The whole "Chick-Fil-A" thing this past twenty four hours was not about gay marriage, contrary to what some want to believe, or some would want you to believe.
It was about Freedom of Speech.
In it's simplest form, that's what it was about. It was about showing support for the one right we have that probably matters the most. The right to express an opinion without fear of prosecution, persecution, censure, or any other kind of binding restriction.
Why were the people there? They can't all be intolerant-Christian-anti-gay-bigots, can they? Because, as we all (are supposed to) know, Chick-Fil-A is run by a bunch of intolerant, hateful people........ you know the drill. Anyone who comes out in disagreement with anything the Left says, is a hateful, intolerant bigot.
Well, the Left, those people who are full of love, and charity and kindness, and most of all "tolerance" would like you to believe that. The twitterverse was alive with tweets from those tolerant people, wishing death, disease and diarrhea on those "Christian bigots' who were enjoying their chicken sandwiches, and waffle fries. I find the use of "Christian" and "bigot" in the same phrase by people whose very lives are defined by bigotry of the worst kind, quite ironic.
Anyway. The issue at hand was not gay marriage, or gay rights, or what have you. In fact, let me go on record as saying, I really don't care who you sleep with. It really doesn't matter to me. However, the militant, gay activist left seems to want to make it my business, and make it matter to me.
The real issue at hand was freedom of speech, and the reason for the huge turnout at these restaurants, was not a repudiation of gays and their desire to be married, it was about people being fed up with a bunch of bullies trying to silence someone who voices their opinion, an opinion that they are entitled to. There were people from all walks of life at the restaurants, eating chicken to show support for the freedoms we still hold dear.
Sorry, Lefties. Your attempt to silence a person, and demonize their business failed miserably, because by and large, Americans, despite the disparity of our beliefs still like to be able to speak our mind without being punished by those who think they know better than the rest of us.
The statement that was made yesterday showed that Americans simply are not going to tolerate this kind of infringement on our freedoms. The statement was not made by conservatives, or Christians, or bigots, or racists... it was made by Americans. People sick and tired of groups of people, as well as a government that think they can dictate what we should be thinking.
Crossposted to Chairman of the Awkward Squad