Liberty Pundits, Chick-fil-A and Gay Activists

Yesterday while browsing through our twitter feed, we noticed our friend Mark Warner had retweeted a blog post over at a site called Liberty Pundits.   The author is offering commentary on a piece from the New York Times discussing a bit of an uproar regarding Chick-fil-A and gay activists. 

It all began when a local Chick-fil-A restaurant decided to donate food for an event called The Art of Marriage.  The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute.  This group is exactly what you think it is.  One of their major issues is a passing an amendment to the state constitution declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman and they say a few things that are considered offensive by the gay community and many others.   Needless to say, some gay activists are less than thrilled with Chick-fil-A’s choice to sponsor an event being held by this group.

All this, however, is not why we are writing a post on this topic.  It is the response of the blogger over at Liberty Pundits that made us write a post on the issue.  Frankly, we think everyone has the right to their opinion on this.  But we do not think this blogger was fair to one of the folks quoted in the NYT article.  Here is the quote from NYT:

“It literally leaves a bad taste because I know the people who are putting this food in my mouth actively loathe me,” he said. “I’m all for freedom of religion, it’s just that I know where I want    my money to go and I don’t want my money to go.”

Clyde from Liberty Pundits said,

Can we count the contradictions?  We’ll start with being “all for” religious freedom as long as they exercise it his way.  Moron.

Really, Clyde?  That is what you’ve got?  First, way to be mature and call the guy a moron because you don’t like what he had to say.  Second, the guy was saying that he is fine with them believing what they want to believe thus the being all for religious freedom.  He just isn’t so much all for funding it.  Chick-fil-A can exercise their religious freedom however they want to but it does seem fair that this fellow might not want to continue giving them money so they can use the profits to donate food to a group that is clearly against homosexuality, same-sex marriage and any number of other issues that he supports.  It is his prerogative to stop supporting this food chain. 

Clyde also goes on to say that he believe homosexuality is a sin but that he doesn’t focus much attention on others and that the gays really should get over themselves.  We’re glad Clyde isn’t focused on what he considers downfalls of others—but that doesn’t mean that this group Chick-fil-A supported isn’t. The fact is that a lot of these groups advocating for marriage amendments at the state level are not very nice.

Let us say that we love Chick-fil-A.  We love their original chicken sandwich.  We love the new spicy chicken sandwich.  We love the waffle fries, the juicy chicken nuggets and we especially love their new ketchup packages.  We do not want to stop eating it—but a few of us are considering it.  

One thing that goes for all of us here at WSP:  We will not make fun of anyone for deciding not to fund beliefs they find hateful. It is too bad the rest of the blogosphere won’t do the same.


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4 Responses to Liberty Pundits, Chick-fil-A and Gay Activists

  1. Mark says:

    I agree with you in principal and I let others know that name calling wasn’t in good taste. And I don’t agree with the marriage issue (I think I am a loner on that belief on Hoosier Access) I just wanted to clarify I only re tweeted that cause I thought it was interesting

    • Yes, we just noticed it as a retweet and didn’t think anything of it. If you want us to add an update or something, let us know.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think the point is that Chic-Fil-A should be able to fund whatever they want. And that gentleman can stop funding Chic-Fil-A if he doesn’t like it. Everyone has a choice. Freedom is a great thing.

  3. Anonymous, that is exactly our point. We didn’t understand what Liberty Pundits problem was with the guy saying he didn’t want to spend his money there.

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