Chicago Politicians Getting Fried in Chicken Freedom Flap
Cook County politicians are better experts than farmers when it comes to chicken poop.
Right now, a whole lot of them are stepping into it.
It started when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told The Baptist Press he believed in the traditional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.
He didn’t say he was anti-gay. He didn’t say his company discriminated against gays, either as customers or employees.
All he gave was his personal opinion, a belief that has been the norm for thousands of years of Judeo-Christian civilization.
That’s when the Chick-fil-bleep started to fly.
Liberals – who tend to make careers of being offended on behalf of other groups, and who tend to usurp the roles of spokesmen of groups to which they do not belong – were shocked, shocked that someone would dare speak an opinion on which a liberal would disagree. To do so invites not just an expression of a difference of opinion, but the wrath of the government. That is how liberalism works when it is in power. Their credo is, “It’s not fascism when WE do it.” Their interpretation of the First Amendment is, “Land of the free, as long as we agree.”
I was at a state dinner in Springfield three years ago, at the time when radio host Don Imus was fired for a questionable racial joke. A prominent official at my table, eager to show his liberal credential when it comes to race, remarked that Imus should be fired. “The First Amendment wasn’t intended to protect unpopular speech,” he said. I almost spit out my food as I quickly replied, “That’s EXACTLY what the First Amendment was intended for!”
Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno (not the same Cook County politician Joe Moreno who was just indicted for extortion, but give this Joe Moreno time to catch up) said he will block Chick-fil-A’s proposal to build a restaurant in his ward. Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed.
They are trying to make this a discrimination issue. It isn’t. It is a free speech issue.
This incident has taken the issue of “discrimination” to a whole new level, far beyond tolerance or rights. Now it is considered bigoted, hateful, or even illegal for an individual to say he thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman. What’s next? Will preachers be arrested in the pulpits and charged with hate crimes for saying what is in their Bible, what is a part of their religious beliefs, and a part of their constitutional freedom of religion and freedom of speech?
It has been suggested.
Gay rights have gone beyond the tolerance they once requested. Now it has joined the Democrat-owned constituency of “special privileges for the few.” This started with Affirmative Action, which is reverse discrimination, which is discrimination – which was started to end discrimination.
It used to be that bigotry, prejudice and discrimination were unacceptable. Now, in liberalism’s Brave New World, “where fascism isn’t fascism when WE do it,” bigotry, prejudice and discrimination are all right, depending on the target.
Special privileges for the few used to mean special privileges for the rich. The rich were once admired by people who wanted to someday be rich. Now the Democrats (the rich Democrats) tell us to despise the rich.
But if you think tipping the scales of special privileges is good, at least be honest enough to admit you are a hypocrite who, indeed, does believe in prejudice and discrimination – and that it is prejudice and discrimination “even when WE do it.”
“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values,” a pious (how ironic) Emanuel said.
He’s right. Chick-fil-A does not have corruption, graft, theft, kickbacks, mismanagement or random shootings in its business plan. None of its corporate executives have been indicted.
The day after Emanuel condemned Chick-fil-A’s values, he warmly welcomed Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam thugs, praising them for talking to street gangbangers. Perhaps racism and extreme anti-Semitism (and extreme anti-homosexual rants) are some of Farrakhan’s values admired by Emanuel.
Moreno and Emanuel both are considered in the ethnic minority classes to be favored – although more and more, across the world, and even in Obama’s socialist state, Jews aren’t too popular anymore. Both leaders should know better than to take a page out of Mussolini’s playbook, and both ought to think about where this leads.
We are supposed to learn from history, but liberals never learn anything. That is because they believe we are supposed to “feel,” not think. They believe socialism is great, and that it has never worked only because it hasn’t yet been applied properly. Failure after failure never teaches them anything. The road to hell may be paved with good intentions. But aren’t they great for having such good intentions?
When Moreno someday follows so many of his fellow aldermen to the Big House, he may want to ask his fellow alderman if they have enjoyed decent chicken sandwich in prison.
Jim Ridings is the author of 20 books on Illinois history, including “Len Small: Governors & Gangsters.”