Well, if there was any doubt about whether our constitutionally protected freedoms are being attacked – this week should remove it. Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, in an interview with the Baptist Press voiced his belief in ‘the biblical definition of the family unit’. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; Chick-fil-A has always held to traditional family and Christian values, they are closed on Sunday to allow families to be together on the Lord’s Day. They have always promoted Christian values in their training and management methods. They contribute to organizations that promote family values against those groups who support and lobby for contrary values, including gay-marriage.
That groups roared against his comments doesn’t surprise me, in fact it is their right. That is what America is about – we come together and offer our opinions in the national discourse. But what is shocking are the comments by Rahm Immanuel, mayor of Chicago and Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino. Mayor Thomas Menino has publically stated that such businesses, that discriminate, should not be given a business license! Where is the discrimination, except for his small minded, anti-democratic thoughts? Every American has the right to voice his opinion. Christians have the right to offer their beliefs to the public discourse. Mr. Cathy’s comments were about his support for traditional marriage and families. He didn’t say he was going to refuse services, or jobs for that matter, to those that believed otherwise!
Rahm Immanuel responded to Dan Cathy by saying: “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.” So, it seems that what Rahm thinks so does the rest of Chicago. He should look around ‘his city’ and see that it is filled with different people who hold dear different values, including a lot of traditional family valued Christians.
These are more examples of the elite ‘intelligentsia’ trying to force their opinions as the only acceptable way to live and stomp on those who think otherwise; the powerful few trying to dominate the rest of us.
Wake up America!
Let men and women of good character stand up and defend the right of every American to voice their beliefs without the fear of coercion. As I applaud Dan Cathy and his stance on family I also defend the right of the others to protest against him and me. BUT, I will never accept elected government officials threatening citizens when they don’t like what is being said or believed!