I am not good at not being angry. I am not good at not letting my emotions run away with my words so by the end of an argument, I’m spewing inarticulate venom at the person I’m arguing.
And, at the end of things, I’m just tired and sadder and unable to understand and empathize.
Let’s start slow and let’s see if I can keep my temper.
Let’s say that you have misinterpreted this whole Chick-fil-A thing as a First Amendment issue, which it’s not. It’s about the restaurant donating money to anti-gay groups. Groups that are AGAINST human beings because they have a specific kind of CONSENSUAL sex.
Let’s say that you see how upset and sad and angry people are who are being singled out because of this one difference. Let’s say you notice that there are millions of people who are affected by this, who are hurt by this, who are feeling like they are treated like second class citizens.
If your response is to immediately go to that restaurant and buy Chick-fil-A’s food specifically to say, “Ha! Your problems and worries and fears are inconsequential! I’m going to turn this into a I’m right, and You’re Wrong argument that I clearly just won”, then you’re an asshole.
You’re not fighting for rights. You’re not championing free speech. You’re not sticking up for the little guy. You’re giving money to a fast food chain that donates to groups that hurt people.
There’s no way to dress that up. There’s no way to polish that turd.
You’re an asshole.
Let me repeat this: You gave money to a fast food company and you told yourself you were protecting free speech. You told yourself you were a hero.
Really what you did was contribute to the severe, nationwide problem of obesity and helped to contribute to a company that actively works to restrict freedom.
You have our eternal thanks.