For the past seven days, I have been in the middle of an emotional whirlwind trying to deal with the reality we live in. There were two events this past week that made me angry, confused, upset, proud and disappointed all at the same time. At one point, I was so bad, that a good friend of mine suggested that I ask my doctor to give me a pill so I can calm down. I assure you I am not on any medication, but I do need your help coming to terms with the following.
Apparently, I missed something when it comes to the LGBT community and their fight with Chick-fil-A. I know with the President’s endorsement of same sex marriages, the LGBT community is on high alert to ensure that their agenda is heard. S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A was quoted as saying, “I see no conflict between biblical principles and good business practice. Corporate America needs faith in something more than the bottom line.” This is the same man that closes his restaurants on Sunday because he believes that we ought to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20.8)” Do you realize how much profit is being forfeited because he is committed to his belief? I can remember many days after service I wanted a chicken sandwich with Polynesian sauce, don’t act like it’s just me.
Please explain why we are upset that his faith, as do mine, teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman only. After much research, I could not find anything discriminatory in his statements or actions. Mr. Cathy simply stated his belief that he does not agree with gay marriages. I am not surprised that gay activists would respond, but I don’t understand why local mayors and government agencies would attack a corporation because of the owner’s faith. To the church community I ask, are we next?
The second event that really contributed to my emotional demise was the gold medal of Gabriel “Gabby” Douglas. Not since the rise of Dominique Dawes have I been so engaged in women gymnastics, and then to have this sixteen year old win the team and individual gold medals, my heart exploded with pride and joy. It wasn’t until I read the story about the sacrifices this family made that Gabby might reach this status as best in the world, that I truly appreciated her accomplishment. I was proud to be an American and even prouder to be an African American. You go girl!
Before the ink was dry on Friday morning’s USA Today, black people began to publicly criticize Miss Douglas about her hair. REALLY! Have we lost our last mind? Is this what we’ve come to? I get mad just thinking about it. On behalf of Miss Gabriel Douglas and all the overachievers everywhere, maybe if you spent less time on your hair and more time developing your craft, somebody other than Keisha would know your name. Now talk about that the next time you are in the beauty salon under the dryer!
– C. MeGill Brown
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