Mayors turn to totalitarianism over chicken
Chick-fil-A has certainly ruffled some feathers lately. Although they have done nothing different from what they’ve always done, the world has suddenly learned that the company is run by a . . . . . Christian! (gasp)
Company president Dan Cathy recently reiterated his beliefs by stating his support for traditional marriage. Based on the firestorm that has followed, you’d think Chick-fil-A was selling crack on a bun.
The Christian ideology of the company’s leadership should be no surprise to anyone. That’s why the restaurant chain has never been open on Sundays. And this may come as a surprise to some, but the Bible is not politically correct.
Now at least two left-wing mayors have vowed to keep Chick-fil-A from expanding in their cities.
Boston mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to Cathy to say, “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.” So Menino arbitrarily decided Chick-fil-A does not have the freedom to be on the Freedom Trail.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.” Really? So what are Chicago values? Murder? Crooked politics? Emanuel went on to say, “If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the First Ward.”
It should be noted Chick-fil-A has not discriminated against anyone. The next person to be refused service at a Chick-fil-A because of sexual preference will be the first. The president of the company merely stated his opinion. To my knowledge he hasn’t acted on that opinion via Chick-fil-A, so where is the discrimination?
There is certainly no problem if people choose not to patronize Chick-fil-A because of the statements and beliefs of its leader. But it’s a whole other matter for government to ban the business because of those statements and beliefs.
There are some businesses that I choose not to patronize at least in part due to the political leanings of their founders. Ben & Jerry’s and Progressive Insurance would be two. But I would never consider banning them from my community. Every individual should have the right to choose.
And that is the problem with the left. They do not you believe you should have that right. They want to make the choices for you. Even to the absurd degree of preventing you from having a chicken sandwich.