It’s not clear exactly how many people showed up at Chick-Fil-A locations, but it does seem to have been a lot. Why were they there? In some cases, to express a view on same-sex marriage. But in many other cases, Chick-Fil-A supporters told reporters that they were standing in line — not to oppress somebody else — but to stop somebody else from oppressing them. The issue was not “homophobia,” in their eyes; it “Christophobia,” with them as the targets.

As one conservative Christian columnist opined: “At the end of the day, this conversation isn’t really about marriage, gay rights or restaurant permits. It’s not about the cultural divide between north and south, liberal and conservative. It’s about Jesus. … As weary as we may be of the culture wars, the Chick-Fil-A controversy is a harbinger of further ostracism to come. In the United States, the words of Jesus are coming to pass for those who hold tightly to His vision of sexuality: ‘You will be hated because of Me.’”

The controversy over same-sex marriage has been left behind, as we plunge into America’s newest favourite competition: America’s Next Top Victim.

If you needed one more example of why the American political system so tragically fails to solve real-world problem, here it is, wrapped up with pickles and served with waffle fries.