I can see it now, all of the people calling me a homophobe and other negative names now. What I am going to talk about is not meant to offend anyone, just my opinion on a very controversial issue. Call me what you must, but read on and see a point of view that you may not see out of a lot of people in college.
I was extremely excited to go to Chic-Fil-A today. They have absolutely delicious food and today gave me a good excuse to indulge myself. However, when my friend and I approached the local Chic-Fil-A, the line stretched a quarter mile onto the street. I was stunned, but also had a huge smile on my face even though we decided not to stop by to get some chicken because we didn’t want to wait.
It’s hard to look at any social media and not see someone bashing Chic-Fil-A. If you haven’t heard about it, google it, it’s not that hard. But once you read it, realize this: the owner of Chic-Fil-A has a right to donate his money to any organization that he pleases. If where he donates his money offends you, don’t eat his food. Nobody is forcing you to eat there and not forcing down “anti-gay devil meat” (as I saw on Facebook) down your throat. This group of people also seemed to be the loudest out of either group. It seems as if a strong majority of people were against Chic-Fil-A and a minute group of people actually stood with Chic-Fil-A.
However, today speaks a tremendously different story. Photos from across the country show that many, many people are standing with Chic-Fil-A on “Chic-Fil-A Appreciation Day” where people supported Chic-Fil-A’s right to free speech by going to their local restaurant. But by looking at social media, you would think that it would be the opposite.
This is where I find a problem. I have quite a few friends who are ‘left leaning’ or ‘the average college kid’. They stand for something that they realize once by watching a TV show with a big celebrity supporting gay marriage and/or listening to a college professor once day and feel ‘enlightened’ (Trust me, I know a few people that are like that.) These people feel as if they are right about every issue and hearing a contrasting opinion (and popular opinion to a lot of Americans) will force them to yell out “RACIST!” “HOMOPHOBE!” and such labels that are not necessarily true. If someone doesn’t have a similar opinion to these people, this is exactly what happens. Look at Tea Partiers compared to Occupiers at your local college.
So now that the Chic-Fil-A Appreciation day has been a nationwide success, these same people are calling everyone who went to Chic-Fil-A today homophobic and even some people I know are asking people to de-friend them on Facebook if they happened to eat Chic-Fil-A today. Oh, the humanity! The fact of the matter is that there are still a tremendous population who don’t share a belief that most people in their late teen’s and twenties have. Many people in this country still believe that marriage is a unification between a man and a woman and that’s how it should stay. But if you feel that way, you are frowned upon by those people who don’t agree with you. Maybe you should take the words of Elton John”If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.”
Cities such as Boston and Chicago are telling Chic-Fil-A to stay out of their cities because of their stance. Disregarding the fact that this is a big violation of the first Amendment, how do you think those cities feel now that lines were out the door at locations across the country to support Chic-Fil-A’s right to free speech?
Also, there is a “Kiss-in” planned for this Friday for those who want to boycott Chic-Fil-A. Not really sure how this will turn out, but one thing is for sure: the media will be covering this a lot more than the event today, because that’s how the media works. Even though I can almost guarantee that crowds will not be as big as they were today. See also: Tea Party rallies compared to Occupy protests.
So eat Chic-Fil-a or don’t. But I am going to eat my chicken because it’s delicious and now I know that I am sticking it to those who are completely against Chic-Fil-A, who seem to be in the vocal minority. It’s like the old adage: “Actions speak louder than words.” People showed their support for Chic-Fil-A and if you can’t handle it, I have no idea what to say to you.