My Facebook newsfeed moves quickly. It's why I often miss baby pictures, health updates from friends, vacation snaps. But lately, no matter how fast the stream is flowing, it is impossible to miss at least three references for or against Chick-fil-A.
It will surprise no one who reads DGMS that I happen to regard homophobia as cowardly, ignorant, and quite frankly, unconstitutional.
When it hides behind religion, I find it even more reprehensible.
You see, I can point to an actual document, written by actual people whose graves I can go visit, who can be historically proven to have existed, whose signatures are intact on said document to back up my firm committment to equal rights.
Religion? Not so much. Yes, yes, yes - hold up your Bibles and tell me your stories. But that's what they are. STORIES. Written, rewritten, translated, amended, altered, removed, added back in, and slanted by those who were in power at any given time. (Yes, I believe Jesus walked this earth, but your behavior is as far from Jesus-y as is possible. He was a hang-with-everyone-love-everyone-accept-everyone type guy. And he did not write your favorite cherry picked line about who one lays with.) It is not a cornerstone of democracy, not a founding document for a nation. It is a collection of stories used throughout history to instruct a flock, keep it in line, make it fearful, and incite it to violence when necessary. All in the name of "God."
I put "God" in quotation marks because He is not the only deity in recorded human history. He is but one on a roster with thousands of others. And if He is your chosen one, and the Bible your emotional #1 bestseller - GREAT.
Read it till its dogeared and you need to head to the nearest Mardel's to pick up a new one. Read your favorite passages so often the book falls open to them like most copies of 50 Shades do to the "good parts."
Just don't get it near MY constitution.
This brouhaha started when Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, opined about his views on traditional marriage and it was shown that millions of dollars have been poured into anti-gay equality efforts.
Fine. I completely defend his right to parrot what he has been taught to believe all these years. I defend his right to funnel money anywhere he chooses. I defend his right to franchise out a thousand more red and white chick-a-terias. (And I completely DO NOT support the politicians who would seek to keep new Chick-fil-As out of their towns. THAT is wrong. Let them build. People no more have to patronize them as they do a strip club, jerkoff joint along the highway, cigar store, or bar. Hate to break it to you, but the lion's share of we "libs" defend your rights in everything I just listed.)
But just as I 100% defend his rights, it is my right to 100% disagree with him, state MY opinion, and drive past his establishments.
And that's where this whole thing escalates.
Somehow, those - oh hell, let's use Sarah Palin since she has found her way back to the microphones and TV cameras with this issue - believe that MY boycotting Chick-fil-a "has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights."
She drawls on, "And having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified."
Holy hyperbole, Batshitcrazywoman.
Sarah, darling, you know zero about ALL religions. Hell, you know zero about much of anything that comes out your mouth. But let's talk first amendment, shall we?
You and your ilk love to spout your beliefs, so often steeped in hatred of the "other," shout your bigotry, ignorance, and derision for a huge piece of the population, then cry a river of victimhood when we dare to call you out.
THAT free speech door swings both ways, Sarah. Sorry it hits you in your big, fat mouth so often.
Yes, it guarantees the government cannot oppress that mouth of yours. Just as it cannot oppress this mouth of mine.
And the choice of people who believe in equal rights for ALL to stand together to boycott feeding more money into the chicken grinder of hatred is just as protected as is your right to storm the Chik'n fortress today and eat till you puke whole waffle fries.
(Just for fun though, Sarah, let's imagine Dan Cathy had publicly stated his SUPPORT of gay marriage and you found out he had shoveled millions into those support coffers. Would you be still be stuffing your maw with his chik'n or whining about the war on Christianity? Rhetorical question, dear, no answer required.)
Just as it is the right of One Million Moms (in name only - really roughly 40,000, but who's to quibble over a math error of 950,000ish, huh?) can refuse to patronize JC Penney for supporting same sex couples/marriage. Just curious, Sarah ... How is their boycott NOT chilling to the first amendment? Never mind, I know questions like that make your brain smoke. Anyway, do what supports your inner narrative.
And I will do what supports mine.
The difference is, I have a honest-to-man document to back up my stand on equality.
You have a storybook.
If your beliefs include denying other people their rights (and there are currently over 1,100 rights YOU get that those "others" do not), then you are wrong.
And Sarah, that makes YOU as unAmerican as it gets.
(Not that I eat meat anyway, but I will be standing with those who refuse to finance additional hate campaigns via chik'n tenders. Hmmm, maybe our slogan should be, Beef: It's What's For Sinners.)