Chick-fil-A: Political Overstepping is on the Menu

  • SumoMe

Our country is supposed to be guided by the Constitution.

The freedom to practice our religious beliefs. The freedom to express our views and opinions.

And while not specifically mentioned, our free enterprise system allows us to build a business.

Yet, these three principles of freedom are under attack in several major cities- Boston, Chicago and my hometown of Philadelphia, among others.

The cause of this controversy? Chick-fil-A.

The president of the restaurant chain, Dan Cathy, supports traditional marriage between a man and a woman. His Cathy family foundation supports conservative organizations, such as the Family Research Council.

In response, elected leaders in major cities have launched attacks against the company’s expansion in their cities.

In Chicago, an alderman has vowed to block a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant in his district. Mayor Rahm Emanuel backs him up, saying “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”

This is the same Mayor Emanuel who warmly welcomes Louis Farrakhan, whose hatred and hostility toward Israel and Jews are legendary. Does that mean that anti-Semitic values are Chicago values in Mayor Emanuel’s book?

It is also interesting to note that Farrakhan voiced extremely homophobic criticism at President Obama a few months ago when the president announced that he supported gay marriage. So how does Emanuel welcome a notorious bigot, anti-Semite and hatemonger like Farrakhan one moment, then go attack Chick-fil-A the next?

The nonsense does not stop there. In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino wrote in a letter to Cathy: “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”

I was embarrassed when Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney wrote his own letter to Cathy, stating  “take a hike and take your intolerance with you,” and vowing to introduce a resolution in Philadelphia City Council to condemn the company.

Here is why these blowhards are way out of bounds:

If you as a citizen do not agree with the views or actions of a company, the best way to send a message is with your wallet. Just take your business elsewhere.

You can take it a step further and organize boycotts, write letters or do anything else to express your disapproval.

You have the freedom to do that.

In our system of democracy, companies have the freedom to run their business in the way that they see fit, provided they are compliant with all local, state and federal laws and regulations.

The Cathy family, which founded Chick-fil-A, has strong religious convictions. They do not operate on Sundays, and I bet it has cost them untold billions of dollars in lost revenue. But that is what they believe.

If their beliefs somehow led to discriminatory treatment of customers and/or employees, then the argument would have merit. But that is not the case.

Instead, we have a group of grandstanding politicians trying to score some cheap political points and publicity.

What is equally disturbing is the veiled threats of their rhetoric. They message they are sending to Chick-fil-A is clear: we don’t want your business.

The company is not being accused of anything illegal. Yet, these elected officials are ready to overstep their bounds to prevent a business from legally operating in their cities. A business that could create jobs and add tax revenue to city coffers.

But that’s not important. What is important to them is that Dan Cathy is not entitled to have a different religious opinion than theirs. And because of that, they’re ready to punish this company.

This is chilling. And whether you are for or against same-sex marriage is not the issue. If a business is legal and compliant, that may not be important if your personal opinions or religious views do not agree with theirs.

If you don’t agree with Dan Cathy’s beliefs, then just don’t eat there.

If you’re an elected official, like the ones in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, answer me this question: which poses a greater threat to their cities- a Chick-fil-A restaurant or those scores of nuisance bars that are a breeding ground for criminal activity?

Instead of spending time condemning a chicken sandwich restaurant, how about doing something about important issues like illegal guns, the skyrocketing crime rate, high unemployment and our failing school systems?

If they want to pass laws on what constitutes a marriage, then do it. But do not over-reach and abuse political power to punish an otherwise legal and compliant business enterprise.

I am a vegetarian, but I’m seriously considering going to Chick-fil-A for a sandwich.

It has nothing to do with my view on same-sex marriage versus traditional marriage. It has everything to do about living in a country that is supposed to allow its citizens the rights to their religious beliefs and personal opinions.

What do you think?

13 Responses to Chick-fil-A: Political Overstepping is on the Menu

  1. Don (in Bucks County) July 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    DOM… this is the best piece you’ve written all year!

    I resent the insulting activities on the “politically correct” that are biased and prejudicial to any group that does not agree with their position… they have multiple standards of acceptable behaviour.

    The likes of the mayors of Chicago, Boston and now Philadelphia go far beyond the logical boundaries of government. They are illicit, meddling, and poinsoness toads that need to return to their lily pads. It time for all of them, and those similarly situated to get out of the Public [dis]Service and off of the “public dole” to which they’ve become accustomed.

  2. Marjorie July 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    I really don’t frequent Chick-fil-A; but, his saying that he believes in traditional marriages certianly wouldn’t keep me from going there. He has had his places closed on Sundays for years and it never seemed to hurt his business. I can’t believe a mayor would come out against a new business coming into the area. Talk about disingenuous people.

    Marjorie

  3. Bill July 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    The freedom to express our views and opinions.

    To the left you have the freedom to express your views and your opinions as long as they agree with it.

  4. Pat in Dtown July 29, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Great points, Dom.

    It is almost unfathomable why a city leader would publicly advise a profitable business to NOT set up shop in their city – especially when the recent economy has been so ruinous for their citizenry.

    It seems that these politicians want to keep the ranks of people unemployed, to keep them dependent on government.

    I heard economist Thomas Sowell on a podcast say that the President and his supporters have learned what FDR knew: To gain people’s support you must simply create dependencies; if you come to their rescue, they will vote for you – no matter that it was your own destructive policies that necessitated their rescue..

  5. Elaine July 29, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    FIRST AMENDMENT UNDER ATTACK AGAIN BY LEFTISTS
    Wednesday August 1 is the date set to show support for the Cathy family and eat at a Chick Fil A near you. Order a chicken sandwich, chicken nuggets or waffel fries. Dom if you’re home by then, you can order a salad. Some of the Chick Fil A’s have a fantastic carrot raisen salad. And don’t forget, they have the best lemonade.

  6. Bill July 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    The left is the first to bring up you can not discriminate because of of a persons belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” and then they try to prevent a person from opening a business because they disagree with his belief?

    So what is this? They are not going to let you open a business because you believe marriage is between a man and a woman?

    As always nothing follows logic with the left. Does Mr. Cathy discriminate against gays by not serving them or not hiring them? The answer is no. Repeat no. But because you have an opinion that does not agree with theirs they will discriminate against Mr. Cathy because of his belief.

    Can you imagine the uproar if city officials wanted to prevent a gay entrepenaur who wanted to open a business. The question is a logical one is it not?

    Does anybody but me get rather annoyed when you hear the left constantly talk about tolerance and diversity?

    Seems it is a one way street. I have to tolerate all their points of view but they do not tolerate mine. If I express my views I am demonized and ridiculed.

    In this case the left who is always talking about rights are trampling on the rights of Mr. Chase.

    Hypocrits

  7. Ann July 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Good piece Dom. When it comes right down to it I believe that some people really do hate God. They cannot personally take their hate out on God so instead they choose to persecute those who believe and follow God. We have a fight on our hands for our religious freedoms as more and more people turn their back on what is good and right.

  8. Rich Davis July 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Dom, brilliant post. You’ll love the sandwich and get the waffle fries, they’re the best.

    I’m going to buy 3 Chick-Fil-A 3 gift certificates and give them away as door prizes at the annual Sheepdog Birthday Party.

    I could ask Chick-Fil-A to donate a gift certificate, but I’m going to buy them instead, as a way to show my strong support.

    God bless Chick-Fil-A. I hope their sales go way up.

    • Don (in Bucks County) July 30, 2012 at 2:49 am #

      Hey… maybe we all should buy 3 giftcards at CFA and give them to 3 of our misguided Progressive Friends! lol

  9. Michael Short July 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Dom:Let’s have a Chick Fil A Day. All your listeners will go to their local restaurant on a specified day and buy a sandwich. This will show our support for Mr Cathy and his restaurants. Chicago’s mayor ought to spend more time looking for a solution to all the shootings rather than worry about hurting a thriving business. .The same goes for Boston and Philadelphia.

    Mike Short

  10. John Gallagher July 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    There’s a certain irony in this whole Chick-Fil-A silliness. I have no problem with Dan Cathy taking the stand he did – knowing his background (Southern Baptist) it’s not surprising – but what REALLY gets the gays and people like myself who support their right to have the same legal rights as anyone out there is that he throws millions of dollars at trying to stop gay people from having those same rights that he enjoys.

    The same can be said for your man Mitt Romney (over there pandering to the Israelis an American Jews – who if they care that damned much about Israel – or any other country – need to go there) – he’s a Mormon who has donated millions to them (because he has to – it’s in the rules) – and the Mormons gave millions to various outfits in California top help them defeat their gay marriage laws on their ballots (I forget the Proposition Number).

    I want someone to ask Mitt how he feels to have his Tithing money donated to groups that want to deny his fellow Americans the same rights that he has. How does the potential next President of the United Sates feel about his money being used to marginalize a group of people who deserve the same life, liberty and pursuit of happiness that he enjoys.

    I somehow doubt that if the Mormons were making donations to the Klan (not all that strange an idea given their racial track record) or to any other group like that that Mitt would stand for it – why is he showing such a lack of integrity now and allowing this to happen??? The Mormons have the right – no matter how wrong it is – to make those donations – but just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.

    Show some integrity Dom and get that question out there – take on all politicians – and you are completely right about Kenney – he’s nothing but a grandstanding douchebag looking to keep his generally useless and ineffective name out there.

  11. CHARLES DILUZIO August 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Again we have a Conservative American come under attack for giving their beliefs a voice- with
    a ridiculous uproar created by the Progessives and the Liberal Media in this country. Mr. Cathy
    has every right to have the beliefs he has and he has every right to vocalize them….the fact that
    he supports the FRC has nothing to do with his Constitutional rights that every American straight
    or gay, Christian or Athiest should want spoken and open to reasonable debate. The FRC is a
    Conservative group that protects the legal rights of Conservative families and businesses, just
    like the gay community has Edge, IGLHRC, GLADD…etc, to protect them and their voices. We
    should be asking as a community- why would anyone want to eliminate anyone’s voice or point
    of view- whether we agree with that opinion or not.

  12. Bill August 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    why would anyone want to eliminate anyone’s voice or point
    of view-

    Why? Because they are a threat.

    They know what is best. They are smarter. Facts??????

    .

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