If you have been on social media lately you may have noticed that the usual horoscopes and cat videos have been replaced with a heated debate on gay marriage and Chick-fil-A.
Basically the president of Chick-fil-A stated he is against gay marriage, which sparked the controversy, which led to boycotts, protests, and of course, a whole bunch of people doing silly things to prove their points.
Yesterday people waited in line for hours to buy chicken for Chick-fil-A support day, which was not organized by the fast food chain.
Friday there is a planned event for same-sex-kiss day at Chick-fil-A locations.
Other fast food restaurants are now weighing in. McDonald's is against gay marriage, Wendy's supports gay marriage, and KFC was against but maybe not? I'm confused on that one.
Once again, a simple situation has been blown way out of proportion.
Here is the real deal. Fast food restaurants can't have opinions. No matter what personhood law you look up, a fast food restaurant doesn't quality,
The person who had the opinion was the president of Chick-fil-A, who, believe it or not, has the right to free speech. He is actually allowed to say things like that in the United States. You are allowed to agree or disagree. That's one of the great things about this country. Freedom.
We also have this thing called separation of church and state. It is one of the principles our nation was founded on. The church, any church, doesn't get to make the laws. This means that no matter what you view on gay marriage, you can't use the argument I have heard so many times, that the Bible states that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Bible is church, not state.
People aren't going to stop being gay. Does who you love change your basic rights? Does the color of your skin? Does your gender? Does your state of residency? Does your income? Does your soda preference or your favorite color? I promise the country won't fall apart if gay people are allowed to sign a marriage certificate. You know what will happen? Wedding planners and divorce lawyers will make more money. If you don't believe me, do some research on the Roman Empire. Humanity survived.
Instead of protesting, boycotting, and basically getting upset, let me solve the problem for you.
- If you don't like gay marriage, don't marry a gay person.
- Respect the right to free speech.
- Respect the separation of church and state.
- Respect freedom and don't try to force your beliefs (religious, political, theoretical, etc) on others.
I like the way Rick Warren said it:
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.
Can't we just learn to get along? I miss my cat videos.