There has been a lot of news recently about organizations taking a stand against homosexuality, gay marriage and the gay “lifestyle.”
You know, that term “lifestyle” has always befuddled me… if by lifestyle it means…
rising at 6
walking the dog
feeding the dog
calling my father
watching a few minutes of the news
taking a shower
enjoying a few minutes of Facebook
arriving at work by 8:15
managing a staff
lunch in the office with my associates
work until 5, 5:30 or 6 on a good day
walk the dog
feed the dog
go through the mail
review Town of Lake Park Commission emails
watch the news
maybe if I am lucky go for a walk
wash clothes, clean house, etc
sit down to watch tv for a few minutes around 8PM
in bed at 10 and then start all over again the next day.
If THAT is the “gay lifestyle” yep, I’m guilty. However, I think the conversation really has more interest in who I sleep with which quite frankly, is none of yours or anyone elses business as long as we are both consenting and legal aged adults.
But I digress….
So, over the last few weeks there has been a lot made by corporations and organizations about the “gay lifestyle.” It seems that some people have their panties all in a twist because gay people want to get married.
It seems like some other people have their panties in a twist because some gay people may want to join a particular group. Folks, allow me just a moment to say…. UNTWIST!
Honestly, I could care less if Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-a has a problem with me getting married. Dan, if you have a problem with my marriage, then don’t come to the ceremony, I will be ok without that lovely carrot salad dish you were going to bring.
But Dan, please understand that I have the right not to buy from you, other people who feel my love is just as valid as yours have that same right and we have the right to encourage our friends not to buy from you either.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the Chick-fil-A sandwich, waffle fries and especially the sweet tea, but honestly my arteries are probably going to be better off without all that grease and Mr. Cathy is probably going to be better off without my “lifestyle” dollars.
Sadly, me not eating at Chick-fil-A won’t affect Dan Cathy, but it may affect the local guy who actually has a lifestyle much like mine. Up at 6, work all day, in bed at 10 and start all over again. Dan will continue to be President and CEO, a title he inherited from his father who worked his fingers to the bones to give Dan, his sperm remnant, his inherited business.
You see, I could care less if Dan Cathy has a problem with me, or who I love or who I want to spend my life with. Honestly, I could give a crap less about him, however before he starts passing on his judgement, maybe next time he should think of those poor smucks who are keeping him in his glass mansion. The smucks, whose lifestyle much like mine has been EARNED not inherited!
Ironically, most Chick-fil-A restaurants are in cities and areas of higher density populations…… hhhmmmmm, the same areas that those dreaded homos live. Pissing off an entire 10% of a population probably isn’t listed in the “How to Succeed in the Business Your Daddy Gave You” manual.
I have had a number of my gay and straight friends tell me they won’t be eating with Dan any longer… good for you and thank you for the support! I have also seen many friends and family members making comments on Facebook about how they support Dan’s words, that’s cool too, I don’t begrudge you all your feelings… just don’t begrudge me mine.
Like the old Coca-Cola commercial said…”I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…..”
And now my friends, I step out of the bigoted chicken coop and reach for my rainbow badge to discuss the Boy Scouts. Yes, just a few days ago, the Boy Scouts, that bastion of testosterone filled clubmates, decided to maintain their policy against inclusion of gay Scouts and Scout Leaders.
Now, I assume they can just ask a dude who wants to be a leader if he is gay and if the answer is yes, then say “OH NO, you can’t play in our club…” but how do you do that with a kid? HHHHHMMMMMMM just curious.
I find it ironic that a club filled with boys who work towards obtaining fabulously colored patches to be worn on their frocks is against gay membership. EVERYONE knows the homo has a heightened sense of style and could help tremendously with the design of those colorful little patches. Maybe a bit of bedazzling, sequins or lame…… after all these little uniforms are as campy as anything you would ever see in a drag bar!
But again, I digress…..
So, the Boy Scouts don’t want us in their club…. ok, who really gives a rats ass!??!?!?!?! If they don’t want us let them stay in their little isolated world and continue to perpetrate this fantasy of everyone fitting into the mold they believe in. Sadly, the mold will crumble for 99.9% of them and their realization that there is a world that doesn’t include a merit badge for homophobia and bigotry will provide a harsh smack of reality.
Bigotry always allows the creme to rise to the top…. so is the case with the Boy Scouts. Ironically, the highest award a scout can receive is the Eagle Scout Award. The Eagle Scout is the best of the best in Scouting…… in gay terms I guess it would equate to being able to name every song ever performed by Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand and Cher, plus having an autographed Liberace candelabra in the entry foyer.
Anyway, I digress again…..
So we have all these Eagle Scouts, the best of the best….. the smartest and best scouts there are….. WOW, imagine the surprise of the Scouting elite when all of a sudden, the best of the best starts sending back their Eagle Scout pins all because of….. homophobia.
Irony really is a beautiful thing isn’t it!?!?! http://boingboing.net/2012/07/23/eagle-scouts-stand-up-to-the-b.html
Honestly, I am sure that Scouting has a purpose in our land and for many children it is a wonderful thing. However, I don’t think we should have to support homophobia or bigotry financially. Many Troops meet in public places, Churches, schools, public libraries etc….. should your tax dollars be going towards financing a location for these groups to meet?
Several years ago a troop wanted to begin meeting in my Church. I took offense and brought it to the Pastor…. I was shocked and humbled that my congregation stood WITH me and against allowing an organization in that was not welcoming to all.
You know it is a funny thing about prejudice, in the spotlight, people see it for what it is….. through history we have seen bigotry subside against the disenfranchised, it will happen again and sadly the people who will suffer are the poor smucks like me whose “lifestyle” includes going to work each day to make a living or the young kid who could benefit from a positive male role model.
Maybe one day….. just one day we will all teach the world to sing in perfect harmony!