I have an issue on my hands that I don't know how to handle with class. Let's dive in.
As many of you remember, Chick-Fil-A was a trending theme over the summer. Dan Cathy (the COO of Chick-Fil-A) made some questionable remarks about gay people and gay marriage. Many on the left reacted quite negatively and many on the right stood up for his First Amendment rights.
Fast forward three months. The issue is still brewing in the only place it can survive- academia. I'm on a college campus and there are some students within student government who want to sit down with the ownership of the local Chick-Fil-A and they have some demands. They want to present a letter to the ownership, and get them to sign it, that calls for Dan Cathy to apologize for his remarks, retract his remarks, and promise to stop funding anti-gay "hate groups" (I'm not saying Chick-Fil-A is completely innocent but they aren't as bad as some people make them out to be). They are also demanding that a "pride" flag be placed in the Chick-Fil-A store.
As far as I'm concerned the issue over Dan Cathy's remarks are a First Amendment issue. If this case were to go to court the petitioners would get laughed out. Thus, I think their demands are not only completely unrealistic, I think they should be called out on them. I understand that they are offended but there is absolutely no reason they should demand what they are demanding. How can I politely point out the problem here without sounding like a homophobe? I think they need to be taken down a notch. How can I put them in their place with class?
Isn't a counterfeit a false something? Do I actually have to spell out everything for you mortals?
All thumbs are fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs.
All squares are rectangles, not all rectangles are squares.
All Christians are human, not all humans are Christians. All counterfeit christians are false christians, not all false christians are counterfeit...dang, it doesn't work does it?
All smart people have brains but not all people with brains are smart.
Although in the today's vernacular someone with brains is smart so I guess the above is only true in the biological sense.
All trolls troll, but not all people who troll are trolls?
Isn't it funny how so many are breaking the AOM rules and discussing religion and politics in the General Discussion forum?
AOM rules of engagement exist for your safety and for that of your team.
Hilarious. I believe you are a big part of that particular jaunt. This whole topic should have been posted in TGD from the get go though.
I disagree. As I said before, the OP isn't about politics or religion. It is about appropriate behavior in a particular setting. That you have a bunch of bleeding heart Conservatives answering the thread, doesn't change the nature of the OP.
Knowing what we know about this community though (and the OP has been here long enough to know) - I think one could argue that this was a foreseeable direction the conversation was going to go.
Still, I disagree. It's only recently the f uckwits have shown up to derail threads the way they have been. Prior to about a month ago, people may have interjected their own personal beliefs about right or wrong, usually with a caveat about their background, i.e. "Coming from a Judea-Christian background, this is my perspective...." But, they generally stayed on topic. The sidetracks were contained in their own posts.
TGD and CM notwithstanding, the main forums usually stayed on topic until the question was at least answered for the OP. And even then, most of the sidetracks were of the Worthless Banter variety. Not so much with the vitriol and blatant, "I'm getting my opinion out about homosexuality, religion, and women no matter what the topic and that's all I'm going to talk about."