I awoke this morning to a story concerning two of my favorite things; muppets and chicken nuggets. These two subjects are rarely mentioned in the same sentence, but that is about to change. It seems the Henson muppets were about to become a kids promotional item in a Chick-fil-A "happy meal." That was until Dan Cathy spoke out in opposition to same sex marriage and in favor of "biblical" marriage. Mr. Cathy heads up the extremely successful chicken chain where my family and I have spent a pretty penny on those delicious fowl nuggets. Henson quickly declared that their organization was accepting and inclusive of all people and would henceforth withdraw from any alignment with Chick-fil-A. Dan Cathy was asked if he were willing to retract his statement. In essence he said, "I said what I said and I meant what I said." That's not an exact quote, but it sums up his feelings pretty well.
So Gonzo and Fozzie Bear disagree with Chick-fil-A's views on same sex marriage. Okay, while I'm sure my readers know where I stand on this issue, I'm a little confused as to the controversy. Why should furry, and or slimy, talking animals be concerned with what a "born again" food chain executive believes about marriage? What involvement does that have with selling nuggets with plastic gigures in each child's meal? None. That's the point. This is a free country where differing opinions on important issues should aloowed and debated. I could have guessed both positions on marriage even before this became a news story. I expect anyone associated with Hollywood to be aligned with liberal political and social beliefs. I also know that the Cathy family is a strong Christian name in the South. It does not shock me that Dan Cathy has strong views on this subject and he is willing to express them. So what is happening? Shouldn't we be allowed to express our ideas that are shaped by our beliefs?
Yes, we should. But the proponents of liberal social and politcal views have asserted themselves in the public arena as the front runners. They are aware of changing popular opinion. They now can brandish their left leaning swagger before us with disdain and arrogance. They know that the majority of "vocal" Americans will take their side. While, I believe the greatest part of American remains silent. As in the case of most arguments, the one who screams the loudest appears to win. I know there are many silent supporters of Biblical values because the line to the Chich-fil-A drive-thru window often winds all the way around the parking lot.
So I encourage you to speak up for what you believe. I don't believe in silencing the ones who hold views different from mine. They have every right to express their opinions. However, they do not have the right to silence mine. So go have a diet lemonade and a number 4 at your local Chick-fil-A. Support those who support Christian values. While you still can.