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.