Chick-Fil-A and Proverbs 25:21

Posted By on Jul 24, 2012 | 25 comments


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    • I really want to ask you to reconsider this. Your actions will cause harm not to your intended target but to all the little people who are employed at this company and have done nothing wrong. The vast majority of them are no different from you, they likely agree with your opinion and probably have gay friends/famiy or are gay themselves. Why punish THEM?? It dosen’t seem fair at all, all they want is to earn the wage that they need. They don’t need this grief or deserve it.
      There has to be a better way of punishing the ones your aiming for? Boycott? Protest? Maybe make fliers for people to print out so they can stand ouside the place and hand to customers? Anything but this, it seems so unjust.

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      • Seriously, I think what Ms. Pearce had to say was dead on! I suggest website called soulforce.com
        Check it out. Order the pamphlets.

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  1. “Stop wearing polyester and stop watching football and go marry your dead brother’s wife”

    Pearce for Preacher ^^

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  2. this has got to be THE BEST response to Chick-Fil-A i have seen yet! before it was even finished, i shared it to Facebook. btw, you got a shout-out and a repost of the video on The Friendly Atheist’s website (by whence i came…from…to here…or something. in other words, that’s how i discovered you and it took me just a few seconds to become a new fan;)

    also, if anyone’s interested and wants to make their own Chick-Fil-A sammiches at home, here’s their big secret: they marinate their chicken in dill pickle juice overnight. so now you can make your very own Chick-Fil-A sandwhiches in the comfort of your own home! i also have it on good (passably decent) information that SeriousEats.com is working on completely reverse-engineering their sandwiches down to the breading and everything, so we can get the full experience without ever having to give them another dime!

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    • Thank you so much! I had NO IDEA that this was on Friendly Atheist– thanks for showing me. Very cool. 🙂

      I made a ChickFilGay sandwich the other day, but didn’t marinate it in pickle juice because I was impatient. I’ll give it another shot WITH the pickle juice next time around. 🙂

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  3. Good for you, Jackson. Great video and excellent point.

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  4. This is dumb. It’s a sign of hate? Really? Isn’t it hate to purposely try to sabotage a company? Proverbs 25:21 “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.” Are you going to give Chick fil a food and drinks when you get there? I don’t remember them abusing anyone or hurting anybody? Nor them calling out anyone and making them an enemy. So it must be you who has made them an enemy. So this must mean you are going to give them food and drinks if they ask correct? My goodness… what happened to the beliefs this country was founded on?

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    • I’m not the one claiming to operate under biblical principles at the expense of my fellow man’s rights, so…no. I don’t feel obligated to give them food or drink if they ask.

      I also wonder about the beliefs this country was founded on– what happened to “all men are created equal”?

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      • Exactly, all men are created equal- equal to exercise their first amendment rights. Why is that the CEO of Chick fil-a is under fire for stating what he believes in? We live in a country where free speech is exercised…but only if the “special interest groups” agree with you.

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        • He is totally free to say what he wants as he did. However, we now have the right to respond to what he has said.

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    • Toby:
      The beliefs this country was founded on? Wouldn’t that be freedom! Yes I think that was one of them… So we are all entitled to speak our minds and I respect that…. Shouldnt ppl be free to marry who they choose as well? A law that prohibits that seems to disobey the beliefs this country was founded on. I do believe that is why there is supposed to be a separation of church and state, so that we are all governed equally by the same laws despite our differences. If you want to speak out against our differences by all means feel free but let everyone be equal and have the same rights. I was lucky enough that ppl fought for women’s rights in the past and although I’m not personally homosexual, I feel it is my duty to do what I can to ensure that ppl receive the same rights as myself and I’m truly greatful that someone took a stand so that I was granted equality. Ordering a water may seem ludicrous to some but seems like a peaceful way to take a stand to me. Congrats Jackson for putting things into perspective and saying it better than I have heard anyone yet!

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  5. They are created equal. Which is why Chick fil a is still serving anybody food, no matter what their sexual orientation, race, or any other beliefs are. Which is what people are missing… These are the CEO’s beliefs. Not the company’s daily actions. Yes, I would not eat there if they chose to not serve somebody because of their sexual orientation. That is discrimination. But just because the CEO believes something doesn’t mean people should not eat there. Those that believe in gay marriage aren’t the ONLY people entitled to their beliefs.

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    • You are right Toby they are still serving anyone who comes in to buy product. However; the CEO represents the company and since he, Dan Cathy is the CEO, and father Truett Cathy, who initially started the company; it is a privately held company which one or both of them OWN. If either speak for the company then that is the company view, period. They make the policy because they own the company.

      I believe the point is society should adapt as we always have adapted, many items Jackson mentioned in the bible are not legally practiced in the United States and I cannot speak for other parts of the world but I would assume not there either who practice a “Christian” approach toward their living.

      I have always had serious issues with what is written in the bible and what is preached these days. I believe Jackson has this spot on.

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  6. Of all the things I’ve heard so far about this Chick fil A issue, this has got to be the truest, best spoken, and humorous way to get the greatest points across. You said things that I truly hope opens people’s eyes. I hate to say that before today I didn’t know who you were, but I’m very thankful I do now!! I’m going to get your books and happily become a frequent member to your site. Thank you for your words and support!!

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  7. I appreciate you holding the company to its “biblical principles,” shining light on the fact that they don’t really understand what that means. In the video, it sounds like you think Dan Cathy realizes that he is being hateful. He honestly does think that he is being loving despite how obviously his words have hurt people. That is the delusion of “righteousness” and unquestioned beliefs, unfortunately.

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  8. Hi Jackson, you are amazing for creating a well thought out statement. I couldn’t agree with you more. As soon as I heard about chick-fil-a’s donation I knew that while they could take a stand and support whatever issue they wanted, they would not be doing with my help.

    I’ve seen some nasty comments up so far and they are not very nice. Some people feel the need to defend with hate and frankly, I don’t agree with them.

    I am catholic, I love my God, my family and my friends, some of which are gay or lesbian. I was first taught to treat people how you would like to be treated and that God is love.

    I’ve chosen not to eat at Chick-fil-A long before I saw your video. But your video, just now, made me realize I had to be vocal about it. Thank you again for your post.

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  9. You are now my favorite “analyst.” I love you.
    – a straight guy in Chicago

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  10. I’ve always admired how you stand up for what you think is right without fear of persecution. I’m an atheist, not a theist scholar, so I’m not going to dig into the religious debate like some of the others who have commented. But I will say this: I’m opposed to anyone, religious or not, who perpetuates the exclusion of others based on their partner preference. I am married to my soul mate, and it’s an honor to wake up next to him everyday. I would/could never deny others that experience or shame them because they choose to do the same thing: love.

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  11. Bravo! I love the video. I won’t be going to Chick Fil A on August 1st at all because I think withdrawing monetary support is strong enough that I don’t need to take a few pennies from them with the water cup and the water. Not looking to damage, just looking to wake them up.

    That and I’m still trying to figure out what outcome I’d want from boycotting. Like, What part of the sentences should Cathy recant? I think its perfectly fine for him to have an opinion and state it (even if his opinion means its the company’s opinion). I run a company and am very pro-gay, and so is my company, and I have yet been asked to recant anything. But then I haven’t made any statements against a whole group of people yet… so… there’s that.

    I want Cathy to feel free to practice his religion and his beliefs. And I want him to feel free to discuss it with others. I’m trying to figure out where to draw the line…. and how to appropriately expose the real issue underneath… the cause… the hate…. well… really, the fear.

    I think boycott is great. Protest is great. And I”m happy that people are doing it. I’m hoping that we can all turn towards the cause of all of this and fix that, rather than staying stuck in the effects. That’s gonna take some thinking and introspection… and then action, naturally.

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