You can’t get milk by beating the cow

Cops Called at Kiss-In Event

Drama at the Chick-fil-A same sex “Kiss-In” event in Hollywood … TMZ has learned the chicken joint called police today claiming the MEDIA was harassing its employees.

Law enforcement sources tell us … the Chick-fil-A staff wasn’t bothered by the pro-gay marriage event taking place inside the restaurant, but felt the media was being too aggressive in trying to get commentary from Chick-fil-A employees.

Funny but I don’t recall the media asking any Chick-fil-A employees questions on Wednesday, do you? Near as I can tell the “Kiss-in” protests have drawn more media attention (both before and during) than the “buycott” that took place earlier. But turnout was significantly lower yesterday. I also haven’t heard any reports that any of the Kiss-in participants was harassed.

As much as I support the right of free speech and the cause of same-sex marriage, having a right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do. Just as with the Occupy movement, LGBTs need to understand the relationship between goals, strategy and tactics.

The goal is simple – full equality and acceptance in society. Achieving full equality means changing the law. That can potentially be done by legal action in the courts or political action in the legislative branches of our state and federal governments.

Acceptance in society requires changing hearts and minds. A single court ruling could change the law overnight. Changing hearts and minds takes time. We are winning both battles. When I was born half a century ago (damn that makes me sound old) homosexuality was considered a mental illness and sodomy was a crime. We’ve come a long way, but there is still a ways left to go.

But winning hearts and minds means making friends and getting people to agree with you. You can’t do that by angering and offending people. (I know that being called a racist sure didn’t make me like Barack Obama any better.)

This is not a war. Victory cannot be won by destroying the enemy. We need to avoid strategies and tactics that alienate and offend others. As my grandma used to say, “You can’t get milk by beating the cow.”

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14 Responses to You can’t get milk by beating the cow

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I guess I should point out that political victories are easier if you have the majority on your side. So it’s always good to win hearts and minds.

    • Lulu says:

      Another entitled spoiled brat driving a very expensive sports car goes into a fast food restaurant to hector and bully minimum wage employees on their morals and ethics, films themselves, and uploads it to Youtube. How very PROGRESSIVE of her. Do they think the entire world is just sitting there for them to express their outrage to make themselves feel better? Why do they always have to abuse the very people who have the least power? Why does someone who drives a whatever it is convertible sports car think that the person making minimum wage, trying to get by is always their moral inferior? This is why I don’t like, listen to, or respect these idiots. They always kick down and they never challenge real authority because it would upset their privileged economic sinecure in life. Everyone is supposed to adjust their life for them. They are cowards.

  2. Glennmcgahee says:

    And then there’s this:

    Thats why events like the kiss-in do more harm than good.

  3. driguana says:

    well put….also liked this from the trenches yesterday…
    C:\Users\Jack\Desktop\Free Speech Is American_ So Is Boycotting_ The Trenches.mht

  4. OldCoastie says:

    In So Cal, it seemed the appreciation day was covered a little more thoroughly, the kiss-in also had coverage. A kiss-in in Hollywood? I doubt it was anything more than amusing… most certainly not some sort of terrorist event.

    I’m still with Glenn Greenwald – just don’t give any of your money to ’em. I sure hope this all blows over pretty soon…

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