News flash: We, all of us, will never agree on everything
by Justin McGill, General Manager --
Aug 01, 2012 | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In 1946, an Atlanta man named S. Truett Cathy was owner and operator of Dwarf Grill. In 1967, Cathy expanded his operation and opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant. Today, there are over 1,900 locations, including six within an hour drive of the majority of our readers (four in Clarksville, Tenn., two in Paducah).

Cathy, a devout Southern Baptist, operates his company with the following stated purpose: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Who is at fault can be debated, but there’s little doubt that Chick-fil-A’s influence has been anything but positive recently.

Through monetary donations and public comment, Chick-fil-A corporate leaders have made it clear that they support the traditional concept of marriage – one man, one woman – and are opposed to any attempt to define it any other way.

Many who support the nationwide legalization of gay marriage have responded with angry threats of boycotting Chick-fil-A. City leaders in Chicago and Boston intend to prevent the company from opening new franchises there.

Did I miss something? Are we not allowed to think differently from one another anymore without the potential for it turning into personal vendetta?

Over the years, I’ve heard folks I know make an angry vow to never use a certain company’s product or service ever again because of a difference in some political or moral stance.

As a reminder to folks who support traditional marriage and/or think gay marriage is wrong, here’s a brief rundown of companies who don’t agree with you.

– Do you drive a Ford or GM vehicle? Better sell it.

– Do you fly Delta or United Airlines? Take the bus next time.

– Do you like to eat at Applebee’s? Olive Garden? Red Lobster? McDonald’s? Or maybe you buy items from General Mills or Kraft Foods when you go to the grocery. Or drink Coca-Cola or Pepsi products. If so, maybe it’s time for a diet.

– Do you watch television programs on ABC or ESPN? Or movies produced by Pixar or Marvel? Or anything else having to do with The Walt Disney Company? ‘Cause apparently, Mickey Mouse is cool with gay marriage.

Here’s my point: People are different from each other. No two of us are exactly alike. Know what that means? No two of us stands on the same side of every possible debate.

So, if you’re going to show hate to your neighbor because he supports gay marriage, it’s hypocritical to show him love because he voted against the legal sale of alcohol in our community.

Love thy neighbor.

Judge not.

If you believe gay marriage is wrong, that’s fine. That belief can even be articulated to others in a way that doesn’t alienate them.

But that doesn’t mean you should eat all your meals at Chick-fil-A.

This reminds me of that alcohol vote we had a few years ago and the one that just failed in Marshall County. A large number of folks vehemently opposed the legal sale of alcohol because of the damage it can do to families and people in general.

That’s fine. But why didn’t those same folks extend that energy toward illegal drugs or other things that pose a similar threat?

We might disagree, and you might be 100 percent convinced that you are right, but that doesn’t make me lesser than you. Grow up.

Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at
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