Missing the Point on Chick-fil-a
The 1st Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance.
In lay terms, it states that you don’t have to agree with what is said, only that it’s allowed to be said without fear of repercussion from the government.
This should not be hard to understand, especially for the media who only exist because the above words exist. However, the Chick-fil-a boycott/support is still totally being misunderstood by the vast majority out there that I have seen, including a lot of my friends.
Let me help you to understand….
Chick-fil-a does not discriminate in employment or service. They do not ask sexual orientation during the application process nor do they fire someone for coming out. Also, they do not refuse service to gay customers. They DO NOT HATE GAYS. Get this out of your head right now, as citing these reasons for a boycott make you look incredibly foolish, ignorant and naive.
Next, it was Chick-fil-a’s owner, Dan Cathy, not the company, who has voiced support for the traditional definition of marriage… you know, what marriage ACTUALLY is? This is being anti-gay marriage, not being anti-gay. I can support gay rights (which I do) and oppose gay marriage (which I do) by supporting civil unions (which I do – for everyone). Leave religious institutions to the religious and let the government just offer secular civil unions. I have yet to hear a good rebuttal to this line of thinking.
By the way, discriminating against the religious community by claiming this is discrimination by Chick-fil-a of the LGBT community makes you a hypocrite.
The boycott of Chick-fil-a, when proposed or implemented by elected government officials, is by definition Fascism. It’s very much anti-first Amendment. This is the reason for the mass support you have seen for Chick-fil-a. People aren’t lined up around the block to eat Chick-fil-a because they are homophobes and bigots as I have seen many claim, but because of a belief in the 1st Amendment right to free speech.
I have seen more hate from those crying for “tolerance” than those accused of hate speech in the first place. Check out some of that sickening behavior HERE. Funny how calling someone a bigot by being a bigot works, huh? I guess “tolerance” comes in the form of bomb threats too.
The point of all this is, which most seem to be missing, is that you don’t have to agree with the stance of Chick-fil-a’s owner, but you better damn well support the 1st Amendment – as you are enjoying its benefits when you criticize, even if you don’t know what you’re talking about. Otherwise, you just look absolutely foolish.
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