A few thoughts on the brouhaha over Chick-Fil-A:
Several weeks ago, Mr. Dan Cathy was asked where he stood on same sex marriage. He didn’t rant or rave. He didn’t fire back with wrathful invective. He didn’t say that homosexuals would be refused service (or even employment) at Chick-Fil-A restaurants. He simply stated that he stood by the traditional one man/one woman definition of marriage. And everyone went batty.
In the mean time, Chicago alderman Joe Moreno (supported by Mayor Tom Menino) boasted about “denying Chick-Fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward.” His reason? Dan Cathy’s “ignorance.” Ah, we all say. Dan Cathy’s ignorance. So that’s the reason.
Just one thing… what, exactly, is he ignorant about? Health and safety regulations? How the permit process works? Zoning? How to properly make a chicken sandwich? Fry a batch of waffle fries?
Nah. Dan Cathy knows about all these things. He just happens to be “ignorant” of the politically-correct and socially-acceptable position on homosexuality.
And everybody, in unison, cries, How dare he! Tar and feather the bastard!
Can someone get me a napkin? I just choked on the coffee I was drinking.
Now, maybe I’m delusional, but last time I checked, we lived in the U.S. of A. Freedom of speech and all that. Not the dang Soviet Union.
Support Chick-Fil-A Day was an opportunity to stick up for a company that supported traditional (i.e. biblical) family values. It was also about standing against corrupt bureaucrats who think they have the right to punish those who don’t agree with them.
Mark Steyn says it well and forcefully,
It’s bad enough that in a supposedly free society you can’t sell a chicken sandwich to your fellow citizen without buying a bazillion permits from the state. If they can prevent you from selling a chicken sandwich because they don’t like your opinions, then what can’t they do to you?
Who the hell is Tom Menino to say you can’t sell chicken in Boston unless you agree with him? Who the hell is Murray Geiger-Adams to say you can’t tell a joke in Vancouver unless he approves it? Until more citizens of free nations are willing to say to statist hacks “Who the hell do you think you are?,” liberty will continue to bleed.