Civil talk on civil rights

Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A: via HuffPost http://huff.to/111IhpE Why can’t more people have the kind of dialogue shown in the article. That’s how deeper changes happen. Chick-fil-A for the most part represents the gay movement screwing up and it backfiring. The owner was essentially accused of thought crime. In a democracy the way things work is you can have your day in court or the legislator but you can’t prohibit, regulate or control the thoughts and opinions of others. The idea that people or organizations should be destroyed only because they haven’t signed on to a given belief system, is a dangerous idea. Why can’t more people like the author of the cited article or like Jodie Foster adopt a less confrontational approach. The problem may be with militancy itself. What is the role of militant activists in a post-gay controversy world? The conflict is how they’ve defined themselves. Look at the nonsense controversy in San Francisco over the comments of a football player. Straight men don’t want to be ogled by gay men in a locker room. If female sports teams were forced to undress and shower in front of men everybody would see the problem with that. Why don’t straight men have at least a veneer of that right? Now if you have 50 guys in the same room there’s always going to be at least one, but if you don’t know for sure, you probably shut the idea out. But if you do know, there’s probably an awkward time where most of the guys are waiting for the gay guy to finish up and go. It would be sure to cause a distraction. Why shouldn’t everybody, including gays, make at least some commitment to avoiding unnecessary discomfort to others?

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