Supporters of the Chick-fil-A ban in Chicago should hit pause, step back and assess for what they are really advocating.
By now, you are aware of the Chick-fil-A dust-up regarding their owner's remarks on supporting a traditional definition of marriage: "guilty as charged" he quoth.
Because of those remarks, Boston mayor Thomas Menino has told the Southern fried chicken outfit they are not welcome there in Boston (on the Freedom Way, ironically enough) and Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel has the back of a city alderman who has ominously warned that he would use his authority to deny a business permit to the chain should they attempt to set up shop in his district, claiming Chick-fil-A doesn't represent "Chicago values".
Menino has allowed himself some wiggle room by mere rhetorical saber-rattling but what is happening in Chicago is what is referred to in more polite circles as thuggery and tyranny, or as the mayor himself would describe as "Chicago values".
Threatening livelihood-harm to a business and a person for exercising their Constitutionally-protected 1st amendment rights ought to freak-out every single American, straight, gay or otherwise.
Obviously, we would all be united in singular outrage if, say, a Southern mayor denied a business permit to a fast food chain because the owner of that chain was an active supporter of gay marriage. Effectively, how is this any different?
It's apparent that Chicago doesn't produce too many Constitutional scholars, let alone anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of its intent. Alums of the Chicago politics that have moved on to national prominence have proven that beyond reasonable doubt.
The 1st amendment was established precisely to protect unpopular speech and thought. There would be no need for it if we all talked and acted in the "correct" manner, however, we are seeing more and more with one particular line of political thinking in this country, an intolerance and outright hostility to what they believe as existing outside the boundaries of what they have deemed "proper" speech and thought.
But back to "Chicago values". If you are wondering why it is that a city with over 300 murders to its credit since Jan. 1 is doing focusing on bullying a fast food chain, wonder no more as the cavalry is on the way.
To combat the violence on the street, Chicago's first Jewish mayor is rolling out the welcome wagon for none other than the Nation of Islam and its noted anti-Semite leader "Calypso Louie" Farrakhan to help combat the city's violence problem. You just can't make this stuff up.
In addition to his virulent racism, liberals and gay activists around the country would be pleased to know the man the mayor of Chicago has called upon to save his ass has similarly enlightened views regarding same-sex marriage.
On Sunday, May 27, Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke in San Diego, California, where he delved into a plethora of subjects, ranging from Mexican heritage to Israel’s alleged “war-mongering.” Among the topics he weighed in on, Farrakhan also took the time to tackle homosexuality and President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage.
The fiery Nation of Islam leader began by utilizing stories from both the Koran and the Bible to illustrate God’s views on same-sex attraction. He also made it overtly clear that, though he disagrees with the homosexual lifestyle, he isn’t afraid of gays and lesbians. In addition to attempting to convince the audience that homosexuality is sinful in nature, Farrakhan seemed particularly irritated that critics would label him a homophobe.
If you are scoring at home, in the liberalism mindset: racist, homo-phobic anti-Americanism is a suitable crime fighter for your city streets, however, job-creating, food-providing Southern-fried belief in traditional marriage will be told to take a hike.
Square that circle, gang.