On Rooting for the Gays Chick-Fil-A Edition

Any so-called Christian movement that inspires or coddles hatred is a debasement of the values Christ stood for and ultimately died for.

Recently there has been some controversy over Dan Cathy’s anti-gay statements and his support for organizations that target our LBGT brothers and sisters. I have very little to add to the controversy other than to support my LBGT brothers and sisters who have been targeted by organizations, e.g. the Family Research Council, that Cathy supports via donations from Chick-Fil-A; and to make some biblical observations.

Because of debates with my fellow Christians who oppose the LBGT communities equality agenda, I would question whether my view of how the Bible treats gays for fear I was being self-serving and imposing myself on the Word. And then I see the following and I wonder how I could have ever questioned God whispering to my conscience.  Any so-called Christian movement that inspires the following nuggets, pun intended, is a debasement of the values Christ stood for and ultimately died for.

  • Gabriel Aguiniga, a gay employee at a Chick-fil-A in Colorado, also said the hardest part hasn’t been hearing Cathy’s comments. Instead, “[it’s] constantly having people come up to you and say, ‘I support your company, because your company hates the gays,’” Aguiniga, 18, wrote in an email. “It really takes a toll on me.”
  • On the one hand, there is the customer who came in and said he supported Dan Cathy and then “continues to say something truly homophobic, e.g. ‘I’m so glad you don’t support the queers, I can eat in peace,’” the employee, who is 23 and has worked for Chick-fil-A since he was 16, wrote in an email.
  • Last week, when [Andrew Mullen] went out to the parking lot to help a trucker (not directly employed by Chick-fil-A) unload a shipment of goods, the trucker turned to Andrew confidentially and said, “If I see one more faggot at a Chick-fil-A protesting, I’m going to be sick.”

Obviously these are some pretty nasty comments and you might be inclined to say they don’t reflect the general sentiment of the folks who came out in droves to appreciate Chick-Fil-A. And you would be right to a degree. But what is inescapable is that the people who made these comments felt at peace and at home in this so-called movement. More directly, their hatred found joy and comfort. That for me is the truest indictment of this movement. Christ does not inspire or welcome hatred.

A Tree Known by Its Fruit.

Luke 6:43 “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. 45 A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”

All That Hate

This is why all that hate mongering is dangerous. It is a double-edged sword.

Dealing with the Devil

YouTube – McCain Booed For Calling Obama A “Decent Man”:

(Via YouTube.)

After about a week of letting Palin make outrageous attacks against Obama and getting into the game himself, it looks like chickens coming home to roost for John McCain. You can’t make a deal with the devil and get off scott free. His campaign now employs Charlie Condon, the same guy from Bush’s 2000 campaign who made disgusting racial smears against McCain. And we know how that turned out. McCain sold his soul to the devil, and is now trying to reverse course after he’s starting to take heat for some of the worst hateful speech we’ve seen in campaigns in quite some time. I’m willing to believe that McCain’s change is more a matter of principle than political expediency, but it’s too little, too late. The train has left the station. McCain is now the candidate who is supported by racists and xenophobes. Sure it’s but a small sliver of his base, but that’s not how it looks. And in this game, looks matter. I feel bad for him but this is the price you pay for dealing with the Devil.

Anger consumes John McCain support as poll gap widens – Times Online

Anger consumes John McCain support as poll gap widens – Times Online:

“Events this week have been marked by ugly outbursts from crowds. In Clearwater, Florida, shouts of ‘kill him!’ could be heard amid a chorus of boos when Mrs Palin attacked the Democratic nominee over his links with 1960s radical, Bill Ayers.
Journalists were reported to have been taunted with obscenities or racial insults from members of audience when Mrs Palin blamed the ‘mainstream media’ for what she described as her ‘less-than-successful’ – and much-parodied – television interviews.
At a rally on Monday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr McCain asked: ‘Who is the real Barack Obama?’ A man in crowd screamed back the reply: ‘Terrorist!’”

(Via Times Online.)

It’s turning ugly. My question is why not speak against such outbursts when they happen or perhaps later? Truly frightening these two.

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