Let’s leave ‘hate’ out of the same-sex marriage debate, August 15
Amused by the coverage of the demonstration at Chick-fil-A in support of gay marriage, I could not help but notice the signs using the word “hate.” Someone please tell me how and why hate has entered this debate. From reports across the country and in our area, the only example of hate was by the individual who berated a Chick-fil-A employee and posted his rant on the internet for all to see. I understand he has now apologized, perhaps in an attempt to get his job back since his employer was not impressed with the posting.
Several of the individuals demonstrating at Chick-fill-A recently are my former students, and I applaud their initiative and especially their recognizing the need to discard the offensive and inappropriate sign one demonstrator had. However, I also sense some irony in their efforts. Many of these students benefitted directly and indirectly from the generous support Chick-fil-A provides our communities’ schools with donations and coupons for many fund-raising efforts throughout the years.
I share the views of Dan Cathy (president of Chick-fil-A) on traditional marriage. But no one on either side of the debate, which is far from settled, should be treated with hatred or disrespect. It will become more vocal given our president’s recent change of views and the fact the DNC may adopt gay marriage as part of its platform this year. Stay tuned, and express your views like these good citizens did.
David G. Bell