Once again I am a little late to a spectacle due to my efforts of not just living on the Web. However, this si proving to be a miserably failed endeavor. Who am I kidding, I love the Internet.
So, Chick-Fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy, was recently quoted in the Baptist Press saying, “”We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”
While he doesn’t just come outright and say he doesn’t support the concept of gay marriage, I don’t think we have to guess how he feels about the subject.
This then set off Boston’s Mayor, Tom Menino, who sent a letter out opposing any construction of a Chick-Fil-A in his city, and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who said “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,”
Which of course has set the left off saying, “Fuck yeah! Fuck those Chick-Fil-Douches!”
And of course, has set the right off saying, “Our First Amendment rights are in jeopardy! Christians are under attack again!”
The argument I have for the right wing is this. You know that while alderman and mayor could technically stop a business from going in, something on this level of notoriety will force the politicians hands to let the business go in place. Also, the politicians would have to pull some seemingly shady strings to stop a business from coming to a city. But, Chicago and Boston weren’t built on morals and values.
Likewise, the First Amendment stops government censorship against the people as they voice their individual or collective opinion of the government. No one is censoring Chick-Fil-A or stopping the company from funding anti-gay marriage (or pro-hetero-marriage, if you prefer) campaigns and legislation.
No one is trying to stop that, so calm the fuck down about rights being taken away.
To the left, I say chill the fuck-out for a minute. You can’t stop Chick-Fil-A from sprouting up in your neighborhood, as much as the right can’t stop a mosque from being constructed near Ground Zero.
The CEO of any company can say what he wants, when he wants. That is their God-given right, as long as it doesn’t incite violence, damage (yelling “Fire” in a packed theater) or hate/rage, I think we are all good.
That being said, this guy is a dumbass for saying what he said and not thinking it wouldn’t cause a stir somewhere. See, that is my right as a citizen to express my opinion. I am not limiting his freedom of speech, I am not crucifying the guy, as Sarah Palin seems so inclined to think those who disagree with his comments are doing.
Also, it isn’t going to stop me from admitting that I have and probably will have a delicious chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A. It has been awhile and they just built one near me. I drive by it every day.
I know this viewpoint isn’t valued and hardly anyone cares, but fuck it, I want a chicken sandwich.
Maybe this is a conspiracy, and the CEO knew he was driving customers to his store by starting this shit storm. Maybe he isn’t a dumbass.
And yep, still want a chicken sandwich.