Recently Chik-fil-A owner Dan Cathy made some very controversial remarks in speaking out against gay marriage. His remarks have brought great controversy in the media and a fire storm of boycotts, political backlash, and even a lost business partner with the the Jim Henson Company pulling its toys from Chik-fil-a locations. You can read more on the story here.
On Thursday, Tim Thomas posted a message proclaiming his support for Cathy’s homophobic and bigotted stance on his facebook page. Thomas praised the stance of Cathy and even posted the following quote from Cathy “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriag. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
The bigotry here is astounding. The belief that all citizens of America, even those who do not practice Christianity should be forced to live by the words of its bible is appalling.
As someone who was raised Catholic myself, I am appalled by the church’s stance on gay marriage and believe it goes against every single thing that Jesus tried to teach the world about Respect, Decency, Tolerance, and treating one’s neighbour as we would expect to be treated. To believe that we have any right to stop two consenting adults from being married and from receiving the important legal rights and privileges that go along with it is the height of arrogance and bigotry. The hypocrisy these faiths teach in their stance is sickening, and I hope one day their leaders WAKE UP!
Why do we take one line out of the bible and justify our bigotry against gays with it. But ignore the 10,000 other pages that preach tolerance, respect, and treating your fellow man as an equal, and the way you would want to be treated?
That said we live in a multicultural society, of many religions, and even non religious people. To believe our laws should be set by the tenets of any one faith is discriminatory and quite frankly reeks of medieval thinking. To discriminate against someone based on that faith and their sexuality is absurd and goes against everything I stand for as a human being.
Hopefully one day we will look back on the discrimination against people who identify themselves as LGBT , the same way we look back at the discrimination against African Americans in the 60s, as a dirty, shameful, and hurtful part of our history, never to be repeated again. Tim Thomas and Cam Janssen (for his comments a few weeks ago) deserve to go down in history remembered the same way as former Phillies Manager, Ben Chapman (who unleashed a racist diatribe at Jackie Robinson when he broke baseball’s colour barrier).
I ask all who read this, to boycott Chik-fil-a, and to boo Tim Thomas the next time he returns to an NHL rink, if ever.
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