In the past couple of weeks, Chick-fil-A, a national restaurant chain has come into scrutiny. CEO Dan Cathy recently restated in a couple of interviews the company’s Christian values. The company is closed on Sundays along with Christmas and Thanksgiving. Controversy erupted by Cathy for speaking out on gay marriage. In particular, he believes thatAmericawill feel God’s wrath from trying to redefine marriage. Gay and lesbian right groups were furious and started protesting the chain.

Several prominent mayors in the country are refusing to let Chick-fil-a open restaurants in their towns. Fox News host Mike Huckabee declared August 1st to be Support Chick-fil-a Day. He is urging Christians to support Chick-fil-a and their 1st Amendment rights by eating the food they serve. Statements from Mike Huckabee’s Facebook page read as: “The attacks on Christians are disturbing, especially by “wanna be tyrants, like the mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D. C. who have vowed to either keep Chick Fil-A out of their communities or have openly said this business is not welcome because they (the mayors) don’t agree with the personal views of the Chick Fil- A CEO.” He also stated in earlier statements regarding how the Cathys created their business over forty years ago: “It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.”

This entire situation is ridiculous. Everyone responsible for spreading this issue around is overreacting. Banning Chick-fil-A restaurants because of their views towards gay marriage is bigotry. It is bad business too because of a sluggish economy. If Chick-fil-A opened, more jobs could be created. Consumer spending would rise. While I disagree with everything Cathy said, I believe in the 1st Amendment. I have never eaten at a Chick-fil-A restaurant nor do I plan to, not because I disagree with their statements, but because there is not one anywhere near my house. Or in our state for that matter. However, many members of the left are tired of this story and think it is ridiculous to ban any businesses.
Further, I am really mad at Mike Huckabee. He is the one who has started the “Support Chick-fil-A Day.” Huckabee is a conservative Christian. He used to be the governor of Arkansas and is a former 2008 Republican Presidential candidate. He now has a popular show on the Fox News Channel. That’s all fine and dandy. But what angers me the most is that he is implying that you cannot be a Christian and support gay marriage. In this case, both sides are showing the worse of them. The Democratic mayors who are saying that Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their towns and the Republican television hosts are saying the left are radical and hate Christian values. Now as a Christian, I have become more and more irritated by the expectations the Republicans have for all Christians. Jesus did not come down to tell people “Your descendants should vote Republican!” Rather, he believed in helping the poor, treating others with respect, and loving people unconditionally. It seems to me that we cannot talk about the issue of gay marriage without name-calling and bullying. On both sides. CEO Dan Cathy is welcome to his opinion. Mike Huckabee is welcome to his opinion. But maybe Huckabee should remember that not every Christian is a Republican. Because I sure am not.