Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

What the Cluck?!?

My $0.02 on the whole Chick-Fil-A dust up. Back in the early 90's I marched in a pride parade with some friends. At that time the Christian Right was saying that gays should not have any "special" rights. This was countered with "civil/human rights are not special!" It has been a long slog, but the straight community has slowly been coming around to the idea that gays really do just want to live and work like everyone else.

Now we have a CEO of a very conservative Christian company state a simple fact that he does not agree with the concept of gay marriage, and the gay community jumps up and starts this whole brouhaha about how evil this statement was. Expressing ones opinion suddenly became a hateful thing. He did not say that he hates gays. He did not say he doesn't want gay people eating in his restaurants. He did not say that his company would not hire gays. He simply said he did not approve of gay marriage. Should that be so shocking coming from the mouth of devout Christian? All this has done is to make Joe Average stop to wonder if there really is some sort of "gay agenda." One thing we value in this country greatly is freedom of speech. To simply speak ones mind with a seemingly innocuous statement and to have it labeled as hate speech, followed up by protests, will make a lot of people take his side.

I will go on the record stating that I have never eaten at a Chick-Fil-A. I have heard it's mighty tasty, but it seems like every time I had thought about going there, it has been a Sunday. *shrugs* Oh well. It's not like there aren't any other fast food choices out there. Now that I know that the CEO is THAT conservative and THAT much a fundie, I will continue to avoid his establishments. It's as simple as that as it should have been all along.
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