You know Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is taking this coming season off “to reconnect with… friends, family and faith.” Apparently, he’s also taking the time to work on refining his “polarizing Facebook post” skills. Thomas, of course, has some experience in this area, dating back to his explanation of why he didn’t visit the White House with the rest of the Bruins earlier this year, and now he’s done it again by… supporting a popular fast food chain.
That doesn’t sound controversial on its face, but that fast food chain is Chick-Fil-A, which has been embroiled in controversy of late, thanks to its anti-gay-marriage stance. (The company’s politics have been nothing new, but they’ve never been under scrutiny this harsh.) And while Boston’s mayor doesn’t welcome the restaurant’s stance, Boston’s goalie is a different story:
I stand with Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A is privately owned by the Cathy family. The company president, Dan Cathy, drew the wrath of gay rights advocates and supporters when he made recent statements that some have alleged are anti-gay.
Cathy told Baptist Press that the company was unapologetically in favor of traditional marriage.
“Guilty as charged,” he said. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
In a separate interview on the Ken Coleman Show — Cathy suggested that the nation could face God’s wrath over the redefinition of marriage.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
Well, it seems like when someone says we’re “inviting God’s judgment” by suggesting same-sex marriage might be an okay thing, that’s a little more than an alleged anti-gay statement. Thomas is right that Chick-Fil-A is a private company, of course, and supporting their right to say what they’ve said is consistent with what we know Thomas’ beliefs to be.
Then again, actively standing with them suggests a little more than supporting their right to say what they’re saying (we’ll leave it to you to decide whether supporting anti-gay statements is at odds with being an advocate for “the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People,” as Thomas professed to be in his White House statement).
Either way, we can’t say any of this is a shock. Thomas is clearly on the conservative side. Conservatives tend to be more likely to oppose gay marriage (check out the politicians who are most loudly supporting Chick-Fil-A). Thomas, again, can say whatever he wants, and maybe he doesn’t have to worry as much about this since he’s on an NHL sabbatical, but he does risk alienating more and more of his fans with every Facebook statement like this. He’s exercised his right. Now they’ll exercise theirs. All over a chicken purveyor. Gotta love the summer news cycle.