Over the last three days, including a large part of my Sunday, I have been involved in Facebook debates with folks over Chick-Fil-A's stance on homosexuality, and what it means for their business. If you want to see some of the debates, search for Chick-Fil-A on Facebook, and look at one of their most recent posts on "fans sticking by them" and Jim Henson withdrawing the muppets from happy meals.
I'm not going to belabour this debate on here, but I took away a few very succinct impressions from the tragic hours that I wasted debating with unreasonable people from both ends of the spectrum:
1. Chick-Fil-A has the right, legally, to make the proclaimations and the policies that they've made thus far regarding homosexuality.
2. Gays and gay supporters don't have to like it, and they don't have the patronize the restaurant. Gays and gay supporters also have the right to do whatever they feel is necessary to hurt Chick-Fil-A's bottom line, including using the media as a platform to do so.
3. A real problem I have with Chick-Fil-A's stance (besides the obvious), is that they are using a relatively small message in the Bible to enact policies that discriminate against a sector of the population, while ignoring other passages of the Bible. For example, homosexuality is mentioned only 6-10 times (depending on your interpretation) in the Bible, while divorce (and God's and Jesus's distate for it) is mentioned 34 times. Yet Chick-Fil-A doesn't make policies designed to deter divorcees from their restaurant or management positions.
4. I'm disappointed at the amount of ignorant, hateful people engaging in the argument on both sides.
5. I firmly believe that this argument will be moot in 10-15 years, when the law will change, and gays will be able to marry and will have protections from discrimination like other protected classes.
6. Lastly, Chick-Fil-A was my absolute favorite fast-food restaurant growing up, and I hate it that I will no longer patronize it.