I have to thank one of the commentators on this blog – Steven – for reminding me of the circumstances leading up to this post.
As you probably know by now, there’s been a bit of a stink surrounding the US fast food company Chick-fil-A and the fact that their owners have publicly stated that they oppose the rights of certain citizens to enjoy the same rights they do, based purely on their sexual orientation. In other words, the owners of Chick-fil-A are your typical right-wing, religious bigots who oppose the right for gay people to marry – presumably because they see it as a threat to their own marriages. Or some such bullshit.
Now, I’ll admit that the actions of the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Fransisco were out of line in saying that they wouldn’t allow any more franchises to open. In fact, if they do go down that road, they’ll probably be in breach of the First Amendment.If Chick-fil-A refused to serve gay people, then the mayors would be within their rights to withhold licenses from the stores. But you can’t punish a company, just because it’s run by medieval fuckwits.
Regardless, this – and the calls for the franchise to be boycotted – has the rabid right frothing at the mouth. How DARE those filthy gay lovers try and impose their beliefs on good, God-fearin’ folk. The persecution complex that these idiots harbour was ramped into full gear – oh dear, the Christians are being persecuted again! You know, the people who want to deny a segment of the population the same basic human rights they enjoy. Sarah Palin, who is never scared to put her ignorance on display, but more on her later, went so far as to say the owners were being “crucified.”
It was former Presidential candidate and right-wing bigot, Mike Huckabee, who proposed a “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” Sadly it worked, as overweight, red-necked Americans flocked to the stores, resulting in Chick-fil-A reporting record sales. One wonders just what the good, God-fearin’ owners of Chick-fil-A will do with this sudden windfall? Donate it to charity? Pay Huckabee a commission? Finance another anti-gay hate group? Or do a Scrooge McDuck and roll around in their filthy lucre? I guessing the latter.
Now back to Palin, who popped up on Fox News (probably knowing it’s the only “news” agency that still allows her to peddle her lies) with the following worlds of Palin “wisdom”:
Well, that calling for the boycott is a real — has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights, and the owner of the Chick-fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage, one boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married. And having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified.
I’m speaking up for him and his 1st Amendment rights and anybody else who would wish to express their not anti-gay people sentiment, but their support of traditional marriage, which President Obama and Joe Biden, they both supported the exact same thing until just a few months ago, when Obama had to flip-flop to shore up the homosexual voter base.
So… calling for a boycott has “a chilling effect on the First Amendment.” And it wouldn’t be a right-wing fuckhead speaking, if they didn’t have a dip at Obama and his “homosexual voter base.” I could only laugh at her ” not anti-gay people sentiment, but their support of traditional marriage” bullshit. Also, the Greeks, Romans, Japanese and countless others might disagree with Palin over her “all civilisation since the beginning of time” crap. Still, expecting Palin to be even vaguely informed is like watching the Hindenburg dock and hoping that this time it won’t blow up.
Palin clearly has nothing against gay people, just as long as they don’t enjoy the same rights she does.
I thought I’d do a bit of research and read the First Amendment, something that Palin, and many other conservative have never done. The basic text reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now, that was written by a bunch of 18th century Freemasons, so I thought I’d turn to the Legal Information Institute for some clarity:
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief.
The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another.
The right to freedom of speech allows individuals to express themselves without interference or constraint by the government. The Supreme Court has recognized that the government may prohibit some speech that may cause a breach of the peace or cause violence.
Now… I know I’m just a foreign devil, but from that brief summary that the First Amendment deals primarily with Government interfering with free speech. If private citizens want to boycott somebody because of the stupid, hateful things they do, then they have as much right under the First Amendment, as the stupid bigots do to spout their stupid, hateful comments.
You see, it would appear as if Palin and all the other idiots have forgotten two things:
You know, the companies that the right-wing bigots were boycotting because of their pro-gay stance. The companies that is, not the right-wing bigots.
In the case of JCPenney, the wingnut group known as One Million Moms (but which should probably be named “A few thousand hate-filled, crazy bitches, high on God”) launched a boycott of JCPenney because they dared to show an advert with two real-life gay fathers playing with their children. The bigots claimed that the store was “continuing on the same path of promoting sin.“
Yeah, showing two loving parents, enjoying quality time with their children is “promoting sin.” Maybe OMM would be happier is JCP showed an advert featuring some Alabama cracker raping his daughter? Hell, at least it wouldn’t have queers in it.
Not content with stopping there, OMM demanded that Ellen DeGeneres be removed as JCP’s spokesperson, because of her sexual orientation.
Yet, strangely I can’t find any comment from Palin, Huckabee, Santorum et al decrying this “chilling effect on the First Amendment.”
Likewise with the boycott of Oreos, all because they dared to recognise gay pride month, with a rather colourful cookie. Now, most of the calls to boycott Oreos came via Facebook, which has displayed more than once that it’s populated by a vast majority of the bottom half of the internet, so it can probably be taken with a pinch of salt. Indeed, searching Facebook for “boycott Oreos” shows me that the most popular boycott page only has 117 “likes,” so there’s probably not much to worry about there.
But once again… where were Palin et al, decrying this “chilling effect on the First Amendment?”
I guessing it’s only an attack on the First Amendment if people disagree with their bigotry. How convenient.
Bunch of filthy hypocrites.
Still, that all said, you know what the really sad thing about all of this is?
Nobody has called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A (and McDonalds, Wendys, Burger King, etc, etc) because they sell awful, unhealthy food, that is turning the population into tubs of lard and taking years off their lives.
When that happens, instead of insane squabbling over basic human rights, based on a belief in a Bronze Age myth, there might be some hope for America. But not before then.