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Gay rights organization to stage ‘kiss-in’ in front of Chick-Fil-A

posted at 3:10 pm on July 26, 2012 by

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the way to an ostensibly unenlightened man’s heart must be through his gallbladder. That seems to be the message of Equality Illinois, a gay rights group that plans to protest fast food chain against Chick-Fil-A’s opposition to gay marriage by staging same-sex “kiss-ins” outside franchises.

In addition to the blatantly in-your-face smooch-athons, CBS Chicago reports that the group has also designated Aug. 1 an “Eat for Love Day.” Activists are urging Chicagoans to eat at a local restaurant that supports LGBT rights and “is unafraid to show its support for equality for everyone.”

Has fighting fire with fire has ever accomplished anything other than a larger conflagration? That is assuming, for starters, that the fire-with-fire analogy is appropriate to this situation, which seems more like one in which a person complains that his neighbor is playing music too loud, to which the neighbor responds by spitefully bumping up the volume.

For those unacquainted with Chick-Fil-A’s “original sin,” the dustup harks back to a company profile published on July 16 at the Christian news site Baptist Press. In it, Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said, “We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

The story soon went viral, prompting supporters of gay rights in the liberal media to dig for other “damning” quotes to hang around Cathy’s neck. They found the transcript of a radio interview he gave in June on the The Ken Coleman Show. In it he said:

I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

It is no secret that the view Cathy espouses is also held by many Christians and protected by the First Amendment. Predictably, the gay community was vexed by the comments. But rather than demonstrate tolerance for opposing views—a virtue that gays of all people should cherish—they mounted a petition directed at universities and malls that host Chick-Fil-A restaurants. In it, they ask prospective signers to tell Dan Cathy “that hate has no place in a business.” But aren’t their actions just a demonstration of their own hatred for Cathy and his beliefs?

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