A few years ago, I wrote a column for a previous employer in which I posited the theory that the “palate is godless, amoral, and interested only in its own pleasures, and that’s how it should be.” I was trying to justify my continued patronage of El Pollo Rico, the superb Peruvian chicken outlet in Wheaton whose owners were convicted of money laundering and other illicit acts.
In retrospect, it was a glib argument, designed to incite conversation (or whatever it’s called when anonymous avatars attack each other online), without fully comprehending how irrational the theory becomes in the face of behavior, ghastly or otherwise, for which there is no governmental punishment. It was fairly easy for me to make the case for El Pollo Rico; its main victim was the government (not exactly a sympathetic character), which missed out on millions of dollars in unpaid taxes because of the owners’ misdeeds.
But then there’s the case of Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain whose charitable arm has donated millions of dollars to organizations that don’t support gay marriage. The chicken purveyor had been mostly mum on the issue until Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A and son of the founder S. Truett Cathy, recently spoke with the Baptist Press:
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.
The president also went on the Ken Coleman Show, as reported on the Good As You blog, which “represents a new generation of GLBT activism.”
“When we don’t have one side or the other,” Cathy told Coleman about children raised in a home without both a mother and father, “I just have to tell you, I think we’re just emotionally handicapped. It doesn’t mean we can’t survive and have a happy life, but it means that we’re going to have some odds stacked against us. Hopefully, there could be somebody that intervenes to help make that up for us.”
He adds: “As it relates to society in general, I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think we [can] try to define what marriage is all about.”
Given Cathy’s recent statements on marriage, does it change your perspective — or more important, your support — of Chick-fil-A? Will you continue to dine at the chain?
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