Tag Archives: chick-fil-a

Gay Advocates Hurting Their Own Cause?

2 Aug

I don’t know about you, but after the ridiculous attack upon Chick-fil-A by gay-marriage advocates (GMAs), including even big-city government officials . . . .

 . . . .  I am less of a gay rights advocate today than I was two weeks ago.  [Not to overstate my support two weeks ago.].

 Not only that, but I believe that millions of other Americans feel the same way.

 The extreme intolerance demonstrated by many gay-marriage-advocates is almost beyond belief.  I can hardly think of anything more ridiculous than the mayors of at least four major cities bullying and  threatening a company because the company’s owner expresses a personal religious belief – especially a belief that is every bit as legitimate as the opposing view.

 As many others have said, just let the free market work.  If people don’t want to spend their money at companies where company leadership does not hold the same beliefs as they do, let them simply not go there.

 And I did go to Chick-fil-A yesterday.  And if gays stage a “kiss-in” tomorrow at the stores, I’ll probably go again.  Not to be anti-gay, but to be pro-free-speech and pro-freedom of religion.

 But why is this even an issue?

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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.

 

Wow! “The View” Comes Through For Freedom

29 Jul

My estimation of the ladies on “The View” just went up a notch – something I thought would never happen..  Here is a bit of what occurred the other day on that program, with regard to the Chick-Fil-A controversy.  Thank you, ladies.

Token conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck criticized Menino and Emanuel. “I don’t believe public officials should be banning companies based on the owner’s personal opinions,” she said. “Why aren’t more intelligent questions being asked? Has Chick-Fil-A fired someone because they’re gay? Have they not hired someone because they’re gay?”

Sherri Shepherd echoed the sentiment when she said, “they don’t stop gay people from going there either.” When Whoopi Goldberg brought up the Civil Rights Movement in a roundabout way [apparently in a way that supports Chick-Fil-A’s right to take a position], Behar chimed back in, “What if they were donating money to the Ku Klux Klan, then what?” Shepherd replied with a plea for common sense. “We all knew Chick-Fil-A is a Christian organization. That’s what they stand for,” she said. “They don’t ban you from going there to eat. It’s a freedom of religion. If you don’t support it, for goodness sakes don’t buy their chicken.”

Despite Behar’s minor protest, Goldberg got the final word on the matter. “If you don’t like what they’re doing, don’t go. But don’t step on their right – anybody’s right – to have an opinion. This is still America,” she said. “The bottom line is, they have every right in this country to do as they please with their company and you have the right to say, you know what, maybe it isn’t Chick-Fil-A tonight. Maybe it’s KFC.”

Because of this furor raised by gay-marriage advocates to try to squelch free speech, I happen to think that I will be visiting Chick-Fil-A more often.  Others might stop going altogether.  Let free speech reign, and “vote” with your wallets.  What could be more American?