What I am about to say is going to upset many LGBT activists and people. Then again- I’ve done that before. Honestly, this whole thing with Chick-Fil-A is getting silly, and a bit suspect. We have all known that Dan Cathy was giving to anti-gay groups, and had espoused anti-gay philosophies. The big question is, why should we bother to be upset. Just stop eating there. Eventually, he will realize just how much money he makes off of LGBT Americans and their allies.
There is the fact that Cathy is not going to listen. Honestly, he won’t. He has made up his mind that his religious beliefs trump the Constitution, and like all fanatics, he will not be swayed. While we may battle men like Cathy, our real aim should be to educate those who will listen. Our battle is to sway those who have not closed their minds, and being mean and spiteful is not going to help that.
At this point, this entire debate has taken on an air of Monty Python- literally this sketch:
We have one side who are busy going:
and the other side replying with:
Wash, rinse, repeat.
Over the last three decades, what we have seen is people not explaining why something is bigotry or prejudice, and not explaining that denying people their basic rights is a form of hatred. Rather than just screaming about what Dan Cathy said, why not actually explain why what he said is wrong.
Let us begin with the nature of sin. What is sin? Well, a sin is a religious infraction that does not necessarily have any basis in the world. What constitutes a sin? Anything. Looking at a blue sky could be considered a sin. The list of what is considered sinful in the Bible is long, and most people do not even begin to follow the least of them. What constitutes a sin also differs not only from religion to religion, but from sect to sect and denomination to denomination. The Amish, who follow a form of Christianity, adhere to the idea that it is sinful to cut off one’s beard or hair. Get a Baptist like Cathy to adhere to that one.
At the heart of this issue is religion, and it is time to fight religion with religion. There are many religions that recognize same-sex marriage. What Cathy and his ilk want to do is force their religious beliefs upon everyone else and feel that they are being repressed because they cannot start an inquisition. Trying to shame people like this into changing won’t work because they already feel that they are persecuted. Many Christians have a persecution complex that has only been reinforced over the years.
Boycotts also do not work. Take a look at Starbucks. The National Organization for Marriage has had to lie repeatedly just to keep their followers fooled regarding the power of their boycott. The same holds true for Target- which we went after- Amazon, JC Penney’s, NBC and so forth.
In the end, the battle will be won. We just counter their words. We fight, but we fight effectively, otherwise all we are doing is slapping each other in the face with fish: