Over the weekend, Fox News radio host Todd Starnes made a mockery of himself when he delivered a bizarre sermon at the Abilene Baptist Church in Augusta encouraging Christians to fight back against the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Starnes began his nonsensical sermon by declaring Chick-fil-A “the official chicken of Jesus,” and stating it was good to be back in the South where you can find Waffle House and the chicken-sandwich chain everywhere (ok, that second part is legit). He goes on to proclaim that “The Supreme Court may have redefined marriage, but God hasn’t redefined anything.”
Chick-Fil-A has taken a lot of heat over the past few years when it comes to the topic of same-sex marriage. Back in June of 2012, the company’s CEO S. Truett Cathy spoke out about same-sex marriage publicly, prompting gay rights activists to protest the company’s narrow-mindedness. But just last year, Cathy spoke out saying he regretted the whole same-sex-marriage debacle. And last month, in an unexpected move, Iowa Chick-fil-A franchise owner Adam Donius decided to sponsor the Iowa City Gay Pride festival, donating 200 chicken sandwiches to the parade. Now, thanks to Starnes, Chick-fil-A will once again be associated with anti-gay marriage sentiments.
The Fox host, who refers to himself as a “gun-tottin, chicken-eatin’, Bible-tottin’ son of a Baptist,” eventually moves on to the topic of Miley Cyrus’ twerking, which he calls an “act of public debauchery.” He states,
[pullquote]”…Phil Robertson, one of my heroes of the faith from Duck Dynasty, did an interview with GQ magazine, and in that interview, Phil Robertson defended traditional marriage.” Starnes continues, “Miley Cyrus is celebrated for her act of debauchery [a.k.a. twerking], but Phil Robertson is castigated for for standing up for the Bible.”[/pullquote]
It doesn’t stop there. Starnes calls vegetarians “problematic,” and says “I believe that the reason that God blessed America is because we know how to smoke a pork butt.”
God help Chick-fil-A for having to be associated with this wacko.