In case you don't recognize the face on Gus Cutty's mural on the wall of Forever Tattoo at 98 N. Lexington Ave., it is the CEO of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy [see the Web story, “Divine Fillet,” at http://avl.mx/ja]. The artist has depicted him as Divine, the drag queen from many of John Waters' cult classic movies, such as Pink Flamingos.
Many people in this town have commented that Cathy is the new face of bigotry, hate and intolerance. Some rally in support to defame the man for his beliefs and views on gay marriage. A huge movement has started all across WNC, if not the whole country, to do everything they can to show how much they despise him for his opinions and beliefs. I’m sure many of out there reading this would agree.
With all the recent attention to Chick-fil-A and Cathy, I have to wonder: Is the hate and intolerance of a single man's beliefs better than a single man's hate and intolerance of a group of people's beliefs? What makes hate for one thing better than hate for another thing?
Don’t get me wrong — I am not in support of Cathy, nor do I share his views on the subject. I just feel that when it comes to this issue there seems to be a bit of a double standard. Everyone is expected to be on one side or the other of hate. You are either supposed to hate Cathy and all his Christian supporters or you hate gays and all their supporters. Which hate is the better hate?
— Shane Jenkins