I have long standing history of not getting involved in other peopleâ€™s lives. Â Itâ€™s part â€˜not wanting to get involvedâ€™, and part â€˜just really donâ€™t careâ€™. Â Once in a while, however, I feel the need to speak my mind. Â Not that I expect anyone else to care, but I feel I need to speak up.
This country was founded on the idea of freedom of religion. Â Thatâ€™s why we came over here. Â No one wanted to be told how to worship. Â The beautiful thing is we also have freedom ofÂ speech, and freedom of expression. Â That means you and I can believe two totally different things and talk about it openly. Â We can get into a knock-down drag-out fight over it, but what we cannot do, is inflict our beliefs on others. Â We cannot threaten, bully, or get a mob mentality to pass laws, or pass judgment and force others to live by our own moral compass. Â Yet we do. Â All the time. Â Your North and my North are not the same, and yet you tell me Iâ€™m doing the wrong thing? Â You tell me that gay marriage is against your religion so we should pass a law and make it unconstitutional. Â OK well then canÂ atheists get married? Â Can they marry a man or a woman? Â Or neither? Â What if an atheist and aÂ MormonÂ want to marry?Â Is that legal?
My brother and his wife areÂ vegetarians, yet they donâ€™t tell others not to eat meat. Â In fact, not only do we eat meat in front of them, they even let their children eat meat. Â Mass hysteria almost never ensues.
My point is this. Â Chick Fil A has a constitutional right to be bigots and support hate groups. Â The Muppets have a Constitutional right to no longer associate with them. Â The best part is this: you can do whatever youâ€™d like. Â Is eating there just like eating Chinese food? Â You donâ€™t share the same beliefs, but you like the food and you donâ€™t care how they spend the money youâ€™ve given them? Â Or do you care what your money supports? Â Are you bothered by the fact that supporting their business means you support their causes? Â Itâ€™s like buying American. Â Do you buy whatever you can find cheap and not know who you are making richer? Â Or not care? Â Do you try to buy American whenever possible, maybe from companies who treat their employees well? Â Maybe you even buy local so you know your money is going to a local farmer and not a large corporation who may or may not care about what they are feeding you.
I gave up Chick Fil A a while ago, and even if I could eat gluten, I would not be giving them my business. Â Too many companies out there hide behind being a â€œChristian Organizationâ€ to do very nasty things.
I donâ€™t care really what side you are on. Â I will respect that you are entitled to your opinion, but I expect you to respect mine.