I’m mining through my Google Reader and my alerts trying to find the most interesting things people have said about the whole Chick-Fil-A/Diabetes Appreciation Day and the events that led up to it, and I’m particularly enjoying this piece by Amanda Marcotte over at Pandagon. One thing she pulls out of the event is that, though the lines of bigots coming out of Chick-Fil-A stores were unsightly, it’s notable that the underbelly of our society, as she calls it, doesn’t really have the courage to protest the way they used to:
So apparently there were lines out the door of bigots at Chick-Fil-A yesterday for No Homo Day, or whatever they call it, so that bitter wingnuts can eat bland fast food in the general direction of the queers and their supporters. In a sense, this is progress. The bigots used to line up at spit on school children trying to enter newly integrated schools, but now they don’t even have courage enough for that, so instead they passive-aggressively eat fried chicken at the liberals in hopes that pisses us off. Meanwhile, we’re taking our fancy new Affordable Care Act benefits and throwing in some extra bouts of sexual intercourse in defiance of them. As the two camps divide further into Team Stuff Your Face With Crap and Team F**king Is Fun, I have to imagine the gulf between high divorce rate red states and low divorce blue states will only increase.
She only goes further from there, and she really captures some of the differences between Their Side and Our Side. Not that there aren’t those on Our Side with proverbial sticks where the sun don’t shine, it really is the defining characteristic of the type of people who would stand in line for four hours waiting for disgusting food just so they can show their hatred for gays with as little risk as possible.
Read all of it.