I know this whole Chick-fil-A thing has been done to death on the news, on Facebook, on blogs – everywhere. I even overheard a conversation about it at the nail salon today. So, although I doubt I have anything to say about it that hasn’t already been said, I wouldn’t be a responsible blogger – now would I? – if I didn’t touch on this topic.
I’m sick to death of hearing that those of us who are choosing to boycott Chick-fil-A are “intolerant.” Intolerance, as the term is used with regard to prejudice and discrimination, involves marginalizing and demeaning individuals or entire classes of people based on things like ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religious affiliation. Intolerance in the true sense is an attempt to rob someone of their basic human rights (including their right to be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion). Boycotting a company is NOT a form of intolerance. It is, rather, a form of peaceful protest – a way to say, “I do not support your position and will not contribute my hard-earned money to a company that stands for something I find abhorrent.”
Now, there are those who say, “But it’s just a difference of opinion! So, you’re going to shun Chick-fil-A because the CEO has a different opinion from yours?” No, actually. I can accept and even respect people having opinions and entire belief systems that differ from my own. What I can’t get down with is when those opinions and beliefs are imposed on others, when they are used in an attempt to rob other people of basic human rights. What I can’t get down with is the fact that Chick-fil-A feels so strongly about “the biblical definition of marriage” that it contributes portions of its profits to organizations that seek to marginalize, demean, and otherwise fuck gays over. I won’t contribute to that, I won’t. And if that makes me intolerant, it only makes me intolerant of intolerance.
Dan Cathy can hold whatever convictions he wants, and he can even shake his fist and say that supporting same-sex marriage is “inviting God’s judgment.” That’s his right as an American citizen. But he – and all the other fist-shaking Christians – needs to accept that not everyone shares his convictions, and that other people are, in fact, just as steadfast in their beliefs as he is in his.
America is not a Christian nation. It’s a melting pot of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and yes, even Atheists. To try to force everyone to live by Christian standards (and even those vary from Christian to Christian) is positively unAmerican.
So take your chicken, Chick-fil-A, and cluck off.