Basically, a few mayors of cities, Chicago and Boston, have decided to challenge Chick Fil-A's stance on marriage by wanting to ban the business from their city. As a defender of individual freedoms, there are a few viewpoints to understand in this scenario on both sides. First, Chick Fil-A has the freedom to support any cause they wish. Second, people have the right to support or boycott Chick Fil-A. As stated before, this has been going on for years. Chick Fil-A funds anti-gay causes and people have been boycotting them. There is really nothing new about it.
The mayors of cities have a right to freedom of speech. They have the freedom to voice their opinion on anything they want. Regardless, of what is said, the city does not have the right to rule any business out of their feedom of speech or their freedom to do business. However, people do have the right to support or boycott Chick Fil-A based on their views and be aware of what any business funds or does not fund
There are no winners in this controversy. As a matter of fact, it has brought out the worst in people. These mayors stance against Chick Fil-A did not help marriage equality. Instead, it was seen as an attack on a businesses freedom of speech and right to do business. Worst of all, it pinned people in the world against each other once more. Now you have people supporting Chick Fil-A while others protest. The whole scene is very ugly.
I understand not everybody on here is religious or even Christian. From my point of view, all of us regardless of views, have the responsibility of being role models as Christians, Religious Others, or Atheists. Role model citizens defend individual freedoms and love all people in this world as a child of God who deserves love and support. Fighting excessively with each other and supporting hate is not the role model this world needs. Who is this fight really supporting? In the end we are supporting corrupt politics. We are supporting the mayors that started the controversy and the ugly fight it has brought out once again to divide the citizens of the U.S.
I don't believe this is the way Jesus would want us to act. We are not suppose to be hating each other, supporting hate in any manner, dividing each other, and fighting each other. We all have seen how politics have divided us already. As role models, we must be better than politic divisions. We must stand up for individual freedoms. This controversy is not doing anything good for anybody on either side. It has brought out the worst in everybody. Encourage individuals to go back to their life regardless of which side they support. This ugliness is not becoming of any of us.
If some of you want to donate money to charity, that's wonderful. Give money to the charities which will miss out because people gave to Chick Fil-A instead. There are plenty of charities that need money right now, especially woman's shelters which run low on giving during the summer, school supplies for needy children, food banks, health care for the homeless, or pregnancy crisis centers/homes to name a few. There are so many places out there that need attention right now. I'm not saying to support or not support Chick Fil-A; what I am saying is let's get back to normal life. Out of love for each other and healing of divisions, which should not exist, lets be the bigger people. I encourage you to consider giving to places which desperately need our donations right now instead of being consumed by another political game. I refuse to be a game peice. I have stopped playing. Let's be role models; not pawns!