As much as I tried to avoid it, I could not…
When such tasty morsels as …
““Anti-gay breakfast sandwich always tastes better when it’s full of hate.”…and…
“serving up a side order of bigotry”…how could I possibly ignore this?
I am, of course, referring the totally unbiased and truthful coverage of the whole Chick-Fil-A nonsense.
For those who have been living on another planet for the last week or so I will detail in simple terms what happened.
It all started when the CEO of Chick-Fil-A stated that he supports the traditional view of marriage. This was in response to a question by a radio journalist. The CEO claimed that he was guilty as charged of supporting the traditional view of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Now…I believe this statement was made on a Christian radio station or in response to an article in a Christian magazine.
Of course, the loony left has nothing better to do than to troll these sources of Christian thought searching for something they can use to show how horrible Christians are.
It is no secret that Chick-Fil-A as a company, holds strong Christian views and has chosen not to open on Sundays. As the hyperbole says they chose to put God before profits.
So I wonder why it should be a surprise that they hold views supporting traditional marriage.
Now. As I said…the left discovered this view and dissolved into a hissy fit of such magnitude that we feel the repercussions today.
They called Chick-Fil-A every foul name they could think of. They stamped their feet, they screeched in anguish, they beat their breasts…if one did not know better, one would have thought that the world was about to end because the CEO of Chick-Fil-A had the gall to express his opinion!
What is the world coming to when somebody takes it upon himself to express an opinion!
Can you imagine just how impossible it would be if more people started expressing their opinions?
What’s that? We are in America and it is not only allowed to express your opinion but the right to do so is protected by the constitution?
I find that very hard to believe!
After all…if it was protected by the constitution how does the Mayor of Chicago get away with telling Chick-Fil-A that they cannot open stores there? Or Philadelphia…or San Francisco?
Folks, I don’t care if we are discussing lesbians, gays, pygmies or giraffes. I don’t care if you agree with my opinions. I don’t care if you disagree with my opinions. I simply don’t care. And it is not my right to attempt to prohibit you from holding opinions that differ to mine.
I don’t have to agree with you. I don’t have to like you. I don’t have to buy your t-shirts, or drink your beer. But I DO have to respect your right to say whatever you want.
Maybe my conservative underbelly is showing here….but you see I believe the loony left has the right to disagree with Chick-Fil-A. They even have the right to try to get others to agree with them and disagree with the chicken guys. They most certainly have the right to not buy their food there. Boycotting a place of business is a perfectly legal and moral and acceptable action to take. I even applaud that.
But…you do not have the right to tell that company where they cannot open for business. You do not have the right to prevent that business from selling food to anyone who wishes to buy it. You do not have the right to “demonstrate” by engaging in unacceptable practices in the restaurant…and before you loons get off on me by saying their practices are not unacceptable…let me tell you that I would throw a heterosexual couple kissing passionately out of my restaurant just as quickly as I would a lesbian couple of a homosexual couple (I will no longer refer to you as “gay”…there is nothing “gay” about you!).
You do not have the right to use the law to punish free speech. You do NOT have the right to tereat Chick-Fil-A differently than you would any other fast food store.
The story drags on. Mike Huckabee planned a Chick-Fil-A appreciation day for yesterday. It’s popularity was such that lines of customers stretched around blocks, calmly waiting patiently to be served. Record sales were experienced.
The community of true Americans who believe in the constitutional right to free speech stood up and were counted. I daresay that among these people were some folk who disagreed with the opinions of the CEO…but the right he has to hold those opinions and speak freely trumps their concern with what he believes.
Of course, there was a group of people who simply could not allow such free speech. Who would do whatever they could to disrupt this activity.
Around the country protestors showed up…mostly peacefully…but still with an agenda to spread their opinion at how intolerable and horrible this company was for upholding traditional Christian beliefs.
Yada, yada, yada…..
And then their is the media…with such truthful coverage that they ignored the appreciation lines and concentrated on the small groups of protestors.
Some tidbits of media coverage include:-
- Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn urged homosexuals to “infiltrate” the privately owned company. “Make the restaurants gay hangouts of the community,” she wrote. “Gays and lesbians could start applying for jobs at Chick-fil-A. Get in there. Become managers, take over the places.”
- MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart urged protesters to bully the restaurant chain.
“Find out who is affiliated with Chick-fil-A in any way and put pressure on those folks,” he said.
- Fort Myers News-Press reporter Mark Krzos wrote his observations about Chick-fil-A on his Facebook page, according to the media-news site JimRomenesko.com “Such a brave stand…eating a g**damn sandwich,” he wrote. “I have never felt so alien in my own country as I did today while covering the restaurant’s supporters,” he wrote. “The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad.”
- MSNBC host Thomas Roberts said any gay marriage supporter who eats at the restaurant is a “Chicken-eating Judas.”
Is this what America is? Are we now a nation that believes that disagreement means hate? That disagreement is racist or sexist or any other form of “ist”? Is this truly what we have become…and are we happy to have become it?
I stumbled upon the following comment today…and am proud to reprint it here. This guy, God bless him, understands what is at stake…his words are powerful.
“I began to react to this nonsense in a reasonable fashion by offering the perspective that if the proponents of gay marriage want it to become the law of the land, all they needed to do was organize a movement towards a Constitutional Amendment. I also suggested that they get started since it is indeed quite a process with good reason. I stand by that position but find myself losing all respect for the issue and worse, contempt for the people behind it. THIS is not how we do things in America. The press is predictably shameful as well. As absurd and surreal as this entire situation has become, we may want to consider using it to start turning the tables on the minorities involved and the media. While they continue to manipulate the facts to make it appear that hundreds of thousands of people supporting CFA don't matter, those same numbers need to STOP patronizing the news papers, the networks, their affiliates, their sponsors and those that pretend to be comedians...just stop watching. They cannot survive without an audience. Further, the interpretation of the subject has been convoluted in order to fit the progressive agenda. It is nothing short of ludicrous to equate non-agreement with hate. It is pathetic PC-driven posturing for local fascists to literally prevent people from conducting business in a certain city. It is despicable to use this fabrication to justify violence. We the People MUST truthfully ask ourselves - just how much more of this BS are WE going to take before we take OUR country back from progressives? There is no longer a question that THIS is what our country will look like IF we don’t stay current on the issues, get off the couch and VOTE.”
……………………………………………………………………………..Anthony De Rubeis, August 2, 2012
Nothing more to say.