The Chick-fil-A Phenomenon: Revealing the Indispensable Importance of The Catholic Church
The reactions surrounding the Chick-fil-A stance on marriage are indicative of not only the steady advance of relativism and secularism, but of a nation suffering from the effects of Christian division.
The Church is an expert on the Word made flesh, and therefore an expert on the nature of man, his purpose, goals and destiny.
However, given the present moral climate of widespread relativism, when Mr. Cathy publicly stated that those same values meant opposing same-sex unions, the fires of outrage against the truth were ignited.
No one minds much when someone insists on principles; however, once those principles are articulated in such a way so as to make clear their opposition to moral relativists who deny, either in word or deed, the existence of the natural law, the divine law, and an absolute truth about what marriage is and about what the human person is, the banners of "discrimination," "intolerance," and "homophobic-hate-speech" are run up against anyone who even suggests that there is a divinely created order and reality intrinsic to human nature which the human person is not free to ignore.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco have all told the Atlanta-based chicken sandwich chain to "keep out." Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel trumpeted: "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents." Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, one of fifty individuals who make up the Chicago City Council, showed his own distaste for Chick-fil-A's support of marriage when he voiced his intent to exercise a government strong-arm maneuver blocking the building of a second Chicago restaurant.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a strong advocate of homosexual unions, stated on a radio show that he doesn't think it's the local "government's business" to ban the building of new Chick-fil-A's based on the restaurant chain owners' views on marriage. "You really don't want to ask political beliefs or religious beliefs before you issue a [building] permit. That's just not government's job." Taken at face value, his comments appear to be on the right track. However, less than a week earlier Bloomberg and other city officials gathered to celebrate the first year anniversary of homosexual unions in New York. Apparently, Bloomberg and his political colleagues do think it is the "government's business" to attempt to force a redefinition of marriage.
We should not be surprised by the anti-truth and anti-religious-freedom mentality displayed by these politicians. After all, they are simply following the lead of the present Administration's open, blatant and historically unparalleled-in-America attack on religious freedom and freedom of conscience recently manifested by the HHS mandate. We should also recognize that America has been on a steady march toward secularization for decades. Therefore the relativistic philosophies often displayed by our nation's politicians are but a reflection of the views of a wide section of the populace. After all, these public officials were elected.
But it is not only politicians who are sounding off. So-called ordinary Americans on both sides of the issue of homosexual unions are readily offering their opinions on Facebook, Twitter, and the millions of personal blogs scattered over the electronic social media landscape. There are people who are, both Christian and otherwise, "ashamed of the intolerance of Christians"; and others who "can't imagine why heterosexual people would deny homosexual persons the ability to express sexual love." There are those who are apparently allergic to an objective judgment about what is good and right and what is not, and what is aligned with the nature of the human person and what is out of sync with it. And there are still others who insist that "God's love is without limit, and Jesus accepts everyone exactly as they are, so nobody can say how anyone else should live." What is perhaps most disturbing, is that, given their context and phrasing, the majority of these often theologically ...
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