Did Chick-Fil-A yield to pressure and stop its donations to Focus on the Family?
This article is so full of double-speak, that I can’t decide.
Normally, when I read something that goes around in circles like this does, I just assume that whoever wrote it is trying to make it sound like they didn’t do whatever it is that they really did do. But I so hope I’m wrong about this that I can’t let myself believe that.
This issue goes beyond the question of same-sex marriage. It is about freedom of speech. I don’t care if Chick-Fil-A donates money to Focus on the Family or not. The issue for me is their right to not only do so, but to say that they do so without government officials taking vengeance on them.
If someone can be bullied into backing away from a legal action that they clearly want to take because they have been attacked over being honest about it, that has a chilling effect on everyone’s freedom of speech. When a government official uses their power (as all the accounts about this seem to say) to coerce them to do this, that crosses a serious line about government interference in freedom of speech.
Dan Daly, the head of Focus on the Family, tries to defend Chick-Fil-A. But he never specifically says that they are continuing to donate money to his organization. That’s what sounds like double-speak.
The question: Did Alderman Moreno extract a promise from Chick-Fil-A to cease making donations to Focus on the Family in exchange for allowing them to build a new franchise in Chicago? If he did, I think he needs to be removed from office; not for his beliefs about gay marriage, but because of what amounts to a deliberate and flagrant abuse of power and attack on our American freedom of speech that no American official should be allowed to engage in.
If he did not do this, then someone needs to make that far more clear than this article does.
The articles says in part: