By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
Have you had your daily dose of whackadoo? The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer (he’s a good source of the stuff if you ever find yourself wanting), recently issued a call to action against “the bullies at Big Gay” in defense of holier-than-thou fast food chain Chick-fil-A, reports Right Wing Watch (via Towleroad).
The chicken sandwich slinger has faced heightened criticism since it’s owner, Dan Cathay, confirmed his opposition to gay rights in no uncertain terms on a radio show:
We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.
Cathay’s strong words have encouraged many of the LGBTQ-supportive folks and company’s who had not already cut ties with Chick-fil-A to do so (including Jim Henson’s muppets, Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno, and Boston Mayor Tom Menino).
Fischer blames this response on the Big Gay bullies and their hypocritical “diversity world”, which fails to include bigots:
Tolerance is not in their vocabulary. They have no tolerance for those who support the institution of the natural family. None, zip, zero. They have no room in their so-called ‘diversity world’ for people who believe in natural marriage. They claim to be all about diversity, but there is no room in their world for anybody that believes in traditional moral values. They’re absolutely intolerant and they have no room, they’re anti-diversity.
Considering that many gay folks emerged from “natural marriages,” his exclusion theory seems like a stretch. After all, it’s typically those traditional family types that kick their gay kids out of the house, not the other way around. (I can just hear it now: “Mom, Dad. I simply can’t support you failure to explore other relationship styles or pursue same-sex sexual partners. I don’t have room for that kind of morality in my life. I’m moving out.”)
Fischer takes his opposite-day argument even further, comparing the supposedly intolerant gays to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (you know, the one who doesn’t believe there are gays in his country, despite the fact that he continues to hang them) and his antagonism of Israel.
So I’m talking about this with regard specifically to Chick-fil-A. And I am pointing out specifically that the bullies at Big Gay are coming after Chick-fil-A. They’re trying to take them out, they’re trying to obliterate them, they’re trying to go Ahmadinejad on Chick-fil-A, they want them wiped off the face of the map.
Um, ok. Lucky for the fast food chain, Fischer’s (surely numerous) followers will stage an anti-boycott on August 1, aiming to “buy out every chicken sandwich that Chick-fil-A makes.” Cause on opposite day, gluttony is a virtue, not a sin.