In the Tallahassee, and more specifically Florida State University area, the Chik-fil-a debate has been ongoing for the last year with protest of allowing this establishment on campus. While I do think this is a complicated matter, what boils my blood is hearing from people “It’s just chicken” or “It’s delicious so what does it matter.” Read this next part slowly, taking everything in.
Imagine you’re dating the person of your dreams who makes you the happiest person in the world! It could be that super-HOT girl at the gym, your charismatic coworker whose voice makes you melt or your best friend you’ve crushed on for what feels like forever. Maybe you will marry them, maybe you won’t. It doesn’t matter – they make you happy.
Next interrupt that moment with people saying being with him/her is wrong and you’re going to hell. In the best possible situation they will also add-on that acting upon your feelings is a sin equal to all other sins. In the worst case – the words you will hear can make you feel like roadkill that’s been dragged through a landfill.
The types of organizations Chik-fil-a supports believe that being gay is wrong. BUT they take it a step further by telling you, it’s okay because we can rehabilitate you from your sinful desires. Basically let’s “pray the gay away.”
Chik-fil-a does fairly make their money. They’re entitled to spend it where they please but gays are also entitled to be in happy, monogamous relationships that fulfill their lives. People are allowed to boycott visiting a Chik-fil-a but others are allowed to go by their chicken sandwich The main issue is the money Chik-fil-a makes goes toward fueling organizations that want to prevent gays from experiencing a happy life nonthreatening to others or themselves.
I’m simply saying it’s not “just chicken.” It’s being upset at the support of groups that tell people you need to be cured from who you are or you’re going to hell for who you like.
As always, let’s have a dialogue and not give a monologue when debating. That’s when we actually make change.
What are your thoughts on the Chik-fil-a debate?
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