I’m getting some predictable flack over my use of the word “bigot” to describe those supporting Chick-fil-A and its anti-equality stance.
I take words very seriously — surprised? anyone? — so I spent some serious time thinking over this flack and pondering its merits. Certainly, a lot of that time was spent reading much of the back-and-forth that’s going on this week as others have used that same word in the same manner I used it.
I know some people are really very hurt to have a label like “bigot” appended to them when they express their views on a subject.
I get that. Words can sting. I do not ever take labeling lightly, and I abhor name-calling.
Please, for the benefit of the class, explain to me exactly how those who seek to deny equality to a group of people, based solely on the differences between that group and themselves, are exempt from the accurate application of precise terminology.
Understand, I am not asking for excuses. It doesn’t matter if your bigotry is rooted in your religion, your upbringing, or a dream you had last night.
Hating members of the LGBT community, and opposing their freedom, is bigotry.
If your feelings are hurt when I accurately call you a bigot, please, by all means, desist in your bigotry.