Greg Rikaart Blogs About 'Bullies' Melissa Reeves and Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy for Huffington Post



 




The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart (Kevin) is continuing to drive home the point that issues surrounding support of Chick-fil-A's recent "Appreciation Day" had little to do with free speech, and a whole lot to do with sanctioning and cloaking bigotry. The passionate actor blogged for The Huffington Post about his recent tweet to fellow Sony TV soap star, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, Days of Our Lives), who had previously tweeted her support of Chick-fil-A. Below are a few excerpts.

On what the Chick-fil-A debate is really about:

The media blitz surrounding Chick-fil-A isn't about chicken sandwiches or Dan Cathy's First Amendment right to speak his mind. Mr. Cathy's company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which publicly denounces the "impure lifestyle" of the LGBT community.

Furthermore, this company donated money to the Family Research Council, which supports the criminalization of homosexuality and states on their website that they oppose efforts for homosexuals to have equal rights. Can you even imagine -- your neighbor, your friend, your sibling or your child being criminalized for being who they are?

On what Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy's statement of support for "traditional marriage" and Reeves' Twitter co-signing mean for struggling LGBT kids:

Whether grown up bullies like Dan Cathy and Melissa Reeves realize it or not, they are directly or indirectly telling these vulnerable kids that there is something wrong with them, or they are somehow less than. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm certain of it.
 

For the rest of Rikaart's post click here.

Photo of Melissa Reeves by PR Photos


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Totally agree with you as well TV Gord, Love your posts, always read them. I personally think you are very well informed and intelligent. I wasn't trying to say that people shouldn't have the choice to go to these programs if that is what they truly feel they need at that given time in their life, everyone has to walk their path of self discovery at their own pace. I was saying that if people could see the gay and lesbian as people and not different then maybe there would be no need for these types of programs in the first place.

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I agree, Tom. (Thanks for your compliments, and it's mutual.) We're in agreement. I have a personal experience with a college friend who went the "pray away the gay" route and while I had to come to respect his decision, I still see him as a sad example of someone who isn't living an honest life. From his point of view, he wanted a wife and children (which he now has) and he continues to say he's happy with his life, and I am happy for him (though skeptical).

He could have been a close friend of mine over the years, but I have to admit I have distanced myself from him because I don't want to be around when/if (likelier when) his family implodes. I hope he manages to make a success of the life he has decided to live and I'll be happy to be proven wrong if he makes it. I just don't want to witness him on that tightrope (especially when he now has a family up there with him).

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Greg needs to get off his high horse. This so called "persecution" that he speaks of is the same sort of persecution that Christians have gone through all the time for standing up for their beliefs. If you don't want to eat at Chick-fil-a then don't, no one is holding a gun at your head to do so, but don't call Melissa or all of us that do wrong for supporting a company that shares our ideals.

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Sad that your ideals are ones that want to crimialize gays, Change gays straight and deny them rights. Because those are what the comapnies do that CFA gives their money to. So CFA also supports those comapnies missions as do you every time you give CFA your dollars. How is that HATE with your chicken Sandwhich. Dont talk to me about Persecution when You just admitted you gladly do it & dont give a damn that Gays are hurt and discriminated by supporting CFA

Also STOP with using Christians & GOD to back up your hate. GOD loves all his children, no matter their sexuality. He understands that. Maybe you should too.

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appleridge wrote:
Dont talk to me about Persecution when You just admitted you gladly do it & dont give a damn that Gays are hurt and discriminated by supporting CFA. Also STOP with using Christians & GOD to back up your hate. GOD loves all his children, no matter their sexuality. He understands that. Maybe you should too.

Bravo! I was raised Christian and I still feel sensitive for the way Christians are often attacked...but that makes me MORE compassionate to other groups who face that kind of bigotry!

When I see the multitudes who crawl to their keyboards whenever any gay issue comes up, I always wonder where they are when there's another swarm of reports of child-rapes carried out by the clergy! It's amazing how suddenly silent these pious people become.

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I grew up in a Christian (Catholic) family & school system. I've since moved away from organized religion, partially because of its stance on sexuality, but also on other dogmatic reasons, and the history of abuse by priests on young boys. However, that doesn't mean I'm agnostic, it just means that I've found my own spirituality of sorts that doesn't involve organized religion. I still have fond memories of some of my experiences.

I dear say that for many people in the LGBT community and its allies, that there are different branches, the more Conservative sects of Christianity, that have given the umbrella of Christianity a bad name with their hatred and bigotry. There are branches of Christianity that are very progressive, such as United Unitarian, several congregations of United Church of Canada, and there are even congregations of people in seemingly conservative faiths that are also progressive thinking. There are others that are gradually moving in that direction.

I say this so that people understand where I'm coming from as a gay woman. I do not hate Christianity but I do have major misgivings about the polarities inherent in organized religions. I don't agree with using one's God as a shield for their bigotry and hate against something they truly do not understand.

I have no problem with Melissa Reeves' right to free speech, nor Mr. Cathy's, even though I highly disagreed with what they said, and their financial support of organizations that seek to eliminate equal rights for everyone. Just as they have a right to say what they have, so do others who choose to publicly disagree with them, and why. However, threats of (and actual acts of) physical violence against them are just as wrong. The fact that Ms. Reeves blocked even civil discussion from her twitter account just proves that she seemed to only to support freedom of speech going one way, not in civil discussion. I could understand her blocking accts once the discussion got to the point of hurling threats at her, but civil discussion, there should be no need.

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The United States of America has something called "Freedom of Religion".

This means that ANY American can practice ANY religion they so choose. Thats what everyone focuses on. The other aspect, that most people forget, is that "Freedom of Religion" also means that the country is NOT run by religion. We are NOT a Christian country. If we were a Christian country, then the country would not allow Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, etc. to worship here. These religions would have NO RIGHTS if the good ole US of A was a Christian country. If the founding fathers of this country were hellbent on making America into a Christian country, they wouldn't have wrote into our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Separation of Church and State.

I mean, the reason the Pilgrims actually came over from England was to escape religion, after all.

I'm not anti-religion at all (I'm a Christian, I pray, I believe and worship God) but I do believe that the bible, which was written by MAN after Jesus left this Earth, is the greatest work of fiction ever. MAYBE the four Gospels are true, due to them being written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But the rest of it??? It's a giant game of telephone thats been played for the last 2000+ years. Obviously something would get screwed up along the way.

With that being said, can we please put this Chik-Fil-A stuff behind us? It completely disheartens me to be excited to come here and try to find out stuff on my shows and then to only get sucked into all the comments on here about Chik-Fil-A with who's fighting who (the comments section is usually my favorite part of this site...the wits and snark some people have with the day-to-day soap musings are effin HYSTERICAL!!).

Peace, Love, and Soaptastic Goodness!

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HIGHDENSITY02 YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved your post.

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appleridge wrote:
Sad that your ideals are ones that want to crimialize gays, Change gays straight and deny them rights. Because those are what the comapnies do that CFA gives their money to. So CFA also supports those comapnies missions as do you every time you give CFA your dollars. How is that HATE with your chicken Sandwhich. Dont talk to me about Persecution when You just admitted you gladly do it & dont give a damn that Gays are hurt and discriminated by supporting CFA. Also STOP with using Christians & GOD to back up your hate. GOD loves all his children, no matter their sexuality. He understands that. Maybe you should too.

Let me ask a question. And I'm not picking on you but your post stood out to me. Do you eat at McDonalds, Do you ever go to Starbucks coffee, do you purchase Apple products? You do realize all these companies do business and have stores in countries like Saudi Arabia where women have no rights or in China a suppressed country. I don't and have never eaten at Chick Fil A and don't support the organizations they do but what makes them so wrong and these other companies who choose to do business with suppressive regimes so much better. It's hypocritical for folksl to hold Chick Fil A to a standard they are willing to overlook for businesses they see as friendly to one cause, when they also choose to support their own businesses in dealing with oppressive and prejudicial powers around the world. Countries who themselves punish gays and women. Doesn't the fact that Apple does business in Saudi Arabia or in Sudan say anything to folks here about the hypocrisy of all this. Be thankful you like in a country that allows people to express various viewpoints. People like MLK and Ghandi protested through non violence, non hate, and showed they were better than their counterparts because they were men of
peace and tolerance vs. hate and violence.

I consider myself a progressive but the hate mongering I am reading here and at various places is equally as offensive for those opposed to or in support of Cick Fil A.i don't like hate mongering whether it's the Christian Right or Radical Left. Peace, tolerance, and education is what battles ignorance.