There's a problematic trend growing here in the "land of the free, and home of the brave" The right to freedom of speech is slowly being degraded to "freedom of speech for select segments of American society -- all others must shut up. Soon the Constitution's first line will change from "We the People" to "We, the certain select ".
I don't know about the rest of you "others" but I have a huge problem with this growing trend. Trends tend to grow into raging monsters if you don't stop them when they're a tiny itch in the pants of society.
Upon reading a FoxNews article about the young man allegedly fired because he told a woman that her gay marriage was wrong, bothers me -- tremendously.
From what I read, the woman had mentioned to Peter Vadala, of Brookstone, a Massachusetts retail store, at least four times about her impending marriage to her lesbian lover. Mentioning these nuptials once, maybe twice would have been enough -- I'm sure the young man isn't deaf and speaks English well enough, to get the point.
Vadala believes she was goading him, and I totally agree. This controversy wasn't so much the fact that she and her partner are lesbians, it's about her needling, taunting, harassing -- this is called GOADING :
"I found it offensive that she repeatedly brought it up" Vadala said. "By the fourth time she mentioned it, I felt God wanted me to express how I felt about the matter, so I did. But my tone was downright apologetic. I said, "Regarding your homosexuality, I think that's bad stuff" READ MORE
Common courtesy dictates that if your actions or speech offend someone else, stop! Unless of course the offense is intended -- this woman intended to offend.
The unnamed woman probably knows that Vadala is a Christian. Many people out there just hate the name "Christian" and she's probably one of them.
What she did was taunt, [her claws were out] she taunted this Christian young man until he said something that she could use to go complain about. It doesn't matter whether she's lesbian or not, she's female and we females can be ever so catty.
Reasoning says, that there must be a history between the two, I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt, some prior conversations with him may have stuck in her craw.
No, I believe, that girlfriend knew what she was doing when she first started the conversation. She, like many gays, know that most Christians find this lifestyle offensive [there are exceptions to the rule, of course] and she found a target on which to vent her bile.
After Vadala voiced his opinion, she then threatened him with "HR, buddy" and the idiots at Brookstone fell for it hook line and sinker! Did he say that they should be burned at the stake, or that they should be stoned to death -- no, he didn't. Did he communicate a terroristic threat -- no, if he had the media would have jumped all over it.
What's bothersome and dangerous, is the fact that Brookstone cow-towed to this one person's gay agenda. In essence Brookstone, like many other corporations,set the dangerous precedence that only certain select segments of American society have the right to free speech while others must sit back and keep their mouths shut.
Vadala is young and inexperienced. He should have sensed what she was up to and walked away. Now, I strongly urge him to move to own Brookstone, and it's children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren etc...
In fact more people need to start standing up for their right to freedom of speech -- we're slowly being handcuffed.
I refuse to shut-up:
Girlfriend you were and probably still are a complete and total bitch.