Before we jump into this juicy topic, I want to state a couple of facts up front.  First, I believe wholeheartedly in the sanctity of…chicken sandwiches.  I absolutely love them.  I love the spicy ones, I love the plain ones and I really love them with mayonnaise.  I also believe in the sanctity of marriage.  By marriage, I mean anyone that is in a committed relationship.  I don’t care if it’s two girls, two guys or what society considers “normal,” meaning a man and a woman.

However, that’s not what this blog is about.  At its core, I suppose it probably is, but that’s not the topic I want to discuss.  I want to discuss the hypocrisy of the media (both Liberal and Conservative) and the reactions of certain personalities to the recent statements by the Chick-fil-A ownership.

Now, Dan Cathy, the owner of Chick-fil-A didn’t come out of his own volition and say “we at Chick-fil-A hate gays and lesbians and will refuse to serve them.”  That’s not what he said.  He was asked a very pointed, very direct, very loaded question in an interview.  In that interview when asked if he believed in the sanctity of marriage (which despite my play on it above, generally means one man and one woman) he answered:

“Guilty as charged.  That is, the biblical definition of the family unit.”

If you know anything about Chick-fil-A you know that they’re a Christian Family company.  They are built on their morals and their beliefs.  This restaurant isn’t even open Sundays.  They lose that revenue every week because they believe their employees shouldn’t work on the Sabbath.  That’s how into their faith and beliefs they are.  So, what did you expect them to say?  It’s not like there are signs posted at their restaurants that say: “gays aren’t served here.”  But ask the liberal media and you’d think he was guilty of beating up gay people in the street.  And, it wasn’t just the media that responded.  The Hollyweird elite came out of the woodwork.  One of my favorites was Roseanne Barr who said:

“I hope that anyone who eats at Chick-fil-A gets cancer and dies.”

I’ve been hoping Roseanne got hit by a bus “Final Destination” style since she sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and completely ruined our national anthem.  But…whatever.  She’s still here, so we have to deal with her.  But the protests, and the backlash against a private company that is exercising their First Amendment right is being completely ostracized.  On the other hand, conservative outlets are praising Cathy for standing his ground and taking the moral high road.  They are praising him for exercising his rights.  The right vs. the left.  It’s an issue of standing the moral ground and stating what he believes in vs. caving in and going with what’s popular.  This whole thing seems vaguely familiar.  I’m remembering another incident from nine years ago.  Funny enough, I think it also involved poultry in some way.  Oh yeah….now I remember.  It was the Dixie Chicks!

In March, 2003, the country music group, the Dixie Chicks were performing a concert in England when group leader, Natalie Maines said to the crowd:

“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

The conservative right went absolutely ape shit!  They banned the group from the radio, they shunned them from award shows, Toby Keith (although oddly enough also a Democrat) went off on them.  But, the liberal left thought that the girls, especially Maines, were brave for speaking their minds about such a controversial subject at such a turbulent time.  Even as the group saw its popularity go down quicker than a hooker in Central Park, they stood their ground, supported by liberal media moguls like Peter Jennings and Wolf Blitzer.

What’s the point of all this?  The point is, both chickens crossed the road against traffic for things they believed in.  As a good friend (who’s quite liberal) told me recently, we can’t pick and choose which constitutional amendments we support and agree with.  The Bill of Rights is the Bill of Rights in its entirety.  We don’t get to decide which ones we like whether we’re conservative or liberal.

At the end of the day, you can eat chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A or you can eat cheeseburgers from Burger King.  It doesn’t really matter what the chicken guy says, just like the Iraq war went on, despite what the Dixie Chicks thought.  The fight for equality will go on.

 

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