Friday, August 03, 2012

A Chicken Sandwich For Thought

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that ALL MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Does that sound familiar to any of you? These are words that Thomas Jefferson drafted in the Declaration of Independence. I think that sometimes we forget what these words truly mean. Our country was founded on the principle of religion. Anyone who wanted away from the church in England could come to America and not have to worry. They could worship any way they please. That is why the first amendment was drafted in the Constitution. We have freedoms. Over the years our freedoms have adapted to the times. There is no denying it. If we do not keep changing with the times we are doomed to see our past come back and haunt us again.

Women weren't allowed the right to vote until the 1920. I want you to wrap your mind around this. Try to put your mind back to the 1920s. I really want you to think about this if you are a woman. How would you feel if you wouldn't be considered for a job at all unless you were a nurse. Do you think a woman would have been working in a factory in the 1950s? I don't think so.

The Civil Rights Movement. I want you think about sitting in a room that it was roped off. That you could not talk to the African American's or they couldn't talk to you. Separate bathrooms, water fountains, sections on the bus. Can you wrap your mind around that in today's society?

If all men were created equal why do we not treat everyone as such. Our history shows that we haven't been nice to anyone that is different than the norm we were taught about.

This brings me to where I am at today. I was debating on whether or not I want to put up something about the Chick Fil A situation. I wanted to talk about this here. I will say I have to give Chick Fil A some respect for standing up for what they believe in. How many times do we just sit on our hands and not say a word. Doing this in a struggling economy is just as risky. I applaud them for that. However, with that being said, I have to strongly disagree with their standpoint against equal rights.

I just want someone to explain to me how eating a chicken sandwich is going to change things. As I said earlier, are we not doing the same thing for the LGBT community that was done to women and African American's? Is having someone we love, opposite or same sex, really that big of a deal. I know the argument that it will hurt the sanctity of marriage. Hasn't that been pretty much destroyed already? We have one of the highest divorce rates in the world. Remember the days, when people couldn't get divorced? Now, they have drive thru divorce places. If you have been married more than 3 times you have no right to talk about the sanctity of Marriage.

I know this is not the popular stance on the matter, and I am guessing in some people's eyes since I wasn't chomping down on some chicken nuggets on Wednesday, that I am now going to Hell. I am going to throw this down, why is this the biggest deal in the world? Why are we not more worried about fixing our economy instead we are worried if a man and a man are making out in a tunnel somewhere? Why are we not worried about our homeless Veterans that defended our freedoms so that anyone can be with anyone? We are more worried about taking away some people's happiness, cause they are in love , and I will say 50% of the time, in more love than your normal everyday couple.

If wondering about who we are sleeping with and want to be with is the biggest problem facing society right now, I am scared to see what the future looks like.

Will I still eat at Chick Fil A? Yes

Do I support rights and marriage for the LGBT community? Yes.

This is a debate about morals and not politics. Speak your mind.

I would love to hear your opinions on the matter. Leave us a comment.


Emily said...

Well said. We judge people too much in life. If 2 people are happy then leave them alone and let them be happy. If you don't believe in gay marriage that's your choice but didn't God say love thy neighbor and don't judge others because it is His job? There are more important things to worry about in the world. If society was a little more understanding the world would be a better place.

Connie Perry said...

You are wise beyond your years! You can go back even further to how we treated native americans...we are a mean people who bully and pick on others. But you are absolutely right, if we work on the other issues that are basic to our well being these other issues take care of themselves. Traditional marriage is a mess and that is because we no longer respect each other or have morals....not necessarily religion but a code of ethics or moral standards that don't allow us to purposely hurt others or set out to destroy someone or something that scares us or seems to "threaten" us. Amazingly enough we have been given the freedom to stand for those opinions without fear of retribution...not what I am seeing these days, though. God is the judge and I for one am glad as there are some things in my life that only God knows fully about so I choose to allow Him to judge me based on full knowledge not what people think they know. Great statement, just wish others could see what you are seeing!