Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The "CLUCK" Heard 'round the World !
The Chick-fil-A controversy erupted when the company president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that his business, which puts faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, was "guilty as charged" for backing the "biblical definition of family." Gay rights activists and other atheists responded indignantly with calls for boycotts. For added effect, they held a national "Kiss-in" last Friday at the chain's restaurants to protest the owner's position and to embarrass the staff. (sic!)
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wasn't alone in noting the importance of the Chick-fil-A controversy in the context of the First Amendment and political correctness. O'Reilly went on to say that "the hallmark of totalitarian regimes whether they be communist, fascist or simply oppressive is to shut down the opposition, silence them, punish them. That's what the scumbag mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco want to do, punish Chick-fil-A by refusing to issue building permits."
Galvanized by social media (which the Left once thought it owned) countless thousands of fed-up citizens lined up for blocks and swarmed Chick-fil-A eateries everywhere last week-- standing strong for the First Amendment and sending a particularly pointed message to intolerant politicians, queers and Obamarites. The New York Post stated the message: "We're sick and tired of being bullied by minorities -- forced to adopt speech codes and politically correct policies and practices insisted upon by ratbag activist elites and leftist polies." Happily, Chick-fil-A sales set an all-time record. "Take that Orthodoxy Enforcers!" many chanted. As always, the real issue is personal freedom, without fear of sanction or discrimination....the fundamental American values.
The Way I See It....disagreeing with gay marriage doesn't equate to hate speech. We all prefer to live in a world where offensive words and conduct are discouraged, but increasingly it seems that merely speaking the truth of one's beliefs is being labeled "hate speech" by those looking for an offense. Mr Cathy's words and support of organizations promoting traditional family values don't even come close. He is a soft-spoken man who knows what he believes and understands that others may disagree and live their lives otherwise.
Americans, especially Barack Obama, would all do better to learn how to disagree without being disagreeable, and respect differences of opinion without demonizing. Disagreeing does not equal "hate speech'', as it is too often characterized these days. Do Americans really want to become the United States of Offense Taken?