The church has been usurped to be used for political means. This CAN NOT stand.
If you think that Chick-Fil-A day was just about Free Speech, you have been misled. We cannot trust those who pose as authorities in our faith, the faith has been compromised. Mike Huckabee stated that Chick-Fil-A day was about “basic fairness” and that people needed to “stop being afraid someone might have a different view than them.” Huckabee, and others speaking similarly to him, posed the whole debate as if it was just about free speech. The dialogue portrayed liberals as intolerant people who want to quash the conservative voice because they didn’t want anyone disagreeing with them. The issue was made primarily about Cathy’s affirmative statement towards “traditional” marriage.
Many liberals, sadly, played into that hand just enough to make Cathy’s supporter’s argument for them, which is tragic.
The issue was never about Cathy’s personal views. The issue, for the gay community, was always about where he spent the WinShape foundation’s cash, the WinShape foundation being funded by Chick-Fil-A’s money.
That issue is inarguable, and central to the topic of Christianity being co-opted for political means.
Now, picture this: hundreds of thousands of people in the liberal vote are steaming mad because they find out that a little portion of every dollar spend at Chick-Fil-A goes to fund groups that say things like “gay people are more likely to molest your children” and have actively worked to keep sodomy laws on the books. It may only be a minuscule portion of each dollar, an nth of a penny, but that isn’t what matters. What matters is that in a free society there are still people who want to keep consenting sex between two adults of the same gender illegal, and that Cathy has either knowingly or unknowingly contributed to the continuation of such work. What matters is that there are people who believe that gay people are more likely to molest your children, have mental illness, and commit other kinds of crimes. That people use faulty studies from over forty years ago done in prisons to back up wildly misleading statistics, and they actively work to educate people in a way that is at it’s best deeply flawed but at it’s worst purposefully misleading. That the church turns a blind eye to such actions being taken out in it’s name is appalling. There is no other word. It is flawed silence such as that which contributes to the openly defended bigotry so many gay people are injured by, and it is that bigotry that builds the foundation of fear, contempt, and self-hatred that leads such a disproportionate amount of gay teens to commit suicide.
Gay people have every right to be angry that people are blindly funneling money into making sex with their partners and spouses illegal and to prevent more states from allowing gay marriage. But if that was the only issue, I think that there would be a lot less vitriol in this argument. There should be no one, Christian or non-Christian, gay affirming or same-sex-marriage-not-wanting, who would agree that it is good to continue to spread literature which claims that science proves that being gay is a grave disorder which threatens society, posing gay people as frightening bugaboos who will tear your community to the ground, literature which the Family Research Council relies on to scare people into funding it.
This sort of literature is antithetical to the call to love your neighbors.
It is judgmental at it’s core, breeds only condemnation, and leaves no room for redemption to be birthed.
It does fall within the province of free speech. The Family Research council has a right to produce it, and Cathy has a right to fund it if he chooses to.
But do Christians have an obligation to defend it?
Is it, as Huckabee claimed, an issue of basic fairness? Is the gay community’s opposition to such literature being funded an issue of not tolerating anyone having a different point of view than them?
When thousands of people lined up around street corners and bought so many waffle fries some stores had to close early, what the gay community saw was not a redeeming love. They didn’t even see Christians lining up to show support for their brethren’s right to free speech. What they saw was an attack. They said, “we don’t want money going to make more hate speech preached under the guise of science and Christian education”, and they saw thousands of people line up to say, “we’re going to throw as much money at that as we can.”
What I saw, from my lonely corner of the world, was thousands of people being manipulated into creating a political schema for the upcoming election. What I saw was a framework for the Republican candidate being able to call liberals whiny and intolerant and unwilling to let capitalism work for the other side.
What I saw was the church falling on it’s own sword.
How many people do you think took the time to actually talk to someone on the other side of the problem? How many parroted what the powers that be told them and believed it whole cloth with the naivete of a child. As if there was no one who could possibly want to take advantage of their belief that Christians ought to trust one another. We were told that we needed to defend Cathy’s right to tell the truth.
The truth is it’s own defense.
If Cathy told “the truth” and was boycotted as a result, he’d be storing up treasures in jars of clay regardless. It was not our job to defend him. God is his defender, the lifter of his head, his strong tower. Cathy didn’t need thousands of people ordering chicken sandwiches.
Gay people did need to know that God loves them, and doesn’t want them to be caused pain.
Truth was not defended.
Truth was ignored.
The call to arms should not have been to spend money at a capitalist establishment to defend a right that had never been infringed on.
The call to arms must be to reach out to the other side in love.