In Louisiana, it could have been an owl, but today…it’s chicken! Aiyeee!
I encourage you to patronize Chick-fil-A today as a show of support for Dan Cathy’s stance on the family and Biblical marriage. Even more, the controversy has become a lightning rod for a person’s right to free speech as well as the freedom to exercise religious beliefs.
Today’s gumbo has all sorts of links regarding this controversy.
1. Here’s the original story which was published by Baptist Press. While discussing the philosophy and values of the restaurant chain, Cathy says this about our work place and responsibilities as believers:
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].
2. New York Times opinion columnist Ross Douthat comments regarding the “exercise of religious freedom” in his July 28, 2012, article “Defining Religious Liberty Down.” He says:
The words “freedom of belief” do not appear in the First Amendment. Nor do the words “freedom of worship.” Instead, the Bill of Rights guarantees Americans something that its authors called “the free exercise” of religion.
3. Here’s a link to the United States Constitution. The first amendment, ratified in 1791, states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
4. Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel seek to block Chick-fil-A from opening a store in Moreno’s district. In an interview with Chicago Tribune reporter Hal Dardick, Moreno stated,
If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward.
Mayor Emmanuel (ironic, since the Biblical definition of Emmanuel is “God with us”) stated in the article that,
Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.
5. Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee weighs in on the issue and announces August 1 as “Chick-fil-A Day”.