Jay Richards and James Robison, co-authors of Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family and Freedom Before It's Too Late, analyze the Chick-fil-A controversy on the WSJ site:
campaign against Chick-fil-A may be a more ominous attack on religious
freedom than the Affordable Care Act's mandates. ObamaCare would force
millions of Americans to fund actions they find morally reprehensible
but leaves them free to denounce it. The chicken inquisition, by
contrast, directly targets religious speech itself. ...
Cathy and many other Americans see marriage as a sacred institution. As
a result, the campaign against Mr. Cathy is not just an attack on
speech but on religious speech.
Irresponsible parties have referred to Chick-fil-A's "discrimination" and "anti-gay policies." There are no such policies. Gay
customers and employees are not tossed out of Chick-fil-A restaurants.
Mr. Cathy has expressed no animosity toward gays. He has not even
referred to same-sex marriage.
simply articulated the historical Christian view of marriage, the same
one President Obama endorsed until just a couple of months ago. For
that thought crime, Mr. Cathy is now the target of a conspiracy of
Read the entire piece. For more about Indivisible, visit the book's website. Also see my June 12, 2012, CWR interview with Jay Richards; here is part of that interview:
Catholic World Report:
One often hears and reads the lament that our country is “too
polarized and divided” and needs to “get past partisan differences”? Is
that legitimate complaint? Or do the divides indicate real and
substantially different perspectives that cannot be reconciled?
should do our best to avoid vitriol and stick to rational arguments.
But partisanship is hardly unique to our day. If you doubt that, read
up on the election of 1800 between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson!
Too often, when people decry partisanship, they are either not thinking
very carefully or really mean that we should quit arguing and do what
The truth is, many of today’s political differences
reflect real, underlying disagreements not only about policies, but
about fundamental principles. We debate subjects such as the definition
of marriage, which would never have occurred to previous generations.
The worst way to deal with those differences is to pretend they don’t
exist. I’m old-fashioned enough to believe in reason and evidence, and I
think the best way to resolve our differences politically is to have a
fair and honest debate in full public view.
Catholic World Report: What can ordinary citizens do to both preserve authentic freedom and restore basic values and virtues?
anything, we should pray and pursue holiness. Our culture is far more
than our politics. If individuals and communities are transformed by
the Holy Spirit, that will have political effects.
At the same time, the current assault on religious freedom should compel us to political action. So we should:
Get informed. Learn the fundamental principles on which good policies are based. (See here for more details.) Spend time thinking about how to translate these principles into policy.
Stand together with fellow believers and lovers of liberty, and stand
firm. If millions of us stand together in unity and refuse to comply
with the mandate, it will fail. But let’s remember the key strategy of
the opposition: To divide us and get us arguing amongst ourselves. We
must not fall for this.
theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Not to stand is to stand. Not to
speak is to speak.” If we stand here and now, we can still turn the
Read the entire interview.