You know, I always thought that for someone to be anti-gay, they had to make clear, through words or actions, their animus against gay people. We do see such folks from time to time. A few of them will not be participating in CPAC next week.
Seems some on the gay left have different standards. Many seem to believe that someone is anti-gay merely because he doesn’t support state recognition of same-sex marriage. David Harsanyi disagrees, calling it “deceitful to dismiss legitimate arguments for preserving traditional marriage and ugly to smear everyone making them as homophobic Neanderthals.” I agree.
That hasn’t stopped some people from bandying about the accusation:
Southern fried-chicken chain Chick-fil-A has recently been accused of anti-gay sentiment for providing sandwiches and brownies to an event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, a “traditional, foundational” family based group that has rallied against gay marriage in the past, the “New York Times” reported Saturday.
So, they provided food to a socially conservative group. So, what? Did they prevent or otherwise discourage gay men from partaking of their offerings? Did they deny lesbians admission to their restaurant? Did they post signs in said restaurants calling homosexuality a sin?
While supporting traditional marriage, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said that he and his family “love and respect anyone who disagrees.” Sounds like a voice for civil discourse to me.
In the face of all the hullabaloo, our pal Chris Barron, chairman of the board of GOProud, said:
With the gay left it’s all stick and no carrot. Instead of working to change hearts and minds the angry gay left would rather go on witch hunts. . . . The witch hunts by the professionally outraged gay protestor class may feel good, but I think they are incredibly counter-productive. To most of the world a chicken sandwich is just a chicken sandwich and folks who try to politicize everything usually end up doing more harm to their cause at the end of the day.
That people are getting upset over a restaurant providing meals to a socially conservative group shows that things are not as bad as some would make them out to be. The folks are Chick-fil-A are only offering food to people with whom many of us disagree. They’re not denying us service or proselytizing against our “lifestyle.”
They’re just helping out people with different points of view. And if some people are upset about that, they should at least acknowledge that compared to the outrages minorities have experienced in American history, this is small potatoes. Very small potatoes.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has more on the whole hullabaloo.