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Chick-fil-A Protest

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Well, I went to a protest in Boardman, Ohio today. There were only three other people there, but there had been a larger protest on Wednesday.

The other three were young people, and this was their first protest. Brothers David and Alex painted themselves up like cows. It was pretty awesome.

I took my "straight, but not narrow" sign, since the "straight Christian for gay rights" one no longer applies to me. It had been through three protests, anyway, and was getting a bit beaten up. It was extremely hot, but also very windy, so the breeze kept it from being too oppressive. We all had lots of water, too.

The reactions from the traffic was mixed, as expected. Many looked straight ahead and pretended we weren't there (like we were panhandling -ha). We got lots of honks, waves, and smiles, and we were flipped the bird more times than I could count (to which we waved and said, "Have a nice day!"). One guy made a gun gesture and pointed at us. People held up their Chick-fil-A bags and sneered. One guy threw his cup filled with pop out the window, and it hit Alex. Children shouted through the window things like, "It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!" How original.

*cues music*

You've got to be taught before it's too late, Before you are six or seven or eight, to hate all the people your relatives hate...

(Yeah, Dad, all the hate is coming from the left. Uh-huh.)

Several people pulled into the parking lot behind us to talk. The first asked why we don't support the right to believe in the bible - which we countered, "We aren't against people believing in the bible." He asked us a few more questions, nothing terribly ignorant, and I hope he left with a better understanding of what we were doing.

Another driver spoke to a couple of the others. I didn't hear much of what she had to say, but it was clear she wasn't the least bit supportive.

A third told us she wanted us to know Jesus loves us (I'm sure she was thinking of the "God hates f*gs" folk at Westboro Baptist and others who share their views. We were all straight, but of course she didn't know that right away). She was very nice. She has a lesbian daughter, and wanted us to know that all Christians aren't anti-gay. Very true.

A man from the Vindicator interviewed all of us. He said it will probably be in Monday's paper. He totally gets it because he has a gay relative.

Channel 33 also got some footage, but didn't really talk much to us. They were looking for cool signs and such.

All in all, it was fun, and I'm glad I went.

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veronica_rich
Aug. 4th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Good on you for going out. It's interesting how many people assume if you're at one of those, you must be gay or trans. I never point out that I'm not, when such discussions come up, but if I'm asked, I don't lie. Maybe it lets ignorant people know that it isn't just those who stand to gain something directly from passage of LGBT civil rights, who will support it.

Is that old Adam & Steve saw still floating around? I remember hearing that at school - I never heard it at home, despite the fact my dad is one of the world's biggest bigots. I did hear other names. I think I was greatly helped by not growing up to admire my dad like a lot of kids do theirs - I harbor a normal amount of respect for him being a father and providing for us, but I never had a "I wanna grow up to be like him!" feeling for the man. I saw too many flaws, too early. (Mom never came out and said "you should be tolerant" or "not;" she didn't really talk about such things nor did she use the name-calling language that I can remember. Hers was more of a benign "eh, you'll be what you are" neglect, I think, LOL.)
bonnie_halfelvn
Aug. 4th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, one guy shouted "faggots" from his car. Whatever.

Having been to the March on Washington a few years ago, I've seen lots of young straight allies, and there will be more of them coming up the ranks. For many of them, it's a non-issue. But they will stand up for their friends.

My mom doesn't talk about it much, either. Mainly, I think, because Dad doesn't want to discuss it. I am very much like my dad in some ways, but my views are almost entirely opposite. Makes for some conversations that really should be avoided, if there is to be any real relationship. It's difficult sometimes. He's becoming an arrogant, angry old man when it comes to politics and religion.
veronica_rich
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Dad and I have never had a good discussion or debate relationship. Again, our personalities are much alike, but our outlooks on the causes of the problems of humanity are very, very different. Though, even as abrasive and prejudiced as he is, I think he's a little less so in his old age than he used to be. Oddly.
bonnie_halfelvn
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Just keep him off Facebook. My dad isn't as nasty in person.
glaswegian_took
Aug. 4th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
That's awesome, Bonnie. I love the signs and body paint, and I'm really glad that you were able to talk civilly with a few folks to explain why the majority of us have a problem with the company now. <333
bonnie_halfelvn
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we really put our best foot forward, and avoided being confrontational, even though some others clearly were. It's the only way to diffuse any anger and prevent it from becoming something more violent.

I was boycotting them a year ago, when I first learned where their money was being spent. It will be easier now because I've radically changed my diet, and all that fried stuff is off my list anyway. ;)
glaswegian_took
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Obviously, I've known they were a Christian company for years but only in current dust-up have I become aware of the anti-gay donations. I think a lot of people were probably like me too, and that's why it's exploded the way it has. Well that and the right's insistence that this is a "free-speech" issue. >.
bonnie_halfelvn
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
People are mad because we chose to exercise our free speech rights, too.
glaswegian_took
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Funny, that.
bonnie_halfelvn
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Some people only believe in free speech when that speech agrees with their beliefs. ;)
homefryes
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
I'm proud that you went, though disappointed there wasn't more of a presence. <3
bonnie_halfelvn
Aug. 4th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
I was a little disappointed, too, but it was fun anyway. ♥
dreamer_98
Aug. 5th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Glad you went and had some fun.

I'm getting tired of hearing about CfA and the arguments in support of it; I defriended a few people over it (it may be petty, but it's not like they were close friends and honestly I don't want to see it on my FB feed). But it's like you said, a lot of people are uninformed and think it's just about free speech when money is being spent to influence lawmakers to criminalize LGBT people and enforce discrimination.

It's sad though, like in the article you shared, that people from both sides can be so hateful and the people stuck in the middle are CfA workers who may be gay or don't share the CEO's beliefs. They shouldn't be held accountable for what he says or does; they're just trying to make a living.

I'm just hoping all the hype dies down soon. The more people talk, the more business they're going to get.
veronica_rich
Aug. 5th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I especially liked the bits about the managers/workers offering free water and sandwiches to the LGBT-friendly protesters. It gave me a mental image of something Jesus would have done, which is the one thing that actually fits in with the company's supposed mission statement.
bonnie_halfelvn
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
They are happy to serve the lgbt's as well, because of course, they are happy to take their money.
bonnie_halfelvn
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Funny, I didn't have anyone on my FB friends list post pics of them eating at CfA, and no one posted anything in support of it, either. So, either they filtered it from me, knowing I would be offended, or they didn't care enough to talk about it at all.

I debated protesting, as I said, knowing how much publicity they've already gotten, but I wanted to put the other view out there and show some love.
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