So from what I can tell, the big Chick-fil-A fight is over freedom of speech and freedom of thoughts. But the problem is I’m lost on this whole matter.
To recap: Chick-fil-A company’s president, Dan Cathy, claimed it was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family” and standing against same-sex marriage.
That was followed by a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others calling for boycotts. Some are planning a “Kiss Mor Chiks” event for Friday in which same-sex couples kiss outside Chick-fil-As across the country.
So let me get this right and I preface everything else in this post as my opinion only and that I support personal freedoms to the point where it doesn’t infringe on anyone else or harm anyone in any kind of way: Those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are protesting for their rights by protesting against the freedom of thought for the folks who run Chick-fil-A, a privately held and operated company.
OK, am I missing something here?
And to be clear, my own opinions concerning same-sex marriage, etc. are irrelevant but here they are anyway: I don’t care. I live my life my way and others are free to do the same. So, the Chick-fil-A folks are free to close their eateries on Sundays and they are free to oppose same-sex marriages and the like. And I think those protesting the Chick-fil-A policies are free to protest. Getting confused? Me too.
It just seems a little weird that the same people who say they have the right to choose their lifestyles are getting all up in arms because the Chick-fil-A people are doing the same. That’s why it’s so confusing.
And then of course like we Americans like to do, we join hands, arms, whatever for the latest cause. And then the politicians jump in, Hollywood jumps in and man the country is off and running on the latest hip thing to get worked up about.
According to published accounts, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister, declared the day “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” after the company’s president, Dan Cathy, claimed it was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family” and standing against same-sex marriage.
Chick-fil-A released a statement attributed to Steve Robinson, executive vice president marketing that said, “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chick-fil-A. We appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time. Our goal is simple: To provide great food, genuine hospitality and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”
On Wednesday, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation had a counter action called “Skip the Sandwich, Support Equality,” in which people were encouraged to donate the average cost of a Chick-fil-A combo meal at $6.50 to the organization. For 25 years, GLAAD has advocated on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Jim Savant of Chadds Ford supports the Chick-fil-A position so much, he patronized Chick-fil-A for lunch and dinner.
“They should have the right to do whatever they want as a business,” he said.
I’m sorry but I guess what I really think is that at times we should learn to mind our own business.
And for those who disagree with Chick-fil-A, here’s a thought: don’t go there and buy the food.
There are things like disgusting, disgraceful shows on television that I totally disagree with. Sixteen and pregnant, Jersey Shore. So what do I do? I turn them off. Just like the people don’t have to patronize Chick-fil-A.
Again, it’s a strange dynamic and sometimes it does get so confusing. I suppose I just think there are more important things to worry about other than some Chick-fil-A executive who personally opposes same-sex marriage and who closes the joint on Sundays.
I don’t care. And please don’t lecture me – either side. Those who support Chick-fil-A or those who represent gays, lesbians, etc. Just let everyone do their thing and everyone mind their own business. We’d probably have a lot fewer problems in society if we’d stop trying to shove our personal beliefs down each other’s throats.
Chick-fil-A? Oppose same-sex marriage if that’s important to you. Support same-sex marriage? Fine. And I know the states don’t all recognize same-sex marriages and other related issues. That’s why you organize and elect politicians who can change the laws you feel strongly about.
But please stop protesting chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. I just think it makes us look silly around the world when there are babies dying of hunger, men and women dying from disease, terrorists blowing up neighborhoods killing people and generally our planet is going to hell. When you look at all that stuff, what the folks who make chicken sandwiches and waffle fries shouldn’t matter – even a little bit.
– Andy Hachadorian