Given that Cameron Slater never seems to pass up a chance to demagogue on the issue of gay marriage, his silence on the Chick-Fil-A controversy has been fascinating.
Basically, for those not in the know, the owner of a blatantly Christian fast food outlet, which closes all its stores on Sunday, told a Baptist newspaper that he supports traditional marriage. All hell broke loose, with Mayors in Chicago, Boston and other prominent commie fiefdoms threatening to ban Chick-Fil-A. What had been a simple issue of defining marriage suddenly became an issue of free speech and First Amendment rights.
Slater, who has been so vocal about the “right” of gay folk to get an A4 100gsm bit of paper with the M word on it from the government, and never one to pass up an opportunity to smash Leftists for being the filthy fascists they are, has suddenly lost his voice in the face of these blatant threats and intimidation. Apparently being a Nazi is okay if it’s about restricting the free speech and free commerce of evangelicals.
Of course, it doesn’t matter. After Mike Huckabee called for a Chick-Fil-A appreciation day this Wednesday to support their First Amendment rights, this was the result. People don’t like it when their beliefs are demagogued and they are told they are homophobes just because they value marriage. And they especially don’t like it when their right to free speech, and especially their right to buy greasy fast food is threatened.
I support the right of gay folk to formalize their relationships. They’ve had that right in parts of the US since 1961 (and in all States since 2003), in the UK since 1967, and in New Zealand since 1986. In New Zealand, since 2005, you can get an A4 100gsm bit of paper telling you that your relationship is formalized. But I believe government has no business defining marriage, which is thousands of years old and clearly not something which can be entered into by two dudes or by two chicks. And frankly, when I support the right of anybody to have sex with who they want, live with who they want, and stand in a church before God and all their relatives to celebrate the fact, I am not going to be told that I am some sort of bigot because I don’t want the DIA to put a special word on a bit of paper for you. Because that word is important to me as a Christian, and we are the ones who define it. Mr Slater can define it however he wants, but I don’t see why the government should discriminate one way or the other by having to pick a side.