Stating the Obvious about Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A president guy, Dan Cathy, recently commented that, yes, in fact, he is opposed to gay marriage and thinks that we’re just begging his imaginary friend to smite us.  Moreover, it is this line of thinking that has led him and the leadership of the privately held CFA Properties to direct the corporation’s charitable giving toward groups which defend so-called traditional (est. 1563?) marriage.

Now, we all knew that Chick-fil-A was a very Christian organization, so it’s not really a shock to find out that their leadership feels this way.  (It also doesn’t surprised me to hear about allegations of discrimination based on sex.)

The reason why this story has gotten so much press isn’t because we didn’t already know about their charitable giving, but because when confronted about their contributions and donations, the company tried to waffle around the fact that they were anti-gay marriage. So, we didn’t really have an out-right confession, Brenda Lee Johnson-style, like we did until Mr. Cathy opened his mouth.

So, this isn’t surprise. It’s just continued outrage.

And some people have been saying that everyone who disagrees with Mr. Cathy is violating his right to free speech.

Technically, as our Founding Fathers intended, we are all given the undeniable right to voice our thoughts and opinions freely without fear of scorn and/or ridicule derived from non-agreement.

That is just not true. Not technically. Not literally. Not historically. Not logically. Not figuratively. That claim is so far from being being true that I can’t reasonably imagine how Mr. John Rocker, Bigoted Athlete and all-around asshole, thinks free speech should work in reality. For example, Mr. Rocker’s column there contains scorn and ridicule for people who scorn and ridicule Dan Cathy, so does that mean he thinks he violated our rights to free speech? How DOES that man sleep at night?

No, freedom of speech means you can have your opinions and speak your mind.  It also means that other people can have their opinions of your opinions and speak their minds as well. And, if you care, you can have an opinion of their opinion of your opinion and give birth to the blogosphere.

Welcome.

So, let me be clear: Dan Cathy, John Rocker, et al. are fucking morons, idiots, and assholes. I disagree with them on the issue of gay marriage and all sorts of things not the least of which is their value to society. I would appreciate it if I never heard of or from them again.  But I know that’s just wishful thinking because my Facebook newsfeed just keeps going crazy over this stupidity.

As a rarely broken rule, I don’t eat at Chick-fil-A because 1) they hate gay people (see above) and 2) they only have one thing I like: chicken nuggets.  So, it’s very easy for me to avoid eating there.

I AM NOT VIOLATING ANYONE’S RIGHTS BY REFUSING TO BUY THEIR GOODS — NO MATTER WHAT REASONS I HAVE FOR THAT.

Claiming that it is a violation of someone’s free speech if a bunch of people refuse to shop somewhere is asinine on its very face.  Just think of all the stores you’ve NEVER been to. How does it feel to be engaged in all that tyranny? BAD. I BET IT FEELS REAL BAD. jk.

This is my view on the matter: Mr. Cathy is well within his rights to be an asshole. I am well within my rights to point this out. He is within his rights to sell chicken that I don’t like very much to his fellow assholes. And I am within my rights to eat elsewhere. The dance goes on.

You know what ain’t right, though? All these mayors, governors, politicians, etc. who want to use the power of their respective offices to prevent Mr. Cathy from opening an Asshole Depot in their respective demesnes. Now, they’re free, also, to have their opinions of Mr. Cathy and his opinions, but it IS a violation of Mr. Cathy’s rights for them to try to use the power of the government to punish him for having those opinions.

It’s been said by others many times and I will paraphrase Mr. Voltaire again: I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

So, these government thugs need to back the eff off.

Mr. Cathy is allowed to be an asshole. This is America. Assholes welcome.

But not at my house.

2 Comments

  1. Brian J. August 3, 2012 5:20 am

    You’re overlooking the fact that several government figures, including the mayors of Boston and Chicago, hinted that Chick-Fil-A might not be allowed to operate stores or franchises in their cities for these beliefs. As a matter of fact, an alderman in the Chicago area continues to maintain that he will not allow one to open in his district.

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    • Trey Givens August 3, 2012 7:44 am

      I don’t believe I overlooked those facts. I sought to speak to them directly in my closing paragraphs:

      You know what ain’t right, though? All these mayors, governors, politicians, etc. who want to use the power of their respective offices to prevent Mr. Cathy from opening an Asshole Depot in their respective demesnes. Now, they’re free, also, to have their opinions of Mr. Cathy and his opinions, but it IS a violation of Mr. Cathy’s rights for them to try to use the power of the government to punish him for having those opinions.

      It’s been said by others many times and I will paraphrase Mr. Voltaire again: I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

      So, these government thugs need to back the eff off.

      So, in case it isn’t clear from my post, I will repeat: I think it is absolutely, positively, fundamentally wrong for government officials at any level to use the power of their office to punish an individual or their business merely for the fact of expressing an unpleasant, uninformed, offensive, idiotic opinion.

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