BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO
The feathers flying over Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, and his opposition to same-sex marriage have nothing to do with freedom of speech. That’s a distraction. Cathy has every right to say what he believes, and he should be able to open his restaurants in whatever city he wants.
What has angered gay and same-sex marriage advocates is Cathy’s financial support for some of the most hateful anti-gay organizations in the country. Cathy has given millions to groups that are among the most extreme, such as the Family Research Council. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists FRC as a hate group. Peter Sprigg, one of the organization’s leaders, says in this video that he advocates exporting homosexuals.
In what universe is it acceptable to call for getting rid of a specific group of American citizens?
Talk like this, though perfectly legal, is what consumers of Chick-fil-A are supporting. And it’s fueled by the likes of Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, celebrity politicians who are beholden to the radical right.
Most of Chick-fil-A’s customers probably had no clue they were funding Cathy’s religious values. And many don’t agree with his views, but they support his right to express it.
But as we’ve learned so many times before, words have consequences.
Who is hurt by this kind of talk and rigid ideology? Surely, no one believes that the pols and religious zealots are the victims here. Cathy is hardly a victim, either.
The people who are hurt by this are often those we are closest to: our children, siblings, neighbors, and co-workers. Real people that we know and love who happen to be gay.