America does a lot of ‘fist shaking’

Published 12:05am Sunday, August 5, 2012

What in the world has happened to our country’s collective psyche to cause such spectacular divisiveness at almost every corner?

America, once a haven for people who “think different,” as the famous Apple marketing slogan touted, is fast becoming a place where speaking your mind brings Old Testament-like wrath from the country’s political correctness crowd that insists everyone should think alike.

It doesn’t matter that the Constitution protects Americans’ rights to say what they want.

It doesn’t matter that it’s perfectly OK to disagree with someone and still be cordial and respectful.

None of that matters any more.

Our country has become a bunch of whiners. We complain about anything — big, little or indifferent — with which we don’t personally agree.

What’s worse, we have a pack mentality that causes large groups to turn on others. If your words offend the wrong group, you’ll have a group of protesters coming down on you hard.

Depending upon the issue, you may have the national media coming to cover the group throwing stones, too.

In the last few weeks, a few comments by the man who leads a fast-food chicken company sparked vicious outrage, just because people disagreed with him.

Chick-fil-A’s President Dan Cathy has conservative Christian beliefs and his sharing those beliefs caused a firestorm reaction.

One would think that instead of drawing more attention to what he said, his critics would have simply stopped eating there, thus protesting quietly with their wallets.

What Cathy said, however, doesn’t seem that bad to me, and it certainly doesn’t seem to cross the line of discriminating against anyone.

“We’re 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,” Cathy said.

“And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.”

Cathy’s personal opinions managed to rally thousands and thousands of Christian supporters who came out last week to show their support by organizing a national support day, encouraging people to eat at Chick-fil-A. Two days later, the backlash prompted gay Americans to have a same-sex “kiss-in” outside the restaurants.

Big city mayors lined up to suggest Chick-fil-A not be allowed to open restaurants in their cities over Cathy’s personal beliefs. Of course, such would be a discrimination and clearly against the law. What Cathy said violates no law.

Many Christians — Cathy included, apparently — believe homosexual acts are sinful, just like hundreds of other things we humans do.

Sin is sin, and we all sin — from Chick-fil-A supporters to its harshest critics.

Dissecting the first part of what Cathy said, we could just about substitute any human-based issue or behavior and the statement would still be correct, from a Christian perspective …

We’re 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 …

… Serving Him.

… Loving our fellow man.

… Caring for the earth He created.

… How we are to treat one another, even when we disagree.

 

Kevin Cooper is publisher of The Natchez Democrat. He can be reached at 601-445-3539 or kevin.cooper@natchezdemocrat.com.

 

  • Anonymous

    “thousands and thousands “  – make that an estimated 5 million decent Americans standing up for decent values and our most important Constitutional rights
    (3000 customers *  1600 outlets on Wednesday)

  • Anonymous

    Amen, Kevin. :)

  • Anonymous

    “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat
    every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief,
    race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” 

    From Chick-fil-A’s facebook page.  Now those are some “decent values.”

  • Anonymous

    I remember 50 years ago when the fundamentalist preachers used the Tower of Babel story to support the law that made it illegal for people of different races to marry.  The bible says that God separated the tribes and they went in different directions speaks in different tongues.  These preachers said that it was God’s plan to keep the races seperated.  Later that idea was redefined.  Did we shake our fist at God and change the meaning of this Bible story?  Or did we evolve in our understanding?

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I believe in what the Bible says about gays and that is they will burn in Hell with no questions asked!!!

  • Anonymous

    Re: the forms of protest you cite with widely differing opinions, our Congress sets a perfect example of how NOT to get along.

  • Anonymous

    Or maybe no one listened to those particular preachers? :)

  • Anonymous

    Of course they did, and there are many who continue to believe the Bible prohibits interracial unions.  Normal-looking, seemingly intelligent, gainfully employed people.  If you don’t know you know them, count yourself lucky.

  • Anonymous

    They should put down their rattlesnakes and spend more time in their bibles. :)

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, and here’s what The Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan says on their website; “Bringing a Message of Hope and Deliverance to White Christian America! A Message of Love NOT Hate!”.  Cathy wants to donate the profits of his business to support the denial of freedoms and rights.  He has the right to say it and I have the right not to support his business.  If someone finds themselves prone to believe a bronze age oral history that’s been retranslated and edited for effect numerous times, that’s their right. But when it is used to deny freedom, as it has with women’s rights, slavery and interracial relationships, it is no longer an issue of faith but one of morality and liberty.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Your so called NACP bunch isn’t any better than the KKK that teach hate and discontinite and oh is there going to be a NACP parade in Natchez and are you throwing beads are candy??!! Cathy don’t care if you and others with your thinking ever buy from his stores huh”!!! 

  • vilou09

    Maybe so, but there sure are a good many bible thumpers and good Christians in this world that have had at least one divorce. God said marriage was for one man and one woman, for LIFE. Explain that one.

  • Anonymous

    God also gave you reasons for divorce…and re-marriage. I know, I studied hard on that issue. Although divorcing almost 50 yrs ago I never remarried. Too scared to……Probably missed a lot of happiness…..Please study more for the Bible is a wonderful source of info on any problem you may have. Homosexuality is a blatantly disrepect for God’s law, an abomination of God and I don’t believe He has changed His mind about that. 

  • Anonymous

    Kevin…a great article and very well written. I’ve studied a great deal on the Fall of the Roman Empire and have come to the conclusion it fell when the Romans did exactly as the American empire is doing today. The Roman Empire existed for 200 years, the greatest length of time for any nation. We have passed that mark of time and headed in the same direction as that once great nation. The Romans shook their fist in God’s face and let sexual sin and homosexuality run amok. The old 60′s rhetoric  ‘if it feels good do it’  just ‘aint’ acceptable in God’s eyes. The atheist in America has had free rein to push God out of America, but I think the Christians have awaken and is now going to smarten up and fight for our God and His blessing once again. I pray Nov. voting will bring the Christians to the voting booth and will take America back and also bring God back. God is our only salvation. Obama and his sinful regime will surely suffer the wrath of God for what they have done to America. As the Japanese Admiral told his crew, after the slaughter at Pearl Harbor, THE SLEEPING GIANT HAS BEEN AWAKEN………

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    My religion believe this way and if its in the Bible so case closed!! The ones that divorce and remarry are by Gods law still married to their 1st marriage too by the Bible!! You can’t change the Bible as man has tried thru out time!!

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    Maybe so, but there sure are a good many bible thumpers and good Christians in this world that have had at least one divorce. God said marriage was for one man and one woman, for LIFE. Explain that one.

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah that’s a great idea.  Vote for a Mormon to establish Cristian values.  The Roman Empire lasted roughly 500 years and the Republic that preceded it existed another 500 years in the west.  In the east, it lasted until 1453.  More made up history.  I have to wonder why anyone would think that somehow, the United States should become a theocracy.  It’s worked so well in places like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Then I read posts like this and realize that thinking is not part of the equasion. The idea that we should have a Christian or Mormon or Muslim or Hindu or any other state religion is un-American and a violation of the Bill of Rights.    

  • Anonymous

    Well written, Rat.  Nothing like a racist, ingorant, moronic rant to perpetuate the negative stereotype of a Southern redneck.  The NAACP, not the NACP, founded by two white men and a white woman, never hid in hoods and snuck up on people in the middle of the night and kill them, in order to suppress their freedom.  Or bomb their pick-up trucks in front of their families.  Or kill little girls at church.  What do you think your God thinks about that? 

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t help that the leaders of one certain political party spew hateful rhetoric as their platform and then lie and cheat as they say they have god on their side.  It is crazy making!

  • Anonymous

     You know, it has become an internet truism that those posters with “rational” or “reason” in their screen names are the least likely to use either.  Just bringing up the KKK and comparing them to a chicken sandwich restaurant is more than enough to revoke and “rationality” cred you think you may have.

    This CFA thing serves as an example of masterful propaganda to a receptive audience, already bigoted in nature.  Outside of racial supremacy sites, the most intolerant and hateful screeds you will read on the internet are on homosexual blogs.  They hate Christians with a burning passion and any lie, distortion, spin, hoax, etc. that paints a Christian in a negative light is consumed and regurgitated as fact, en mass.  I would post some examples but they are so vile I will not.  The reason this all came out is because homosexual activists actually monitor religious websites, looking for any perceived sleight they can use to rationalize and propandize their hatred of Christians.

    I’m not religious at all and I recognize marriage as what it is, a family union of man and woman.  It does not exist in its form by accident.  It is one of the very foundations of Western Civilization.  You can try to villianize and demonize ordinary people for not wanting to scrap that but, needless to say, that is pretty irrational.  Just because you invent “rights” and freedoms” in your mind to do mean they exist in reality.  Your whole argument is based on that is non-existent and that is irrational to the core.  Marriage laws do not only apply to homosexuals.  If I wanted to marry a man for any reason, I cannot.  That is equality at the core.  what you demand, as do the histrionic homosexual activists, is special recognition and special laws for just them.

    Compromises have been offered.  Civil unions will do the trick but they are largely rejected by the homosexual community regardless of the fact that would put them on equal footing with marriages.  Those wouldn’t be a defeat to their arch-enemy, the Christians, though so its a non-starter.

  • Anonymous

    I never compared CFA to the KKK.  The point, which was apperantly lost on you, was that going to an entity’s own website will not tell you their true agenda.  As far the issue of marriage, if it is such a foundation of Western Civilization, then why is the divorce rate at it’s current level?  When the State determines that certain groups of people get special rights, i.e. heterosexuals, that are denied to others, then, in the United States, that’s unconstitutional.  I’m not trying to villanize or demonize ordinary people.  I am calling them out on their intolerance.  In my experience, most Christians are not of that ilk.  But the Westboro types are truly an abomination. There are millions of examples of gay and lesbian couples adopting children and the kids are alright.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Yea, that NACP isn’t good for nobody of any race and oh you must have been watching Ms. Burning huh”??!!

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    Well written, Rat. Nothing like a racist, ingorant, moronic rant to perpetuate the negative stereotype of a Southern redneck. The NAACP, not the NACP, founded by two white men and a white woman, never hid in hoods and snuck up on people in the middle of the night and kill them, in order to suppress their freedom. Or bomb their pick-up trucks in front of their families. Or kill little girls at church. What do you think your God thinks about that?

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  • Anonymous

    What is an NACP?  If it isn’t good for nobody, does that mean it’s good for somebody?  Mississippi Burning is based on a true story.  Three young men were murdered fighting for equal civil rights.  It happened.  You have question marks at the end of your rant.  Is there a question?

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Mister Rat we know it happened and nothing nice about it either and the NACP is your organization I guess??!!

  • Anonymous

    National Assn of Cap Poppers, formed to put a stop to the crime wave.

  • Anonymous

    Good point.  Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Well, Kevin, that editorial went well, didn’t it?