First a couple of things…
I had my first Chick-fil-a sandwich about 3 weeks ago (before the kerfuffle). My daughter got a free sandwich coupon, which she’d never use, being a vegetarian. I took, enjoyed the sandwich enough (it was alright), and went on my way. So I’m no super fan of the restaurant.
I also really don’t have strong opinions about Gay Marriage one way or the other, but I have always subscribed to a more libertarian view that says the government really should get out of the Marriage business altogether. Marriage should be between you and your church. However, the government *does* regulate contracts, and therefore should grant whatever name you want to call it –civil unions seems appropriate– to couples who want to share their life together, and enjoy the benefits that gives “married” couples today. In a strict sense, I suppose I support “gay marriage” *ONLY* because I think it’s unconstitutional to discriminate against people who want to enter into a government sponsored contract based on their gender. I am more of a fan of traditional marriage, probably because I’m a traditional guy, and don’t really dig other guys — if you do, and want to be with another dude, that’s your right — but I’m not anti-anything.
So recently a number of people have come out and said they’ll never got to Chick-Fil-A because of something the President/Owner said. Of course that’s their right, it is a free market so more power to you for putting you money where you want. But I do feel I need to point out a few things.
1) An individual said this. While he is a big-wig, and may even profess to speak for the “company”, he really doesn’t. He does not speak for the individuals that work there. Hating on an entire group of people for one man’s opinion is just as bigoted as they think the individual is.
2) The man stated an opinion. In no way did he say he would discriminate, and there is no record of discrimination from him or his company. Get that: it was just an opinion.
3) While I may or may not support what the man said, I wholeheartedly support his right to say it. Rah Rah free speech!!
4) Government officials who are denying permits for Chick-Fil-A stores are discriminating illegally I believe. This is truly a horrible day in America. Let America decide with their money… I don’t want my politicians deciding for me what is correct thought or correct speech.
Based on that, I support Chick-Fil-A as a company. I support individuals and groups rights to say what they want, and support the people’s ability to decide for themselves where they want to put their food money. I’m ashamed of the people in this country who which to punish those who don’t “think right” (like they do), and don’t tow the Politically Correct Line. It’s OK to have an opinion, and to express it, even if I, or you, think it’s a bad one. No one should be afraid to speak their mind…
Now, whether I decide to go get another sandwich from Chick-Fil-A will likely depend on whether I get a craving for one, or it’s a convenient meal some time in the future… but if people keep acting like bigots, against a “bigot” for speaking his mind, I might just be apt to artificially get a craving.