I don’t like chicken. I’ll say that up front. When I was pregnant with the Redhead, we were stationed in Germany and lived in Wiesbaden. One bright, shiny day, we decided to go to Popeye’s and get chicken. I was 6 months pregnant or so, and I got chicken strips. The first one I bit into was raw. I don’t mean pink or slightly undercooked. I mean underneath the crunchy layer of batter was slimy, raw meat. Biting into it was like biting into slightly stale, rancid meat-flavored Jello. Let’s just say, gagging followed.
That’s not the only reason I don’t like chicken. Frankly, the white meat is dry and rubbery, and the dark meat is somewhat slimy. Not my thing.
Needless to say, I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A precisely for that reason.
But today I did.
I don’t like fundamentalist anythings, whether it’s Muslims, Christians, Zoroastrians or Unitarians.
I don’t agree with the views of Chick-Fil-A owner Dan Cathy on gay marriage. As a matter of fact, I vehemently disagree with him. I don’t need the government telling me whom to love, with whom to spend my life and whether or not it approves of my lifestyle choice. Dan Cathy is a Christian. His mileage varies. Whatever. He’s entitled to his views. He should also be able to run his business the way he sees fit – to hire whomever he wants, and to observe any holy day he wants, even if that means closing his stores on Sundays, which will affect no one but his business. He obviously considers his religion more important than his Sunday profits, so good for him. I wouldn’t have made that particular decision, but it’s not my business.
That said, while I disagree with Dan Cathy’s views, I will fight to the death to defend his right to hold them.
Do I support the right of anyone who disagrees with him to take their business elsewhere? You bet I do!
Do I support the right of his critics to encourage others to take their business elsewhere? Damn straight!
Do I support some mayors’ (Menino of Boston and Emanuel of Chicago) decision to use zoning laws (read: government force) to prevent Chick-Fil-A from opening in their cities? Not in a million years!
And do I agree with Cathy’s opponents who are pressuring localities to use government force to destroy his business merely because they disagree with his views? Fuck no!
It’s one thing to make the individual choice to spend your money at another fast food joint.
It’s one thing to encourage others to do so.
But it’s quite another to pressure corrupt politicians to promote your views by abusing their authority and using force to destroy someone’s livelihood!
Some of these assholes don’t see the difference.
One is free choice; the other is government force.
So even though I don’t eat chicken, and I’ve never eaten at Chick-Fil-A, I bought a large container of their waffle fries today.
Just as a big FUCK YOU to the asshelmets who can’t tell the difference between individual choice and government coercion.