Recently Chick-Fil-A’s owner came out publicly against gay marriage. As a result the mayors of some cities and countless people urged a boycott of the restaurant. Then people started coming out to support Chick-Fil-A and organized a day for opponents of gay marriage to go to Chick-Fil-A in support of their views.
At first I really didn’t see much concern. We have the right to free speech and to patronize what businesses we do or do not want to.
Then a couple days later we started seeing the comments about Chick-Fil-A being so busy, and then photos of the cars piled up at the restaurant – it was “support the business that doesn’t support gay marriage day”. Seeing this, my wife said something on the lines of “but it is sowing the seeds of hatred.” That is when I realized that there is a difference between boycotting Chick-Fil-A and going to get
a chicken sandwich in support of a common belief.
Those that are boycotting the business are doing it quietly by not patronizing the store. They are doing it to support inclusion of people in our society, whether they believe in gay marriage or not.
Those that are flocking to the business are publicly making the statement that they are against gay marriage, and then blatantly advertising it for everyone to see. That is, they want perfectly nice people in our society to be excluded and are making a big point about it.
Why is that a big deal?
Well, exclusion is a path to hatred, in my opinion (and think most people). First you exclude the people, then from there it all goes down hill. We’ve seen this throughout history in many countries. Do we really want to tell our kids that we are proud that we want to treat these people differently? How do you really explain to a child that excluding these people doesn’t mean you don’t hate them or that they are different and should be treated differently. That is exactly what you’re doing! You might say it is just to support the owner for his statement, but that isn’t what it is really about, is it?
You might say you love these people, but don’t agree with what they do – to that I call bull<beep>. Is it because the bible says it is wrong, well, the bible says a lot of things that make you a sinner too, and are you trying to avoid doing them? That is all hypocrisy.
It is one thing to still eat there, but to eat there in support of exclusion, and be proud of it – seriously? Let’s work on making the world a better place for everyone. Gay people are just as good and bad as non-gay people, and can raise a family just as well or poorly as non-gay people. Heck, I’ll bet they’d get divorced just as much too.
For those of you don’t understand why your relationship, that doesn’t harm anyone, should not be allowed. Here are some words for you:
Luke 6:22. Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
For those of you against gay marriage, Henry Rollins apparently said this. I’m not saying you are a homophobe, but it is something to think about:
"Don't hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet 'H' on your shirt, and say, 'I am a homophobe!'"