William Estep

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Only Eat Christian Chicken

Category: Equality
Tags: bigotryhypocrisy

The debates around Chick Fil A are pretty darn entertaining. But not new. The corporation has been hostile toward the LGBT community for years, funding attacks by groups like NOM.

So what is the big deal? Isn’t it about free speech and religious freedom?

I don’t think so. It’s certainly the corporations prerogative to do whatever they want with their money, but it should effect their image. Would people in this day and age eat at a restaurant that only served whites? Or join a club that didn’t allow women?

Yep. It’s true that I’m exaggerating. Chick Fil A doesn’t refuse to serve people because of their sexuality (except on Sunday), but the organization does fund hate groups. Oh, they may hide behind ‘beliefs’ and their supporters will think they are taking a stand, but that is the core of the problem.

Yes, feel free to believe whatever you want, but please do so without causing harm to others or restricting the freedoms of others.

Bottom line: America is NOT a theocracy. In fact, the founding fathers knew the importance of not creating a theocracy. And I’ve seen some comments where people think the vast majority of Americans believe as they do. Sorry to break it to you, but that’s not true. In fact, you are probably in the minority. Most individuals are in one way or another. That’s why we are called individuals and not clones.

The title of this post is from a Steve Taylor song, Guilt By Association. It’s a harsh point, but a valid one. I don’t feel qualified to argue pro or con regarding the validity of one religion over another or even the existence of supernatural beings. But as one of the unwashed masses, according to some, I do think it is important to add my voice in opposition of Chick Fil A’s CEO’s stance on marriage equality (and probably other things as well…but this is the only thing he’s being a douchebag about…today).

So what’s the solution? Let people enjoy freedom! That’s supposed to be our goal as American’s, right? I know some folks find it hard to separate their personal religious beliefs from the real world, but one easy way to do it is look at what is causing harm.

Do no harm!

If your personal belief is that only men and women should cross marry, then great…marry someone of a different sex than yours. But your personal belief may not be the belief of everyone. In fact, in this case, it’s not. So stop trying to impose personal beliefs on others. Doing so harms others.

It’s that simple.

Now, go enjoy your chicken.

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