Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Chick-Fil-A, The Gay/Lesbian Movement And The Freedom Of Speech
As a former journalist, I went to our local Chick-Fil-A today with my wife out of curiosity to witness the spectacle (Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day in Bowling Green, Ky., where thousands flocked to.) Although, I am married to a woman (Patty) and have been for 26 years, I believe if two human beings two men, two women or a man and a woman) are in love with each other and even committed to each other, more power to them. I do strongly believe, however, in the freedom of speech in America and everybody has a right to voice their opinion whether it be the CEO of Chick-Fil-A or the Gay/Lesbian movement. I have voice my opinion several times in the Bowling Green community on several issues by writing letters to our local newspaper and I have been criticized by people that I know to my face for my views. One of those views that I was heavily criticized for was my negative opinion about our largest and most powerful hospital in town regarding their collections practices. Also, because they are one of the largest employers in town, I felt that I touched a very sore and touchy nerve after the fact with the community especially with those who have been sued by the hospital and those have even had their homes taken away by them with liens. In spite of all of the criticism, I had some praise from people I know too for my letters. However, I did learn through that experience of writing those letters, if you stick your neck out on a limb, you better be willing to take the heat and what's coming your way because it may not be too pleasant when you receive it. Especially, when you ruffle a lot of feathers.