Gertrud A. Briggs: Respect differing beliefs |

Gertrud A. Briggs: Respect differing beliefs

Gertrud A. Briggs

The Aug. 6 cartoon spoofing Chick-Fil-A again shows that the left loves to call folks on the right names when a disagreement occurs. The terms “intolerance,” “bigotry,” “xenophobia” and “hate” all pretty much mean the same thing: an unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect and sometimes intensely dislike contrary opinions, beliefs, creeds and persons of different races, backgrounds, etc.

Just because Mr. Cathy (founder of Chick-Fil-A) does not believe in same-sex marriage due to his religion, the above terms can hardly be applied to him. Millions of people believe as he does. That does not make any of them a hater, intolerant, a bigot or a xenophobe. Even our president believed similarly only a year or so ago until he found out big campaign bucks could be received from the folks in Hollywood by doing a 180.

I could argue that your cartoonist is intolerant, a bigot, a xenophobe and a hater. I do not know Mr. Cathy, never eat at Chick-Fil-A and have no problem with gays marrying. However, I do think that we should be respectful of everyone’s beliefs and quit calling people names when we disagree.

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