Where do I even begin?
Although I've taken early retirement from blogging here on the Advocatus Atheist and I'm doing my best to avoid talking about religion and politics, every once in a while I see something pop up in my social media feed that boggles my mind.
There are times when it's impossible to bite my tongue and I may, from time to time, open my big mouth. This, in turn, sometimes drags me into a larger debate than I initially cared to get into.
Except, sometimes the apathetic stance of not caring is the more damaging stance to take.
Sometimes, you have to speak out and say something against the bigotry and prejudice that people fling about with reckless abandon.
Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and get your intellectual hands dirty with the dialectic.
Chick-fil-A Hates Gay People: My Internet Debate (Part 1)
So, there I was, minding my own business.
Then an article about Chick-fil-A pops up in my feed. Then another. And another.
Several of my Christian friends and acquaintances got up in arms about it. A couple of them even went into full-on persecution complex mode.
I tried to ignore it.
I really did.
But alas, sometimes something so trivial ends up being a bigger deal then it ought to.
This is one of those times.
Let me explain at the outset that I'm not trying to personally attack anyone. But sometimes a stupid belief must be challenged because that belief is also damaging.
And also this discussion happened in private on Facebook, the person doesn't use their real name so the screen-caps are no way in danger of exposing their true identity.
But before we get into it, please understand that the criticism I'll be giving isn't meant as a personal attack against this person. It's meant as an honest critique of a pernicious ideology they hold that promotes a bigoted and prejudiced worldview.
So, an online acquaintance shared this news about Chick-fil-A being denied a commercial permit to open a restaurant in the San Antonio Airport. The San Antonio city council voted on banning Chick-fil-A.
Her initial post looked something like this:
At first, I was confused as to why she'd argue that San Antonio is discriminating against Christian beliefs. They're clearly not. They're discriminating against discriminatory anti-LGBTQ beliefs.
That's a big distinction.
Because not all Christians hate gays. So, clearly, San Antonio isn't discriminating against all Christians. Only the hateful gay-bashing ones.
I see nothing wrong with wanting to ban that type of prejudice from your city or airport, or wherever.
But she was adamant about it being an attack against Christians and therefore was an attack on her Christian faith.
That's a pretty big leap right there.
The only reason for a person to make this kind of leap is because they want to defend their sexist and homophobic ideology by placing it under the banner of their faith. If it's part of their sacred faith, then how dare you criticize it!
Otherwise, she wouldn't have likely said anything.
The San Antonio city council's reasoning makes sense.