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.”