In Defense of Chick-Fil-A

This article comes from Mother Jones, which is named after a famous supporter of organized labor and has a long tradition of backing liberal causes, including gay rights.

The article contains a quote from the American Civil Liberties Union defending Dan Cathy’s right to free speech. Dan Cathy is the president of Chick-Fil-A.

Hopefully this comment, however left-footed it may be, is a harbinger signifying that the ACLU has reverted to its roots and once again taken up supporting the Bill of Rights. Now, if  we can only get them to support the other half of the First Amendment and stop defending the HHS Mandate!

Mother Jones

In Defense of Chick-Fil-A

Democratic politicians should stop blocking Chik-fil-A restaurants over the anti-gay views of its president.

By Adam Serwer | Thu Jul. 26, 2012 9:19 AM PDT


Dan Cathy, the president of the fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A, doesn’t like same-sex marriage. He believes that [1] “we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.” The company has put its money where its mouth is, lavishing anti-gay rights groups with millions of dollars in donations [2].

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a Chicago Alderman named Joe Moreno has pledged to block construction of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in his ward [3] over Cathy’s anti-gay views. Boston Democratic Mayor Thomas Menino is also trying to block construction of a Chick-fil-a restaurant over its president’s anti-gay views.

Menino and Moreno have it wrong. Blocking construction of Chick-fil-a restaurants over Cathy’s views is a violation of Cathy’s First Amendment rights. Boston and Chicago have no more right to stop construction of Chick-fil-As based on an executive’s anti-gay views than New York City would have had the right to block construction of an Islamic community center blocks away from Ground Zero. The government blocking a business from opening based on the owner’s political views is a clear threat to everyone’s freedom of speech—being unpopular doesn’t mean you don’t have rights. It’s only by protecting the rights of those whose views we find odious that we can hope to secure them for ourselves.

“We think there’s a constitutional problem with discriminating against someone based on the content of their speech,” says John Knight, director of the LGBT rights project at the Illinois branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. And Illinois law does not demand that restaurants have anti-discrimination policies in place—”It’s a good idea for restaurants to have those policies,” Knight says, but the law doesn’t require it.

Even so, Illinois and Massachusetts residents are still protected. There are federal laws against discrimination in employment and public accommodation on the basis of race, sex, religion, and national origin. Federal anti-discrimination law does not yet protect people on the basis of sexual orientation, but Illinois state law does [5]. So does Massachusetts state law [6].

Chick-fil-A should not be prevented from opening business because of the views of its leaders, or his donations to anti-gay causes. But gays and lesbians in Illinois and Massachusetts have the right to be free from discrimination in employment based on who they are. They also have a right to protest, boycott, and make Chick-fil-A’s customers aware that their purchases fund anti-gay activism. If Chick-fil-A discriminates in hiring or refuses to serve customers on the basis of sexual orientation, the local authorities can and should hold him accountable.

Until then, the politicians should get out of the way.


Links:
[1] http://www.christianpost.com/news/chick-fil-a-president-says-gods-judgment-coming-because-of-same-sex-marriage-78485/
[2] http://equalitymatters.org/factcheck/201207020001
[3] http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/chicago-alderman-says-hell-block-chick-fil-a-expansion-in-northwest-part-of-the-city/2012/07/25/gJQAnPIt9W_story.html
[4] http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/07/rahm-emanuel-needs-back-chick-fil
[5] http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2266&ChapterID=64
[6] http://www.mass.gov/mcad/forEmployers.html

  • http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com greenlightlady

    I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World blogger award. Please refer to my battleofthemirror.wordpress.com blog to see details. Thank you Rebecca. ~ Wendy

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Sisterhood of the World … I like the sound of that. Thanks Wendy!

      • http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com greenlightlady

        You are welcome. I am new to the blog world so I taken a-back by it all! But I know what I like!

  • http://ackans.wordpress.com Mr. V.

    I’ve liked Chick-Fil-A for some time now, ever since learning that they are closed on Sundays to respect the Lord’s Day. Hobby Lobby’s the same way.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I knew about Hobby Lobby. When I was homeschooling my kids, I bought a lot of our supplies there.

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com JessicaHof

    Good to see that, irrespective of politics, there are those who understand and will defend, freedom of speech.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      To be honest, I’m surprised.

      • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com JessicaHof

        So was I- but, for once,nicely.

  • http:s.com//mcdermottfootcare.wordpress.com McDermott Footcare

    from http://8kidsandabusiness.wordpress.com I’m surprised too, but we’ll take it, won’t we? Every little bit helps.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Yes.

  • http://jobowerwrites.wordpress.com Jo Randall Bower

    Thanks for bringing this article to our attention. I have always been cautious about advocating denying jobs and basic equality in life to even the most far away from Christian stances because of the path it puts us on. That does not mean I have to approve, and I have the right to say so. That basic right applies to the Christian who takes an unpopular stance. God will help us deal with the fallout.
    thanks again.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Jo.

  • http://lazyhippiemama.wordpress.com lazyhippiemama

    I’ve been trying to come up with a way to say this for days. Very well put!

  • http://menofoneaccord.wordpress.com Men of One Accord

    Saturday morning we the Men of One Accord were praying asking for guidance on how to back Chick-fil-a on its right to free speech. I once lost a job on this free speech problem. i was asked what I believed about abortion by a woman. I said it is murder and a sin and that is all I said. That woman became very angry, verbal and went to HR and came back with the head of HR and wanted a public apology. I would not and could not if I was asked about something I believed. It took about two weeks but I was gone. Many friends said I should fight them but God said leave it to Him it was not my fight. Today that company no longer exist. Some battles God uses others to fight our battles for us. AMEN!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I’ve had this experience in other situations.

      “Many friends said I should fight them but God said leave it to Him it was not my fight.”

  • http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    I would have never thought something like this could exist in our country. It grieves me to see our rights slowly being stripped from us. Thank you, Rebecca, Men of One Accord, and others that stand up for their Christian beliefs and rights. There is a saying that says something like this, “If someone demands their rights they are taking the rights away from others” The GLB community and the PC groups have been doing that for years. Blessings – Patty

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Patty.

  • http://theshepherdspresence.wordpress.com theshepherdspresence

    Ditto to the above comment if it lands below it! (Thoughts from an American Woman) I am going to share this on fb. I look at the homosexual world like this: I think what I do in my bedroom is gloriously private. Frankly, everyone should be that discreet. Then we wouldn’t have a problem. So simple.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for sharing this on you FB!

  • http://tinadmitchell.com tdmitchell

    I stand with the amazed but the other poster is right. We’ll take it. I’m glad. However, the battle is not over. The intolerance from the so-called tolerant is almost unbearable.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I believe that not only is the battle not over, it’s just beginning!

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com JessicaHof

    I think that the silent majority just showed it has the appetite :)

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      LOL !!

  • http://sacollinsvogan.wordpress.com sharonvogancollins

    We had Chick=a-fila this side of the pond – didn’t know why – so glad I did!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Sharon, I am impressed!

  • http://doyoumeanwhatiknow.wordpress.com Angela Young

    Thanks for sharing. She said it very well!!!! Angie :)


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