I’m so scared that this isn’t a joke….
For my own sanity, I’m going to say it is.
Now there’s an aching in my back. A stabbing pain that says I lack the common sense and confidence to punt an end to promises that I make in times of desperate conversations, hoping my night could be better than theirs in the end. Just say when. Don’t make this easy, I want you to mean it…
I’ve never told a lie, and that makes me a liar. I’ve never made a bet, but we gamble with desire. I’ve never lit a match with intent to start a fire, but recently the flames are getting out of control. Call me a name. Kill me with words. Forget about me, its what I deserve."
I try to not talk about this issue, because I believe it receives WAY more attention than it should, but a recent story has hit, literally, close to home.
A venue in Nashville, near where I live, recently fired an employee for wearing an “I support gay marriage” shirt. Shocking, right? No. Rocketown is a privately owned and vocally open Christian organization. This employee had apparently been there 7 years and had been equally as open about his non-Christian beliefs. I suppose this was the last straw. I’d like to discuss this in a variety of different ways.
First: morally. I need to put this very accurately. I support legalizing gay marriage, but I don’t support homosexuality. I believe the Bible is very clear in its deeming of homosexuality as a sin, however I don’t believe the government has any right to force people not to sin. Also, not every American is a Christian, they don’t have the same beliefs. This is not a Theocracy. That being said, as a private institution, this company has its right to view gay marriage however it interprets it. It cannot force its employees to adhere to these interpretations, but it can force them to not vocally propose the opposite while at work.
Second: legally, as far as I know, Rocketown was completely within their rights to fire him. They gave it 7 years, a fair shot. Also 7 years, you can bet he’d been warned before now. It didn’t come as a shock. They are a private company, free to hire and fire at their discretion, not violating any discrimination laws. This was NOT discrimination. They didn’t fire him because he is gay, they fired him for blatantly, openly, and loudly disagreeing with everything they stand for. As far as I know, completely justified legally.
Third: business wise. I can’t see Rocketown losing business over this. Everyone knows they are infamous for strictly upholding their beliefs, and good for them. I’m glad they stand behind what they believe in, regardless of outside scrutiny or if it is against my own beliefs. The bottom line is Rocketown is the best venue for pop punk and hardcore bands in Nashville. I’d rather go there, as a concert attendee, then anywhere else. I think most people would agree with me. And bands are not going to stop going there.
Fourth: common sense. This guy had none. You willingly, in full knowledge of the situation, chose to work with a company that is vocally Christian and strictly upholds these beliefs. He didn’t just casually mention his own thoughts in passing, no he declared them to the world. He knew what he was wearing. He knew what his employers felt about it. He and only him knew the contract he signed regarding these issues. All of these considered, I can only assume he was desperate for attention or a fight. Lord knows he’s going to get both. This particularly bothers me because I hope to find a job in the music business in Nashville. My dream is to work for a pop-punk centered venue in Nashville, especially Rocketown. I know how hard it is to get a job at places like this. And for him to just throw it away like that? (And yes, I believe its completely his fault) The lack of sense just irks me.
We haven’t heard the whole story. We’ve heard one extremely biased side of the story. Keep that in mind.