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Geraldo and Sentient Biped: I remember two things very vividly from my short career touringthe US with an ice show starting in 1957; 1) Segregation...separate waiting rooms in railroad and bus stations, separate drinking fountains everywhere...separate everything, and black (or dark brown) people not even allowed inside dumps like White Castle. They had to wait outside the kitchen doors for their sacks of cheap greaseburgers. 2) The times our comapny manager had to bail some of our skaters out of jail (so we could do the show!) because they had happened to be in certain bars when the police decided to raid them. Nothing was going on in the bars except drinking and dancing, but the fact that the customers were 99% male was enough fo the cops to go in and haul them away. Stonewall was a beginning, but only a beginning.
The laws may have changed in some places, but the fear and hatred are still there, and it scares me because I don't understand it.
People like Mr. Chick-Feeler use the buybull as an excuse (or a reason), but that only shows they are as ignorant as the barbarians who made up the fables in the first place. It also demonstrates that they have never really read the entire buybull...it's ugly...but maybe we should be grateful on that point. Otherwise they would insist on stoning people to death for working on Sundays, or talking back to their parents.
The only encouraging news I have read in the last few weeks is that the number of non-believers is growing at a rapid rate...almost 20% now. Maybe some of us are growing up. I hope so.
pre Chick-Fil-A history
Virginia Trail JudgeQuoted in Loving v. Virginia"Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And But for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix." - Loving v. Virginia, 1967
The Chic-Fil-A thing (whatever it is) is yet another way that people line up on one side or the other, often forgetting what it's about. I have to keep reminding myself it is not about the personal beliefs of the founder. It's about the fact that some (a lot) of dollars, that go into the cash registers at the chain's stores, go to spread hate and discrimination against human beings who happen to be LGBT. There are few clearer cases of "voting with dollars" to dehumanize people. Those dollars actually hurt people, when they go to the hate groups.
As for the long lines at the stores, they are simple small minded shallow bigots. It's easy to discount the people standing around with their bags of Chic-Fil-A, looking like they ain't had so much fun since the hogs ate Junior. Except, when I look at them, I think of the same rednecks who tormented me decades ago, and how they and their young'ns have learned nothing, grown not at all, and are still as useless as hen shit on a pump handle. I also think of the willfully ignorant Palinistas of the last election.
Meanwhile, I'll continue to eat healthy and recommend to my friends not to eat the hormone-laden, grease-soaked poultry sandwiches that support bigotry.
Thanks for posting the Boston letter Tony!
Cool - I love Annie Laurie Gaylor - thanks for the article link sk8eycat - I'm going to check that out now.
"Chick-fil-A Lays an Egg" blog post by Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-prez:
The comments following the post are interesting, too.
If Mr. Cathy runs his business on "biblical principles" as he claims, I wonder if he beats his "employees/servants/slaves" when they make mistakes. "Jesus" said he's supposed to.
These TrueChristians(tm) don't even know what's in their own buybull.
PS: The last I heard, the mayors of San Francisco and Washington DC have joined Thomas Menino in writing to the Chicken Man to tell him his stores are not welcome in their towns.
Boston. Always wanted to visit, now more than ever. Way to go Mayor Menino!
SB, I really don't know much more about them, but I will tell Cindy what you said about the preacher. Really trying to help her out with this with info. Thanks.
Steph, thanks, but this is no big thing. Just want to help her with resources for this incident, and future ones that I know will arise.
Tony I hope you are able to help them out. It's really nice what you are doing for them.
Tony, for that situation you were right to look into PFLAG. It's by far the best. After that, if they are religious, it depends on their denomination. If it is supportive, they can talk to their pastor - such as Unitarians. If it is not supportive, I would not advise that.
Hey SB, have to be somewhat circumspect, but a client of hers (teenager) had an incident where he came out to his parents due to a bullying incident, and his parents were very upset, confused, and bewildered. They were asking her about sites for them to visit, groups to check out, other parents to contact. Even in their confusion, she told me they wanted to support their son. Now, this is a smaller town we live in, and as far as I know, no groups here or anywhere except Dallas. She is trying to find resources for these people and others when it comes up again, and it will. She talks to me about things like this and others things, also. She knows my feelings on matters like this. She gets no support or help from other social workers here with stuff like this. What I'm trying to help her with is just general info, how to make contact on the internet to sites, groups, etc. Anything will help, and she can build a data base, hopefully, for the future. That is all really. Hope I'm making sense, my friend. Not looking for news sites per se, but sites for support of the family and individuals, if you know what I mean. Appreciate it. I've been trying to find stuff myself, and finding it hard slogging. But, will keep at it. Thanks again. Any help will be appreciated.
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