We all know there should be a separation between church and state, but should there also be a separation between church and business?
Earlier this summer Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's comments on gay marriage caused his company some unwanted negative press and protests. Yes, his right to express his religious beliefs is protected by law, but at the same time, was it the wisest decision to express those beliefs when doing so would knowing alienate part of his consumer base?
And, considering this is an election year, one can't help but wonder whether there was some political motive in mind. After all, there has been a divide in this country since the 2000 election and it seems people are both sides are trying their best to make the divide even larger.
Mike Huckabee, former Republican presidential candidate declared Aug. 1 to be Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, adding fuel to the fire.
As the LA Times put it, "The story blew up from there and has dominated headlines in recent days, underscoring the country's cultural divide on the issue of gay rights as well as the rights of a businessman to express his personal point of view."
Issues like this are always touchy. Who's rights are more important? The rights of an individual or the rights of a minority group? Are they both equally important?
In the past, many minority groups were discriminated against. Is that what is happening now, or is this just another case blown out of proportion by the media?