More on Chick-fil-A — Sorry

1 Aug

From the pen of Jonathan Last, writing for “The Weekly Standard”.  I get Last’s column through e-mail, so I’m not sure of the site he posts on, but if the excerpt below isn’t complete enough for you, I’m sure you’ll know how to find him.

 Excerpts:  [Bolding is mine]

In case you missed it, what with the Olympics and the campaign and continuing awful economic news, the last few weeks have seen the Democratic party waging war on yet another American institution: Chick-fil-A.

.  .  .  Chick-fil-A is a family-owned company, based in Atlanta, and its current president is Dan Cathy, the son of S. Truett Cathy, who founded the restaurant in 1967. The Cathys are a good, God-fearin’ people who put their money where their Bibles are; Chick-fil-A foregoes millions of dollars a year in profits because it’s always closed on Sundays, so as to observe the Lord’s day of rest.

Last month Dan Cathy was asked about his views on same-sex marriage by a Christian newspaper. He said that he was against gay marriage and “guilty as charged” in his support of traditional marriage. And so the floodgates opened.

The deluge began when Boston mayor Tom Menino sent a letter to Cathy warning his company to abandon its plans to open stores in town. “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail,” Menino thundered, “and no place for your company alongside it.”

Next came Chicago, where mayor Rahm Emanuel warned the company to stay away and one of the city’s alderman, Joe Moreno, openly admitted that he was going to deny the company’s applications to open restaurants in his ward.

And then there was San Francisco, whose mayor Edwin Lee wrote that the closest Chick-fil-A “to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”

When Washington’s corrupt mayor Vincent Gray started speaking out against Chick-fil-A, it was almost an afterthought.

There are many lessons in this little incident. One, for instance, is about the ways in which government can bully businesses  .  .  .  . 

Then there’s the lesson about the left’s commitment to the First Amendment: They’ll fight to the death for an artist’s right to be paid by the government to desecrate a crucifix, but a private citizen espousing a view which was held by President Obama three months ago? That’s intolerable in the public square.

But for my money, the biggest lesson is about the differing responses from the left and the right to competing worldviews.  .  .  .
 
I don’t mind the left’s pushback on Chick-fil-A—this is how you have big, national debates about important issues—except that the street only runs one way.

[End of Excerpt]

We have to remember that with the left, there is only one direction that the debate takes — and that is no debate at all.  Two beliefs about gay marriage — the reasonable person sees that this really is an important issue about which we should have a national debate.  The left sees only their way, and will fight aggressively to squelch national debate and First Amendment rights of freedom of speech.

I want to know when the right is going to stand up and give the liberals a taste of their own medicine.  If the mayors of Boston, Washington, San Francisco, and Chicago want to stomp on Americans’ right of freedom of speech, and bully companies owned by people with a different set of beliefs, why don’t all the folks who disagree with this tactic join forces and boycott vacations to those cities?  Or pick on some companies or movie stars that do support gay marriage and call for a boycott of THOSE companies or movie stars who espouse that position?

In reality, I can’t see this happening, but it is as valid an action as what the liberals undertake.   But these tactics are simply Anti-American, and I am not recommending that the right go so low as to do anything of the sort — let’s leave the truly lowdown stuff for the liberals.

 

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2 Responses to “More on Chick-fil-A — Sorry”

  1. Joseph Edward Wages August 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    For a public official to speak out in this matter is really offensive, but to bring the power of the government to bear to deny business licenses or zone businesses out of that city on the basis of the personal or corporate statements of beliefs is a clear abridgment of freedom of speech and a violation of the first amendment.

    Where on earth is the ACLU, the congress, the executive branch and every other decent American?

    On second thought a number of decent Americans were busily eating chicken on Wednesday.

    • illero August 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      Great comment! Thanks! I listened to several gays on the radio who were in full sympathy with our viewpoint that the attacks on CFA, especially by government officials were utterly ridiculous and un-American.

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