To the editor:
An Aug. 15 letter to the editor titled, "Feels theme of previous letter was anti-gay" was referring to a letter to the editor my husband wrote describing our observations at a Chick-fil-A Day of Appreciation in State College. Chick-fil-A is a restaurant chain owned by the Dan Cathy family. Mr. Cathy, the CEO, earlier this year, spoke to a Christian group in support of traditional marriage. For his speech and stand for traditional family values, two Democrat mayors of major cities threatened to ban the Cathy family from operating Chick-fil-A restaurants in their cities. Many who support Mr. Cathy's stand for traditional marriage see the mayors' ban as a powerful threat to Americans' First Amendment freedoms.
The author of the above mentioned Aug. 15 letter apparently does not support Mr. Cathy or traditional marriage. Her letter chillingly implies that she feels her moral and ethical standards rise above First Amendment freedoms. My question is: Whose moral and ethical standards are being elevated - the standards espoused by the powerful gay-activist lobby? Whose First Amendment freedoms are being curtailed, advocates for traditional marriage?
The Aug. 15 letter vilifies and chastises those attending the Appreciation Day for spending "all day" at Chick-fil-A. Everyone I knew who attended the event had their meal and went back to their work or day's routine. To further demean the supporters of traditional marriage, the letter contains a substantial list of activities that could have been done instead of taking time to support those standing for traditional marriage. For the record, my husband does count it a privilege to serve others. For years, he volunteered a couple days per week at a ministry serving homeless people. Today, he continues to serve where needed.
From a related, but not widely reported Aug. 15 story, a guard at the Family Research Council was shot in the wrist. The gunman had 50 rounds of ammunition and Chick-fil-A bags in his backpack. After the gunman was restrained, he stated the reason he wanted to attack the people at the Family Research Council was for their support of traditional marriage.
Only God knows the heart and mind of the gunman who attempted to harm the people at Family Research for their stand on traditional marriage. Truth and time are friends of traditional marriage -from Genesis 2:20-25 to the present. In states that have had referendums on traditional marriage on the ballot, the majority of voters have consistently favored traditional marriage - even in liberal states like California.
My question is: Which group's actions and words are judgmental, negative, intolerant, desirous of causing others pain and devastation? Based on a lack of evidence, I feel those who support traditional marriage and exercise their First Amendment freedoms do not fit into the description posed by the question.