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Chik-fil-A & The Government’s Unconstitutional Attack

How did we get the point where governments weigh in on an owner’s morality as a reason to infringe on that owner’s rights to take part in the free market? This kerfuffle started when Dan Cathy, CEO of Chik-fil-A made these comments on The Ken Coleman Show and reported on The Christian Post:

I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about

Here is the actual interview if you’re wondering whether or not Dan Cathy has horns, two noses or something weird sticking out of his ears:

Dan Cathy and Chik-fil-A are entitled to their opinions. I would think everyone would agree that their opinions and beliefs, whether you agree with them or not, are valid opinions. They are not advocating the beheading of those who do not believe as they do.

But what does surprise me is that anyone can believe that the government should or does have the capability of preventing Chik-fil-A from lawfully operating their business in any neighborhood across this nation. Unfortunately, some politicians think they have this authority. Before getting to those politicians, though, let’s see if Chik-fil-A’s corporate managers or their policies and rules are violating any laws.

First, I cannot find anywhere any allegation, any court cases or any other administrative proceedings indicating Chik-fil-A discriminates in their employment practices. They don’t discriminate against anyone in violation of federal or state law.

Second, I know for a fact they don’t discriminate against patrons based on race, sex, national original, or for that matter, one’s sexual preferences. How do I know this? I’ve been in Chik-fil-A on numerous occasions, once with a friend of mine who is gay. Guess what? No inquisition took place prior to him placing his order. He was not asked his sexual preference nor was he refused service because he was gay. I have seen Blacks, Latinos and women in Chik-fil-A. Amazingly I’ve not witnesses any discrimination in Chik-fil-A. They actually seem happy to take everyone’s money.

So if they’re not violating any federal, state or local laws, then why is Boston Mayor Menino vowing to keep them from opening a store in Boston? The Mayor claims that “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”

I guess Boston is inclusive only if your opinions match the Mayor’s opinion.

In Chicago, the same nonsense.

Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno announced this week that he will block Chick-fil-A’s effort to build its second Chicago store, which would be in the Logan Square neighborhood, following company President Dan Cathy’s remarks last week that he was “guilty as charged” for supporting the biblical definition of marriage as between a man and woman.

Seriously? You’re going to block a legitimate business because you disagree with the owner’s opinion? Oh, it’s Chicago. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

What’s really going on with this story? I think two things. One, people are pandering to gay rights activists. Two, politicians who disagree with others’ opinions believe that somehow the government can establish what is acceptable opinion and what is unacceptable opinion.

Not only is this Orwellian, but it is the slippery slope of politically correct bias that is quickly becoming the ruination of this nation.

Private individuals can boycott and deride. But when the government gets involved in punishing thoughts we enter dangerous territory. Government cannot and should not regulate this free speech.

FOLLOW UP, Thursday, July 26, 2012:

Mayor Menino admits that he can’t actively block Chik-fil-A and that he “made a mistake” in saying that he could. Good for you, Mayor.

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6 Responses to “Chik-fil-A & The Government’s Unconstitutional Attack”

  1. David Forward #

    B-b-b-ut, the tolerant left is exempted from tolerating competing views. Only their views are to be tolerated and accepted by every…that’s true “social justice.” We’ll be seeing more and more of this dictation of how to think in the future — especially if the Obamessiah gets four more years.

    God help us if Obama gets four more years — and only God will be able to help us…

    July 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm
  2. Stephanie #

    I am a new listener to The Rundown, and I love it. And speaking as a Democrat, I whole-heartedly agree with you. I am for allowing gay marriage, as a governmental right to those privileges, I believe, however that is something that should not (nor do I believe it is) forced on religious recognition. However, you are absolutely right, and something I’ve been saying since this whole thing came out, that he is just as much entitled to express his opinion, as I am to express mine. And he’s absolutely privileged to express that opinion through his business, just like I have every right to choose whether or not to be a patron. :-) Speaking of which, I am personally undecided whether or not I will continue patronage (though I was not a frequent customer anyway, I am attempting to get into better shape and greasy chicken doesn’t fit into that)… ;-)

    Back onto your show, thank you for providing a dual-view talk show!!! It’s so smart, and I appreciate how you and Sirota discuss issues with all civility. I get so tired of the polarization and finger-pointing, name-calling, and bullying that happens elsewhere in talk shows, news, and of course, politics. So, thank you for breaking that mold! :-)

    July 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    • Chris #

      Stephanie thanks so much for a reasonable and thoughtful response. I do not agree wholly, but honestly I believe that most folks are closer together than they are apart yet we focus on the differences and rarely try to understand why the opposite person has that position. The support of marriage as it now is defined does not mean I hate anyone or wish them ill will!
      Anyway. I appreciate a post with some sanity in an ocean of hyperbole and bumper sticker responses to complicated issues!
      Chris

      July 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm
  3. Aaron #

    Wow. The first blog post of “Brownies” that I read and I end up agreeing with him. I thought for sure I would hear some whack-a-doodle response, but the argument is sound. Granted, Brown lost it at the end of the post where he predicts this type of government intrusion will be the ruination of the nation. It will take more than an Alderman overstepping his authority to ruin the USA, but I commend Mr. Brown in his Hyperbole.

    The Mayor and the Alderman have overstepped, in my opinion, and they also missed their target. Chick-Fil-A Corporate released a statement shortly after Cathy’s comments went public that refuted what he said:

    “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
    Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.

    Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

    So while Dan Cathy is spouting antiquated religious dogma that he has kept to himself for years, the company is trying to save business. Kudos for them.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm
  4. Jim #

    I agree with you Michael. I want to say I liked your eve show better, but know that you were frustrated with always being preempted by the Rockies

    July 26, 2012 at 10:20 am
    • While frustrated with the Rockies schedule, nonetheless the new show is a decision by Clear Channel corporate and, pursuant to my contract, I follow their direction!

      July 26, 2012 at 10:31 am