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Stealing a movement

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By Jeffry Gardner

A woman screeched at me recently that the gay rights movement was “exactly the same” as the civil rights movement.
I said it wasn’t and offered some reasons why. Her response? “I’m sure millions of black Americans appreciate your speaking for them.”
Now she could have been sincerely passing along the gratitude she knew millions of African Americans would have for my rising to the defense of the civil rights movement.
But I doubt it.
It had the wanted effect, however. I dismissed her in the same breath that she dismissed me.
She is far from alone in her opinion, of course. Gay activists have long sought to make Americans believe gays, lesbians, et al, have suffered the same myriad miseries throughout their lives as blacks have since this land’s colonization.
It’s true enough that homosexuals and lesbians have been abused and stigmatized, however, the argument that they mirror the fight for equal rights blacks have experienced is weaker than water flowing down the Rio Grande.
A quick check of any local restaurant underscores, in part, my point. What say we look at Chick-fil-a?
During the recent kerfuffle, I ventured into one of these joints to see what all the fuss was about.


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