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Cindy Maddera


In 1960 four black college students staged the first sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro North Carolina. This was not the first stand in civil rights nor will it, unfortunately, ever be the last. We as a nation are still fighting racial bigotry. It may not be as bad, but discrimination still exists. It's just now, we don't limit it to race. This election year it seems there is a war, a war on women, a war on homosexuality, a war on religion. And it's all happening on facebook. This is not just about Chick-fil-a. I think it's a very poor practice to alienate customers in this way. It begins with this one thing, but doesn't end there. Will there be a day when Chick-fil-a announces they only support marriage between a white man and a white woman? White Baptist man and a white baptist woman? Homosexuals are not welcome there now, but what about people of other religions? When do we say they've crossed a line?

Every day I am bombarded with reposts spewing the most hateful vitriolic ugly things. There's no logic or critical thinking behind the words. They are just words of hate and when I see one of my facebook "friends" reposting such things, I think less of them. I lose respect for them. I know there is something to be said for Freedom of Speech, but it saddens me to see this used as an excuse for bigotry.

Because this issue is not a homosexual issue. This is a civil rights issue. You are saying to those citizens that even though they pay taxes, support their communities, and contribute to society they don't deserve the same rights as you. Let's flip the tables. What if this was you? How would you want to be treated? How would want people to speak to you or about you?

Maybe these are questions you should ask yourself before you hit that "repost" button.