Christian doctrine unambiguously informs that homosexuality is sinful. Any Christian who enters into a homosexual union places himself/herself in mortal sin.
So when Dan Cathy, the president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil- A – a closely-held company based in an Atlanta suburb, that operates 1,600 restaurants in 39 states – says that he opposes gay marriage and supports the ‘biblical definition of the family unit’, he simply espouses a position that every conforming Christian (and several other religions) endorses.
The United States is not an exclusively Christian nation. Under the protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution, Americans may follow any religion, or none, of their choice. They may also speak freely about their religious views. If they cannot speak freely without incurring zoning penalties, then their First Amendment right to free speech is non-existent.
So the threats that followed Dan Cathy’s remark, emanating from the dictatorial lips of Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno, to the effect that they would deny a Christian-based company zoning permits to open additional restaurants in Boston and Chicago specifically because of the company’s expression of its Christian faith, is a direct challenge to free speech in the United States.
I do not know or care whether any or all of the three individuals concerned are practising homosexuals. I do not know or care whether they are atheists or believers in another religion. But I do know that they breach the United States Constitution when they threaten to use their discretionary powers to stamp out Christian doctrine.
Chick-fil-A expressly rejects any notion of discriminating against customers who do not share their religious views:
the 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.”
The Chick-fil-A position precisely reflects the Christian ethic. It also honors the code of non-discrimination. The same cannot be said of the three gutter-politicians who are attempting to penalize an honorable company under the banner of the anti-Christ.
If Chick-fil-A loses or gains custom as a result of its transparent ethical position, that is an entirely appropriate market reaction. If Chick-fil-A is denied access to the market-place by powerful politicians because it does not conform to their religious views, that is Fascism or National Socialism, and should be dealt with as such under the rule of law. Otherwise, the United States will regress to the horrors of Mussolini’s Italy or Hitler’s Third Reich.