If you've not heard about it, basically there's a fast food chain called Chick-Fil-A, who will now be known as CFA because I really hate typing that. Anyway, they're very very Christian. Everyone has known this for some time now. They even stay closed on Sunday. Though personally I think they should hold sermons in the restaurant, rather than close. So, the head honcho of this place is having an interview, and he basically says that he, as a Christian in charge of a very Christian company, does not support gay marriage, and that he has also donated money to organisations that are opposed to it. Shortly after this the Jim Henson company (yay Muppets) flip the fuck out, and decide that they will never do business with them again, and donated the money they got from them to pro-gay organisations. Things have since really spiraled out of control since then. You had people having sit ins to show their support of CFA. Political candidates like Mitt Romney, or just that crazy bastard actually, tweeted about being in and enjoying CFA so much someone actually said to him "We get it, you hate gays. Shut up." and you also have gay people saying they're going to go to CFA and get their freak on in a "protest". There was even someone saying that CFA couldn't open a restaurant there. That is way too far. Way too far.
Look, people are disagreeing with what CFA said, and people are agreeing with it too. In this day and age there are still people who don't support gay marriage, and potentially never will. You can't force them to accept it either. You can't punish them for having an opinion. If they openly banned gay people from their restaurants, THEN you can kick off. If this turned in to black segregation, with gays, then yes, you can punish them. The man stated an opinion and the people who work for him do not deserve this. I'm all for gay rights, I'm all for freedom of speech, and I'm all for "I don't agree with what you said but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Freedom of speech is, honestly, a flawed concept. It is damn near impossible to have fully. People are always going to disagree, and say that someone shouldn't be allowed to say something. In a world where there is true freedom of speech I could walk up to a group of black people and say "What's up n*ggers? (I hate censorship but even I'm not going to get away with that), those trees aren't going to pick themselves. How about you get off your porch, and get up that tree?" If I tried to say that, I would probably get killed, and people wouldn't care. If you want to promote freedom of speech then you can't go saying someone isn't allowed to say something. You should be saying "Well they can say that, but we can still call them cunts for it." There are people who can not be forced to accept something. I've talked about that before. Trying to get someone to accept a minority, be it racial group or sexuality, is impossible. It just breeds hatred towards that group. Freedom of speech relies on a person's moralistic integrity and ability to not say something incredibly flawed or stupid. People are always going to be like that. There are people who don't watch what they say, and people who are too sensitive about what they say, and would rather not voice an opinion in case someone disagrees.
If you can't change their mind, then ignore them. Talk to the people you can change the minds of. Educate the young and make sure the next generation is better. Get them to make their next generation better, and soon, you have what you wanted. I do think that one day we will have equality for every race, gender, and "minority", but I don't think it's possible in this life time. If that is the case, then invest in the future. Teach your kids that there's nothing wrong with being gay. Encourage people to come out. Accept that it's possible for two people of the same gender to love eachother. Don't punish people for having an opinion you don't like. Engage them in conversation, debate, and try and change their mind. If you really can't, then don't give them a position of prominence. Don't give them attention, and they'll go away, and their misguided views and opinions will die with them.
The guy who runs CFA might be a bit of a dick, but so are the people who are going so far to punish him for something he said. When he starts kicking people out of his restaurants, when he interrupts a gay wedding, when he patently encourages his customers to stand against gay marriage and he's influencing children to hate gays (okay if he's done that or not is debatable) THEN you can attack him. Attack his arguments, not the man himself. When you attack the person you're debating, that's an ad hominem, and you've already lost the debate.
|You could at least attack them for their poor grammar. Or terrible food. I hear it's bad anyway|