To the Editor,?

God is very clear in His word that He designed marriage to be between a man and a woman. You can agree with that or disagree with that, but it does not change what the Bible says.

From a political perspective, America is still mostly a free country, and those who do not agree with the biblical definition of marriage certainly have the Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom to express their views (and have done so quite loudly). That same freedom is still (mostly) guaranteed to Christians as well, and many who cherish Christian moral principles have certainly been very vocal in their support of the biblical definition of marriage, including Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A.

Those who are offended by Chick-fil-A’s stance have the right to purchase their fast food elsewhere and boycott the purchase of Chick-fil-A products, and there is quite an uproar of voices calling for just such action. That is perfectly legal. It is within any person’s right to make their own consumer decisions (well, except when it comes to health insurance, but that’s “a whole nother” story).

What I find interesting and somewhat puzzling is this. When a Christian voices his support for the biblical concept of marriage, he is branded as being “intolerant.” However, when those who disagree with him spew forth hateful rhetoric and call him an ignorant and intellectually vacuous hate-monger, and proceed to ridicule and mock his moral principles, somehow this incredible display of vitriol is not considered to be the least bit intolerant. Wow.

I personally applaud Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A for having the courage to stand their ground on moral principles. If you disagree with me, that’s fine. But I can assure you that I am neither ignorant nor intellectually vacuous. In fact, much thought and study and soul-searching have gone into the development of my personal moral principles. Nor does my belief that God’s will is for marriage to be between a man and a woman in a committed, monogamous relationship, reveal a heart full of hatred or disdain for people who are homosexual. Believe it or not, life is not quite as simple as, “If you don’t agree with me then that means you hate me.” At least not in my world.

I will continue to enjoy Chick-fil-A products from time to time, maybe even a little more frequently in the coming days to show my support for their moral backbone. If you choose not to, I will respect your right to make that choice. And I probably won’t even call you mean, ugly names. And I will continue to believe and to teach that God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman. And I will do so without the least bit of hatred in my heart, I promise.

Paul O’Rear,

Waxahachie