All I hear from my well meaning(?) conservative “friends” on Facebook lately is “What’s the big deal about Chick-fil-A?”, “Doesn’t the owner have any rights?”, and “He’s just expressing what he believes.” Among other things.
Okay… “What’s the big deal about my being Bisexual”. “Don’t I have any rights?”, and “I’m just expressing what I believe and how I feel”.
In other words… right back at ya, babe!
And the thing is, if it were just a matter of Dan Cathy expressing (saying) what he believes… I wouldn’t give a shit. I, frankly, could not care less what one individual’s thoughts about homosexuality are. I don’t even give a good “God damn!”, when a group of them stand around protesting funerals making themselves look like inbred morons (yes, Westboro Baptist, I’m talking about you). Words alone are not the fucking problem.
The problem is that Dan Cathy doesn’t stop there. All those wonderful “chikin” sandwiches are making him huge bucks. He takes those huge bucks and donates them to various organizations. Again, that’s not something I really give two shits about either. I give money to various organizations from time to time.
But when those organizations (WinShape, Focus On the Family) are hell bent on portraying the LGBT community as “deviants”, “sinners” and worse, and have a certain amount of leverage with lawmakers (separation of church and state, my ass) and have made it clear that they think I and others like me have no rights because we are somehow less American, less Christian, and less human than they are… then you bet your sweet ass I’m going to get my panties in a twist and protest it!
And guess what? That’s my right as an American citizen.
If my way of protesting is choosing not give him any of my money so he can’t turn around and use it against me… so be it. It’s my right.
If I choose to rant about in a blog post laced with profanity… too fucking bad for you. It’s my right.
I don’t deny Dan, or his brother Donald for that matter, their rights as Americans or “Christians”… I just wish they’d stop trying to deny me mine!
*Blogger’s note: All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.