Let Your Fried Chicken Flag Fly
The battle over the legality of gay marriage has been raging for quite some time now, but the whole damn thing was engulfed in flames this past week when Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy made a simple statement about the beliefs of his company, in that they support the “traditional” family unit. To put that clearly, he and his company believe that marriage is to be formed between one man and one woman. As a result of Cathy’s statement, gays and straights alike flew into a self-important rage, flooding the media with vitriol aimed at the fried-chicken restaurant chain and its president. Complaining of the “hateful” or homophobic statements that he made, they threatened boycotts and same-sex kiss days out in front of their local establishments. Chick-Fil-A is a Christian company, built on those values. Their restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays so that their workers can attend church, which is fine. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not subscribe to any particular faith, and pretty much despise the concept of organized religion. Bible-thumping assholes might as well be terrorists as far as I’m concerned. However, unless Chick-Fil-A starts installing crucifixes in the booths in their restaurants or starts dropping pocket bibles into your bag with every meal, I could care less what they believe. Even then, they have every right to run their business as they see fit. They make good fucking chicken.
What Dan Cathy said, he had every right to say. He did not say anything even remotely “hateful”, contrary to popular opinion. Aside from that, did he not say that his beliefs were shared by every single person that works in his restaurants. Furthermore, he did not condemn gays or state that they would be banned from his eateries or be discriminated against IN ANY WAY by his company. All he said was that his company backs the traditional definition of marriage. That’s it.
People need to start realizing that we are NEVER going to live in a tolerant world. It took centuries for women and blacks to be put on an equal footing with white men, at least as far as the law is concerned, and even now, racism and sexism are still alive and well in this country. Frankly, I could care less whether or not gay people will ever be able to legally marry on a national level. I’m not against it by any means. It’s always been joked that gay people should have just as much right to be miserable together as the rest of us in marriage, and maybe there’s some truth in that joke. The concept and “sanctity” of marriage has become a joke in America, leading me to think that there’s no good reason gays should not be able to marry. Still, I will not actively support OR protest it. At this stage in the game, people need to stop being so appalled that not everyone believes in gay “rights”. A right is not a right in this sense until it’s protected by law. That’s the cold hard truth. While we’re talking about rights, Dan Cathy’s right to free speech, is and should be far more sacred to individuals and the country at large than anyone’s right to get married, gay or straight. If you think gays have a right to get married, then you need to go back to history class and remember that Dan Cathy, or any other person, has much more of a right to say what he believes, and to do so in a public forum. I’ve grown tired of scrolling down my Facebook feed everyday, having it inundated with faux-logical “if this, then why not that?” memes supporting gay marriage, multi-colored flags, and people updating their statuses with their idiotic plans to boycott Chick-Fil-a or shouts of “way to go, North Carolina!”, as if even in 2012, they expect a state in the South to ratify gay marriage. Seriously, pull your heads out of your asses. While freedom of speech protects these sentiments as well as they do Cathy’s, they are nothing short of hypocritical.
I have not eaten at a Chick-Fil-A in quite some time, simply because I’m lazy and none of their restaurants are in close proximity to where I live or work. I am, however, seriously considering driving to one tomorrow for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, just for the purpose of chicken and spite. Ultimately, today’s gays need to get the fuck over themselves, and insincere straight people need to hop off their “I have a gay friend” high horses.
Chick-Fil-A will endure, and rightfully so. The company had 4.1 billion dollars in sales last year. I’m more than certain that they don’t give a flying fuck about your boycotts. If you think that someone’s belief in the traditional sense of marriage makes them a homophobe, you are an idiot. Plain and simple.