by William Teach | August 2, 2012 8:05 am
Standing up for Free Speech
(Fox News) It used to be that taking a bite of a chicken sandwich just meant you were hungry. Now it has become a symbol of whether you stand for or against same-sex marriage, or — alternately — the right to express your personal views without fear of retaliation.
At Chick-fil-A locations across the country, people voted with their wallets today, coming out to express support for the fast-food chain after CEO Dan Cathy said in an interview that he is a firm backer of traditional marriage.
“I believe what the Bible says (about marriage),” Chauncy Fields told us after wolfing down a breakfast of chicken and biscuits. “So I came out here to support Chick-fil-A and the movement.”
Chris Johnson sees a double standard. “He (Dan Cathy) said the exact same thing that President Obama said,” Johnson told Fox News — referring to the president’s past opposition to gay marriage — “And he gets negativity, and Obama gets positivity.”
Chick-fil-a locations across the country were slammed. And, no, I didn’t go myself, I was off playing golf. I did drive near the one in Knightdale, NC around 5pm, and it was still slammed, more than one would normally expect at that time period.
Among the groups is Project 21, a black conservative activist organization. One of its members, Demetrios Minor, said critics of Dan Cathy have taken his statements completely out of context. “I think liberals are missing a vital point in their blind hatred of Chick-fil-A,” Minor said in a statement sent to Fox News. “Being against gay marriage is not being anti-gay.”
That’s a big point. Chick-fil-a is not against gays. They do not discriminate in hiring (I couldn’t find any stories where they had been accused or sued) and do not discriminate in service. The head of the company simply said he was against gay marriage. And then we saw how the tolerant characters on the Left expressed their tolerance. Of course, they did not do the same thing to Obama when he expressed that he was against gay marriage.
The bigger issue was not that Liberals called for boycotts of the company. Let’s face it, Conservatives will do the same at times, though usually less organized. You don’t hear Rush, Beck, Hannity, Boortz, et all calling for boycotts (there might be some who do, I just never get to listen to them here in Raleigh). With Conservatives, it just kinda tends to happen. The bigger problem is elected officials demonizing Chick-fil-a, clearly a violation of First Amendment rights.
Anyhow, here’s how the Left will respond
On Friday, same-sex couples plan to converge on Chick-fil-A locations for National Same-Sex Kiss Day. At 8 p.m., they plan to publicly embrace to voice their displeasure against the millions of dollars Chick-fil-A is said to have donated to anti-gay marriage organizations.
A Facebook group dedicated to the protest pokes fun at Chick-fil-A’s slogan “Eat Mor Chikin” with the motto “Kiss Mor Chiks.”
Oh, good, that should be huge. Especially at a time when no one will see it.
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