You might like the tasty pickles that they put on their chicken sandwiches, but if you’re eating at Chick-Fil-A, you’re also eating at an establishment that partners with some of the most ferocious anti-gay groups around.
Apparently, the openly Christian organization is sponsoring (a.k.a, delivering food) an event held by the Pennsylvania Family Institute this February. They are described as “the leading anti-gay group in the Keystone State and a group that has worked hard to try and pass a constitutional amendment in Pennsylvania banning same-sex marriage.”
The event that Chick-Fil-A is sponsoring is called “The Art of Marriage.” Not too frightening upon first look. But a second glance leads one to realize that this is an event that is calling it’s attendees back to “the biblical definition of marriage.” Shocking, I know. And Michael Jones adds: “Given the work of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, it’s hard not to see where this event is going to go — straight for the jugular of anyone who supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.”
And in case you aren’t convinced, Jones gives a bit more:
They’ve called same-sex marriage a threat to children, argued that same-sex marriage destroys civilization, and said that gay couples hurt families.
It is obvious that the language in this petition paints Chick-Fil-A as an
organization supporting a group that wants to murder and kill homosexuals. Jones uses statements like “[The Pennsylvania Family Institute] called same-sex marriage a threat to children, argued that same-sex marriage destroys civilization, and said that gay couples hurt families” as a supporting argument to hate what Chick-Fil-A is doing. But that is exactly what homosexual unions do. It destroys civilizations, it hurts families, and is a threat to children (both already born children, and obviously the future production of children).
I must say, I find it stunning that there is so much anger over the fact that Chick-Fil-A would want to support the biblical definition of marriage. I am certainly not for hate groups that would malign homosexuals or treat them with vitriol and anger. That is wrong. They need love and care and most of all, the gospel. But these men and women are wrong. They are hurting civilization. They are hurting the family. They are hurting themselves. Same-sex “marriage” is not marriage, and can never be recognized as such. Genesis 1. Romans 1. 1 Corinthians 6. 1 Timothy 1.
This is a hill to die on as believers. It’s not a gray area. It is not something God hasn’t been clear about.
But let me say this, I’m not out on an agenda to simply attack those who struggle with same sex attraction or something ridiculous like that. What I am saying is that as the church and as believers we cannot bend on “the biblical definition of marriage.” That biblical definition stands as a building block for our society, and particularly our churches. When we lose the family, we lose the very thing God has created to build His Church, the bride of Christ.
That said, Chick-Fil-A has every right as a private organization to support a group like this: a pro-Family group, not an “anti-gay” group. The language is so unfair in this “demand.” Painting Chick-Fil-A in this light is sad, and creating a monster out of the Pennsylvania Family Institute is disheartening. It destroys any chance for any type of real conversation or understanding of the matter at hand. It simply plays with people’s emotions – apparently over 19,000 of them – who are unaware of the details, and believe this organization hates people. And in turn will now flood Chick-Fil-A with unnecessary emails that are probably filled with hate in and of themselves.
Chick-Fil-A is not anti-Gay.
This is a statement provide from Chick-Fil-A corporate:
First and foremost, thanks for your patience as we made sure we gathered the facts in regards to recent postings. We have determined that one of our independent Restaurant Operators in Pennsylvania was asked to provide sandwiches to two Art of Marriage video seminars. As our fans, you know we do our best to serve our local communities, and one of the ways we do that is by providing food to schools, colleges, civic groups, businesses, places of worship, not-for-profit groups, etc. At his discretion, the local Operator agreed to simply provide a limited amount of food. Our Chick-fil-A Operators and their employees try very hard every day to go the extr…a mile in serving ALL of our customers with honor, dignity and respect.