Recently Chick-Fil-A president Dan T. Cathy had an interview with a Baptist newspaper reporter in which he stated that he was opposed to gay marriage. It was a personal opinion stated by a man who happened to be a company president. It's not an extreme position -- most Americans share it, although opinions have certainly been evolving.
I pointed out in a recent blog post that there has been an absolute sea change in attitudes towards gays in general in recent years. One rarely hears endless gay jokes, whether by friends or comedians. I can't imagine Jimmy Carter criticizing a politician today as giving "a kind of effeminate impression," a charge he made in 1988 of George H.W. Bush.
This change in opinion doesn't mean everyone has to rush out and support gay marriage. I said so in my blog post. I may eventually; I don't now. And I resent the treatment that this man has received. The left-wing crowd has just gone nuts, demanding a boycott of Chick-Fil-A and vilifying this man in every way.
Meanwhile private citizen Jeff Bezos, who also happens to be the president of Amazon.com, just donated $2.5 million to support gay marriage -- and what a difference his actions are receiving. Those who disagree with him are not in mass numbers calling for a boycott of Amazon, they aren't vilifying him on the Internet, or anything else. They seem to be accepting the fact that people have differing opinions and the right to express them.
We hear so much about how conservatives are intolerant. Take a look at people's behavior sometime and you quickly see who is really intolerant.
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