The world of classical literature offers several examples of hypocrisy and its effects on both the hypocrite and society. Two such examples of literature spring to mind: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Both of these works have hypocrisy as one of their major themes, specifically with regard to practitioners of two major faiths. These two works also present the negative consequences of revenge.
Recently, a bit of a firestorm erupted when portions of an interview with Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A, appeared in the Baptist Press: News with a Christian Perspective. You can read that article HERE.
Agree or disagree with Mr. Cathy, he makes his stance clear. Please note that there is no reference to gay or gay marriage in that particular article. There IS reference to the traditional family:
Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.In spite of Mr. Cathy's NOT mentioning one word about gay-anything, certain individuals are riled up and declaring Mr. Cathy a bigot. For example, the Boston Mayor Menino condemned Chick-Fil-A:
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit...."
A letter from Mayor Menino derided Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy for recent "prejudiced statements" against same-sex marriage, which has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004.Mayor Menino has since amended his statement:
Posted on a Boston community page on the social media site Facebook on Wednesday, the letter has gone viral. It has been "liked" by more than 131,000 users and shared more than 46,000 times.
"In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage, and said the generation that supports it has an 'arrogant attitude,'" Menino wrote in the letter, dated July 20 and addressed to Cathy at Chick-fil-A's Atlanta headquarters.
"Now - incredibly - your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston."..
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino repeated today that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in Boston, but he backed away from a threat to actively block the fast-food chain from setting up shop in the city.I submit that Mayor Menino's first knee-jerk reaction reflects both the politically-correct and the gay agendas. These agendas have increasingly taken on the role of suppressing any views contrary to theirs.
“I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.
The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”...
Now, for the hypocrisy part of this post. Read the following (hat tip to Pastorius of Infidel Bloggers Alliance, citing this source, dated July 27, 2012):
Radical imam OK but not Chick-fil-ABlatant hypocrisy on the part of Mayor Menino!
Given his stance on Chick-fil-A, would Mayor Tom Menino grant permits to a group that has counted among its leaders a man who has repeatedly called homosexuality a “crime that must be punished” by death?
Actually, he has done that . . . and more! Menino effectively gave away city land valued at $1.8 million to the organization, and he gave a speech at its ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It’s the Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque, and when it comes to anti-gay sentiment, one of its early supporters makes Chick-fil-A look like the Provincetown Men’s Chorus.
...[W]hat imam al-Qaradawi was teaching:
“[A homosexual should be given] the same punishment as any sexual pervert . . . Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them.”
According to the Anti-Defamation League, “In 2003 Qaradawi stated on IslamOnline that the punishment of homosexuality is the death penalty.”
In the end, says the anti-Islamist organization MEMRI, al-Qaradawi came down on the side of stoning... .
In other statements, Dan Cathy has indeed condemned gay marriage. But has he in any way advocated the persecution of same-sex individuals Moreover, does he not have an individual's right to make a statement in opposition to gay marriage?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012, has been declared Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to show support for traditional marriage.
In my view, August 1 is more than that. It is a day to uphold the First Amendment rights of any American to state his views and to practice his faith peacefully in the business sphere as well as in his personal life.
Consider the following, dated July 27, 2012 :
Chick-fil-A did issue a corporate statement regarding the protests from Donald Perry, vice president Corporate Public Relations:
Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
Furthermore, August 1 is a day to hold to account the mainstream media and the agenda-exploiters.
Yes, I'll be going to Chick-Fil-A on August 1. A franchise just recently opened near me.