Berry is trying to solicit funds from me again tonight. Too bad I am disgracing Martha Berry by not wearing pants and drinking wine…so you know I can’t answer the phone.
Tonight will be spent reflecting on the series of panic attacks I had six years ago, also known as my freshman year of college.
Yes, I am a Christian*.
I’m speaking out (not bashing) against Chick-fil-a and Dan Cathy’s statements because of the following:
- The tone of the statement made by Mr. Cathy did not seem to reflect one of Christian love, but rather judgement of others with different opinions. I am not surprised by what he said, but rather offended by how he chose to condemn others in expressing his own opinion as if his viewpoint is morally superior.
- The statements made by Mr. Cathy erase the fact that there is widespread debate across all denominations of Christianity about same-sex marriage and the inclusion of queer people. There is no universal nor unified opinion on this. It varies denomination to denomination, church to church, person to person.
- Dan Cathy, as a Board of Trustees member at Berry College, has and continues to have a significant impact on decisions made about the college. In my personal opinion, many of the decisions made by the Board do not reflect the best interests of Berry College students, but rather seek to present a very narrowly defined concept of what a Berry College student should be. I cannot willfully support the exclusion of queer students, especially in light of the hate crimes that have occurred on campus.
Chick-Fil-A came under criticism this month after a report by the organization Equality Matters revealed that the company donated around $2 million to antigay Christian organizations in 2010. “Guilty as charged,” the fast-food chain’s president Dan Cathy said over allegations that his company is antigay (“We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit.”).
So. Here we are. Tumblr, listen up.
We’re hoping to find a current or former employee of Chick-Fil-A who might want to spill the beans on life inside the alleged antigay company.
If that’s you, or you know someone who might want to talk to us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’d like to help spread the word of our search, a reblog or a tweet would be most appreciated.
This is like a gift from the sweet ghost of Martha Berry herself. Lord knows Berry College alumni and students have some stories to tell to a national audience.