“You get gay marriage and all your opponents get is Type II Diabetes.”
Jon Stewart makes an excellent point in the whole debate over Chick-fil-A. When you take a look at the number of companies which support same-sex marriage, they far outnumber the ones who do not. For instance, the Jim Henson Company is just one company to support same-sex marriage. They are joined by Microsoft, Apple, Amazon…some seventy companies have joined in an amicus brief calling for an end to the Defense of Marriage Act.
There are those like Stewart who are making excellent points regarding this issue- that boycotts do not work these days and that the tide for marriage equality is greater than it is for marriage inequality, and then there are those like Adam Smith who shows that no matter what the movement, there are some real jerks out there.
Smith was fired from his job as CFO of Vante, Inc in Tucson, AZ after this video went viral:
Smith: “You know why I’m getting my free water, right?”
S: “Because Chick-Fil-A is a hateful corporation.”
W: “I disagree. We don’t treat any of our customers differently..”
S: “I know, but the corporation gives money to hate groups. Hate groups. Just because people want to kiss another guy.”
W: “I’m staying neutral on this subject… my personal beliefs don’t belong in the workplace.”
S: “Yeah I believe that too, I don’t believe corporations should be giving money to hateful groups.. I’ll take my water”
W: “I’m really uncomfortable that you’re videotaping this..”
W: “It’s my pleasure to serve you, always.”
S: “Oh of course, I’m glad that I can take a little bit of money from Chick-Fil-A, and maybe less money to hate groups.”
W: “Well we’re always happy to serve all our guests.”
S: “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here. I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better.”
W: “I hope you have a really nice day, and..”
S: “I will, I just did something really good, I feel purposeful, thank you so much.”
S: “Have a good day… I’m a nice guy by the way, and I’m totally heterosexual.. not a gay [unintelligible] in me, I just can’t stand the hate, you know? It’s gotta stop, guys. Stand up.”
The company stated:
The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others
Honestly, there is no point in being incivil or hateful in this debate. Yes, it’s flustering and frustrating to deal with people who will not listen and who are a walking insult to Christ, but displays like this hurt rather than help.