Every day more news circulates about how the CEO of an openly Christian-based business did not denounce statements accusing him of being against gay marriage.
The whole debate began in July when Dan Cathy told a news organization Chick-fil-A is in support of the “biblical definition of the family unit.”
The remark kick started a series of protests, public statement and boycotts on the part of those who support gay marriage. The remark also prompted Christians across the nation to shout their support to the company.
Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, even went as far as to announce August 1 as Chick-fil-A Apppreciation Day.
A same-sex kiss-in has been staged for August 3 by a group of gay marriage supporters as well.
While Chick-fil-A has perhaps received the most new coverage, it is not the only company that has taken a stand on this issue in recent months.
US News reported last month that Oreo “came out in support of gay marriage by posting an Oreo cookie with rainbow-colored filling on its Facebook page. ”
The news organization said the posting of the popular cookie with a new look received more than 200,000 “likes” and was shared more than 70,000 times.
Nearly 40,000 people commented on the post with remarks that ranged from, “Yay Oreo! Now I will be a cookie monster with a cause,” to “Yet another liberal company destroying our religious values and teaching immorality.”
Since these public stances on gay marriage from companies began seeping into the media, I become more and more angry each day. It’s not because my views on gay marriage don’t match that of some of the companies or even that I’m just simply tired of hearing about it, although it does get slightly annoying when I log into my Facebook account and every other post is either praising or bashing a chicken sandwich company.
The thing that bothers me the most is that I don’t think a chicken sandwich company or a sandwich cookie company have any business taking a stance on this issue.
In my opinion Chick-fil-A’s purpose is to prepare hot chicken sandwiches on a soft delicious bun and Oreo’s purpose is to produce a cookie with a creamy layer of deliciousness packed between two crispy chocolate cookies.
Why does it matter if the people working for the company or who run the company support or don’t support gay marriages? Does this hinder their ability to serve their purpose?
I argue that any time you shop at Wal-Mart, grab a burger through the McDonald’s drive-thru, pay an attendant at a gas station or buy a CD at Target, you’re taking the chance of doing business with someone who doesn’t believe all of the same things you do.
Does this stop us from shopping or eating at these places? Absolutely not.
I suppose since several companies have issued statements at this point, we should just start making lists of the companies that support the same things we do and decide to only shop there. I bet most of us will break at some point and shop at a store our ideologies suggest we shouldn’t.
The thing that shocks me most is that I don’t know why anyone expected the CEO of an openly Christian company that closes for business on Sunday because of religious beliefs to say he supports same-sex marriage. That’s just absurd.
If we did our research, we would most likely be shocked to find that companies we patronize on a regular basis feed millions of dollars into support for issues we oppose.
How these companies choose to spend their money is their business but as long as they’re shelling out quality goods in exchange for your money, they’re serving their primary purpose.
Regardless of my religious or political beliefs, Chick-fil-A makes good sandwiches and Oreo makes good cookies, so I will continue to eat both. I refuse to decide whether I patronize a company because of what the people that work there believe and support.
No matter what kind of company it may be, the stance the employees take on any given issue doesn’t prevent them from offering me top-notch food or service.
I’m not trying to deny that same-sex marriage is a huge issue in our society and I’m definitely not saying there should be no debate over the issue.
As a journalist I encourage free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of choice, etc. But, I do not support unnecessary actions like Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day or same-sex kiss-ins at restaurants because neither are effective in promoting open thought or encouraging tolerance.
Neither action is going to cause the opposite party to change their beliefs, ideas or passions about the subject of same-sex marriage.
How you choose to spend your money and decide where to shop is your business. However, I’ll continue to make my decision based on those things that matter: good services, good products and good prices, not religious or sexual preferences.