It was Chick-fil-A madness last week, as many weighed in on the company’s CEO Dan Cathy saying he believes only in the biblical definition of marriage, which means he doesn’t favor same-sex marriage and has funded organizations that support his position.
Of course, the nationwide controversy hit Tucson hard. Not only did hundreds line up to support Cathy’s position by standing in line and eating on what former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee dubbed “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” but we also had a person lose his job because of the video he felt was appropriate to post on YouTube.
Adam Smith, the now former CFO of Vante Inc., thought he was being clever by filming his trip to Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. In the video, he made it clear that he is against Cathy’s position, and was there to order his free water.
However, it quickly became about more than water as he began preaching to the courteous female drive thru employee who made it clear she was just there to do her job and not take sides on the issue.
“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here,” he told the young woman after she said, “I’m really uncomfortable that you’re videotaping me.”
Smith told her that he ordered free water because “Chick-fil-A is a hateful corporation.”
“I disagree,” she responded. “We don’t treat any of our customers differently.”
Does Smith deserve to lose his job over the ill-advised taping of a young employee who was just doing her job? I would say probably not. He should definitely be ashamed of himself though.
I don’t think Adam Smith clued into the fact that the young female worker he was harassing has probably never met Mr. Cathy.
But, this is an example of how this issue has gone way beyond a CEO of a large corporation just speaking openly about what he believes.
Would it have come to this if mayors from big towns like Chicago and San Francisco hadn’t spoke, out against Cathy, saying they didn’t want any Chick-fil-A restaurants in their towns? Probably not. Really, these mayors are wrong to think what they did was the proper reaction. If they had just simply come out with a statement disagreeing with Cathy, it would have been a lot more respectable than trying to make an example of Chick-fil-A.
Bottom line, Cathy doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage, and judging by the turnout on Wednesday, he’s not alone in his beliefs.
Bottom line, Cathy has a right to say he doesn’t support same-sex marriage. Like it or not, every one of those showing appreciation last Wednesday were right in that it’s OK to support freedom of speech and freedom of religion in this country.
For all of those, such as mayors of big towns, who believe it’s OK to reject a Chick-fil-A based solely on the fact that Cathy believes the sanctity of marriage is between a man and a woman, you are in the wrong.
If you don’t agree with Cathy’s stance, then exercise your right to choose and don’t eat there. Say you disagree and speak up, but don’t discriminate.
Whatever side you are on, last week was about the fact that we have the right to speak our minds. What shouldn’t happen is people in power thinking it’s OK to use it against you.