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Sliders Seaside Grill Sign – An Opinion

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Charles Burns

In a very odd move for a business, Sliders has put up a sign inviting a boycott.  (“We eat at Chick-Fil-A.  Please boycott us.”)    So, why would I boycott Sliders?  I live nearby.  It’s convenient to go there once in awhile.

Some background:  The sign refers to eating at Chick-Fil-A.  For those who live in a cave, Chick-Fil-A was a big item in the news several weeks ago when it became apparent that the owners of the restaurant chain, for many years, have been giving money to organizations that support anti-gay causes.  This is done primarily through their WinShape Foundation.  Further information about this is available at the Equality Matters website (Click here).

It should be noted that Dan Cathy, the President of Chick-Fil-A, has not been covert about this.  In fact, he’s been quite open for years.  It happened to have caught on in the press recently.  As a result, various liberal groups called for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A.  In response, Mike Huckabee called for a Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.  Shepard Smith, the resident contrarian on Fox News, said on the air, “It’s National Badminton Day.  Let’s forget National Day of Intolerance. Let’s just stay with badminton.”  The result of all this was a day of cash register busting receipts for Chick-Fil-A.  The L.A. Times (click here) carried that story.

Considering the fact this is after all, an advertising sign at Sliders, placed out front in order to bring in business, it appears that Sliders is trying to whip up adrenaline among people who are intolerant towards gays in order to make money.  To me, it just doesn’t get lower than that.   Well, maybe giving out ax-handles in your restaurant, like Lester Maddox used to do, would be lower.

Gay people are our friends, our children, sometimes even our parents.  In other words, they’re us.  We’re all in this together.  It might be a good idea for all of us to look into our various intolerances to see just what it is we’re so afraid of.

I believe gays should have the same rights as everyone else.  They work, they pay taxes.  Why should they be treated as second-class citizens?

As for Sliders, many of us have long made a practice of boycotting institutions and businesses that discriminate against any class of people.  I’m taking Sliders up on its invitation.

August 12, 2012 8:33 p.m.

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