Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Chik Fil A controversy. This is where the CEO of Chik Fil A, Dan Cathy, made a statement that he supported the biblical view of traditional marriage.
Cathy backtracked and reclarified himself, but the controversy match had already been struck, plunging the nation into a deep dialogue about gay rights, traditional marriage, and everything in between.
The publicity part has died down quite a bit, but does that mean anything? Absolutely not. It just means that we need to step back and really look at the world around us.
You see, just when you thought that people were tolerant because of Glee, Modern Family, and Ellen, you find that yes, people are more than happy to support a company that is giving money to groups that actively campaign and lobby against gay marriage and other rights being afforded to gay people.
This is still a big deal, gay teens. A huge deal. Even if you’re far, far away from getting married, you have to see it as a big deal. These people are actively considering your rights as a sin against the world itself, and they have no qualms about voting to make sure that you don’t have the same rights as them.
Maybe when you don’t have anyone trying to take things from you, you can declare the battle “finished”. But just because the reporters aren’t reporting about it doesn’t mean that the fight is over.
Chik Fil A took a beating for a time, but the news machine marches on and the company is peeking around to see if it still has supporters. There are plenty of people that boycotted Chik Fil A, but what about the ones that didn’t? What about the ones that still think that Cathy is actually in the right here?
More food for thought. For now, all you can do is educate the people around you. This isn’t just about free speech — it’s about a company that is giving money to people trying to take away your rights. That’s all there is to it.