So, I can be an idealist trying to make a better and fair world for everyone by boycotting a said fast food restaurant because it’s president told a religious magazine that he believes marriage should only be between heterosexuals. Or, I can be a defender of the biblical principles and the first amendment by eating at a said fast food restaurant because it’s president told a religious magazine that he believes marriage should only be between heterosexuals. I couldn’t have made up such silliness if I tried.
Firstly, I think the LGB&T community (it’s most radical elements, perhaps I should say) have picked a foolish fight. Nowhere in Chick-Fil-A’s corporate policy nor general operations do they check the sexual preference status of potential customers or employees. If this were the case, than legal argument can be presented. But, the president of a company has every right to express his religious beliefs in a religious magazine. It seems that you are showing the same sort of intolerance you want to defeat. Hypocrisy only defeats your cause.
And to the conservative minded, I can’t help but to wonder where were your “Defend Freedom of Speech” voices when the Dixe Chicks were being boycotted and Rev. Jeremiah Wright was being cursed for his cursing. Somewhere between 60% to 65% of all heterosexual marriages end in divorce. Is this the result of LGB&T bullying, or that we are disobedient to the biblical principles that promote lasting unions between men and women? Somehow, I don’t think eating fast food in the name of freedom will make these statistics any better.
There is a good reason why we should consider taking up the Fast of the Dormition. That for the next 14 days we stop trying to have things our way and submit ourselves to God’s will. That we sacrifice our pleasures and seek his purpose in our lives instead. It will take more than two weeks of veganism to heal the social-political rift in our nation. But, the Dormition is a good time for us to take a breath and think about something more important. Putting aside sensual desire to bear something greater than one’s self. Yielding to the will and Spirit of God even when it moves beyond one’s expectations. Mary did these things.
It is truly right to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you.
Benediction of the Morning and Evening Prayer, The Orthodox Study Bible