Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Don't Be A Dick-fil-A

It is not surprising that a bunch of Chick-fil-A fundamentalist d1ckheads made it a point to eat there and show what a bunch of tasteless, backward, unhealthy buffoons they are.  I have never eaten there because I have always known that they are run by religious fanatics and therefore have always avoided them.

I also know that some people are trying to sell the "1st amendment defender" meme, where they claim that they will support Chick-fil-A's right to say moronic things, but this is as bogus as it gets. An employee at Chick-fil-A is not free to exercise first amendment rights.  You can bet that they would fire you in a heartbeat for not saying "God, and Jesus, and Mary bless you" every time a customer sneezed.  Does anyone think for a second that they they would hire an employee who was a goth or a wiccan or wore a pentagram?  The CEO claims that all the franchisees are "married to their first wives", so it sounds like, if you get divorced then, on the basis of religion alone, they would kick you to the curb.  They claim that there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A has engaged in discriminatory practices, but that is because, in many places an employee can be fired without cause, basically for any reason.  You can bet that they would never hire gay people, and would certainly invent any convenient reason to get rid of them the moment such information was discovered.

Many naive "defenders of the 1st amendment" never seem to grasp this, but you cannot defend people who would would undermine the very freedoms you are claiming to protect.  If Dick-fil-A Dan Cathy had his way and ran the country as he wished there would would be no freedom of religion.  It would be worship the way Dick-fil-a Dan commands or face deportation, or prison, or burning at the stake for your heresy.

I will always defend the rights of people who respect my rights, but it must be a two-way street or you will end up sabotaging your own freedoms.

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