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The Great Chick-fil-A Debate Hits Daytime Community

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Normally when a hot button topic hits the social networks most soap stars don’t reveal their personal beliefs or feelings unless they are (Alexis Davis, ““), who generally voices her opinion on anything from politics (real and behind the scenes) to television programs. On Tuesday, August 1, when “” star (Jennifer Horton) tweeted today!!!! Loved every bite of it;)!! Land of the free and home of the brave. Love that we all appreciate free speech, right?” to her more than 31,000 followers, she didn’t just stir up outrage amongst her fans and fans of the NBC drama series, she also sparked the attention of some of her daytime brethren.

On Sunday, August 5, Grahn re-tweeted Reeves’ tweet to her more than 62,000 followers. In response to the tweet itself, Grahn said, “I’m all for 1st Am rights, but when you buy Chick Fil A, your $$ are going to fund hate groups that are actively attacking gay rights.” Grahn’s words were preceded by (Kevin Fisher, ““), who also responded to Reeves’ tweet when he said, “its disappointing that youve aligned urself w/ a company that supports hatred & bigotry. This is not an issue of free speech.” On Friday, August 10, Rikaart took his comments on Twitter a little further when he posted for the first time as a blogger.

via Huffington Post

Chick-fil-A: What It’s Really About
by Greg Rikaart

The media blitz surrounding Chick-fil-A isn’t about chicken sandwiches or Dan Cathy’s First Amendment right to speak his mind. Mr. Cathy’s company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which publicly denounces the “impure lifestyle” of the LGBT community.

Furthermore, this company donated money to the Family Research Council, which supports the criminalization of homosexuality and states on their website that they oppose efforts for homosexuals to have equal rights. Can you even imagine — your neighbor, your friend, your sibling or your child being criminalized for being who they are?

I posted a tweet airing my disappointment in Melissa Reeves (another member of the daytime community) for aligning herself with this company that financially supports the furthering of hatred and bigotry. I did so because I have aligned myself with organizations like GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) and the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and I have read too many stories of alienated LGBT kids taking their lives after relentless persecution.

Whether grown up bullies like Dan Cathy and Melissa Reeves realize it or not, they are directly or indirectly telling these vulnerable kids that there is something wrong with them, or they are somehow less than. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m certain of it.

I’d happily talk to Mrs. Reeves about this myself, but alas, she has not responded to me and has blocked me from having access to her twitter account. I have happily engaged in debates with people who have reached out to me in defense of her and/or their own beliefs. The knowledge that I might have the ability to change someone’s mind or possibly get them to see the issue from a different perspective is worth the few naysayers who have sent me unkind comments. People often say “agree to disagree.’ I think that’s a cop-out. Frankly, the stakes in this case are too high to let the conversation end. Let’s disagree and talk about it. Maybe I can better understand you and vice versa.

For Rikaart’s full blog post, head on over to the Huffington Post.

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  • La Rae Williams

    Such Smart, Considerate, Educated responses by Greg Rikaart and Nancy Lee Grahn. A lot of People (even those against the Chicken Restaurant Owner) don’t understand that the Issue is about what their Money is supporting. And it isn’t” only” about discrimination against Gays, either. The Organizations this Money supports promote anti-Choice and Voter Suppression. This affects us all. So glad two of my Favorite Soap Actors get it….

  • Sweet Heart Holly

    A message for Melissa Reeves:

    Keep sharing your beliefs, girl. Don’t ever stop.
    Cause when you stand for the Lord’s word, you WILL come out on top.

    God bless you and your family always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  • Jeff

    Rikart doesn’t want to “better understand” anyone. He’s just guzzling the haterade and trying to be chic. Where’s his outrage over gay men being slaughtered by “religions of peace” in the middle east? Christians are easy targets. He should look in the mirror and take a look at his own bigotry.

  • writingme

    Can’t believe what a hypocrite Reeves is being here. She cheated on her husband with a co-star!

    If these people really were so concerned with ‘family values’, they’d establish organizations that are anti-adultery. They’re more a threat to their own marriages than gay people are.

    Gay people want to give themselves and their kids a loving home. WTF is the big deal?

  • Diana

    Nancy Lee Graham and Greg whatever need to STLU. They have no problem spewing their bigoted, stupid, sick comments and belief but whever someone else want to do practice their first amendment rights they screem foul. STLU. Gays and gay marriage are sick.

  • A Christian and PROUD OF IT

    Thank God for Chick Fil A…you people are such idiots…oh well what can you say..only the Christians in this country have no rights. I APPLAUD CHICK FIL A!!!!! Oh, and you people are not promoting hatred???????????????????