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August 1, 2012

Chick-fil-A, guns, and religion

Filed under: Culture,Issues,Law/justice,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 5:49 pm
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Today, as I was returning from my morning gym/yoga, I drove by a Chick-fil-A and noticed the drive-thru was backed up for blocks.  It appears that the people in San Antonio are clinging to their guns and religion while the people in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Boston are ready to give up theirs.  That’s the great thing about federalism – as Rick Perry said in his book Fed Up, Americans can choose to live amongst kindred spirits in states and cities with laws they are comfortable with.

July 27, 2012

Chic-fil-A and Rahm Emanuel

Filed under: Business,Culture,Issues,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 1:07 pm
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The Chic-fil-A story reminds me of the Trayvon Martin story – i.e., it seemed unimportant, but wouldn’t go away.  I’m not sure what there is about these stories that gives them staying power, but as someone who distrusts the media, I suspect the liberals in the media believe these stories support their agenda and therefore want the stories to remain on the front page.

As with the Martin story, I came to the Chic-fil-A story late and needed to do some remedial study to learn the underlying facts.  Apparently, the president of Chic-fil-A, Dan Kathy, opposes gay marriage and “supports the traditional family.”  (Chic-fil-A is privately owned and Kathy is the son of the company’s founder.)  According to the liberal Huffington Post, “Cathy’s somewhat glib response: ‘Well, guilty as charged.’”   

Am I missing something here?  What is glib about that response?  More importantly, when did opposition to gay marriage become politically incorrect?  Has the media forgotten that the leading bastion of liberal philosophy, President Obama, opposed gay marriage during his last presidential run and only recently decided the flip his position.  Unlike small “l” liberals, however, the president in proclaiming his switch failed to acknowledge that people of principle can disagree.  Instead, he acted like any correct-thinking person must respect the right of gay couples to marry. 

Don Imus this morning acted like he was taking the enlightened approach to Chic-fil-A by stating that this is still a free country and that a business shouldn’t be boycotted just because its president is a Neanderthal.  Imus can perhaps be excused for calling Kathy a Neanderthal because Imus lives in Manhattan and has long favored gay marriage, but for the president and the media to act like Kathy’s position is extreme is inexcusable.

Other liberal politicians have jumped on the bandwagon, too, including the mayors of Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago.  According to the Chicago Sun-Times, its mayor, Rahm (Rambo) Emanuel, said the following:

  • 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.  What the CEO has said as it relates to gay marriage and gay couples is not what I believe, but more importantly, it’s not what the people of Chicago believe. We just passed legislation as it relates to civil union and my goal and my hope … is that we now move on recognizing gay marriage. I do not believe that the CEO’s comments … reflects who we are as a city.”

Talk about chutzpah.  The mayor of Chicago declares that a business is not welcome in Chicago because its president (and founder’s son) has religious values regarding marriage that are consistent with the majority of Americans and consistent with existing law in Chicago and Illinois.  Emanuel takes intolerance and arrogance to a new level.