I wasn’t planning to blog about the whole Chick Fil A thing. But let’s face it, the olympics only hold so much entertainment, right?
Here are my thoughts, in no particular order.
I’m tired of the anger and hate.
Do people have a right to be upset? Heck yes they do. Are there some people going overboard attacking the other side? Yup, of course there are. Are some people making broad generalizations that attack gays or christians or cows or vegetarians? Unfortunately, yes.
My thing is, own your feelings, own your anger, and channel it into something productive that helps your cause.
It’s not just a first amendment issue.
Hate speech is not the same as free speech. The thing is, Cathy didn’t use hate speech. He shared his beliefs, which IS protected by the first amendment. The thing that sucks majorly is that he’s funding hate organizations on behalf of his company. Hate is not cool, people. There’s a reason our laws protect people from hate crime and prohibit hate speech.
It’s bullshit that this will have economic impact for those without a voice.
According to the Yale School Of Management, only about 10-15% of Chick-fil-A locations are licensed. The rest are privately owned franchises. I find it hard to believe that these small business owners signed up for having one mouthpiece speak for all of them on such a hot issue. Whether Cathy really does speak for all of them or not, the fact remains that he’s the figurehead of the company and that the general public will assume he represents all Chick-fil-A locations.
I’m glad he said it.
You know why? Because it got people thinking. It got people challenging their beliefs and deciding whether they want to accept the traditional way of thinking. People I’ve never heard utter a word of support for different causes are banding together to fight what they deem as injustice. I don’t like the context, but I do think it’s great that people are talking about it, becoming educated, and hopefully making a difference.