I went to my local Chick-fil-A last night to show my support on National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and it was packed, as was just about every other Chick-fil-A across the country. Our local news station was there, literally dozens of cars snaked through the parking lot reaching out to the busy road, and hundreds of people passed through the restaurant throughout the day. There were protestors waving signs… and when I say protestors, I mean four people half-heartedly waving cardboard posters. I went to show my support for CFA President Dan Cathy who, since stating that he supports the Biblical definition of marriage and of the family unit, has been slammed by folks on the Left and labeled a hateful bigot, as have been all clientele of the fast food chain.
We’ve been hearing quite a bit about this whole Chick-fil-A ordeal for quite a while now, and I’m sure a lot of Americans are getting tired of hearing about it. But I think it warrants at least one more article. One thought has been lingering in my mind after hearing Cathy’s remarks and the ensuing firestorm of liberal rebuttal: the incredible double standard liberals have when it comes to “tolerance.”
Last week, Dan Cathy said he is “guilty as charged” in the company’s support for the biblical definition of marriage and the family unit.
Note that Dan Cathy nor CFA as a company did not say that they hate gay people, nor did he wish ill on gay people and those that support gay marriage, nor do they deny service or employment to people who are gay. He expressed his Christian worldview and opinion. And it just so happens that Cathy’s opinion contradicts with gay activists support for gay marriage, resulting in the grand result of a difference of opinion.
Can someone point out the hate and intolerance in a man stating his opinion with no personal attacks directed at any third party?
I’ll show you where I can point out the hate and intolerance, though: the liberal response to Dan Cathy’s statements. Roseanne Barr said people who eat at Chick-fil-A “deserve to get cancer.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chick-fil-A’s values “aren’t Chicago values” (Chicago currently has one of the highest murder rates in the country, so I’m not quite sure what the definition of “Chicago values” would be). Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told Chick-fil-A to stay out of his city, and Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray referred to the restaurant as “hate chicken” in a Tweet (that one makes me laugh every time). But most revealing of real “hate” and “intolerance” were Tweets from private citizens.
When Chick-fil-A Public Relations Vice President Don Terry died last week of a heart attack, many liberals responded to his death on Twitter making jokes of his passing. “God hates homophobes,” “Defending bigotry is stressful,” and “Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy” were just a few, and you can read more (if you really want to) here. And there were similar tweets in response to today’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. A few favorites: “I appreciate Chick Fil A for trying to kill good Christians [through] heart disease and obesity. GOD BLESS,” “Oh please please let there be a news story about some Bible thumper having a heart attack and dying in a Chick-fil-A today fingers crossed,” and “At least we can take comfort in the fact that all the homophobes stuffing their faces with Chick-fil-A will be dead sooner than later.”
Has it really come to wishing death on those you disagree with? Again, I have to wonder what the narrative would be if it were conservatives wishing ill will and death on homosexuals and gay marriage supporters in a similar situation.
Why is tolerance a one-way street for liberals? I am expected by liberals to tolerate homosexuality and gay marriage. But when I expect the same tolerance for my belief in traditional marriage, I am suddenly intolerant, hateful, and a bigot. Is it too much to ask for mutual respect between those for traditional marriage, and those in support of gay marriage?
Let me tell you something, liberals. If you want to play this tolerance game, then let’s play fair. I’ll be tolerant of your support for gay marriage, and I hope you’ll be equally as tolerant of my support for traditional marriage. I personally believe marriage is between one man and one woman, and I do not accept homosexuality and gay marriage to be morally right. But let me be clear: just because I disagree with you does not mean I hate or am afraid of homosexuals, or those that support the lifestyle. I. Just. Disagree. I respect you, you respect me. Tolerance is a two-way street.
Sarah Hinds | Webster University | @Sarah_Hinds76