By Brian Kearney
I am a gay 21-year-old college student. I am not religious, but I am spiritual. I was not bullied in school, but rather well liked. My family accepts and loves me for who I am, not based on who I love or the lifestyle I live. I have my opinions and beliefs on things, but do not state them when unwarranted.
I am truly horrified at the things I have seen people post regarding recent events surrounding the two incidences above. I have read threats, false statements, and religious quotes from both heterosexual and homosexual individuals. It is truly heartbreaking to see how split our country is on a topic that in future years will be seen as a silly thing to dispute and condemn other human beings over.
The recent statements made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy about same sex marriage are not something to be up in arms over. I do not agree with it, but his opinion is not going to change. I think it is unfortunate that society will now associate anyone eating their food with social prejudice and one’s political views, as seen in recent photographs where Sarah Palin and Todd Palin had their picture taken holding up their thumbs and big bags of food from the restaurant. I find the photograph to be in poor taste and classless, for it was released soon after Chick-fil-A boycotts erupted on social media sites, and seemed as if they were giving an indirect response to it all and reinforcing their stance on the topic of same sex marriage.
No one will ever agree on the same thing but that does not permit hate speech towards anyone, regardless of his or her stance on things.
Dan Cathy is entitled to his opinion and that should be respected.
An example of inappropriate ways to voice your opinion can be seen in the incident with Whitebriar Bed & Breakfast in Edgewater Park, NJ and local Burlington County resident Joianne Fraschilla.
An out lesbian and mother to a young son, Fraschilla responded to a sign posted outside the B&B that read “Chick fil-A Appreciation Day. Aug 1. Wednesday. Marriage – One Man – One Woman – One God”.
After stating that her son loves to pass by the B&B and expressing her sadness to see a local business anti LGBT via Facebook, Whitebriar responded on the post by stating, “…guess that’s why God invented aids…” among other malicious language geared towards the LGBT community.
Anyone who can honestly say that there is nothing wrong with speaking to a human being like that is out of touch with reality. That is cruel any way you look at it, even if it were true.
I can’t fathom the idea of me or anyone else raising a child in a society where people think it is okay to degrade people like that – it’s hard enough living in it. Religion has been a hot topic in this debacle. From what I know of other religions it is solely the job of God to judge human beings, not devoted followers. I think people need to accept the fact that not everyone abides by their God’s’ rules, their beliefs or morals.
In the big scheme of things, it takes a mature individual to accept different opinions, views and lifestyles of others without judgment and public harassment…it is quite sad to see that a 21-year-old is one of few to actually realize that.
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