In Glenn Garvin’s July 31 Other Views column, Chick-Fil-A protest could boomerang, about the company’s president Dan Cathy, who only supports “traditional marriage” but not same-sex marriages, he offers a false analogy: He compares the citizens of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who are trying to prevent local Muslims from building a mosque in that town, with a handful of politicians who don’t want Chick-Fil-A in their cities.
Garvin tries to make Cathy out to be an innocent, who is as victimized as Murfreesboro’s Muslims, by noting that though Cathy said, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” he never said a word about “gay marriage, gay rights or gay anything.”
Cathy didn’t have to. The meaning behind his words was clear. In a follow-up interview, Cathy said, “We shake our fist at [God] and say, “We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.” Again, he doesn’t say a word about same-sex marriages, but his unspoken disapproval is clear.
It’s been reported that in the last decade Chick-Fil-A’s WinShape Foundation has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations devoted to preventing same-sex marriages, gay rights, “gay anything.” It hasn’t been reported that Murfreesboro’s Muslims have donated money to any organization that would seek to deny any civil right to any citizen of that city or anywhere else in the United States.
There’s a difference in being intolerant, as some of Murfreesboro’s citizens apparently are toward Muslims, and being intolerant of intolerance, as expressed by some by city leaders toward Dan Cathy’s disapproval of same-sex marriages.
William Butte, Deerfield Beach