Saturday, July 28, 2012

Voula Papachristou, Chick-Fil-A, and Other Offenders

        I wish I was better at expressing myself in writing because I am irate right now!  This past week we have seen Greek triple-jumper Voula Papachristou banned from the Olympics because of a tweet she made which the press and the Olympic Committee have called racist.  Here is the entire content of the tweet:  With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!  
      How is that racist?  There are many diverse cultures in Africa and many white people living there.  Didn't the West Nile virus come from Africa?  We have lost our sense of humor.  And obviously we are quickly losing our freedom of speech!  This young woman has trained for years to compete in the Olympics!  How can some self-appointed "thought police" decide to keep her from competing because of something they interpreted as racist?  She has a right to any opinion she wants to have, just as the committee does, and it should have nothing to do with competing in the Olympics!  She is not competing in thoughts and intellectual ability!  She is competing in athletics!  This is an outrage!!  And no one is standing up for her!!
       How about the uproar over the founder of Chick-Fil-A saying he supports the Biblical definition of marriage?  Well, so do I, and billions of others!  But are we not allowed to have an opinion if it offends someone?  Has the media ever stopped to think or care that brain-washing us with liberal, anti-Christian values is offensive to those of us who believe God meant what He said?  Calling sin righteous does not make it so, no matter how many times you say it.  And no matter how many times we reject the laws of the God and try to pretend they don't affect us, they still stand as law and there are consequences for breaking them.  We can deny that gravity is a law as much as we want, but if we jump off a tall building we will discover rather quickly that there are consequences to breaking that law whether we believe it exists or not.
     So now that Mr. Cathay, the founder of Chick-Fil-A, has spoken in an interview what he believes (and lives) to be the truth, the great mayors of Boston and Chicago have decided they must ban Chick-Fil-A from their cities.  Do they fear those values will be transmitted through a chicken sandwich?  People don't normally think about what the founders of the company believe when they go out for lunch, they're just looking for a good meal.  The mayor of Boston even made the ridiculous statement that they don't allow discrimination in Boston!  What, Mr. Mayor, do you call not allowing someone to do business in your city because they don't think like you do?  The dictionary describes discrimination as treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group,class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.
     I hope you readers are also becoming irate and incensed at the injustice and intolerance that is becoming more and more prevalent in society today.  The thought police are becoming much more outspoken and bold.  We had better wake up before freedom of speech, which was included as one of our rights in the founding of the country, is completely lost.
p.s.  I read that Mike Huckabee is recommending that everyone who wants to show support for Chick-Fil-A buy a sandwich there on Wednesday, Aug. 1.  I just discovered there is one in Charleston at the University so I am planning to pick up a few for others when I go.  Want me to get one for you, too? 

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