Real problem lies with Americans, not Chick-fil-A CEO’s comments


by Greg Hoffman
Eagle Editorial Board

As a conservative, a Republican and a Catholic, most people would assume that I am on the side of Chick-fil-a CEO Truett S. Cathy’s comments on gay marriage.

However, I do not support Chick-fil-a because I care about whether or homosexuals can get married or about the effect that gay marriage has on the sanctity of marriage.

Rather, I side with Chick-fil-a because I am an American.

The controversy surrounding Chick-fil-a began when a reporter asked Cathy what his stance on gay marriage was and his answer was simply “guilty as charged.”

He said that he believed in the Biblical definition of marriage. Many people were outraged and chose to boycott Chick-fil-A.

In response, Aug. 1 was named as National Chick-fil-a Day by several people, and the eatery reported record sales.

I see no problem with the comments made by Cathy.

The comments were well within his rights guaranteed to him under the Bill of Rights. Someone who has a problem with these comments has a problem with America.

The fabric of this great nation was sewn with the ideals of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

The first people to come to America came here to escape the persecution they were experiencing in Europe and to be able to say what ever they pleased.

That is America, that is our foundation and that is why so many people immigrate to the United States every single year.

The comments made by Cathy were answering the question honestly. His comments were not made with malice and they were not derogatory in any way.

After all, is it really a surprise that a conservative southern Baptist who closes his entire franchise on Sundays out of respect for the sabbath would answer that he believes in the way the Bible has outlined marriage?

The true problem is with the people who are boycotting Chick-fil-a. They are undermining everything that America stands for.

This may seem radical, but think about it: these people want to rid America of any disagreement and have people censor their beliefs, going against everything for which America stands.

What people need to realize is that because we live in a country where we can express ourselves freely and think whatever we choose, there are going to be disagreements, and not everyone is going to think the same way.

That is what makes this nation so great: our ability to disagree.

These people are fighting for a nation without disagreement. While they may not want to live in Soviet Russia, these people do want a man to compromise his views so that no one is offended by them.

While the idea of a land without disagreement is a great fantasy, it is not a reality, and to have a man hold back his honest beliefs in order to avoid disagreement is inherently unAmerican.

By fighting for a country without disagreement, these people undermine the ideals that have made America the greatest country in the world for the past 236 years.