A little late on this one, but certainly of interest: Cardinal Roger Mahony remarks on the Chicken Inquisition (ht: California Catholic Daily):
latest visible and glaring example of people in government punishing
people for holding differing beliefs from government leaders focuses on
a chicken sandwich.
Chick-fil-A is a national restaurant chain which specializes in
chicken sandwiches, other chicken foods, as well as various sides,
drinks, and desserts.
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy has consistently backed "the biblical
definition of a family," and his foundation has contributed to groups
working to maintain the traditional definition of a marriage--one man
and one woman. He later added, "I think we are inviting God's judgment
on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better
than you as to what constitutes a marriage'."
Sounds to me like speech from a son of God and speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution. ...
there is more to the issue than political beliefs. These are deeply
held faith beliefs, and those beliefs have various values underpinning
Regarding marriage, the question is rather simple: Is marriage of
God's origin? Or, is marriage of government origin? We Catholics and
many others of similar belief shout loudly that marriage is of God's
origin, and we will never stop our efforts to maintain that
understanding and practice of marriage in our broader society.
All Catholics, but especially Catholic business leaders, should be in
the forefront of efforts to protect all religious liberties and freedoms
across our nation. Because as we have just seen, lots of folks out
there are eager to punish us for clinging to and expressing our faith
beliefs, values, and practices. If government can "punish" a store
owner for his faith beliefs and threaten to close his store because of
those beliefs, then we are all in big trouble.
We as Catholics need to stand tall, know our faith beliefs, and proclaim those to the whole world in the name of Jesus Christ!
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