Wednesday, August 1, 2012

FIRST AMENDMENT CHICKEN


For those that don't know it, August 1, 2012 was "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."  If you missed it, be sure to go and get some chicken and support these nice folks, who generally stick to cooking.   Recently they've been criticized by the mayors of Chicago and Boston because of remarks by Chick-fil-A's president, stating that he believes marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

Apparently this is un-American, and the mayors of Beantown and Chicagoland had to let Chick-fil-A know that they wouldn't be getting approvals to do business in Boston or Chicago, not with that attitude.  

You have to admire the moral courage of these two mayors, bravely standing up to a fried chicken store owner.

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, said “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.  They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”  Emanuel is also co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, and President Obama's former chief-of-staff.


Here's a reaction to Emanuel's remarks from Cardinal Francis George, of Chicago, drawn from the Catholic World News:
Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the “values” that must be held by citizens of Chicago. I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval. Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city? Is the City Council going to set up a “Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities” and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it? I would have argued a few days ago that I believe such a move is, if I can borrow a phrase, “un-Chicagoan.” 
“The value in question is espousal of ‘gender-free marriage,’” he continued. “Approval of state-sponsored homosexual unions has very quickly become a litmus test for bigotry; and espousing the understanding of marriage that has prevailed among all peoples throughout human history is now, supposedly, outside the American consensus.” 
 “Was Jesus a bigot?” Cardinal George added. “Could Jesus be accepted as a Chicagoan? Would Jesus be more ‘enlightened’ if he had the privilege of living in our society? One is welcome to believe that, of course; but it should not become the official state religion, at least not in a land that still fancies itself free. Surely there must be a way to properly respect people who are gay or lesbian without using civil law to undermine the nature of marriage.”
"Was Jesus a bigot" is a phrase that rather lingers in the mind.  What Rahm Emanuel and others are saying is that to the extent Christian teachings conflict with the views of the government  they must be - and deserve to be - suppressed.  This is the premise of the HHS mandates.

So eat some chicken in support of our religious freedoms.  And avoid Chicago, which is on pace to have 500 murders this year.

Chicago values, indeed.

7 comments:

  1. Had my Chick Fil A tonight, and it was dee-licious! The parking lot was jammed, the drive through was 12 cars long, there were 12 front counter employees (don't know how many were in the back cooking), and the place was CLEAN and everyone was happy!! Pretty cool :)

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  2. Really enjoyed my Chick Fil A tonight, all three stores in my area were jammed pack all day long. I witnessed one customer step out of line to actually restock the condiments when they began to run out. I've never seen anything like it.
    As for Chicago's fascist mayor Rahm Emanuel, I wonder if he realizes that the murder rate in Chicago is twice that of Mexico City. Imagine, having to relocate to Mexico these days to find a safe neighborhood to live in.
    Also, I wonder if he realizes that Joe Biden and the POTUS were in full agreement with Dan Cathy's opinion about gay marrage until a few months ago. Probably not. Fascists aren't generally know for their ability to reason or think critically.

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  3. As our Uncle SRF pointed out recently, one is more likely to be killed in South Chicago than in Afghanistan.........

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  4. Yes indeed, more Americans murdered in Chicago this year than killed in Afghanistan.

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  5. Copy and paste this link in your browser window. It could be the last (and best) word on this controversy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFjoC_luno&feature=related

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  6. Adrian G (Scotland)August 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Can you send Chick Fil A by air mail?

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  7. Why does everyone care so much about Chick-Fill-A
    and their view on marriage? Have they stopped serving people suspected of being homosexual? Has their opinion rendered them unable to provide their service? Or made their food taste worse? Are they being actively malignant to LGBT people?
    Because if not, I don't see what the fuss is about. Chick-Fill-A is a restaurant, not a political party.

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