I’ve had no interest in writing about the Chick-fil-A brouhaha. Frankly, it’s too easy. I prefer something a little more intellectually challenging than this blatant example of intolerance on the part of people who claim to hate intolerance. Anybody who is unable to see the inconsistency of their anti-Chick-fil-A stance is either too slow or too partisan to gain anything from what I might write. I just decided not to waste my time.
But today my attitude changed.
I heard about a “kiss-in” that is being planned for tomorrow at Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the country. Gay rights organizations and other sympathetic advocacy groups are encouraging gay people to head on down to their local Chick-fil-A and lock lips with a member of the same sex.
If this happens the country will be able to draw some clear distinctions regarding the tone and spirit of the two events. The Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was all about showing support for one of our own. The Chick-fil-A “kiss-in” is all about offending the other side.
Think about it.
The people who went to Chick-fil-A to show their support for Dan Cathy and his extraordinary company were happy, patient, upbeat and, most importantly, just there to do what people do when they go to restaurants: eat. Those who show up tomorrow to stand by the doors and kiss their same-sex lovers will be stepping outside the boundaries of normal behavior for the sole purpose of offending and driving away customers.
I’m guessing that a lot of gay people will choose not to participate in the “kiss-in” because they will see it for what it is: an act of rudeness that will do nothing to help foster understanding and respect. Those who are planning the event and pushing people to show up and smooch have lost sight of the bigger picture, have they not? They’re willing to harm their long-term cause for the sake of a little momentary revenge gratification. Would they also burn down their house just because they saw a mouse?
We’ll see what happens. I ask you to join me in praying that level heads will prevail.