The Advocate Puts Days of Our Lives’ Melissa Reeves on Blast For Supporting Bigoted Chick-fil-A


 




After spending a year praising Days of Our Lives for the groundbreaking coming out storyline for Will Horton (Chandler Massey), The Advocate has taken a stance on Massey's on-screen aunt, Melissa Reeves', (Jennifer) support of Chick-fil-A — a company which has spent millions to fund anti-LGBT groups. Kudos to The Advocate!


Considering Reeves' "free speech" tweet was obviously a veiled, passive-aggressive attempt to support those who oppose gay rights—without having to come right out and do so—it is nice to see the leading LGBT publication in the country break it down as such:

Actually, the message that got somewhat lost in the Chick-fil-A controversy is not that company president Dan Cathy shouldn’t be able to state his opposition to marriage equality, but that the company is funding antigay organizations that have been designated “hate groups” — and LGBT people and their allies don’t want to be funneling money to them. A Daytime Confidential blogger makes this point, writing, “I guess Reeves sees absolutely nothing wrong with the chain working so hard to deny 10 percent of the population their civil rights.”

Ex-act-ly! Let's not play a game of Words With Friends. People who supported Jim Crow Laws in the 60's had a right to their freedom of speech too. Didn't make them any less bigoted. When Reeves tweeted what she did, on the day she did it—Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day—knowing fully well that the day was organized to support the company's "right" to support anti-LGBT organizations, she knew exactly what she was doing. She has her right to free speech, and so do all of us who oppose her bigoted, shameful beliefs.

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81 Responses

  1. Profile photo of david46208
    david46208

    @Jamey Giddens: How do you know here beliefs? How does her tweet in support of free speech show her belief? I’m trying to figure out how you know that much about the woman?

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    appleridge

    Melissa gave an interview in fall 2011 where she spoke to We Love Soaps about Gay teens and suicide and she was very sickened teens were killing themselves and talked about how we had to love each other. She even said Scott & her open their home if their kids friends arent at a safe place.

    Thats why deep down I hope she has no clue what CFA gives their money to and what the anti gay groups that get CFA’s money actually do to GLBT community. I really dont think she is anti-gay.

    However, at the same time, its not like Melissa cannot research it.

    The sad fact is I know some people have tweeted her this evidence or tried to but she blocked a lot of folks. So Im afraid she may never see it.

    I know from tweets I follow she has gay friends who work BTS at Days who have supported her, so maybe, just maybe they will inform her of what CFA truly supports and what the issue is here and Freedom of Speech it is not.

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    pjc722

    I, wholeheartedly, agree and APPLAUD the ADVOCATE for coming out against Melissa Reeves freedom of speech and her bigoted attack on the LBGT community.

    How about the fans of DAYS take a stance and every time that Melissa comes on the screen you either switch the channel for the 2 or 3 minutes she’s on screen, or for those of you with a DVR, record it and skip over her scenes altogether.

    Sooner or later, the Christians who love to use the bible to stand up for what they perceive as RIGHT AND JUST while, they themselves commit sin upon sin (shall we NEVER forget now that Melissa Reeves whored it up with her co-star years back while supposedly HAPPILY married and a mother) will only come to the realization that the book is only a book and that GOD looks down on ALL OF US as in his likeness.

    Those without SIN shall cast the first stone.

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    david46208

    Well i’m a Days fan and at this point, the way people are lambasting her for her support of free speech. I’m standing by Melissa Reeves and the false slander against her. I’m taking stand now too!

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    hey mon

    I am having a harder and harder time about this whole chik-fil-A and Melissa Reeves event. I think she is being held to a type of litmus test that she may not deserve. I understand that no one wants any type of discrimination to occur, but unless the Gay Marriage Litmus Test box is checked, are people going to be lambasted? I think it’s important for everyone to state their cards ‘here and now’. Is it the intent of DC to politicize issues, attack an actress that is working in a near-dying genre, on near dying show?

    Those of us who feel that Gay and Lesbian story-lines need to come to the forefront of Daytime, and are 100% opposed to all Gay and Lesbian discrimination… suddenly find ourself in a type of dilemma. What if we/I don’t pass this Litmus Test, or the next Litmus Test…whatever that may be? If I do not pass, should I then stop posting permanently, and leave?

  6. Profile photo of appleridge
    appleridge

    For me its not about the gay marriage issue. Its about the fact that CFA gives nearly 2 millon dollars to anti gay groups that work to discriminate, some work to repair gays and some even lobby to have gays killed. Thats the issue for me.

    This has nothing to do with Days and its Wilson story. It has to do with the fact we should not support a resturant that gives money no matter how small to groups that want to harm and kill gays for being who they are.

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    Ginger

    I’d love to see Melissa Reeves fired from Days for what she did. At the very least, she deserves censure and backburnering. She knew what she was doing, and she went ahead and did it anyway, giving Days a black eye. After her well-known infidelity which caused her to break the terms of her contract with Days then for which she was subsequently sued, Reeves is lucky Days took her back. She’s a narrow-range actress with a narrowminded outlook. Days is better off without her.

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    david46208

    @hey mon: I know that in the black community there are some cultural litmus testers I call them the “Culture Police.” I reject them whole heartily.

    But this is Slander all the way.

    Slander: a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his/hers good name.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Okay David, you are entitled to your opinion, but no one here is slandering Melissa Reeves. She tweeted support of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which was about supporting the company’s right to free speech, concerning their stance on gay rights. That is why Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day exists. Talking around it won’t change that fact.

    By the by, you have spoken out vehemently about Paul Rauch, calling him a racist. Yet, Paul Rauch never admitted to being a racist. You, like me, inferred it from accounts from Ellen Holly and others. If it is slander for me to use my free speech—on my blog— to speak out against Melissa Reeves’ support of people’s free right to express bigotry, then it is slander for you to call Paul Rauch a racist, which you have, in these comments, on numerous occasions.

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    sodsince16

    I actually think there is room for debate on freedom of speech on this issue.

    However, Dan Cathy’s freedom of speech was never at risk here. Mr. Cathy is a rich CEO of a nationally recognized business. So, when Mr. Cathy wants to spread his beliefs he can go on the radio or get on the phone and talk to a politician anytime he wants.

    One doubts that Gov. Huckabee offered a nationally discussed appreciation day for Joe’s Hardware store when he was the governor. Because Joe’s Hardware doesn’t have the influence.

    The common man has to use boycotts to try to get the attention of government and even the playing the field. I think if the argument was framed in the context of allowing individuals as much access to government as CEO’s than CFA fans would have a harder time defending their position,

  11. Profile photo of david46208
    david46208

    @Jamey Giddens: Ellen Holly recounted her experiences with Paul R. Correct. Ellen Holly shared her experiences with him. One could choose to believe them are not. But no way did Melissa Reeves ever say that she supported anything more than free speech. How some in this press have interpreted it amounts to slander.

    Ellen Holly was at least talking about her experiences. Many choose to believe in her experiences on the job. You are anyone else does not know MR personally or have any experiences that would go on to suggests that she is homophobic or vice versa.

    It is no better than people who said that president Obama’s support of gay marriage means he’s secretly gay.

    Fox News and MSNBC are good for taking words out of context or drawing their own conclusions to them.

    You ladies and gentlemen here at DC pride yourself on not reporting firings , castings etc. as true or not until you can confirm it.

    I would think that you would apply it here.

    So I see the parallels between Homophobia and Racism. But this is some Al Shparton, Jesse Jackson type of stuff going on here. I think IMO people should think before deciding when you are going to report what her support of Freedom of Speech means to her.

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    TomZulawski

    @david you can put as much perfe on a turd as you want, but it’s still a turd. Sounds to me
    Like you pick and choose your discrimation issues. You know damn well this
    Wasn’t about freedom of speech, she was tweeting her support of the CFA agenda, end of story.

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    TomZulawski

    David give me a break there has been so much in the news about CFA and their agenda that it would be a bit to coincidental that MR would just happen to go buy her chicken sandwich and tweet her “support” for “freedom of speech”. She knew exactly what she was doin and why. She is a born again Christian right winger. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what she was doing.

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    david46208

    @tomZulzwski: This is not about picking and choosing. There is nothing to backup that Melissa Reeves support of Free Speech makes her homophobic are anywhere close to it. That a fact! Now if you want to counter it, show me the proof. Until you have proof that MR is homophobic or that she believes in what CFA believes then it is nothing but slander. And any journalism major or grad knows this is TRUE!

    Anyone railing against her does not have experiences with MR to draw on. Ellen Holly spoke of her experiences. Ellen Holly didn’t say if you support ABC you support racism. She didn’t even say if you support Paul R. that you support it. She just shared her personal experiences with him. You could either believe or not believe what she said.

    No one here has any personal experiences to draw on with MR. No court in America would buy the argument being put forth here.

    This is nothing more than a “witch hunt!”

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    Transfigurationjc

    Days is obviously in the pocket of the left wing gay rights lobby, look at the unbalanced, biased coming out story. It was practically written by them!
    I am so proud of Melissa Reeves for having the guts to come out in favor of traditional marriage and Christian values in that environment. God Bless you Melissa Jesus said if you are ashamed of me before men I will be ashamed of you before my father.

    The left wing have drawn the battle lines and created this controversy so they will have to deal with it. Screw the liberal entertainment industry if they cant accept an opposing view and that includes Chandler Massey who has become the gay poster child since the coming out story.

    The left wing has done all they can to demonize Christians and I am sick and damned tired of it. Dont get me wrong I believe in America there is room for both sides of the gay issue and none of us has the right to force our beliefs on anyone else. But Dan Cathy is not guilty of that. Being pro traditional marriage is not hate speech. I love you Missy and I stand with you. God bless. And Christians lets pray for the lost entertainment industry before judgement comes to them. SMH.

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    david46208

    @TomZulawski: Witch Hunt – An investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but actually used to harass and undermine those with differing views.

    She is being witch hunted and slandered for supporting freedom of speech. Im sticking with the facts about MR. Too few other people are. Stick to the facts about MR and you should get it.

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    TomZulawski

    It’s so interesting that all the so called religious people are the last people that should be entering a church. Jesus’sfollowers were the outcasts of society. Maybe you should pray a little harder for yourself, you need it.

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    TomZulawski

    David, not many people agree with your short sided point of view and Im tired of arguing with someone who just doesn’t have the mental capacity to comprehend the real issues here. I see who you are by what you choose to support. Enough said.

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    Transfigurationjc

    I am a black man and I say that’s bs Jamey. I’m sick of the liberal gay rights lobby equating homosexuality with race.

    Homosexuality is a behavior based sexual proclivity. Despite how Lady Gaga and the GR movement drone on every day about how gays are “born this way” there is no irrefutable scientific proof of that fact. And according to Kinsey sexuality can be fluent throughout a person’s life. I have struggled with same sex attraction for my entire life and I have seen so called unchangeable gays bounce all over the spectrum. So this phenomenon of so called sexual orientation changes its stripes depending upon the politics of the person examining it.

    Of course gay people experience discrimination, hatred and even violence based on that status. But its still not the same as race. First of all in some instances homosexuality can be hidden. In most instances race can not. And there is genetic proof that race is an inborn trait that cant be changed.

    There is no such proof for homosexuality, no matter how the left desperately tries to brainwash society to the contrary.

    Sexuality is a moral issue and it will always be in a pluralistic country such as America. So those on both sides of this issue had better get used to that. As a person who grew up both black and gay I understand discrimination and hatred very well.

    But I also understand politics and the Christian tradition. Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior and his word declares that the practice of homosexuality is sin. In America we are free to accept or reject that doctrine.

    I don’t support discrimination against anyone based on the sexual acts in which they participate with consenting adults. But Homosexuality does not deserve the same classification as race because it is based not on a genetic factor, but a psychological predisposition to behavior that many still consider…..wait for it…..gasp….perverted and unnatural in political, moral, spiritual and psychological discourse.

    Those on the left will just have to deal with that opinion. This is America after all.

  20. Profile photo of david46208
    david46208

    @TomZulawski: I look at things from 3 to 4 sides before coming to a conclusion. I’m not a quick draw McGraw. And this case there is no evidence toward the claim against MR, just pure speculation. Those are the facts!

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    Transfigurationjc

    Tom I dont give a damn who agrees. The liberal Gay rights lobby has totally deceived the public on this issue.

    And that comment you made about mental capacity is ridiculous. But of course anyone who doesn’t comply with the left on this issue has to be misinformed or ignorant. Get a grip and stop insulting others because they dont agree with you.

    It makes your argument look as weak as your values. SMH.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior and his word declares that the practice of homosexuality is sin.
    ***
    Actually, no it doesn’t. Jesus never mentions homosexuality in the Bible. The passages about homosexuality are found in Leviticus (which also condemns eating shell fish and wearing non-man made fabrics and calls for women entering a church on their period to be stoned for uncleanliness) and the Pauline Epistles, not the Gospels, the four books about Jesus’ life on Earth. Sorry, try again.

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    appleridge

    There are people who are bisexual as well,Transfigurationjc. Some people are attracted to both sexes. That doesnt mean they are perverts. By the by, announcing you once had same sex attraction doesnt make you a pervert, it makes You HUMAN

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    Jamey Giddens

    The bible also sanctions slavery. In Colossians it called for slaves to obey their masters, a passage used by “Christians” to sanction the African Slave Trade. So glad some of you weren’t around to support those good Christians and their freedom of speech during the Civil War.

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    Bellajewels

    [quote=appleridge]Melissa gave an interview in fall 2011 where she spoke to We Love Soaps about Gay teens and suicide and she was very sickened teens were killing themselves and talked about how we had to love each other. She even said Scott & her open their home if their kids friends arent at a safe place.

    Thats why deep down I hope she has no clue what CFA gives their money to and what the anti gay groups that get CFA’s money actually do to GLBT community. I really dont think she is anti-gay.

    However, at the same time, its not like Melissa cannot research it.

    The sad fact is I know some people have tweeted her this evidence or tried to but she blocked a lot of folks. So Im afraid she may never see it.

    I know from tweets I follow she has gay friends who work BTS at Days who have supported her, so maybe, just maybe they will inform her of what CFA truly supports and what the issue is here and Freedom of Speech it is not.[/quote]

    I don’t research every fast food chain that I eat at either. And I’m not going to. Neither should she have to. And she shouldn’t have to take heat like this because she agreed with the sentiments, or simply the freedom of speech, of Cathy. I doubt that she’s done extensive research into the chain.

  26. Profile photo of David Robertson
    David Robertson

    People asking what Melissa’s views are, she is OPENLY Conservative Christian.

    Also, I’m really tired of individuals making something as clear cut as saying they’re against gay marriage, gay families and think homosexuality is perverted and a sin, a simply “disagreement” of opinions. It’s not a disagreement and it’s not an opinion. If you hold these BELIEFS, you are anti-gay. Anti-gays love to soften their bigotry to make themselves look more palatable to society at large, but at the end of the day, a pig is a pig.

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    David Robertson

    Melissa is not dumb enough to not know what’s going on. Let’s get real. The woman has PROTECTED her tweets, has DELETED friends on her twitter, and BLOCKED tweets that were questioning her anti-gay stance.

    She is anti-gay and a hypocrite, proclaiming she’s for free speech, yet shutting down speech that she doesn’t like. Completely reprehensible, but no surprise.

  28. Profile photo of Bellajewels
    Bellajewels

    [quote=David Robertson]People asking what Melissa’s views are, she is OPENLY Conservative Christian.

    Also, I’m really tired of individuals making something as clear cut as saying they’re against gay marriage, gay families and think homosexuality is perverted and a sin, a simply “disagreement” of opinions. It’s not a disagreement and it’s not an opinion. If you hold these BELIEFS, you are anti-gay. Anti-gays love to soften their bigotry to make themselves look more palatable to society at large, but at the end of the day, a pig is a pig.[/quote]

    Look I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I also believe that marriage is a religious institution and that the state should have no part in it so anyone that is not religious should be seeking a civil union that allows them to make medical decisions for their partner, have death benefits, etc. I think this should be standard whether you’re straight or gay. I am not anti-gay. You can believe that if you chose but my friends that are gay, who know my position, would most likely disagree with you. As far as it being a sin I don’t know. The Bible talks about it as a sin but guess what. I’m not God. I’m just not. So I can’t really decide what is sin and what isn’t. I’ll leave that up to him. But people like you that just think they’re right and anyone that doesn’t think just like you are wrong make your side of the argument look just as intolerant as the side you’re fighting against. You don’t know Melissa Reeves, so perhaps you shouldn’t judge her.

  29. Profile photo of Bellajewels
    Bellajewels

    [quote=David Robertson]Melissa is not dumb enough to not know what’s going on. Let’s get real. The woman has PROTECTED her tweets, has DELETED friends on her twitter, and BLOCKED tweets that were questioning her anti-gay stance.

    She is anti-gay and a hypocrite, proclaiming she’s for free speech, yet shutting down speech that she doesn’t like. Completely reprehensible, but no surprise.[/quote]

    Why should she have to be mistreated on HER twitter. If I say something on my Facebook or my Twitter that you don’t like and you come down on me like you have some kind of moral right for “judging people” then damn right I’m going to block your delete you. She’s friends with her children on Twitter. Should they really have to see her being mistreated because you want the right to call her a bigot?

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    david46208

    @David Robertson: She has received death threats. And nothing you said is fact about her being anti-gay. That is your spin on. Unless you can produce facts that she is indeed anti-gay then you are helping to spread the slander.

    “Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it’s someone else’s witch being hunted.” – Walter Kirn

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    aremid96

    Melissa is not the only one who feels the way she does – that was very apparent with the long lines of support for Chick-Fil-A on August 1. It was a peaceful demonstration by many American’s supporting their beliefs on free speech.

    I didn’t see that on August 3rd when the LGBT community protested the company – I saw people vandalizing stores with graffiti and people basically loitering where they didn’t even want to be. How is that helping any of the argument?

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    shodanfan

    I don’t think calling MR names or bringing up her past is right, but people do have a right to disagree with her.

    As far as CFA is concerned, the CEO has right to his Southern Baptist beliefs, but he is stepping over a line, IMO, if he is spending money to influence laws to force the tenets of his particular denomination on everyone else. There is separation of church and state in this country for a reason, because not everyone believes the same things. (Not all Christians even agree on what books should be in the Bible or what is the right age to baptize their kids or if you should have wine with Communion.) I’m a Lutheran Christian, ELCA Synod. Not every ELCA congregation supports gay marriage, but quite a few do. I also have friends who are Episcopalian Christians who are totally in favor or gay marriage. I would never force another church to perform a wedding ceremony they didn’t believe in, but why do some churches feel they have a right to interfere with my Pastor performing a gay wedding ceremony he does believe in?

    This issue isn’t about being pro or anti Christian, it is about someone trying to force the beliefs of his particular denomination on everyone else.
    That is totally un-American IMO.

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    TomZulawski

    Oh right Aremid I saw it all over the news, it was rioting in the streets, gays smashing waffle fries into buildings, DUH! Im sure you were in that line as well on Chik Fil A appreciation day. Did you ever hear of the Stonewall Riots? If the gays were protesting it was because they have been persecuted for so long that they have had enough. The days of gays being pushed around are over. Gays are the last minority in this country to receive equal rights and its time that everyone is treated equally no matter what the over the top religious right wing nuts think.

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    David Robertson

    [quote=aremid96]Melissa is not the only one who feels the way she does – that was very apparent with the long lines of support for Chick-Fil-A on August 1. It was a peaceful demonstration by many American’s supporting their beliefs on free speech. I didn’t see that on August 3rd when the LGBT community protested the company – I saw people vandalizing stores with graffiti and people basically loitering where they didn’t even want to be. How is that helping any of the argument?[/quote]

    Based on the reports from gay employees of CFA and straight folk who work at CFA but are for gay rights, actually, it was basically a gay hate convention. Not peaceful at all. It was people coming together to basically bond in being anti-gay and defend anti-gay beliefs.

    I will agree on one point, though—-vandalism isn’t the answer. With that being said, the vandalism is a reaction to homophobia.

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    David Robertson

    The people who defend CFA out of free-speech are by and large anti-gay and feel homophobia is not at all wrong, and that those condemning homophobia should be silenced. Let’s keep it real. These people say they are for freedom of speech, yet they’re the ones crying when Ellen was hired by J.C. Penney. They’re the ones crying when families leave the Boy Scouts who choose to be anti-gay in their policies. These people do NOT want freedom of speech and they are twisting the facts to paint themselves as victims. It will not work.

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    David Robertson

    [quote=Bellajewels]Why should she have to be mistreated on HER twitter. If I say something on my Facebook or my Twitter that you don’t like and you come down on me like you have some kind of moral right for “judging people” then damn right I’m going to block your delete you. She’s friends with her children on Twitter. Should they really have to see her being mistreated because you want the right to call her a bigot?[/quote]
    So she talks about freedom of speech yet actually goes out of her way to block that freedom of speech because she doesn’t like it. That is what being a hypocrite is all about, do as I say, not as I do. Now, I agree with you, she shouldn’t have to be friends and associate with people on twitter she doesn’t want to, and I would block people who were attacking me on my twitter. But the sympathy card is rejected when she went out of her way to make an attention-seeking tweet and now it’s like, she doesn’t want the attention. If she doesn’t want the attention, why make the tweet in the first place?

    She knew what she was doing. She is just pulling a charade right now, and it’s actually sad of her. Especially given she is friends with her children, and her husband is on twitter too. Why would she subject them to any potential hate because she wants to create drama?

    What she did was severely ill-advised at the very least.

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    David Robertson

    [quote=david46208]@David Robertson: She has received death threats. And nothing you said is fact about her being anti-gay. That is your spin on. Unless you can produce facts that she is indeed anti-gay then you are helping to spread the slander.
    “Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it’s someone else’s witch being hunted.” – Walter Kirn[/quote]
    That’s true, I’ll agree, maybe she’s not anti-gay. Is she pro-gay? No, because clearly not only does she support CFA, but she supports conservatives/fundamentalists politically, who are by and large anti-gay, and she has blocked all dissent on her twitter. So it’s pretty clear where she stands, but she may be one of those “I disagree but I don’t hate” wishy-washy types. But that’s neither here nor there. The death threats, whether that has been VERIFIED or not I’m not sure, if that is true, then I can see why she would privatize her twitter, I don’t have a problem with her doing that, but it still is HYPOCRITICAL to say I’m for freedom of speech and then block freedom of speech. Which is what she has done.

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    aremid96

    And forcing the LGBT agenda on us all is not going to work either. Not everyone in this country is a lemming and goes along with what the media, other liberal people think. Some of us still have our own minds and beliefs that we stand up for no matter what anyone says.

    Calling people homophobic over a matter of chicken is just plain preposterous. I have gay friends, family members – I don’t just shun them because my beliefs are different from theirs. People with different ideologies have survived together in this country since its founding and I really doubt this issue is going to change that.

    What gets me is the constant backlash me and others receive just for having an opinion that’s contrary to everyone else’s. I don’t appreciate being called a Nazi just because I eat there.

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    Bellajewels

    [quote=David Robertson]The people who defend CFA out of free-speech are by and large anti-gay and feel homophobia is not at all wrong, and that those condemning homophobia should be silenced. Let’s keep it real. These people say they are for freedom of speech, yet they’re the ones crying when Ellen was hired by J.C. Penney. They’re the ones crying when families leave the Boy Scouts who choose to be anti-gay in their policies. These people do NOT want freedom of speech and they are twisting the facts to paint themselves as victims. It will not work.[/quote]

    You generalize. I believe that CFA should be able to say what they want, as well as Melissa Reeves. However I believe that CFA’s donation, if it was a company based donation on behalf of CFA and not from Mr. Cathy’s personal funds, should have been addressed before now. Where the money goes is an issue. While I may not support gay marriage, mainly because I don’t believe that modern society understands the sanctity of marriage and therefore should be like the gay community and have civil unions, I do believe that gay people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, THAT is the basic human right. Anyone that is not treating them with that needs to go ahead and rip the badge of Christian off their chest. Not to get all religious but there’s a scripture that reads “We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” As I mentioned in another post I can’t really specify whether homosexuality is a sin or not since I’m not God. But the one thing that I can say with absolute certainty is that I AM a sinner and so I have no authority to judge anyone else. People are first and foremost people. Sexuality is just a part of it. There’s not a gay person that I know, and I know quite a few, that is solely their sexual preference. Those people that picket because a gay person might be a spokesperson for an ad campaign because it might teach children that homosexuality is alright need to re-examine their own selves and ask themselves if they’re teaching their children what Jesus was saying. Jesus ate with the tax collectors, he pardoned the thief on the cross, and he will do no less for me who struggles with anger (which is a sin) and bitterness. Because whether a person is gay or not they’re still a sinner. We all are. That’s why we can’t judge each other. Because not one of us is qualified to.

    Sorry for my rant. Hopefully no one will be offended by my bringing God into it but people keep talking about Christians as though every single Christian out there is picketing funerals and being hateful. They’re the exception, not the rule.

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    Mark It Right

    @David46208 – Isn’t funny though she hasn’t tried to clarify what she meant? Don’t even say she shouldn’t have to do it. You can shove that where the sun don’t shine. Anybody that is in the public eye and gets that much attention for a comment would clarify it if she meant something else. You are correct that she didn’t say that she was against gays, but she definately inferred it. Is it a gray area comment? Yes. Just as much as you can say she didn’t infer that, others can say she did. Honestly, the silence from her speaks volumes.
    As for CFA, anyone certainly has the right tell others what they do with their money. You can agree or disagree. This is America. I will however yell it from a mountain top that Dan Cathy gives his money to organizations that promote killing gays in other countries and here in the U.S. to organizations that are very anti-gay. Why the heck whould anyone gay or that supports gays want to give their money to his company if they know what he does with it?
    Remember “EAT MORE BEEF”

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    David Robertson

    [quote=Bellajewels]Look I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I also believe that marriage is a religious institution and that the state should have no part in it so anyone that is not religious should be seeking a civil union that allows them to make medical decisions for their partner, have death benefits, etc. I think this should be standard whether you’re straight or gay. I am not anti-gay. You can believe that if you chose but my friends that are gay, who know my position, would most likely disagree with you. As far as it being a sin I don’t know. The Bible talks about it as a sin but guess what. I’m not God. I’m just not. So I can’t really decide what is sin and what isn’t. I’ll leave that up to him. But people like you that just think they’re right and anyone that doesn’t think just like you are wrong make your side of the argument look just as intolerant as the side you’re fighting against. You don’t know Melissa Reeves, so perhaps you shouldn’t judge her.[/quote] You can have gay friends and be anti-gay. Not saying you are, but that doesn’t justify nor defend anti-gay behavior. Now, being against same-sex couples marrying is an anti-gay position, no doubt about it. It is what it is. Being anti-gay is defined as being against the orientation and “lifestyle” (which includes relationships, marriage, sex life, gay culture) associated with the orientation. You can have gay friends yet not accept their gayness as OK. The way I see it, if a person was truly OK with being gay, they’d have zero reservations not only seeing marriage equality legalized, but actually supporting it. There are a lot of people like you sort of on the fence, but only maybe 35%-38% of people who are legitimate supporters. Those are the people in my mind who are truly accept being gay as OK.

    I’m not judging Melissa, but I am very much questioning why she did what she did. And making an assessment based on her actions. I haven’t come to a complete determination of her motives for why she’s doing what she’s doing with the CFA tweet, and everything else afterward. As for her beliefs and others who believe in an anti-gay viewpoint, it is wrong, and I don’t and won’t accept people who think it’s OK to be in any way anti-gay, because it’s not.

    P.S. Marriage has never been a religious institution. It’s much more a civil/social/personal bond than religious. We need less religious control and not more.

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    David Robertson

    Lets get one thing understood folks:

    Gay=Not a belief nor choice.

    Anti-gay=Belief and a choice.

    Religion=Belief, either a choice and/or indoctrination.

    So these things are not in the same category. People need to stop putting being naturally gay and choosing to be anti-gay on the same plane, as if they are equal of legitimacy, or both are equally free from criticism. Some people have this idea that if being gay should be something not criticized, the same should be done for the choice of being anti-gay. Nope.

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    aremid96

    This is a total issue altogether. I don’t think anyone’s ever disproven or proven this fact. I could state my belief on the matter, but whatever it is, it’s probably going to be ridiculed no matter what the stance is.

    It’s very sad that a board like this where people can express their beliefs on issues is not exactly where one can truly do that. Let us all just bond over the fact that we all watch the soaps (although that fact may not be existent in a few years).

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    Bellajewels

    [quote=David Robertson][quote=Bellajewels]

    P.S. Marriage has never been a religious institution. It’s much more a civil/social/personal bond than religious. We need less religious control and not more.[/quote]

    I don’t believe in marriage as a whole. Not for gay, not for straight people. I believe there should be a separate union, apart from government control, that is a religious union set aside for people who want follow the religious doctrine of marriage. Biblically people couldn’t get divorced unless one spouse cheated on the other. If they did get divorced they were still married in the eyes of God and society and any other unions they had, married or not, were adulterous. Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying as women should be stoned if they don’t obey, etc. My definition of what I believe a religious marriage is is a man and a woman who have never been with other people, because pre-marital sex is adultery, saying that no matter what comes the man is the head of the household and the wife is his equal in all matters. And the only option to get out is death. I don’t believe in this “I’m not happy so I’m going to get a divorce” crap. I believe that when something is broken or cracking you fix it, you don’t throw it away. I have a very limited view of what marriage is and 99% of gay and straight relationships don’t meet the criteria. But I do believe that the government needs to get out of religion. Because trust me. As much as you think that religion is affecting government, government is affecting religion too.

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    David Robertson

    Aremid96—-Forcing the LGBT agenda on you? Oh, I don’t think so. I’m not seeing anyone forcing you to be gay, forcing you to enter a same-sex partnership, forcing you to accept same-sex marriage, forcing you to support only pro-gay politicians. Not happening. Being critical of people who willingly chose to be anti-gay is not forcing an agenda. Demanding equality is not forcing an agenda. It’s called standing up for what is right and what is rightfully ours. Our place in the world, and our legal rights.

    Calling people homophobic for intentionally supporting a company that is intending to spend further more millions after already spending millions in supporting and promoting anti-gay hate groups is HOMOPHOBIA and NO-ONE with a gay friend would do such a thing and be able to look that gay friend in the eye. You are no friend of the gay community at all. Surviving together is different than supporting something as abhorrent as homophobia. A true friend stands up and speaks out, and truly supports their friends. Especially something as black and white as this, something as HUMAN as this. We’re talking about basic human rights, and if you’re against that, then you’re against what we as a community stand for.

    If you don’t appreciate the backlash that is finally coming in being anti-gay, then don’t be anti-gay. I don’t appreciate being called a perverted sinner and having people attempt to defend their anti-gay attitudes every day. There are a lot of things I don’t appreciate that people do daily but I don’t tell those people to do things differently and I don’t whine about it, like almost EVERY SINGLE anti-gay person does. You people have the nerve to condemn the gay community and legitimately feel we shouldn’t get married and then literally whine when you’re not given a pat on the back and actually expect gays/pro-gay straights to simply tolerate you and your views and act like it’s all good? Completely insulting. Hopefully for you and others, you’ve gotten a reality check.

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    david46208, it’s one thing for you to support Melissa Reeves, but by playing dumb, you make yourself look as stupid as she made herself look with that ridiculous and unnecessary tweet. One need not know the woman to understand EXACTLY what she was getting at, and if you would take off your blinders and read what Jamey wrote, you would see that is the point he was making.

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    angrierblackerman

    Melissa Reeves made a clear choice by making a simple Tweet. Her tweet says that she supports a company that supports many anti-gay groups…PERIOD. This is where she stands, and she should have the right to support Chick Fil A if she chooses.

    While I NEVER equate being Gay with being Black, I will say that we absolutely have a responsibility to make sure that no group in society is subject to undeserved violence or harm, and can enjoy the same basic human and American rights and dignity as anyone else, because if the bigots or the vocal majority can go after the gays, they can go after us (insert race) again. On a personal note for me, What’s to stop White people from trying to enact slavery again? From rolling back voter rights for Black people (they are already doing it in states like Florida and Texas)? The only thing stopping them is that we have to fight.

    So yeah, if we don’t stand up for marginalized groups in society, who is going to stand up when it happens to us? We should have the right to fight these forces that try to destroy us. Just as Missy Reeves should have the right to support those same forces. I think it’s good that she took a side, because it’s easier when you know what your enemy looks like. It’s out in the open and easier to combat.

    To quote Greenlee from All My Children

    “At least with your enemies, you know where you stand…”

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    David Robertson

    [quote=Bellajewels]You generalize.[/quote]No, I am speaking on behalf of what gay/pro-gay CFA employees have said went down during Appreciation Day at CFA on Wednesday, and also interviews with people who went to CFA on Wednesday. These people are ANTI-GAY, reports of people spitting in the food of people perceived as gay, people making statements that they wish gays go hungry, people making statements that they wish America were gay free. This is no longer a free speech issue and it has become a gay community vs conservative/fundamentalist/anti-gay social war.

    [quote]I believe that CFA should be able to say what they want, as well as Melissa Reeves. However I believe that CFA’s donation, if it was a company based donation on behalf of CFA and not from Mr. Cathy’s personal funds, should have been addressed before now. Where the money goes is an issue. While I may not support gay marriage, mainly because I don’t believe that modern society understands the sanctity of marriage and therefore should be like the gay community and have civil unions, I do believe that gay people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, THAT is the basic human right. Anyone that is not treating them with that needs to go ahead and rip the badge of Christian off their chest.[/quote] Good points here, I can’t disagree with anything you said bar the not supporting same-sex marriage bit. I’m most glad that you understand that the financial decisions Dan Cathy has made are clearly an issue that should have been addressed long ago. This entire drama could have been settled then, but Dan Cathy had been playing both sides of the social war, trying to hide his anti-gay donations, yet also promoting his Christian views. It’s backfired on him badly.

    [quote]Not to get all religious but there’s a scripture that reads “We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” As I mentioned in another post I can’t really specify whether homosexuality is a sin or not since I’m not God. But the one thing that I can say with absolute certainty is that I AM a sinner and so I have no authority to judge anyone else. People are first and foremost people. Sexuality is just a part of it. There’s not a gay person that I know, and I know quite a few, that is solely their sexual preference. Those people that picket because a gay person might be a spokesperson for an ad campaign because it might teach children that homosexuality is alright need to re-examine their own selves and ask themselves if they’re teaching their children what Jesus was saying. Jesus ate with the tax collectors, he pardoned the thief on the cross, and he will do no less for me who struggles with anger (which is a sin) and bitterness. Because whether a person is gay or not they’re still a sinner. We all are. That’s why we can’t judge each other. Because not one of us is qualified to.[/quote] So much truth. This is what being a real Christian is about.

    [quote]Sorry for my rant. Hopefully no one will be offended by my bringing God into it but people keep talking about Christians as though every single Christian out there is picketing funerals and being hateful. They’re the exception, not the rule.[/quote] Like I always say, Christianists are not Christians. But they have taken over the Christian platform. Real Christians have to do a better job at taking back their platform and redirecting the message from a hateful and exclusionary one to a message of love, forgiveness and respect. It’s just sad how things have turned.

    I’m not offended by you’re bringing God into the mix, because God is in the mix, for better or worse, regarding the drama surrounding all things gay in our society. It is what it is. All I will say is, as you pointed out, the anti-religion comments primarily extend as a reaction to the actions of so-called religious folk, not solely because they are religious.

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    David Robertson

    [quote=Bellajewels]I don’t believe in marriage as a whole. Not for gay, not for straight people. I believe there should be a separate union, apart from government control, that is a religious union set aside for people who want follow the religious doctrine of marriage. Biblically people couldn’t get divorced unless one spouse cheated on the other. If they did get divorced they were still married in the eyes of God and society and any other unions they had, married or not, were adulterous. Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying as women should be stoned if they don’t obey, etc. My definition of what I believe a religious marriage is is a man and a woman who have never been with other people, because pre-marital sex is adultery, saying that no matter what comes the man is the head of the household and the wife is his equal in all matters. And the only option to get out is death. I don’t believe in this “I’m not happy so I’m going to get a divorce” crap. I believe that when something is broken or cracking you fix it, you don’t throw it away. I have a very limited view of what marriage is and 99% of gay and straight relationships don’t meet the criteria. But I do believe that the government needs to get out of religion. Because trust me. As much as you think that religion is affecting government, government is affecting religion too.[/quote] Government is affection religion, but marriage isn’t a government institution, it’s a civil institution. And I don’t think government nor religion has a place in defining that same-sex couples cannot marry legally. As for your definition in marriage, I respect your all-out non-hypocritical commitment to your religious beliefs, but I think that your definition of marriage is limited to your religious sect and nothing more. Not everyone believes as you do and that means not everyone should be forced to adhere to those beliefs, and when you make marriage a religious union, that’s what’s happening. You’re disregarding atheists and you’re disregarding agnostics. You’re putting pressure on same-sex couples to find gay-affirming churches. It means a couples’ marriage in one place may be recognized, and not recognized elsewhere. It simply wouldn’t work.

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    alstonboy4315

    Scott Reeves is on Twitter right now praying for everyone. He needs to pray that his wife doesn’t cheat on him again with a co-star. We all know that Melissa Reeves has a loose booty!

    She should have kept her ignorance and bigoted beliefs to herself. Oh well. If they can her, no big loss. There are at least 2 dozen other soap actresses who could play Jennifer Horton much better than she ever has. So no biggie…….. :D

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    Bellajewels

    [quote=David Robertson][quote=Bellajewels]I don’t believe in marriage as a whole. Not for gay, not for straight people. I believe there should be a separate union, apart from government control, that is a religious union set aside for people who want follow the religious doctrine of marriage. Biblically people couldn’t get divorced unless one spouse cheated on the other. If they did get divorced they were still married in the eyes of God and society and any other unions they had, married or not, were adulterous. Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying as women should be stoned if they don’t obey, etc. My definition of what I believe a religious marriage is is a man and a woman who have never been with other people, because pre-marital sex is adultery, saying that no matter what comes the man is the head of the household and the wife is his equal in all matters. And the only option to get out is death. I don’t believe in this “I’m not happy so I’m going to get a divorce” crap. I believe that when something is broken or cracking you fix it, you don’t throw it away. I have a very limited view of what marriage is and 99% of gay and straight relationships don’t meet the criteria. But I do believe that the government needs to get out of religion. Because trust me. As much as you think that religion is affecting government, government is affecting religion too.[/quote] Government is affection religion, but marriage isn’t a government institution, it’s a civil institution. And I don’t think government nor religion has a place in defining that same-sex couples cannot marry legally. As for your definition in marriage, I respect your all-out non-hypocritical commitment to your religious beliefs, but I think that your definition of marriage is limited to your religious sect and nothing more. Not everyone believes as you do and that means not everyone should be forced to adhere to those beliefs, and when you make marriage a religious union, that’s what’s happening. You’re disregarding atheists and you’re disregarding agnostics. You’re putting pressure on same-sex couples to find gay-affirming churches. It means a couples’ marriage in one place may be recognized, and not recognized elsewhere. It simply wouldn’t work.[/quote]

    No, I guess I’m not being clear. I believe that all unions should be civil and recognized by the state. So basically “marriage” as it is now should be eradicated and replaced with civil unions that allow anyone entering into it medical benefits and death benefits for the other person in the union as well as the right to make health decisions. But if you’re a religious person and wish to have that relationship sanctioned by the church with the understanding that you’re going to adhere to the doctrine regarding marriage it should simply be a religious ceremony with no legal ramifications. So basically government and marriage should just be completely out of each others business. Gay people wouldn’t really have any changes. Marriage doesn’t seem to matter to people anymore, so it seems really sad to see a group of people that want it so bad denied it. You’re right. My views on marriage are completely entrenched in MY religious beliefs which is why I believe that if people that share my faith want to be married that we should go to the church, not the courthouse for that (Figuratively, not literally.) If you want to be able to get state benefits for that union then you go to the courthouse to get your civil union. If that makes sense.

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    aremid96

    I like how alot of ya’ll are wishing that Missy gets fired. This, when we just have 4 soaps on the air. This, when soaps probably be all but gone in less than 5 years. That is sad. I wouldn’t wish anyone losing their job, gay, straight, religious, democrat, republican – anyone! Especially in this economy.

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    Smallboy

    @Transfigurationjc, your speech about discrimination is a discrimination. I can’t belive what you write. Make a difference between racial o sexual discrimination in order to create a kind o list os importance of the discrimination is nonsense and makes me clear that you only understand and value the discrimination of your business. This is selfish and, of course,is not the way to arrive an equal sociaty. If someone bothers about that two people of the same sex can be marry and be together is he who has a problem.Why we can’t open the mind and respect that people live their lifes like they want? We are in XXI Century!!

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    angrierblackerman

    I don’t want her (MR) fired. I don’t want anything from her actually. I never liked Jennifer anyway, now this gives me even more of a reason to FF all her scenes. The same way I did Jensen Ackles scenes when he started spouting hate.

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    lizzyann70

    Please DO NOT apologyze for bringing God into it! In every race and creed there are haters those are the hypocrates! Speaking how you feel and sticking by it without hate in your words/heart, that’s fine!

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    david46208

    @Mark It Right: No it is not very funny. She doesn’t owe anybody anything. No one is entitled to anything in this world. I have never lived my life to please others or conciliate them.

    You see people in this world often get caught up on themselves and then respond accordingly. Act on emotion, instead of using critical thinking skills before trying to damage someone’s reputation breaking every rule of journalism and opening the door for this.

    But the great thing about her going her own way is that it revealed that some of the very people fighting against intolerance and discrimination are nothing more than the very same people they hate.

    Now that’s the irony.

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    Mark It Right

    @david8675309 – You are right in the fact that she doesn’t have to say anything. I never said flat out that I believed she should. You put words into my mouth. Did I infer it? Yes, but I didn’t say it. See how that works. She didn’t say it in so many words, but one could interpert that is what she meant. So each individual gets to decide for themselves what exactly she meant. Until such time that she decides to clarify it. She will eventually. She a celebrity first then a Christian. They don’t want to be known for disliking anybody, specially a Christian one.
    This is not CNN, MSNBC, or God forbid Fox News. So get over the whole journalistic crap. Jamey has already said that this is HIS blog. As such, he has the right to say or not say what he feels. If you don’t like the way he handles it, you don’t have to come here. At least he isn’t like her and blocking people that oppose his views.
    Personally, I have been very tolerant in reading the flawed views of many folks. Remember “EAT MORE BEEF”.

    p.s. Bully for you on not living your life to please others. Sounds a little selfish to me, but that is only my opinion. Have a nice day!

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    Mark It Right

    @aremid96 – I guess you have to decide what is more important to you. Is it better to let someone keep their job and continue to take a portion of that money and give it to people that go against your very being? Or hope they lose their job so they can no longer help fund those anti-gay organizations that help pay to have gays killed in other countries? HMMMMM
    I certainly don’t want people to lose their job, but sometimes they deserve it. Haven’t you ever been somewhere and a sales associate/cashier (whatever)say something rude or implied something rude to you and you thought they should be fired? You may have even told their manager. Maybe they got fired. You weren’t worried about them having a job.(I am not saying you have done that.) Well basically MR has done that very thing. The fans are like customers. So should she be fired? Not my decision. I personally think she has been a bore this time. If they need to trim the fat, she would be on the list. That was how I felt before she said anything. She is an average actress at best.

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    david46208

    @Mark It Right: MR is not on the job. Saying she supports free speech is not even close to being on the level of getting fired from the job. She’d own Sony for that. You obviously have no legal understanding of what it takes to get fired. Again emotions are what you are working with not fact.

    What is this world coming too…

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    Scooter Smith

    This whole situation is asinine to me. I am a supporter of Gay rights. I believe that all people should have the right to marry. I also believe that people are free to do or say what they want in a private business. The idea that its ok for people to support boycotting Chick-Fil-A, but when other american’s show support for that same company is hateful, is just plain stupid.

    I don’t care about this myself. I give to my church. My church teaches that homosexuality is a sin. Does that make me a hate mongering homophobe? Grow up people! He isn’t calling the signature sandwich “God Hates F**s chicken delight”. He doesn’t kick out people that are gay. He gives money to groups that don’t agree with your opinion. If this means you don’t want to give him anymore money. Well awesome for you! But leave those of us that just want a tasty chicken sandwich alone. We aren’t evil, just hungry.

    And unless Missy comes out and says that she supports his stance on gay rights, this is just bashing a celebrity to keep the hate of this guy’s opinion in the news.

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    appleridge

    Scooter
    Does your church give money to exodous which wants to fix gays and make them straight or to groups that want gays exiled and even killed. groups that CFA gives money to do this and that is the issue.

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    Scooter Smith

    Really? Which organizations do they give to that want gays exiled or killed? Please tell me this? If this is actually true, and not just exaggerations from MSNBC or HuffPo editorialists, then I will change my position on Chick-Fil-A, but not on the rights of someone to have a different opinion without being “fileted” (see what I did there) by the blogosphere. Missy was most likely under the same impression as me, yet everyone is treating her like she helped lined some gays up for the CFA firing squad.

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    Scooter Smith

    By this standard, we should detest Obama too. He has many people in his cabinet that are members of the Muslim Brotherhood. (No, I do not think he is a Muslim, but this is a fact that some of the top people in his cabinet are members of this “non-religious” group that just happens to have Muslim in the name). The muslim brotherhood has a standing policy that homosexuality is against the law and punishable by death. Therefore, using the same standard, his hiring them says that he condones this practice. So how come we don’t see more of the posters above ever saying “I hope he gets fired for being a hate mongering homophobe.”? Just curious.

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    TomZulawski

    Scooter, generalize Much? Lets group a whole nationality together and tell them all to have the same viewpoint as the sterotype out in public. Im sure you are probably a birther too.

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    Scooter Smith

    Did Either of you actually read what I wrote? I did not say he hired Muslims. I said he hired members of the Muslim Brotherhood. They are to Muslims what the KKK is to Christianity.

    And neither one of those groups want gays killed or exiled. They believe that homosexuality is a sin, and should be suppressed internally. But they don’t support exiling or killing, that is just media hype. Sad to see nobody does any research into these things.

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