The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 4, 2012

Chick-fil-A scrap is harbinger of new spiritual interpretations

The Back Porch

Honk if you hate Chick-fil-A. Jumping on the bandwagon against the successful chain restaurant is the latest blip on the popular culture radar screen.

Which came first — the biblical definition of family or Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s support of it?

It’s difficult to say in the melee that is today’s media atmosphere. What’s interesting is Cathy is getting roundly criticized for what he didn’t say.

He said nothing about gay marriage. He said nothing about being anti-gay or supporting discrimination against gay people. Nothing.

Here is what he did say that was posted July 16 at the Baptist Press website in a story about the company and Cathy’s business philosophy: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.

“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single,” Cathy said. “We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”

One thing the company does is close on Sundays so families know they can have that time together.

Since when did supporting families become a bad thing?

Gay rights activists and critics no doubt see that language as cloaking deeper, sinister feelings toward gay people. Studies show people believe what they want, regardless of the facts.

If Cathy’s statements as published at the Baptist Press are the only evidence that he is a gay hater, then just as much factual basis exists to prove UFOs, extraterrestrial life and Santa Claus.

The folks who are so upset with Cathy’s comments should realize their fight is not with him. If he is espousing the biblical view of the family unit, then their fight is with the Bible, moreover the Almighty.

They should get right up in the Creator’s ear and inform him that they — as cosmic specks of dust that all humans are — are far more infinitely qualified to establish the rules and run the universe.

And that’s not far from what is already happening.

Christine C. Quinn, speaker of the New York City council and a presumptive candidate in next year’s mayoral race, said in an interview with National Public Radio that the Catholic Church is wrong about gay marriage. Quinn, who proudly claims her Catholic heritage and said she still considers herself a Catholic, married her longtime partner in May.

Note she said the church is wrong. But if the Catholic Church teaches the biblical definition of the family, then by deduction she must be saying that God is wrong. If God is wrong, then how is he worthy of her worship?

Right now it’s easier to hate Cathy and Chick-fil-A, but the day is coming when God will be wrong, too. It appears that day is not far off.

— Young is a Register-Herald columnist. E-mail:

© 2012 by Nerissa Young


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