Most of the transcript is available here)
Department of Still Not Getting It (via Legal Insurrection):
I’m not sure this helps.
After this, an apology without a lecture would have been better.
Dear Mr. Smith:
As a liberal and a supporter of SSM I just want to say that guys like you give the rest of us a bad name. Even now you are smug and condescending. What did you really think you were accomplishing when you made that first video?
Did you think you were going to change Chick-fil-A corporate policy? Were you hoping to change Dan Cathy’s views on marriage? Or were you just hoping to “stick it” to some faceless opponent so you could feel proud of your activism for the cause?
You say you considered that nice young woman (Rachel) to be “collateral damage.” If so, what was the real target? A popular fast-food chain that does not discriminate against LGBTs? The owner of the franchise you visited? What weapon did you intend to unleash on them? Were you planning to smite them with your self-righteousness and sneering contempt?
What if you had used your time and effort to write a letter to the local paper, or even better, to Dan Cathy, and explained in calm and rational fashion why same-sex marriage was an idea whose time had come? No name-calling or accusations of bigotry, just a positive case for the equality of all God’s children.
Next time think before you act. And learn some humility. Get to know some of these people you disdain. Don’t lecture to them, listen to them instead. You will be surprised what you learn.
P.S: I am sorry to hear you lost your job. What you did was wrong but did not deserve such a harsh punishment. Nor does your behavior justify any of the threats made towards you and your family.
“Always leave room for your enemy to become your friend.” – Sun Tzu