As the Chick-Fil-A story drags on becoming more monotonous and absurd, I finally decided to throw in my two cents. The best way to do that is to quote some philosopher who said it best.
“He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
Gay activists and their supporters have become the very thing they claim to oppose, in the wake of the COO of Chick-Fil-A saying he doesn’t support gay marriage at a Christian event he was attending. They’ve gone out of their way to persecute the restaurants, anyone who works there, anyone who supports them and have even tried to ban the chain from opening new stores. All because one person in the company expressed his personal opinion.
Whether or not you agree with someone’s opinion, trying to run them out of business because they don’t agree with you is hardly an act of tolerance. I personally don’t think the government has any right to tell anyone if they can get married or not. It’s none of their business. So people fighting each other over the government giving or not giving the “right” is actually absurd in itself. It shouldn’t even be an issue in the first place. But that’s beside the point.
People are going to disagree on a lot of issues and you can’t change society by persecuting people and trying to ruin their lives. It isn’t right for gays to be persecuted for being gay, nor is it right to persecute people for believing marriage is a heterosexual sacrament. It’s a matter of personal opinion or faith. Having an opinion shouldn’t get your business attacked. They aren’t going out of their way to stop gay marriage. It’s just the COO’s opinion. His company has donated money to some Christian groups who share his views, but guess what? It’s his right to do so just as its anyone’s right to no go to his chain. And I’m sure a lot of people will stop going there now that they know the COO feels that way. But if the restaurant isn’t pushing politics on customers it shouldn’t be blamed for what the execs believe.
People on the left are not doing themselves any favors by becoming so radicalized and intolerant of other people’s views. They are becoming parodies of the very people they claim to despise.
But then, that’s human nature alas. Everyone likes to believe they are more moral than their neighbors. We just have different views on what morality is. Whether or not you agree with someone’s views, if they aren’t actively stamping on your rights (and in this case, he isn’t. We was merely speaking his mind) then attacking them the way we’ve seen is not the answer. You don’t convince people your side is just by acting injustly.
The Chick-Fil-A story shows that the culture war is really turning ugly.
UPDATE: Vandals painted a message on a Chick-Fil-A in Torrance, CA today. Like I said, showing intolerance for other people’s opinion is not a way to win people over. A lot of the people who showed up at the restaurants yesterday did so as a protest against these kind of attacks on free speech.