Tolerance is a Two Way Street
Oh that tricky first amendment and its protection of free speech. Some like to hide behind it when espousing their views, but will knock it down and trample over it to get to the front lines to protest those they disagree with.
Such is the case with those who support gay marriage vs. Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A. The problem with people protesting Chick-Fil-A is that at no time has there been complaints of the company discriminating against gay people. They hire them, they serve them, they treat everyone with the same respect regardless of race, sex, age, or sexual orientation. Not once in any of these protests have we heard of any type of discrimination.
It is a sad day when mayors of cities come out and want to kick a business out of their city because the owner of the business talked about his personal beliefs in an interview. When Rahm Emanuel, the former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama and now Mayor of Chicago, comes out and wants to kick Chick-Fil-A out of Chicago and threatens to not let them build any more franchises in the city he is showing the glaring hypocrisy that discredits the left.
I would think Emanuel would be more concerned about the soaring murder rate and the staggering unemployment in his city. Recently when questioned about the death of a seven year old that was caught in gang related crossfire, Emanuel commented, “It’s not about crime, it’s about values.”
Here’s a novel idea Mayor Emanuel, maybe you need more establishments with family friendly values like Chick-Fil-A, not less. Are the cities of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh doing so well with employment they can pick and choose what companies to let come in and provide people with jobs?
Just this week several officials at the University of Louisville have publicly weighed in and joined the boycott against Chick-Fil-A. According to a report at WFPL’s website,
“Several U of L officials have joined the boycott. Last week, U of L president James Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz said they would personally stop visiting Chick-Fil-A and the university is exploring its ability to remove a location from campus.”
The University of Louisville is a public university receiving tax payer dollars. They should not be threatening to ban companies who do business with the university because of the personal beliefs of the CEO. If the students want Chick-Fil-A off campus, then stop eating there. If the store becomes unprofitable enough, the company will close it. That is how free markets work. When the contract is up for renewal, the University has every right to go out for bids and make a change. But to make the comment that they are looking at removing a location from campus displays the very intolerance that they are demonizing Dan Cathy for. So where’s the difference?
Tolerance, just as free speech protection, is a two way street we need to learn to navigate.