Playing ‘Chicken’ Backfires

In a display of solidarity supporting freedom of speech, patrons crowded many Chick-fil-A franchises on Wednesday in response to the unofficial “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”. Attempts to punish and financially harm the company’s president, Dan Cathy, for stating his opinion on gay marriage seem to have struck a chord with the “silent majority”. Perhaps it is more than just freedom of speech at play.

For years the gay community, joined by progressives, has accused all who disagree even slightly with any of their demands of being hateful, intolerant, or a homophobic. They have attacked loudly and forcefully in a game of “chicken” to see who would back down first. The majority of people have remained silent, refusing to play the game over many issues that, quite frankly, are not high on most priority lists.

Emboldened by that silence, the gay community quickly went from demanding tolerance to demanding acceptance to demanding approval and began using more aggressive tactics along the way. It seems that this game of “chicken” has backfired in the Chick-fil-A debacle.

It is not hateful to disapprove of homosexuality and it is not intolerant to want to keep the definition of marriage the way it has been for hundreds of years. It is, however, intolerant to refuse to accept that one can dislike homosexuality without hating the homosexual. Acting upon that disapproval, of course, is an entirely different matter, but expressing one’s opinion should not bring harmful attacks and labeling one hateful for doing so is wrong.

A line has been arrogantly crossed and it may have awakened a sleeping giant. If the giant stays awake long enough, it may decide to solidify all the lines and push back hard on those who have repeatedly crossed them. Hopefully, the giant will remain awake through November.

David J. Hentosh

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