Monthly Archives: March 2013

Chick-Fil-A’s anti-gay agenda

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Last year this establishment garnered some major attention upon the Chief Operating Officer, Dan Cathy, announcing his opposition to gay marriage! By the way his right to do so can be conveniently found in the first amendment of our nations constitution. In the wake of this revelation there was backlash! Hell to pay. How dare this man express his views! The LGBT community in turn called for a boycott of this restaurant to teach it a lesson in human rights and empathy. Starve the franchise’s income so as to FORCE those involved to conform to their beliefs. The tables turned when customers showed up en mass to support Chick-Fil-A’s stance, not only that but to support someone who stood up for what they believed in knowing that their views did not mesh with the status quo. This turnaround hurt the LGBT community’s feelings, leaving them feeling as if those supporters disregarded their humanity completely. So, that being said, let’s come back to the here and now. Recently, there was a LGBT demonstration near a Rancho Cucamonga Chick-Fil-A that changed everything!! The store opens, the customers enter, and here comes the gay supporters. Uh oh. Enter the owner of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant, onto the stage where speakers are doing their speaking, grabs the microphone and announces to all in attendance “free meals to all gay marriage supporters”.

The crowd is stunned.

Did he just say free meals to gay marriage supporters? But wait, aren’t all those who are affiliated with Chick-Fil-A evil, hateful, discriminating, bigots? NO! Sadly our culture has accepted two huge lies 1) if you disagree with someone, you must fear or hate them and 2) if you agree with someone, you also agree with everything else they say and do. We have become so polarized that every issue is all or nothing you are not allowed to disagree with someone and still keep their respect. We can no longer civilly disagree. Our first response is not to argue our opinion but to attack the others character or education level. Agreeing to disagree has gone by the wayside. Why do we need to be right every time or feel the need to win every argument? This is such a selfish behavior. I believe the owner of this particular Chick-Fil-A, Corey Braun is his name, perceived this mentality of our society today and decided to do the right thing, to break the chains of status quo, to rock the proverbial boat. And he achieved his goal, and in turn, changed the views of everybody involved. Mr. Braun states “There were a lot of things said over the past year, I wanted to show that Chick-Fil-A doesn’t discriminate against anybody. We serve everyone. We’re happy to serve the community and this was an opportunity to have this group come in and show them our hospitality regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever. Chick-Fil-A has never been about hate. I think things were taken out of context. The COO Dan Cathy was asked about HIS opinion on marriage and he just supports a biblical view of marriage.” Needless to say the activists were appreciative of Mr. Braun’s kind offer and accepted. So lets learn from this event. We may never know Mr. Braun’s stance on gay marriage nor do we care because he has taught us a truly valuable lesson with his actions. That no matter what beliefs you hold dear you can still coexist with those who have differing opinions. You don’t have to be friends to be friendly.

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Feel Free To Kill Yourself

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“you should quit those cancer sticks”

“those thing’ll kill you”

Yes, yes we all know. Cigarettes are unhealthy, even considered deadly. But does that give us free reign to single out smokers the way we do. To ridicule others and do our best to confine them into social solidarity; being left to uncomfortable glances, covered mouths, and bogus coughs while they they perform the perfectly legal act of smoking? How about covering the boxes with intentionally uncomfortable reminders of the act they are about to perform. When it comes time to find a way to generate more revenue one of the first ideas to present itself is to tax the sale of tobacco because “hey, if you don’t smoke, it doesn’t affect you…” I would venture to say that if this were any other social or political group today, the people would be up in arms as to how they were treated on a daily basis. Smoking is a constitutional right given to all men and women in this country and should they so choose to partake in the particular act or habit of smoking then that individual should not be condemned for their decision. Tobacco is a perfectly legal drug and therefore should not be exposed to the unnecessary and overbearing regulations imposed upon it.That is not to say that I do not believe in anti-smoking campaigns. Sure! Get The awareness out there SMOKING CAN KILL YOU!!! But you shouldn’t in turn infringe on the rights of tobacco companies to display their message also. Smoking advertisements used to be commonplace, no one thought twice about the Marlboro Man or Joe Camel, but cigarettes have become so demonized NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to go so far as to hide them from plain sight! California Assemblyman Marc Levine authored a bill that would prohibit individuals from smoking inside their own home! What kind of  “free country” are we living in? Now I am not here to say one way or the other on the health effects of smoking or even secondhand smoke for that matter. I simply believe that we have gone too far with the regulations that we have imposed on tobacco products, so much so that we are infringing on the constitutional rights of not only smokers but the tobacco companies themselves. The product is legal, the act is legal, the consequences may be deadly, but it is the right of a citizen of these United States to make that decision for themselves.

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Today and Yesterday

I understand this post may be a bit dated but I believe the lesson that is to be learned here is still authentic. I read this short article at my wife’s suggestion and it brought up one main theme that I think should be addressed.

http://blogs.sacbee.com/crime/archives/2013/03/big-rig-crash-fire-snarl-northbound-highway-99-traffic.html

Gladly no one in this accident was seriously injured. But this whole incident started out because someone was in too much of a hurry to consider others in their actions. If this driver had demonstrated enough restraint  to consider his next move and the whereabouts of others he would not have created such a horrendous incident and would not have ruined the commute for so many others on their way home. What I believe this article clearly demonstrates is how impatient we have become as a culture. I believe this is almost, if not entirely, directly related to the growth of technology in our culture. We went from the postal service to email. We went from home phones to cell phones and now text messaging. Everything today is instant, no wait times, no disappointment and should anything get in the way of our end goals or does not meet our standards, then its on to Facebook or Yelp we go to express our dislike or distaste towards that particular subject matter to the world. I feel that these privileges have brought us to become a society of perceived entitlement and self centeredness, although not entirely, I think it does shine through in moments like these. Where has the concern for others gone? When did acts of common decency (ie: opening doors for another, going out of your way for others) become an infrequent pleasant surprise? Is this our set course or can we curb our everyday hustle? And if so, how? As much as I love keeping up with friends and getting the latest updates on the happenings in the world today I wonder if we could recreate or blend in the times of old in this fast paced world we live in. And I believe that social media sites have the intention to do such blending where you can be “up to date” on all your friends happenings whilst going through your day to day experiences.But what would happen if  when we read ones latest status update we slowed down and instead of responding immediately via hashtags, likes, or comments we waited until we next saw that individual again to have a conversation about it or, better yet, use that opportunity to call and set up a date to spend some time together. I understand that we get busier and busier as technology grows and life goes on and I don’t want to discount the advantages we gain over yesteryear due to those advances. But when I look back in my life I seem to remember the most meaningful and memorable times being when I was physically with an individual and we spent time together in each others company. Its never that post or that tweet but the trip we took or the face to face we had with each other that set those special memories apart from all others.

Anyways, that’s my two cents. What do you think? I would be delighted to hear your guys’ thoughts and opinions on the subject.