Okay, the blogosphere is all ablaze with the bull-fuckery-shit of Mr. Cathy, the guy in charge at Chick-Fil-A (herein “CFA”) — a fast-food joint famous for selling bland chicken sandwiches and being closed on Sundays.
It is come to light that Mr. Cathy and/or CFA has given $2-3 MILLION to groups like American Family Association, NOM, FRC, and other anti-gay groups whose primary objective these days is to deny marriage equality to gays and lesbians. It has been known for years that CFA is run by fundagelical* Christians and that they take an internal anti-gay stance. Just recently has the extent of their financial donations to hate groups come to light. And Mr. Cathy himself has admitted his hateful divisive anti-gay position.
The LGBT community has rightly spoken out loud and clear, calling for boycotting CFA and informing the public of Mr. Cathy’s positions.
And it seems the whole fundagelical world is playing the victim. “Oh the horrors! They want to crucify Mr. Cathy and CFA just for having an opinion.” No; a thousand times NO, you goddamn fucking ignorant assholes.
The problem is NOT that people like Mr. Cathy HAVE ill-informed, hateful, divisive opinions. The country is filled with anti-gay people whose opinions are built on fear and misinformation. The problem is that Mr. Cathy has directed that several million dollars to enact and/or perpetuate civil legislation based on his religious values so that his values become law for people who aren’t even part of his religion!
He says that God (the one he believes in, not one of the other 3,000 gods worshipped around the world) invented marriage to be one man and one woman. And he gets to live by his belief, and he remains married to his first wife. As far as that goes, I am fine with him having an Invisible Friend and living his life according to whatever fantasy makes him feel comfy and cozy in his self-righteous smugness. It is his business and is none of my concern.
BUT….. he is putting up millions of dollars trying to make sure everyone else must live by that fantasy, and to specifically prevent same-sex couples from having the exact same rights as he already enjoys. And that is morally wrong. He gets to stay married to his wife, no matter what. Even if same-sex marriage becomes legal across the country, his life will not be changed one bit. He has absolutely NO vested interest at risk. Straight people will not be denied the right to marry if gay couples get the same right.
On Facebook recently, in a discussion about CFA, I came across this comment from someone:
The amount of ignorance is astounding here. First, America was not “founded on fundamental Christian beliefs”; America was actually the first country specifically NOT founded on ANY religion, as shown by the Treaty of Tripoli, where we find the words of Thomas Jefferson:
“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”
It is worth studying the actual founding of America in depth,which is not my purpose here.
But one false idea about America’s foundation gives rise to the next false idea: that this “is the reason that there are laws that don’t allow certain lifestyles the same benefits as others.”
No. That is an absolute violation of the First Amendment and the separation of church and state. Never mind that being gay is not a “lifestyle”, there is NOTHING in our Constitution allowing for some people to be treated as second-class citizens, only getting some of the rights that others enjoy freely. There is NO good reason to have religiously based laws that treat one group of citizens differently from another, and particularly because not everyone is of the same religion. The Constitution of the United States is set up so that the government cannot meddle into religion and religion cannot meddle with the government and civil law.
(Mind you, we still have stupid religious laws controlling us — like can’t buy alcohol or other specific things on Sunday; that’s a stupid law that pretends everyone is supposed to be in church. There are far too many ways that religion and religious influence continues to impact the lives of others, but the issue we’re dealing with here is same-sex marriage.)
Then there’s the ignorance about Sodom and Gomorrah. Anybody who brings up Sodom and Gomorrah should be laughed at directly in their face because they haven’t even studied their own goddamn Bibles to find out what the story is actually about. Clue: it has nothing to do with being gay!
The idea that there is a god and that god might rain down fire and brimstone on America is nothing but pure fear, ignorance and superstition, not even worth addressing. I don’t know if the person who wrote that statement actually believes it personally, or maybe just trying to figure out why other people are so ignorant. It doesn’t matter. It is just a story in a book. There was no real cities called Sodom or Gomorrah in reality, just like Lot was not a real person and his wife was not a woman who got turned into stone. It is pure fiction and fantasy; people who actually believe the story actually happened should be laughed at and dismissed.
We do not establish laws on Mother Goose nursery rhymes, the Iliad, or ancient Hebrew myths.
People can believe whatever foolishness they want. When they open their mouth and spout foolishness, they should be laughed at. When they invest their money to enact or enforce laws based on their ignorance, they must be boycotted and exposed publicly for being the hateful land divisive bigots they are.
OH! and speaking of boycotts… the fundies are all up-in-arms because the LGBT community is calling for a boycott on CFA, and they are playing the victim because “Mr.Cathy is entitled to his beliefs”. These are the exact same religious idiots who have called for a boycott on JCPenney, Home Depot, Starbucks, and dozens of other companies who have established non-discrimination policies in the workplace to support ALL of their employees. Yes, these fools are upset because . large (and small) companies treat their employees all the same regardless of sexual orientation.
* fundagelical – fundamentalist/evangelical Christians