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The Freedom of Chick-fil-A

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I have personally never stepped into a Chick-fil-A restaurant, to the best of my knowledge, nor am I likely to any time in the near future.  The reason I am unlikely to enter one has absolutely nothing to do with the CEO's position on gay marriage or any other of his political points of view, for that matter.  To each his own.  The reason is simply that there are none in Connecticut that I know of.  He has every right to feel the way he does and donate HIS money to causes that promote legislation against same-sex marriage.  He has his point of view.  And I have mine.  If the food is good and the price is right, I would not be averse to sampling the fare.  I am a firm believer that we must pick our battles and fight them well, and the issue just isn't big enough for me to deny myself something I might enjoy in protest.  This may annoy my gay friends -and for that I am sorry, but I have too many other issues on my mind that outweigh this particular issue in importance.

Here's my "official position" on gay marriage:  I have none, as regards legislating for or against it.  Nor should it matter if I did.  I think of marriage between a man and a woman, but that doesn't mean that's the only type of marriage that should exist.  The Libertarian within me who yearns to be free knows that government needs to get out of the morality business and stay out.  This is an issue that belongs between two adult people and their Creator, or "Higher Power," if you will.  This is a religious and [to some] moral issue that has no place in the scheme of America's politics of the day.  It really is a "live and let live" issue.  With no end in sight to a sagging economy, rising energy costs, a ballooning deficit and dangerous and ongoing turbulence in the middle east, it seems we should be able to find better ways to occupy our time.  What about all the race issues that continue to plague our society?  Need we deter our focus from these pressing and crucial issues?  What's the worse that happens?  Two people of the same gender marry each other.  Does that mean that my marriage to my beloved wife is somehow diminished in the eyes of God or my fellow man?  Does it somehow affect my health or prosperity?  Of course not.  How can it affect me in any way, unless I happen to know the couple and wish to join in their celebration?

Let's stop this ridiculous persecution of an individual (and hence, his company) for exercising their right to religious freedom with talk of boycotts and ruining the business.  Nonsense.  And shame on any politician (like they don't have enough just being politicians in the first place) who goes around promoting the idea of "shutting down' the guy's business in their particular 'jurisdiction!'

What if the CEO or owner of a very large and successful company gives a large sum of his money to his church?  Let's take the Roman Catholic church, for example.  What if he or she gives money to that?  Aren't they an organization opposed to gay marriage, as well as other issues like abortion?  Where does it end?  Maybe we need to do background checks on everybody who owns or runs a company, just so we can be sure it's 'safe' to do business with them.

Come on, people.  Let's turn this world back around to a right-side up position once again.  Don't be an advocate of free speech only when it agrees with your point of view.  Put on your 'big boy pants' and do the tough job of accepting things you may be opposed to -because you respect your opponent's right to express themselves.
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