Lately it has become popular to talk about being a bully. Over the last year the mainstream media made it a top buzzword. Much of the focus on bullies has been claiming a growth in homophobic based bullying. Supposedly anti-gay people are out there pushing gays around at alarming levels. Yet this past week the biggest story of bullying has put the shoe on the other foot. Those supportive of or on the homosexual Left have decided it is their duty to bully the Christian owned Chick-fil-A for, well, being Christian.
The New York Times and other leftist media this week have been promoting a campus and gay Left movement to boycott Chick-fil-A restaurants. Why the hate from the H8 group? Chick-fil-A had the unmitigated nerve to give free sandwiches and brownies at a Christian pro-family event held by the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Most states have similar family institutes that are Christian-based and promote Christian social values. As most are aware, Christian social values usually focus on being pro-life and preserving traditional definitions of marriage.
Chick-fil-A is a privately-owned Christian business that proudly seeks to live by biblical principles and is known for giving away food for all kinds of ministry events. Giving to a family conference was not a statement of being anti-gay but simply pro-Christian. I’ve eaten many free Chick-fil-A sandwhices while on mission trips and other Christian events that had nothing to do with gay marriage. The company simply likes to support church-based stuff. You would think that wouldn’t be anything to hate on, but the gay agenda bullies don’t see it that way.
Gay bloggers and some campus groups pounced on the free food given at the marriage conference as an opportunity to attack and boycott the restaurant. And when you read the reasoning behind the onslaught, it becomes obvious that most of these bullies now equate Christian beliefs with homophobia and bigotry. So it apparently has become acceptable to hate and stand against anything Christian, because Christianity means close-minded haters. Just read what one boycotter from IU South Ben said:
Chick-fil-A’s already known as a Christian organization. So, I’m not really surprised that they would donate to an organization that’s against homosexual values. – IU South Bend senior Brian Jernigan
Florida Gulf Coast University has students who created a Facebook page to keep Chick-fil-A off their campus. Their page reads:
Diversity is a huge part of FGCU. Everyone knows Chic Fil A is a Christian Based Organization, what about the students who are not Christian? How would they feel giving their money to an organization that they don’t believe in, it is offensive for most non-Christians to do so, because in order to eat they’ll have to buy into a culture that does not showcase them.
Wow. There it is. Bigotry against Christianity. If you are Christian then you don’t belong. We don’t want your kind. The FGCU group even goes further in claiming that the existence of a Chick-fil-A on campus would make students not “feel safe.” So a Christian-owned establishment selling chicken sandwiches creates violence against gays? Now who is being the bully?
Instead of revealing how hateful towards Christians this boycott is, most of the MSM has simply tried to covertly support the banning by asking if the campus and gay Left groups are right. The Huffington Post incorrectly reported that IU South Bend banned Chik-fil-A and then leadingly asked their readers,
What do you think? Should Chick-fil-A be banned for its implicit support of anti-gay organizations?
The New York Times article was a feature story written by a lesbian, pro-gay marriage advocate. Her article repeatedly told the Left’s complaints and warned of Chick-fil-A’s “evangelical Christianity’s muscle flexing.” The article wanted to seem balanced, but the author’s bias could not be hidden (even though The Times never revealed that the author writes passionate and personal pro-gay marriage op-eds).
CNN not only didn’t defend Chick-fil-A but wondered why they don’t get attacked more.
Considering Chick-fil-A’s conservative Christian mission, perhaps the most striking feature of the recent controversy is how unusual it is for the company. As the chain continues to grow, they may find it more difficult to avoid the culture war. -CNN
I wonder if those on the Left have considered the fact that Chick-fil-A has never kept their restaurants from opening on very pro-gay organization campuses. For example, there is only one Chick-fil-A in all of New York and it’s on a liberal campus. Christian conservative groups that used the Left’s thinking would boycott the chicken restaurant for serving sandwiches at such pro-gay marriage establishments. But they don’t. Why don’t pro-gay marriage folks see how open-minded it is for Chick-fil-A to want to serve such a leftist community?
Real hatred of gays exists, but it isn’t found at Chick-fil-A. It isn’t found in those who simply believe the Bible. And the more you widen the definition of homophobia, the more empty the word becomes. And the more you hate people simply for being Christian, the more you become the bully and the bigot.