Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 9, 2012

Letter: Don't let Chick-fil-A put ideals asunder

To The Editor

Chick-fil-A should be ashamed of itself, trying to foist its own exclusive version of the one true, holy, and apostolic Bible upon the world at large.

Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A CEO, has nothing in his background that qualifies him as a biblical authority. He is not an ordained minister, trained theologian, nor does he hold a pastoral position of any kind. He is merely one man voicing a personal opinion, nothing more, nothing less.

Meanwhile, the Bible tells us a lot of things. Women should be ruled by their husbands (thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee). Interracial marriages should be banned (And Isaac called Jacob and said unto him, thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan). Slavery is an acceptable institution (slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart). Once upon a time, these were popular views, trumpeted by upstanding citizens with personal opinions like Dan Cathy living right here in the land of the free and home of the brave.

Fortunately, whether or not the Bible tells us so, the world is coming to realize that gay rights stems from the same ideals of personal freedom and social equality enshrined in the Emancipation Proclamation, and reinforced in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It takes the same path once trod by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Martin Luther King.

Now, the next step is to truly understand that whoever you love, you love, and what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. Because that’s in the Bible, too, and this time, the people who actually wrote it, not Dan Cathy, got it right.

Christopher Payne-Taylor


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