What is this? Fast food week on this blog? I'm trying to figure out a way to round out the week with controversial comments on Wendy's, MacDonald's, and maybe Arby's. Surely they've all done something wicked in the eyes of the PC Patrol.
In any case, there's quite a rollicking discussion in the comments sections of my post on the gay rights boycott of Chick-fil-A. Many of the commenters criticize my criticism of these efforts.
Of course, one wonders why, if they think I shouldn't criticize these criticisms, they feel as if they should be able to criticize my criticism of these criticisms. All of which puts me in the curious position of having to criticize the criticisms of my criticisms of their criticisms.
Such is the fate of a blogger devoted to defending the obvious.
Now I have combed the comments section of this post and plucked out several arguments that make absolutely no sense to me.
Several of the commenters have squawked that I should have nothing to say about these protests. I still have not figured out the exact argument. One commenter argues that unless there is some kind of physical violence, then people who disagree with the people who disagree with Chick-fil-A should remain mum.
If it's okay for them to criticize Chick-fil-A, then why do the get their hackles up when I criticize them?
One commenter seems to think that unless the protesters have "firebombed" a Chick-fil-A store or "physically threatened" Chick-fil-A employees, that they should be able to engage in their protest without any protest from me.
If actual physical violence is the only thing I'm allowed to criticize, then why isn't it the only thing the protesters are allowed to criticize? As far as I know, no one is even charging that Chick-fil-A physically assaulted anybody.
In fact, why is this commenter criticizing me? Did I do him any physical harm?
I would say that the double standard here is astounding, but I have seen it so many times that it no longer sticks in my gizzard.
If you want to say that it is somehow illegitimate to criticize gay rights protesters, fine. Then don't criticize the people who criticize them.