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Commentary: A new year of “Chick-Phil-A”

Here we are seven days into 2014. I always like to believe that the start of a New Year comes with hope and change. It never happens, but I still like to have hope and believe in change.

The simple truth is this: A new year is simply a continuation of the old year. Nothing has magically changed, because we simply changed the number at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the “Duck Dynasty” people will be gathering on Jan. 21 at their local Chick-fil-A to celebrate their Chick-Phil-A Day. They call it a day to “Stand For Free Speech. Sit For Good Food.” They encourage everyone to: 1) Wear your Duck Commander or camouflage gear and 2) Eat at Chick-fil-A.

What they really want to say is this: “Stand for Traditional Marriage. Sit for homophobic chicken and waffle fries.”

The “Chick-Phil-A” people are also asking fans to do the following:

“Additionally, we're asking all participants to TAKE VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS and ask at least five people if they are registered to vote. This is a multi-strategy approach aimed at making a statement about free-speech, a stand against discrimination and a push to find new voters who will elect candidates who actually REPRESENT us in 2014.”

So, it’s just another year of people who have no clue what free speech is really about, and another year of voters who are no more aware of what they are voting for than they are of how unhealthy Chick-fil-A is for them.

It’s another year of firing up the base with gay-hate and fried chicken.

And what of Chick-fil-A? While they have not officially endorsed this “Chick-Phil-A Day,” they have also not said: “Oh no, don’t come. Don’t endorse hate. Don’t misrepresent what the Constitution actually says.”

And why would they? They are going to make millions of dollars on this hate-filled day. Seems like dirty money to me – but it seems to serve this anti-gay, conservative, Christian company quite well.

Yep, it might be a new year, but it’s the “same old – same old.”

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SDGLN Contributor Barb Hamp Weicksel was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early 1980s, where she met her partner Susan. They've been together some 30 years and share the love of Susan's four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her blog, Barb's Gift of Gab, can be found HERE.