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So, apparently I am supposed to boycott Chick-Fil-A.  Why overly sensitive person?  Is it because the president, Dan Cathy is against gay marriage?  So what?  A lot of people are against a lot of things.  Am I supposed to change how I live my life based on what other people think now?  I normally reserve this kind of blog for the crazy religious right people, but now I have to talk about this?  Et tu, gay community?  Et tu?  I didn’t even know about this issue until I read it in another blog ( a blog I agreed with).  I thought about ignoring the issue, but it stayed on my mind long enough to inspire this blog.

Let me break it down for you in the simplest terms possible:  If your opinion is frightened or likely to shake because of other people’s opinions, then your opinion is not worth squat.  I am not saying you shouldn’t listen to other people’s opinions, but don’t be afraid of them, or is the foundation of your beliefs that shaky?

Full Disclosure:  I am AGAINST the Chick-Fil-A boycott AND I am AGAINST Chick-Fil-A appreciation day.  I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A, and even if I did, I wouldn’t stop because of their president’s opinion about something.  Now, if they were doing something illegal, I might boycott them, but why would I have to boycott if they were doing things illegally?  For example, if Chick-Fil-A did not allow gay people to own their restaurants.  That would be boycott worthy, but it would also be illegal.  Note to reader:  Chick-Fil-A does have homosexual owners.  Another example, if Chick-Fil-A did not hire homosexuals.  That too would be boycott worthy, but also illegal.  Note to reader:  Chick-Fil-A has gay workers.  Hopefully a boycott would not be necessary, because they would be breaking the law, but as far as I know they are not.

I have also learned that apparently, Chick-Fil-A is not open on Sundays due to religious beliefs.  I’d more likely boycott that.  I used to live in Kansas where you could not buy alcohol on Sundays.  Now that is something worthy of a boycott.  How can you be a football state and not be allowed to buy beer on Sundays?  If we are going to boycott Chick-Fil-A because of their president’s opinions, shouldn’t we boycott his clear opinion that Christians that work on Sundays are not good Christians?

I could talk about gay marriage, and have already done so, but this to me is about having the right to an opinion.  So, if you are thinking about boycotting or showing appreciation, just stop it.  If you agree with Cathy, fine, if you don’t, that’s fine too.  We need to learn how to get along with people who have different opinions then our own, because that is what Jesus would do.

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The following is a list of the top 5 acceptable reasons to boycott:

1. Blood Diamonds – It just makes sense.  If you can get diamonds that don’t support war, why wouldn’t you?

2. Any product that involves cruelty to animals – You telling me you can’t eat dolphin safe tuna?  Really?  Come on man!  Dolphins are cute!

3. Products that involve human rights issues or child labor law violations – Hey!  I have a little secret to tell you.  You know your iPhone that you love so much?  You should see the conditions that humans are placed under so that you can talk to Sirius. Just about every Apple product is boycott worthy, sorry.

4. Products that cause harm, such as lead-based toys – Or do you just hate kids?

5. 3D Movies – We get it, you can make things float in the air or fly at my face.  Enough is enough already. I’m just sayin’ …

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So, yesterday I played golf with a friend of mine.  In the golf cart was an advertisement for the Martini Lounge.  The last time I had a martini was at a bar in Chicago where transvestite sang for entertainment.  I told him I was not a fan of martinis, nor transvestites, but not for the reasons you might think.  Martinis, mainly because they are pretentious, and transvestites because they wear too much makeup.  I hate makeup.  It is why I hate clowns, Shakespearian actors, Halloween, and anyone who works for or shops at Mary Kay.

The conversation continued into a more controversial area and that is homosexuality as a sin and laws that have been proposed to prevent certain lifestyles, such as gay marriage.  I realize that this is a hot topic for many of my readers.  Hell, it is a hot topic for many Americans, but I do not want to discuss whether or not homosexuality is correct or not.  Quite frankly, I don’t care, but I am interested in the concept of what I will call “The inequality of sin”.

If you are a Christian, or a believer and follower of the Bible, you are aware there are a number of commandments on how one should live.  The Bible is considered by many as the Word of God and when one does not live by the Bible’s commandments, and therefore God’s Word he is committing a sin.  The Bible also clearly states that “… all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” — Romans 3:23.  And this is a point that my friend made.  “Everybody sins.” He said.  I said, “You are right, but the problem is we do not treat sins equally.”  Whether you believe in God or not, whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Hindu, or Jewish, I bet you do not treat sins equally.

If homosexuality is a sin, then so is sex before marriage, living with someone you are not married to, wanting what is not yours, such as your neighbor’s wife, adultery, and my favorite, divorce.  We don’t view people living lifestyles in these “minor” categories as major issues.  And we certainly wouldn’t dream of proposing legislation to regulate divorce or living arrangements.  It is kind of hypocritical, isn’t it?  But this is an issue for everyone.  Regardless of your beliefs, my guess is you too have your pet sins.  Here is an example: If a man is convicted of being a pedophile, serves his time and is released, where does he live?  In your town?  My town? The neighboring town? An island?  Even if he reforms, never commits that crime again, he is forever labeled and will find it difficult to receive forgiveness anywhere, and I mean ANYWHERE.  Would I be OK with a pedophile living near me and my family?  Hell no.  But I am aware of my areas of hypocrisy, are you aware of yours?

My church starts a series called “Everybody” next week.  I am looking forward to it.  I believe the church should be more inclusive than it currently is.  If you have ever read the Bible, you will know that people absolutely loved hanging with Jesus.  You also know that he hung out with people who were CLEAR sinners.  People hated him, in part, because of the people he was associated.  Think about it.  The Christian church just 2000 years ago was a handful of people, and now has a membership of millions … millions.  The church was the place to be.  When was the last time you heard of the church as the place to be? Jesus was the man.  I believe if you met Jesus you would like him.  You would want to hang out with him.  Jesus was clearly a cool dude.  He was your bud, your pal, the kind of guy you could throw up in the back of his car and not get mad.  Where is His church?  I want to belong to a church that loves EVERYBODY and people feel welcome within its doors.  I want EVERYBODY to know that they are loved.  Does it mean you must agree with everybody, no but it does mean that we all have issues and we all have fallen short.

I don’t care who you are, you don’t treat sin equally, but if you did, you might not look at that particular person with such disdain and realize, we all got problems.  I don’t agree with everyone the same, but I want to love everyone the same.  I am not there yet, but I strive to be.  How about you?
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Whenever I go to the grocery store and walk through the detergent aisle I think it smells fragrant.  I walk and smell the perfumes and fragrances and have the same thought every time:  This would be a great place to fart.

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