I continue to be struck by the public and media figures (and human beings) who, based on their comments about the Chick-fil-A appreciation day yesterday, can’t grasp the concept of liberty. NewsBusters is reporting that on his Fox News show Studio B, Shepard Smith noted that it was “National Badminton Day” as they were about to cut to break. He continued,
“Forget National Day of Intolerance, let’s just stay with badminton.”
Sadly, Smith is poster boy for “Not Getting It.” This isn’t about homosexuals or same sex marriage or tolerance. It’s about Government Officials publicly intimidating Americans for their opinions and beliefs.
That said, I’m getting the clear impression that this whole battle isn’t about advocacy for same sex marriage or gay rights. It’s not enough that I accept that homosexuality is OK and that gays can marry. I must also publicly express support because if I don’t it proves I’m an intolerant homophobe. What’s more, I must expressly cease any statements of public support for traditional marriage because it’s hate speech.
This vilification of supporters of traditional marriage signals a turning point in this culture war: Heterosexuality and traditional families have become politically incorrect.
The Washington Examiner helps me drive home the point with the story of activist reporter Mark Krzos, with the News-Press in Southwest Florida, who said this on his facebook page:
“I have never felt so alien in my own country as I did today while covering the restaurant’s supporters.”
“The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad. I can’t even print some of the things people said.”
Meanwhile, there were no arrests. No incidents of violence. No windows broken. No spray paint. No fires. Just people lining up and voting to support free speech with their dollars. Because that’s how patriotic Americans roll.