay and Lesbian causes, I was disappointed, but not surprised. Businesses are usually terrified of any kind of boycott and they generally follow the money anyway. It's their right to contribute to the community or cause of their choice.
My husband and I love Starbucks coffee and I love to shop at Target. I told my husband about Starbucks and we agreed we would no longer buy their coffee. There are other options. I haven't made a decision about Target yet. It'll be hard because I've long since stopped shopping at some of the other stores because of their poor customer service.
So when I started seeing articles like this about Chick-fil-A's defense of marriage, I was once again surprised. Why is a company accused of hate-mongering if they choose to support marriage between a man and a woman? I don't see gays wanting to be married as hating heterosexuals. And I don't hate gays for wanting to get married, I just don't believe in same sex marriage.
But these days, once you disagree with someone you are automatically accused of hatred. Tolerance is a one way street going left.
I've never eaten at Chick-fil-A. Never even heard of it until the announcement that there was one opening here in Chicago.
Will I eat there today? Probably not, but only because if I'm downtown, I want to eat at a different kind of restaurant.
Will you eat there today? And if you do, is the reason you're eating there because you hate gays? I can't imagine it would be. I think you'll eat there because first and foremost, you like their food. But if you want to support them as a business with Christian values, that's okay, too. No one should be bulllied into making a choice one way or the other.
I thought the statement on the Chick-fil-A's Facebook page was well said:
The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.