Eat Mor Hate

“I’m having hate for dinner … it tastes like chicken” – my wife (at Chick-Fil-A last night)

My wife has quite a way with words. She’s a far better writer than I am (I know this is a shocking claim) … but is also the mother of three little boys and has very little time for writing. We had Chick-Fil-A to-go at the playground last night with those three boys who badly needed to be out of the house (and badly need a back yard – but that’s another story). It was a good night.

Perhaps the day was not so good for a security guard at the Family Research Council who was shot in the arm yesterday by a homosexual activist who was angered over the group’s conservative stance and affiliation with Chick-Fil-A. (One of many articles here.)

The incident is fresh, and I admittedly haven’t been watching every liberal news show since the crime. It will be interesting to see if lefties who opposed Chick-Fil-A, and who certainly oppose the FRC, will point out that this type of violence is obviously wrong.

Wrong and stupid. Honestly, this looks more like a cry for help or an attempt to get attention. The guy walks in, apparently pretending to be an intern and carrying a Chick-Fil-A bag for effect, pulls out a gun and starts shooting. Having completely stolen the initiative, having grabbed the ability to unleash the first volley – usually a deadly proposition with modern weaponry – the gunman (Floyd Corkins) managed to shoot a security guard … in the arm. One suspects that perhaps Corkins had cold feet, didn’t really want to kill anyone, or even was shaken to his senses after the first shot. Either way, it looks like the damage was minimal – this is a good thing.

Honestly, the whole Chick-Fil-A kerfuffle is silly. From the standpoint of business, it makes little sense to get involved in the whole gay-marriage debate. But, once they stepped into the headlines, the reaction from the left has been even more silly. They dramatically overplayed their hand, expecting a throng to follow them because the Chick-Fil-A COO expressed a view that was held by … well, a lot of people. Chick-Fil-A then unleashes a well-played business move (“Chick-Fil-A appreciation day”) giving supporters of traditional marriage a non-violent outlet to express themselves … and made a TON of money in the process. Opponents then launched a “kiss-in” which apparently produced very few participants, and gave Chick-Fil-A another opportunity to win the day: they gave away free food and drinks to the protesters.

To the anti-Chick-Fil-A crowd I say two things. First, you have freedom of association. It is perfectly acceptable for you to not eat at Chick-Fil-A, and to encourage (or shame) your friends to do the same. Second, you should quit the protest flail. You’re losing badly and getting utterly outclassed by a fast-food joint. Amateurs.

Say a prayer for Floyd Corkins today. He’s a scared and confused young man with a long life in front of him.

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One Response to Eat Mor Hate

  1. Good to see you writing again!

    Certainly agree that the entire “kerfuffle” is rather silly. I’ll admit, I tend to doubt that most homophobia is rooted in outright hate. Ignorance, yes. But not hate. And if ignorance doesn’t taste good, then simply don’t eat there.

    Regarding the shooting, I wonder if there is *any* one on either side of the aisle that would disagree that “this type of violence is obviously wrong.” I don’t imagine there is, or at least I have yet to read about someone suggesting otherwise. On the other hand, I hope that the same condemnation would be applied to, say, murdering a doctor who performs abortions. I use this as an extreme example since the line of division between groups that feel differently about this issue is pretty much the same line dividing the Chick-Fil-A nonsense. I have no patience with vigilante justice, whether misguided or not, and hopefully the rest of us don’t either.

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