I don’t believe the historic show of support at Chick-fil-A franchises yesterday was about religious principles or gay marriage. I do believe that it was about freedom of speech and a rejection of the mob-with-pitchfork mentality. I could be wrong – but if it was about freedom of religion then here’s a connection that I haven’t seen made yet: the Chick-fil-A show of public support for freedom of religion happened on the same day that the Obamacare anti-religious freedom mandate went into effect. Maybe that was the push-back message right there.
I would have gone to Chick-fil-A yesterday to make a personal statement about freedom of speech but I didn’t because:
- I’m on a low-carb diet and I couldn’t risk being in the same general vicinity as those excellent waffle fries
- The closest CFA to me is inconveniently located in the food court of a busy mall and I am too Busy and Important™ to look for parking and then spend time waiting in line.
My “activism” can be more accurately described as “inertiavism”. That doesn’t make my opinions any less valid or valuable than the loud mouthed left who cannot entertain any other thought except that the crowds who showed up yesterday were driven by homophobia. How interesting that the left not only knows what’s best for everybody but also knows with certainty what everybody is thinking.
The left is good at a lot of things – they sing and make movies and TV shows and obey the hive mind – but mind-reading not so much. I’m a conservative who is neutral about abortion and gay marriage. They are not my issues and neither one drives my voting decisions.
This ain’t my first time at the rodeo. Back when I first started frequent travel to southern California, there were two things I became acquainted with for the first time. One changed my life and one enhanced it. The life-changer was the Franklin-Covey system of time management and the life-enhancer was In-N-Out Burger. Two left-leaning bloggers that I had great on-line relationships with were agahst when I mentioned this and advised me to have nothing to do with In-N-Out burger because the family that owned it was openly Christian and even put bible messages on their packaging. And the Covey part of Franklin-Covey was a Mormon so there was something subversive and dangerous about Mormons, too. (They didn’t have anything to say about the Franklin part.)
So I did my own research and discovered that In-N-Out did indeed have a tiny reference to a bible verse in a discreet place on the paper french fry bags and that the french fires were fresh and delicious. The excellent burgers were like nothing I could get on the east coast. And furthermore, Steven Covey was a Mormon which oddly enough was never invoked anywhere in the management strategies. At a time when I was drowning in the chaos of terrible leadership, Franklin-Covey helped me get it together and it saved my professional life.
So I made an independent decision because I saw the benefit and continued my love affair with In-N-Out and my life-long gratitude to Franklin-Covey. Same thing with the Chick-fil-A. It’s entirely plausible that a great number of the people that flooded CFA yesterday were there for the food and not the political statement but I haven’t seen that acknowledgement anywhere on the web today. It’s simply assumed and repeated that anyone who patronizes CFA is a homophobe. End of story.
And if you don’t agree with that analysis, the pitchforks will soon be pointing at you.