Friday, August 03, 2012

Eating Godly Values

Somebody tried to tell me that the Chick-Fil-A "Appreciation Day " was in defense of free speech. Utter bullshit. There's no serious free speech issue involving the owners of Chick-Fil-A.  Mike Huckabee wrote:
"The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1."
In other words, show up at Chick-Fil-A if you're against marriage equality & LGBT rights. Those are the "godly values."  When you give me the free speech nonsense, what you're really saying is you won't express your honest opinion on the issue at hand, so you set up a strawman, "Those People Against Free Speech," & knock that down.  We want the views of the Cathy family known, & the anti-LGBT organizations they & the non-profit arm of Chick-fil-A contribute to exposed.

I grew up with the same kind of evasive  bigotry in the form of racism, the personal distancing from  actual racist acts, the "states rights" crap justifying Jim Crow,  the pretensions to innocence or even naivete.  Letting proxies do your talking (& violence).  I'm not  fooled by it. No surprise that the person with the "free speech" excuse grew up in my hometown. He wouldn't have had  the nerve to go to a Chick-fil-A on "Appreciation Day."

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