Yesterday I went into Texas Roadhouse and this didn't happen:
Hostess: Right this way
Me: Thank you! But before we're seated, I just really need to know the CEO of this establishment's stand on gay marriage.
Me: Abortion? Capital punishment? The series finale of Lost? I just really need to make sure I agree with all of their political standings before I eat their steak.
Hostess: This just in- the CEO doesn't believe in anything you believe in. Now, I can show you to your table...
Me: WHAT?! NO! I will not eat here you jerks! I will not support anyone who disagrees with me! You're all bigots and close minded idiots ruining America! I'm forming a boycott! I hope Texas Roadhouse goes out of business until it learns what the RIGHT way of thinking is! Which I hope is really soon because I really like your steak and onion blossoms! (storms out hungry)
Really, I don't understand what gay marriage has to do with chicken sandwiches. Okay, sure. You think it's a civil rights issue- you think Chick-fil-a is being discriminatory. But last I checked, same sex couples COULD STILL EAT THERE. Last I checked, there wasn't a "Lesser Chicken Salad Wrap for Homo's" on their menu.
I could put a slippery slope fallacy in here. If we boycott Chick-fli-a then what's next? Boycotting all Christian, anti-same sex marriage facilities? Asking for a copy of the company's political ideologies with every menu? But I honestly don't think any of that will happen. I truly believe that everyone who is so outraged by this is honestly trying to stand up for what they feel is right. I do not think anyone who stopped eating at Chick-fil-a over the past few weeks is a bigot or a close-minded idiot ruining America. I actually admire the fact that they saw something they felt was wrong, and then DID something about it. But I hope we can all agree that the name-calling stuff has gotten a bit out of hand. It's a two way street.
"I disagree with Chick-fil-a's stance on same-sex marriage! I'm going to stop eating there!"
"What?! You moron! By boycotting Chick-fil-a, YOU'RE discriminating against good Christians!"
"I agree with Chick-fil-a's stance on same-sex marriage! I'm going to eat there MORE!"
"What?! You moron! By eating anything at Chick-fil-a, YOU'RE discriminating against gay people!"
And on and on and on until no one has had lunch.
If I'm going to be 100% honest here, though, my real problem is how this has effected me in a small way. Like, when I was at the mall and I wanted a chicken sandwich because it sounded good. I truly wanted a SANDWICH. What I didn't want was to stand in line and have people patting me on the back and calling me "comrade." I didn't want a gay couple to think I hated them.
But I also didn't want to go to Subway and have people patting me on the back and calling me "comrade." I didn't want people thinking that I was "taking a stand" when all I really wanted was something to eat and a large Diet Coke.
All in all a pretty first world problem that doesn't really effect my everyday life- but annoying none the less.
A few sentiment's I've seen online that have made me go "yeah- it's like that"
"Just because I disagree with you does not mean I hate you"
"Deciding what to eat for lunch was already hard enough without worrying about my sandwich being homophobic"
"Let's ask the Christian president of a restaurant chain that isn't open on Sundays his view on gay marriage and act surprised and out-raged when we don't like the answer."
Peace and love, team. Let's all go grab a bite wherever we want and meet at my place to watch Olympic Handball.