On Chicken Sandwiches and the Freedoms of American Citizens

So for what it’s worth here, I’m going to take a stance on a volatile issue – full well knowing a great many of my Facebook friends disagree with me. First, and most importantly, who am I to tell a gay or lesbian couple that they can’t marry? I have friends and family who are gay and lesbian – but in my mind they aren’t in those categories – they’re my friends and my family. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – governments should not make laws that limit the freedoms of it’s citizens – especially when those laws target a specific subset of the citizenry. It’s wrong, plain and simple. If you disagree with that on religious grounds – you’ve got that right. And frankly, your church has the right not to recognize or perform that ceremony. That’s their right as well. The heart of the issue here is that like we have done to so many other subsets of our citizenry in the past – we are discriminating against this one population. That must end and thinking must change.

Now, on to this business about chicken sandwiches and Chick Fil A. I think the real problem here is that corporations have no place in the public arena. If you disagree with me, fine. I don’t really care. I say that the weight of your political voice should not be directly proportional to the size of your fortune. But that’s another issue.

What bothers me so much is the outpouring of “support” for Chick Fil A. I’m sorry, but when one group of Americans show up in droves to tell another group “We don’t like you, we don’t value you, we’d rather you just go away and not come back,” that’s hateful. What bothers me is that those people standing in line for hours to buy a chicken sandwich see themselves as some sort of righteous crusaders. Standing in line for hours to buy fast food, of which probably $0.00001 will go to groups that actively seek to do away with the precious few rights and protections in our laws that have been afforded to gay and lesbian Americans.

As for me? I’ve decided fast food is bad for me, so I’m boycotting all fast food restaurants and avoiding national chains when possible (except for the Waffle House, because the Waffle House is awesome). And while I’m not specifically “boycotting” Chick Fil A per se, as long as the public perceives a visit to Chick Fil A as a stand against the rights of gay and lesbian Americans, then I cannot in good conscience visit that establishment. It’s unfortunate, because they are one of the few businesses that seems to put forth a good product but has also spent the time to train their employees to treat the customer with respect and make them feel valued.

Kind of ironic, isn’t it?

One Response to “On Chicken Sandwiches and the Freedoms of American Citizens”

  1. Christine says:

    It should not have been a shock to ANYONE that Chick fil A did not support gay marriage. They close on Sunday, the post the ten commandments in the store and they sponsor camps and retreats for couples. I do not see the support of Chick Fil A to be a support of their beliefs but a support of their right to have those beliefs.
    I am fully in agreement that people should marry whom they choose. However, I also support our constitutional right to free speech. To have the media manipulate this into a public issue really ticked me off. No one felt guilty buying chicken before – why should they now? Because some pundit painted them as evil? Screw that. If they treat me with respect and I want chicken … I’ll eat chicken. I won’t elect NOT to patronize a place because of how other people see it. That is like telling my kid that she is only pretty if other people think so. Buying chicken makes me no more anti-gay than buying from Abercrombie makes me a lesbian. I will not define my life through the eyes of others. I’ll leave that to the sheep.
    To everyone … I say .. grow up, be educated, make your own decisions and be willing to stand by them. Life is not black and white. Whether it is grey or rainbow, it is complicated and not everyone is going to like you or agree with you. Deal with it and if you like Cool Wraps? Bon Apetit!

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