Five Chick-Fil-A protest moves guaranteed to ruffle feathers

Five Chick-Fil-A protest moves guaranteed to ruffle feathers

Unless you've been living in a basement without electricity, you've heard about the socio-political chicken soup boiling up around Chick-Fil-A, complete with boycotts and "buycotts" inspired by the company president's anti-gay-sex marriage stance. And you've heard about it from one side, then the other, then both again. Gay people are pissed as wet hens, and cock-blocking Chick-Fil-A chicken, while conservative folks are buying chicken sammies en masse.

The next round comes today, with a gay kiss-in at Chick-Fil-A outlets, but there are certain to be many more rounds. Although this definitely qualifies as a polarizing issue, a few basic courtesies should be observed, no matter what side of the controversy you fall on.

Five Chick-Fil-A protest moves guaranteed to ruffle feathers

Here are the five worst things that people can do as they exercise their Chick-Fil-A first amendment rights:

5. Get violent.

It's easy as cooking up a batch of waffle fries to get caught in a moment of pure anger and lash out at anyone you perceive as threatening you, your family, your lifestyle and/or your cause. Believe me when I say that I've wanted to forcibly cram a few chicken biscuits in a few gobs since this whole controversy started, and it's tempting to spray-paint a few choice phrases across the windows of my local Chick-Fil-A, but not only are those acts seriously immature -- not to mention illegal -- this sort of behavior nullifies your position on the issues you are advocating. Act like you've got some home-training.

4. Leave hateful voice-mail messages. Using your cell phone -- or land line, if you are among the dozen folks who still have one of those -- to express your displeasure is fine, but leaving nasty messages is an ineffective way to produce either dialogue or change, and could be illegal depending on what you say. It's scary to receive threatening messages, and chances are your messages aren't even reaching the person/people you are really pissed at, anyway. A viable alternative? Spew your feelers out on the internet like most people do nowadays, and maybe make a few photo-shopped memes while you are at it. Those are usually pretty funny, especially when chickens or cows are involved. If you are gonna be a mother-clucker, at least be a less-offensive, funny one.

Five Chick-Fil-A protest moves guaranteed to ruffle feathers

3. Forget that opposing opinions are allowed.

From the perspective of someone who openly and publicly supports rights for same-sex couples, I find it unfathomable how other people don't share my feelings and options. But it's useful for everyone to remember that other people are entitled to have their own feelings, experiences, ideas and opinions, ethics and values, and they have the right to express those just as you do. If we try to force other people to STFU, then we run the risk of being forced to STFU ourselves. It goes both ways, like it or not.

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