September 18, 2014

Another Liberal Who Doesn’t Understand The Word “Diversity”

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Local members of the LGBT community are questioning an Iowa City festival's partnership with Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain that drew national protests in 2012 after its CEO spoke out against gay marriage.

Chick-fil-A is among the nearly dozen corporate sponsors for Iowa Soul Festival, an Iowa City Summer of the Arts event that runs Friday and Saturday on the Pentacrest and Clinton Street. The restaurant, through a donation from its Coralville location, is sponsoring Soul Fest's culinary row.

Janelle Rettig, a Johnson County Supervisor who has been in a same-sex marriage for nearly 26 years, said Chick-fil-A's sponsorship makes her question whether LGBT people — those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — are welcome at Soul Fest.

"When they're a sponsor in a city that prides itself in celebrating diversity, I think we do have to question that," Rettig said Tuesday. "It's eyebrow raising, and it makes me wonder if I should even go to Soul Fest because I'm uncomfortable with it."

So let’s see – Rettig apparently believes that the proper way to celebrate diversity is to exclude those whose views are not the same as hers. Thinking or believing differently – you know, having diverse views – is apparently something to be suppressed. And if those who dare to hold and express diverse views are allowed to participate in a community event, that somehow excludes people who disagree – meaning that diversity is must be prohibited in order to include the most intolerant and closed-minded subpopulation in the community. Thus liberals like Retting insist that “diversity” means “forced conformity”.

Of course, maybe that is why Rettig feels unwelcome. After all, celebrating the true diversity of the community – including those who hold diverse beliefs on religious, moral, and social issues – probably does make intolerant bigots like her feel unwelcome and uncomfortable.

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