God, Guns, and Chick-Fil-A

God, Guns, and Chick-Fil-A is in the news lately

Over at DATech guy’s blog, a matter of do we trust or not? Guns and Chick-Fil-A being given much voice in the public domain of late, one has to wonder in whom we trust these days?

I have heard a lot of people on the left self righteously complain that conservatives are unwilling to agree to “common sense gun control” that we are unreasonable fanatics who would oppose restrictions on the ownership of Sherman Tanks.

Most of all; we are totally wrong to believe that the left is after our guns just because of the proposed assault weapon ban.

Why would we have such a belief, how can the folks on the right even think we on the left are after their guns, all their guns?

The answer: Chick-Fil-A

Twenty years ago there was nobody NOBODY nationally who was pushing the idea of gay marriage. If Bill Clinton had come out for Gay Marriage in 1992 he would have lost 49 states.

Then came the VT Supreme Court ruling requiring civil partnerships.

First off, “common sense gun control”?

Really, Chucky Schumer? As I recall from Grade school, the Second Amendment was about common sense and gun control being a given trait of the people, not something exercised on their behalf by a tyrannical benevolent government. You really think this an appropriate place and time to surreptitiously insert an amendment about gun control into legislation. Looking to sneak it in behind America’s back, so to speak? Sorry, bucko, but some of us did notice.

What an apropos comparison between the Left’s America’s Socialists attempts over the years to subvert American policy from DOMA to “Gay is the norm”. Someone asked me on Facebook the other day if’n I had something against Gays? Me? Nope. Got lots of Gay friends, and I support their right to live as they please. What I do not support is their right to subvert our way of life to their whims and fancies. Case in point? Try California’s two attempts to legislate into law marriage as being between a man and a woman. Overwhelmingly passed on both occasions and signed into law, the Gay crowd decided that wasn’t okay with them and enlisted a Gay Judge to overturn the law as being unconstitutional. We see it now, again rather, with Chick-Fil-A. A privately owned corporation takes a stand, somebody doesn’t like it, and now the Courts are supposed to decide whether private citizens and their corporations are free to say and do as they please? Wow…sounds more Marxist than Constitutionalist, if you ask me.

Look. Living a Gay lifestyle is a freedom most straight folks aren’t of a mind to abrogate, but, conversely, the same cannot be said about the Gay community. They DEMAND, they don’t ask for or vote into law as a majority, the right to get married. Hmm. Then explain for me, please, what happened to that whole plural marriage thing? Remember the Mormons? What about their rights? What about religious freedom? Ask the Mormons what they did after plural marriage was prohibited by law. Answer: they abolished the practice and excommunicated those who refused to abide by the law. They taught their members to honor and obey the law. Strange notion, innit?

When were Gays ever threatened with disenfranchisement, or did they have the United States Army sent after them? How come the Federal law prohibiting plural marriage has not been overturned? Geez, you want to be all about fairness and equality. Yes? Then go to Arizona and Utah, and engage in conversation those who have to live in hiding because of their belief in plural marriage. Ask about the Mormons who fled to Mexico because the separation of church and state was suspended just this one time. Ask them what it’s like to be denied familial benefits and recognition under the law.

Then, ask them what they think about Gay marriage. That last one might not go over well, because how they answer will probably be more of a Chick-Fil-A kind of answer.

All this, and more, in a year of Presidential election and really sucky economy…quickly becoming second fiddle to important matters like Chick-Fil-A. Or not. Go read the Guns and Chick-Fil-A post, and let it kick around your brain cells.
Update: I knew there was another company facing a similar battle, only this time it is the Federal government

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May Day…a day of faith, coming together, and values.

In one context a call for help, a sign of distress. In another context a day of celebration, which, as Jerry Ashton writes in the Huffington Post, we find

“is a holiday for the 99 percent. It is a day for people to come together, across all those lines which too often divide us — race, class, gender, religion — and challenge the systems that create these divisions.

Succinct. To the point. Not a whole lot of palaver. Sometimes less is more.

When earlier I awoke to read a post on Faith written by Lex in December of 2003, graciously posted again here, it caused some moments reflection of my own faith and beliefs. Albeit a lengthy post, even by Lex’ standard, all written served to convey a heartfelt message. Sometimes more is more. I’ll not expound on my own faith and beliefs here, but, rather, leave the reader to reflect upon their own. Perhaps one day we’ll share the matters of faith and belief in conversation, but not this day. ’tis not the reason for this post.

The second post I happened upon, written by a certain lovely New England lass named Kris, touched, if only in a seemingly ancillary way, upon faith, coming together, and values, but written with the core intent of expressing, I believe, that enough is enough. We most often are not alone in our accomplishments, and would do well to maintain sufficient decorum and humility as to avoid straying into self serving purposes. Else, as with fire, hubris becomes a fearsome task master. A well written piece I encourage the good reader to indulge in. Nicely written, Kris. Thanks for that.

Item third. A short missive making the rounds containing a message from the Catholic church. Applicable to all of us, it said. Really, I thought. Not a little brazen of them. Turns out they’re right, if you’ll accept my thought on the matter. Not being a Catholic and all, BZ to them for a right fine production. Give credit where credit is due, I say.

After seeing the piece on YouTube, it occurs to me that this May Day may bear some of each context expressed above; distress and celebration. A distress plea coming from Hizzoner on High, a plea for coming together, a plea to challenge the systems that create divisions among us, a plea that we gather together and say “Enough!” as one voice. A day to celebrate a oneness in family, in community, in the nation, and wherever else we may roam.

Let others panic. Let us keep our wits about us…and celebrate our unity. For as one we shall stand. Else, divided we shall?

A lovely and good day to all, my friends.