Dear Readers, Or I should say…
Dear Steven Cooper,
A friend or mine posted on Facebook a statement you made and I quote:
“I’m not eating Chick-Fil-A because I support some anti-gay agenda. I’m eating it because I believe in our freedom of speech, expression, and opinion for BOTH sides of the argument. Boycotting Chick-Fil-A because they voiced their moral opinion is counter productive to the idea of equal rights. You can’t fight to gain one right while throwing away another. BOTH the Christian and LGBT communities should be allowed to share their beliefs publicly without being punished for it. That’s the benefit of living in this great country. And besides, this chicken is freakin’ delicious!” — with Steven Cooper.
Mr. Cooper I would really enjoy for you to engage your brain before the next time you speak. I’m just saying you could give it a try! You see Mr. Cooper the statement from Dan Cathy is not a freedom of speech issue just like yelling “fire” in a crowded movie theater or telling the person next to you on a plane “I have a bomb.” When your speech interferes with other people’s civil liberties, you have NO right to say it. To quote my very brilliant Mother…”Just because it’s on your brain, doesn’t mean it has to be on your tongue.”
In my opinion you stupidly joined the ranks of people who react to words and to situations without the intelligences’ of thinking of future harmful and negative consequences. You stood litigiously on your equal rights podium only reacting in the moment (very ADD of you.) It is far easier these days to jump on board to an already existing controversy then to stop, engage one’s mind, allowing time for a complete (not just of the obvious) understanding enabling a thoughtful compassionate response.
Lets face it Mr. Cooper, marriage is larger then God and two people in-love. It involves our government at every level - city, state and federal. A married couple can file a joint tax return with financial benefits. When one spouse dies net worth can be passed on to the surviving spouse without costly tax penalties, if any. Medical insurance for a married couple is less costly then two separate policies with the same benefits and deductibles. Marriage can make a spouse a legal American citizen and DO NOT get me started on Children & Divorce; I think you know where I am going with this.
To prove my point:
Deborah L. Jacobs from Forbes.com
“The sweeping tax overhaul that President Obama signed Dec. 17, raising the exemption from federal estate tax to $5 million a person, includes a wonderful new break for widows and widowers. Starting in 2011, they can add the unused estate tax exemption of the spouse who died most recently to their own. This dramatic change enables spouses together to transfer up to $10 million tax-free. It also eliminates the need in many cases for the tax-planning gyrations that lawyers routinely recommended to preserve each spouse’s estate tax exemption amounts….” “The law doesn’t change the fact that you can give an unlimited amount to your spouse, during life or through your estate plan (provided she or he is a U.S. citizen) with no tax applied…”
So Mr. Cooper can we agree to honestly recognize when someone like the likes of Mr. Cathy, President of a four billion dollar American business, who has financially benefited from American Marital laws (not God laws) and has benefited from corporate America (not just heterosexual Christians) and then publicly vocalizes that it goes against God for gays to marry, it is NOT just Freedom of Speech, it is NOT just a religious belief and it is most certainly NOT just “freaken’ delicious!” chicken!
Maybe Dan Cathy, the President of Chick-Fil-A is ready and able to put his mouth where his wallet is. Maybe he knows enough hungry God fearing Christians to solely support Chick-Fil-A’s four billion dollar a year profit margin all by themselves!
In this moment in time I will share another one of my Mother’s quotes ”You should never bite the hand that feeds you.” Hmmm Mr. Cooper, think about it!
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS with an open mind, a pause, and enough love in my heart to respect all marriages. And for what its worth, it doesn’t look like the heterosexuals will be bringing home the gold in the marriage event by any stretch of the imagination! Amen!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
President and CEO