Dan Cathy, president of Chik-Fil-A, declared that he was “guilty as charged” when it came to his support of traditional marriage. Where do we begin? Let’s start with an “e-card” that has been circulating on Facebook since this brouhaha started.
Think about it. Did the Cathy family ever hide their beliefs? Did anyone who has ever visited a mall on a Sunday afternoon not know that Chik-Fil-A was always closed? I didn’t think so. The one thing about liberal ideas of free speech is that they believe in free speech as long as you agree with them. The second you disagree with them is when your right to free speech ends.
As I had stated in a previous article, liberals responded with the expected name calling – Chik-Fil-A is hateful, Chik-Fil-A is bigoted, and on and on. They decided that they will launch a boycott to punish a company for the personal opinion and beliefs of one individual.
Freedom of Speech For All
Did the liberals forget that the first amendment applies to everyone? Did liberals forget in civil discourse that it is okay to disagree with others? If you don’t agree with him; then don’t eat at Chik-Fil-A was all they had to do. Instead, they chose to try and bully the company into changing their beliefs.
Fortunately, the reasonable people of this country decided that enough is enough. A counter-protest in support of Chik-Fil-A was called for and the word spread through social media such as Facebook.
That brings us to today. August 1st was Support Chik-Fil-A Day and the people responded.
As for me, my wife and I decided that we would go to the only Chik-Fil-A close to us for breakfast and lunch. I took my kids and we had lunch in the restaurant. The line was all the way to the back of the store when we walked in. The amazing thing is that the staff at the restaurant was able to keep the line moving at a brisk pace. My kids and I were figuring we would have to wait — We got our food and were able to sit down to eat in what seemed to be only a matter of minutes.
We watched the line inside the store slowly shorten towards the front of the store and then more people came in and it went back, and it stayed that way the entire time we were there. The drive thru was backed completely up and out onto the main thoroughfare for the shopping center we were at as well. It was great!
After writing this article, I am going to go back to that restaurant and get something else (probably a dessert) to finish out the day.
Liberal politicians in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia need to realize that they are punishing people without a job the chance to get a job. A new restaurant has to hire people in order to serve those who want to buy their food. That’s why they are in business. The unemployed in those cities need to remember that their elected leaders don’t care if they have a job, they don’t care if they are able to provide any semblance of a life for themselves.
They just want to vilify a solid business while unemployment in Boston is at 5.8%, Chicago is at 9.8%, San Francisco is at 8.5%, and Philadelphia is at 8.9%. Those unemployed people in each city need to remember that their leaders think gay marriage is more important than jobs. Which issue will actually put food on the table and a roof over their head?
This isn’t a gay marriage issue. It is a freedom of speech issue.
As Andrew Shepard said in The American President, “America is advanced citizenship.” If you think that people who disagree with you should be punished for what they believe; then you are un-American.
Felt the need to add to this. Was going to do it in the comments, but the system was locking up on me.
Update #1 –
http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/582561/Bomb-threat-called-in-to-Chick-f—.html – Bomb Threat called into a Chik-Fil-A. Why am I not surprised?
Wonder what other kind of threats there will be tomorrow during the “kiss-in?”
Update #2 –
A man videotapes himself browbeating an employee – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jg-jzlWcc0E. Who knew she was the CEO of Chik-Fil-A? All she wanted to do was her job.
She, and the many employees like her, would be the one who would be hurt by a boycott. Wonder if liberals ever thought about that?