Contemplating the brouhaha surrounding Chick-fil-A, I am reminded of the following retort from season two of the “Buffy” spinoff series “Angel”: “And yet somehow, I just can’t seem to care.” My apathy appears to stem from the following reasons:
- First, I find myself increasingly reluctant to pay attention to the gay marriage issue. As with abortion, I’m just tired of hearing about it. I might listen respectfully, and even offer some thoughts, if the topic is raised by someone I actually know, like a friend or family member. Chick-fil-A’s president is neither.
- Second, as a rule, I pay about as much attention to the public statements of prominent businessmen as I do to those of politicians or celebrities – i.e., very little. I will occasionally make exceptions, if a given businessman discusses a topic of interest to me. But, as noted above, that’s not true of this situation.
- Third, I’m one of those pragmatic/apathetic/cold-hearted/amoral individuals who doesn’t generally let politics enter into my purchasing decisions. Far more important to me are mundane factors like price, quality, service, reliability, etc. So even if I did care about gay marriage, and what Chick-fil-A’s president said about it, I doubt I’d let it affect my buying decision.
- Fourth, although statements by certain politicians did raise First Amendment issues, my initial inclination was to view such statements not as a canary in the coal mine, but rather as evidence for Niven’s Laws #16. Additionally, because the details of First Amendment law don’t much interest me, I really don’t feel qualified to regularly comment on the topic. Moreover, even if I was a First Amendment expert, I still might not bother, because Eugene Volokh – whose opinion I respect – has already done so.
And that’s all I have to say about that.