So there’s this boycott and “appreciation day” juxtaposition going on that I think is worth addressing.
The boycott is a result of Chief Officer of Chick-Fil-A voicing his opposition to gay marriage. It wasn’t so much the reason why the boycott was put into place, and more the catalyst. The final straw. Keep in mind that Chick-Fil-A donates money, either directly or through a holding foundation, to anti-gay organizations. This is bigoted and rude and overall just not a very nice thing to do. So people are going out and boycotting and protesting the company, because nobody likes to receive hate.
The appreciation day is a result of the boycott, and is a direct counter to it. Instead of boycotting Chick-Fil-A, conservatives and the more abrasive christians are going out to Chick-Fil-A, buying bulging bags of chicken-related foods, and taking pictures to show their support. They are also criticizing protestors for “taking away first amendment rights” in regards to Chick-Fil-A, and that Chick-Fil-A is simply espousing a time-honored tradition of marriage.
I’m gonna break down all the reasons why the opposition to the protestors is dumb:
- First Amendment rights specifically protect you from being shut down by the government for stating unpopular opinions. It does not apply to private protestors and boycotts. Protests are one of the freest forms of free speech, and even conforms to the “free market” principles that republicans like to wave around. So stop saying it’s a violation of your rights, you just look stupid and uneducated.
- Marriage has never been “traditionally” between a man and a woman. This is a misunderstanding of history. Cultures dating all the way back to our distant origins have had companionship arrangements between both hetero and homo couples. While companionship has always included straight couples (I can’t debate this point), gay couples have fluctuated in status. For example, homosexuality was accepted in Ancient China, Greece, and Rome.
- Purchasing a huge bag of food to “show those gays” is the most childish response I can imagine to what is a fairly rational protest. It’s like a rich person driving through the slum part of town in a stretch limo. You are flaunting your privileged status to people regularly oppressed and beaten down by both you and the system. It’s rude and hateful, and if you can’t understand that, then I think you might genuinely be a sociopath.
This is not a Christian debate, it is a human one. Why should we deny rights to people who have not done anything wrong? What is the problem with consensual relations between two adults?