Breaking the silence

Without freedom of thought there can be no suc...

Without freedom of thought there can be no such think as wisdom & no such thing as puclick liberty without freedom of speech, Benjamin Franklin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have stayed pretty quite about the whole Chick-fil-a business. I support everyone’s right to have the same legal options, and to be whoever they feel they are. I will not knowingly give my business to a company that in turn gives that money to anti-anything groups, and that includes anti-gay groups. I will not support hatred, that’s my opinion and I am entitled to it. Everyone has their own opinion and for the most part we are all free to express it.

There is something that bothers me though. I’ve heard a lot about how this is about “the right to free speech” not “boycotting a company for someone’s beliefs”. Well, okay, I’ll give you that…partly. The Corporate Chick-fil-a does knowingly support and donate to anti-gay groups, so it’s not just about the President of the company saying something.

That’s not what really bothers me though. You see everyone is up in arms because this christian President said he, personally and through his company, supports anti-gay groups because being gay is a sin and against the bible. I’m glad he can say that, freedom of speech all the way. I’m glad that the christian majority can yell as much and as loud as they want to about anything they believe and that they think everyone else should also think. Now we’re getting to the heart of my problem.

If myself or anyone else was to express any of our beliefs that oppose that christian majority we would risk not getting a job, getting fired from a job, losing custody of our children and in some cases death. So when will we have our freedom of speech? This freedom of speech thing seems a little lopsided to me. Does everyone have a freedom of speech and to live their life the best way they can in the way that they are most comfortable, or just the ones who strictly follow the bible?

Am I a christian? I won’t answer that. Do I believe in God? Yes, but I won’t discuss it further. To answer the why question: because I believe that everyone is free to believe however they want to believe, no matter the religion and/or spiritual path, as long as they try to live an honest, helpful, respectful life without bringing harm to others or themselves. As long as you show me respect, I will show you respect I don’t care what religion you are.

Granted there are a lot of others issue within this issue, but I think I’ll leave it for now and pick it up again if I feel I should.

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