Prejudice for Dummies: A Translation of South Florida Chick-fil-A Supporters' Claims

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Two loyally religious Chick-fil-A patrons.
A confession: On Wednesday, some New Times folk wanted to eat Chick-fil-A. Music Editor Liz Tracy and video guy Jake Katel stopped by a store in Pembroke Pines and discovered the hullaballoo around "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," in defense of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's statement that Americans are "inviting God's judgment" in trying to expand marriage rights to the LGBT community.

Video camera in hand, they chatted with a few people, whom you can see talking in the video after the jump. Also provided for you: Some of their comments, with translations to help you see through the pseudo-constitutional balderdash they're blabbering about.

  • "I want my country back, man."
I would like to go back to the time where people who made me uncomfortable were silenced rather than allowed to make me uncomfortable.
  • "We just wanna get God back into our country."
Why do so many people not believe what I believe? And can we please force them to believe it?
  • "I'm here celebrating free speech, freedom of religion, and good chicken."
If your prejudices are backed by religion, then you should be immune from criticism. Also, I like chicken.
  • "I was incensed by Rahm Emmanual and the mayor of Boston. They have some nerve. Trying to affect a man's business because he has an opinion?"
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Advocating for denying gay people their rights: freedom of speech.

Advocating for denying a millionaire the right to open a chicken shack: DISGUSTING.
  • "What people do in their bedroom is their business. For me, marriage is between a man and a woman."
What people do in their bedroom is their business. When they ask for legal rights and protections afforded to straight people, that is my business. For me, marriage is between a man and a woman. For everyone else, it should also be between a man and a woman. I have decided this, and wish it to be true.
  • "We believe in freedom of speech and the freedom that we're able to stand up and open a business without no one stopping us, because this is America."
This is America -- where no corporate entity can be criticized but entire swaths of the population can be thrown under the bus for political points.
  • "I believe what the word of God says. And the word of God says is a family unit. OK, between a man and a woman... In the New Testament it talks about it, yes."
I will cherry-pick Bible verses to justify my prejudices. Leviticus discusses men laying with men (Leviticus 20:13), though it also discusses wearing clothing of mixed cloth (Leviticus 19:19), so please disregard my poly-cotton blend shirt. Also please disregard the second chapter of First Timothy, which says women should be silent. Silence makes it harder to hate the gays.
  • "It's really just standing together, and that we live in the United States and we should have freedom of religion as well. So we don't believe that a leader of a company should be condemned because of one thing that he said. He has a right to stand up and say what he feels and that's what we're here for."
There should not be consequences for people's actions. I do not understand what the First Amendment is for, but Dan Cathy reaffirms my hatred of gay folk, so give me some chicken!
  • "In our reality, we don't come against the person, regardless of their sexual orientation, we love the person we just don't agree with their lifestyle, and there's nothing wrong with that."
I would like credit for loving people while simultaneously denying their civil rights. And there's nothing wrong with that.
  • "And thats why I love being an American. Because I should be able to stand here and have the freedom to state that without feeling that I'm going to be crucified for it."
America is wonderful. People have rights, and shouldn't be discriminated against. Except gay people.
  • "Regardless of a person's sexual orientation, I love that person as a person because we're humanity, we're mankind, and I'm here to defend the next human being."
We're humanity! We're mankind! Some of us are just better.




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34 comments
bradmcdougal836
bradmcdougal836

"Forward" = Please don't look back at my disappointing record...

ultrasven
ultrasven

"I want my country back"

"what exactly do you mean by that?"

"well, I can't really get into that..."

Comedy Gold. or Tragedy

ChazStevensGenius
ChazStevensGenius

Have you ever seen two really hot women go at it? How can you be against that?

Katherine Gill
Katherine Gill

I'd be curious to assume then based on the religious beliefs of executives "closet case" employee's for a lack of better words must refrain from honesty if they want to be promoted and justly have earned such. Wouldn't that be discriminatory and a valid reason not to permit a business to establish itself in a population to prevent further grief?

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

Shit. How did Asshole Allen West miss this venue to spew his ignorant frightwing bullshit? Oh, that's right. The carpetbagging teabgger packed his shit and went to district 18.

ThisCountryIsDoomed
ThisCountryIsDoomed

Freedom of speech is always crucial until it defends something you don't agree with. Privately owned corporation with private opinions. I didn't realize we were living in the USSR. Liberal hypocrisy at its finest.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

"Freedom of Speech" fits on a bumper sticker better than "Dispersing corporate revenue to hate mongering zealots to suppress basic human rights for those whose private lives are deemed immoral by the zealots ". Dumbing down has been a rousing success.

Rebecca Anne
Rebecca Anne

Free speech does not mean that no one can tell you to shut up, it means no one has to power to actually shut you up. Free speech is not one person saying one thing and then everyone else sits silently. Chick-Fil-A/Mr. Cathy expressed their views with both words and money - as is their right. NOW other people are expressing their views with their words and their money - whether that be by boycotting or patronizing Chick-Fil-A. That's America. People who go around ranting about people not being tolerant of Christian views or "what ever happened to free speech?" fundamentally misunderstand both of those concepts. Tolerating discrimination is not "tolerance" in the larger sense of the word.

David Michael Quinones
David Michael Quinones

The special interest in this case is trying to shut down the business because of something the owner has done, not said. He has contributed to hate groups who actively work to deprive gays and lesbians of equal protection under the same amendment you invoke in your comment.

Elise Yany-Fleishman
Elise Yany-Fleishman

Not really it was a polite way to say go ahead and try to boycott someone that you don't agree with. The folks are tired of it! I could careless who wants to marry who but when a special interest tries to shut someone down because they don't like what they said that my friend is a BIG problem. I believe in traditional marriage but I would never EVER boycott Amazon.com because they believe in gay marriage.

Native
Native

This is a valuable service--translating reasonable common sense into leftist claptrap.

hahaha
hahaha

fighting over opinions of people pushing fast food. LULZ at America.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

The problem is that it has nothing to do with free speech.  The problem is this guy takes all the money he makes shilling out his "chicken" and sends it off to support anti gay hate groups.  THATS why theres a boycott.  He just spewed out his thoughts and made it more obvious what drives him and his company.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

 @ThisCountryIsDoomed Whose speech is being denied? BTW, what is a privately owned corporation? Did you mean privately owned company? It may be, but I am in the dark. Not sure about the USSR analogy either. Maybe ROC or RNK. Mr. Cathy is entitled to his opinions, as are the protesters(both sides) and the Mayors. They are just opinions.

rabdill
rabdill

 @ThisCountryIsDoomed I'm honestly baffled as to how this is hypocrisy. This is obviously not a freedom of speech issue, just like it isn't a freedom of religion issue as framed by the people in the video. The government isn't trying to stop anyone from doing anything -- consumers are entitled to impose sanctions on businesses for whatever reason they want, just like consumers are entitled to go and eat extra chicken sandwiches or whatever to support a cause.

 

But one side is wrong.

rabdill
rabdill

 @Native The problem is that it's not "reasonable common sense" -- it's euphemisms for prejudice. "Putting God back in our country" is the slogan of people who are about to force religion on somebody. It sounds nice; it isn't.

rabdill
rabdill

 @hahaha The problem isn't the opinion, it's the millions of dollars in chicken money being sent to groups whose primary goal is to dehumanize gay folks.

ThisCountryIsDoomed
ThisCountryIsDoomed

 @smdrpepper And that's his right as an american. What part of "free speech" do you not understand? But because you don't agree with him, it should be illegal? GTFO

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

 @smdrpepper and the concept will never be considered by them due to comprehension problems. Their messages need to be short and match their attention span.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

 @rabdill Don't waste your breath. They are lost souls. They are unconvertible.

rabdill
rabdill

  @smdrpepper You're making up arguments and then attacking them. nobody's saying this speech should be illegal. Just that it's hateful.

erikpetersen2
erikpetersen2

 @ThisCountryIsDoomed  @smdrpepper "free speech" != ("does not equal," for those of you who are not versed in C++) sending money to groups actively trying to oppress a group of people. What Dan Cathy said IS in fact protected by his First Amendment Rights, you are correct. When he spends his money oppressing the rights of LGBT Americans, that is also his right. However, it is my right to point out that he is a bigoted asshole who's hate-mongering I refuse to support. It is also my right to disseminate that information so that *hopefully* people will see this bigotry for what it is and join me in refusing to do business there, regardless of how good their chicken might be. 

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

 @ThisCountryIsDoomed  @smdrpepper

 I see you read at the Palin level. You did read the comments, now didn't you?...To refresh your stultified mind...

1.  I would like to go back to the time where people who made me uncomfortable were silenced rather than allowed to make me uncomfortable...

2.Why do so many people not believe what I believe? And can we please force them to believe it?....

3. Advocating for denying gay people their rights: freedom of speech. Advocating for denying a millionaire the right to open a chicken shack: DISGUSTING....

What's disgusting is in this day and age this country is regressing to the point of total ignorance and stupidity. You frightwing teabag nutjobs put the DUH in FloriDUH.

 

ChazStevensGenius
ChazStevensGenius

A @erikpetersen2 Actually son, "!=" dates back to the days of C.

 

Just ask Kernighan and Ritchie. They are the K&R in The C Programming Language book.

 

Though Ritchie died last year, so he might be a hard one to take a meeting with.

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