Big-o-Try at Chick-fil-A

… but we already knew this for a while.  Or at least I did, based solely on their affiliations with evangelical Christian organizations and the fact that they were never open on Sundays.  Now, the president and CEO has officially “come out“, as it were, and finally spoken out against homosexuality and same sex marriage during an interview with the Baptist Press:

‘Guilty as charged,’ Cathy says of Chick-fil-A’s stand on biblical & family values

CARY, N.C. (BP) — Dan Cathy oversees one of the country’s most successful businesses. As president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Cathy leads a business with 1,608 restaurants that had sales of more than $4 billion dollars last year. They sell chicken and train employees to focus on values rooted in the Bible.

I really want to sneak a look at their employee manual to figure out exactly what elements of a Chick-Fil-A employee’s skill set is vitally contingent upon a belief in the Christian God and an adherence to the bible.  Washing lettuce?  Frying chicken?  Beating a fellow employee about the head and shoulders with a wet mop because she was seen entering a Planned Parenthood the other day?

Oh wait … my wife thinks it’s their policy of placing two pickles at the bottom of the sandwich.  Huh … chalk one up for Christian values.  Who knew?

“All throughout the New Testament there is an evangelism strategy related to our performance in the workplace. … Our work should be an act of worship. Our work should be our mission field. As long as we are stateside, let’s don’t think we have to go on mission trips by getting a passport. … If you’re obedient to God you are going to be evangelistic in the quality of the work you do, using that as a portal to share [Christ],” he said.

Oh dear lord … I was kidding about the wet mop.  So this guy makes it a policy to have his employees treat their workplace as an opportunity to convert people and show them the way to Jeezus?  Sounds like a real hoot for those who just kind of want to get their work done and bring home a paycheck.

Dan Cathy’s success has not erased the biblical values he learned as a child in a Baptist church. He is a warm, common man who is deeply committed to being a faithful Christian witness.

Please stop selling this as a virtue.  Demonstrating compassion, mercy, love, kindness … those are worthy of merit – and most Christians do this because they’re simply good people, and would do so without the threat of a celestial Big Brother watching over them.  Being “deeply committed to being a faithful Christian witness” sounds like you just make a pain in the ass out of yourself trying to convert people during any social gathering.

And he is fully involved in New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga. He drives Chick-fil-A’s efforts to provide genuine hospitality, ensuring that customers have an exceptional dining experience in a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Based on Matthew 5:41, Cathy is on a mission to provide customers with “second-mile” service — exceeding even the highest expectations of a typical fast-food restaurant.

If any restaurant owner made it clear that they believe – on the explicit orders of a several thousand year old Semitic god – that a certain subset of the American population was condemned to eternal torment in a lake of fire because of the way their brains were wired for sexual attraction, they are disqualified from being able to “provide genuine hospitality” almost by definition.  Hell, as a heterosexual man I wouldn’t feel welcome there in the slightest.

In fact, I’d rather go to a regular fast food joint where they take my order, don’t give a rat’s ass about what I believe or who I sleep with, and hand me my food on a worn out plastic tray with a half-hearted “Have a Nice Day” uttered with such interminable frequency that it doesn’t even register in the conscious part of their brains anymore.

Huffington Post pointed out the this guy spoke later on a TV show to flesh out his remarks a little.  It was about what you’d expect.

Cathy then reiterated his stance during an appearance on “The Ken Coleman Show,” Good as You blogger Jeremy Hooper reported.

“I think we are 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’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” Cathy said in that interview, which can be heard here.

Dan, welcome to the real world, where not everyone believes the same things you do, and you guys don’t run the place anymore. While we’re on the topic of having the “audacity” to redefine biblical institutions, let’s explore the topic of homosexuality for a bit.  You believe it’s wrong because it’s in the bible, God says so, etc. etc. … I’m well aware of all that.

… but do you recall the punishment?  How about for an adulterer?

I’ll give you a hint:  It starts with “s” and ends with “-tone them to death“.

Do you advocate that too?  You should.  It’s in the same passage.  How about taking on more than one wife?  Owning slaves?  Allowing your son in law to stone your daughter on your doorstep if he realizes she’s not a virgin on their wedding night?  Or if he just doesn’t like her anymore?  That’s pretty harsh, if you ask me.  But hey, God’s will.

Bottom line is this:  if you use the bible to tell the world what you think is right and wrong, then you are under an obligation as a “man of faith” to obey the written word of God and punish these sins appropriately.  Unless you happen to think stoning people is too barbaric?  Too bad.  You chose to use that book for the basis of your morality, so you’re not exactly in a good position to cherry pick the parts you’re comfortable with and leave out the rest … especially when the crime and its punishment are in the same sentence.

Yes Dan … what arrogant pride we have demonstrated over the centuries, shaking our fists at the Almighty God and deciding over and over again that the laws he passed down for the Israelites 3,200 years ago are so barbaric and wrong that we’d be better served by ignoring them and starting over.

Screw you guys.  I’m going to Carl’s Jr.  Maybe I’ll meet Miss Turkey.

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