Recently all the hoopla about Chick-fil-A has been making me confused and angry. I do not know if it was a brilliant way to get fat, lemming like Americans to eat more Fried Chicken, or if the ownership of that company really does not like 1/10th of the human population and feels that their money isn't good enough for them. Whatever it is, I will NOT be eating there (although admittedly I don't know if I ever have eaten there). To PROFIT off of alienating a group of people who just want to live their lives is shameful. I thought being a Christian meant that you have love and forgiveness for ALL people? I thought that being an American means protecting the rights of all? I don't even care that they label themselves as a Christian establishment and are closed on Sundays. What bothers me is that they label themselves a Christian establishment and PROMOTE the hatred of human beings who are different.
|When did Americans get so sanctimonious?|
The Statue of Liberty tells us: "Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breath free/ The wretched refuse of your teeming shore/ Send these, The homeless, tempest-tossed to me/ I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" I do not see anything in that statement about not letting in someone based on their sexual orientation.
I get that people join certain organizations (and I am pretty upset with the Boy Scouts right now, but that is a rant for another day) because those organizations are in line with their personal belief systems. However, an establishment that is for profit really should be open to ALL people, and their policy shouldn't be to not hire/serve/cater to humans who are different. Would it be okay to start a restaurant that says no one with Autism can eat there because they may disturb the other patrons? It would be wrong because people with Autism are born that way....Just like people who are LGBT. Would anyone choose to be something that they know will result in them being the target of hatred, fear and persecution? Not if they have one ounce of intelligence in their brains. A better idea would be for Chick-fil-A to limit their service to obese people, however I guess the part about gluttony being a sin doesn't matter as much to them as other passages in the Bible.
I have friends who I adore, love and cherish who believe differently than me and have different lifestyles than mine, and that is Okay! I would never base my friendship on if someone believes like me or agrees with me. I welcome their differences and always learn something or think about an issue I have not had to face before. I have friends that are gay, friends that are tea-baggers, Muslim friends, funny friends, serious friends, friends that are liberals, and friends that are just as confused as I am. It makes my life more enriched and allows me to better formulate my own personal opinion based on FACTS and not what I see on the news or am "instructed" to believe by politicians and other organizations.
Life is only black and white until you are forced into the gray. Usually you are forced into the gray because someone you love and adore goes through something that makes you open your eyes and have empathy. I hope for my children that they are not gay, because every parent does not want their child to be persecuted. However, if one or more of them are, I will still love, support, and make my own damn fried chicken for them!
Rant over...sorry if anyone was offended by my opinion. That's okay if you are different, I will love and respect you anyway!