To be honest, I don't even know why I am posting about this. I really should just back off and not care... but I can't not care. I get soo pissed and riled up when I see the stuff people are posting on facebook/twitter. I guess pissed isn't the right word. I'm not sure what is the right word. Maybe just riled up is good. You might say, just delete pissed and you won't have to explain yourself but it's my blog jerks.
So here's the subject: Chicken-Fil-A.. some place in the mall.
I love love love Chick-Fil-A. So much. It makes me so happy every time I eat there. The employees are so nice. The lemonade is delicious and not to mention those waffle fries... MMM. Plus they have Cherry Coke and not many places have Cherry Coke. (Not the kind you pump the cherry into yourself. EW.)
I also love love love gay people. I love them as much as I love straight people. (Okay so maybe I don't love people in general, but I love a gay person just as much as I love a straight person.)
So you all know the drama between gay people and Chick-Fil-A. If you don't, look at your facebook feed and you can figure it out. But here is what the CEO from Chick-Fil-A said: (How many times am I going to have to type Chick-Fil-A? It is really hard to type.)
"We are very much supportive of the family-the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that... we know that it may not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
First off, I will have you know that I support gay marriage ON A CIVIL RIGHTS STANCE. Go ahead, call me a bad Mormon. But I do believe in what the leaders of my Church say, as well. That's the beauty of the separation of church and state. I believe gay people have just as much (if not more) a right that straight people do to get married in this country. Although I don't think marriage in general should be a "right." (That's a whole other issue.)
Secondly, I love my freedom of speech. I love big businesses and small businesses. I feel that everybody has the RIGHT to do what they want with their money.(Except I don't like when people buy drugs, but they still have that right.. if they want... but don't buy drugs. They are bad.) Do I think the CEO HATES gays? NO!!! He never said he hates gays. I totally understand why people are upset about his statement and they have the RIGHT to be upset. But how is anyone to know that this man HATES gays? He may be against gay marriage, but so is a lot of America. That does not imply in any way that he hates gays. Shame on him for stating and fighting for what he believes? No.
You may say... "he is donating money to an organization that is against human rights, contradicting your previous statement of you supporting gay marriage on a civil rights stance." No he is not. He is donating money to an organization that also fights for what it believes in. And he also believes in what that organization believes in.
I apologize if this comes off as insensitive (that is not my intention at all), but I have felt like I have wanted to get this out for awhile. I understand why gay people would be offended about this, but I am sure there are hundreds of other businesses that do the same thing Chick-Fil-A is doing. They just didn't go public with it.
Also, I'd like to bring up a point I have brought up earlier. You think this big wig CEO cares about losing business? Doubtful. He's got it made. But.. the employees do care. They care about their jobs and their families. This is hurting them more than the CEO. How much do you wanna bet that not every employee feels the way the CEO does? What is it like an interview question? I highly doubt it.
Bottom line is, we all have the RIGHT to say what we believe and to stand up for it. I commend the gay community and others for boycotting Chick-Fil-A, because THAT IS WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS RIGHT. I also commend the people who continue to support Chick-Fil-A, because that is what they believe is right. Isn't that what is beautiful about America?
I hope we can all still be friends, even if you don't agree with me. Because if you think differently than me, I still love you.
If there is anyone who is gay and you are reading this, I hope you know that I love you. And I hope one day you can have the same rights in this country that straight people do.
If there are any waffle fries reading this, I love you too. And I will still eat you.
Okay, that ended on a weird note.
I hope I'm coming across how I want to.