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Tolerance is a Two Way Street

2012 July 31
by robertnew

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.

4 Responses Post a comment
  1. Craig Wilson permalink
    July 31, 2012

    Amen! Robert!

    Hopefully people are beginning to wake up to the double standards that the left and many liberals want to continually practice. They should be careful with their reactions because one day they may find the tables turned on them!

  2. Kimberly permalink
    August 1, 2012

    not a big fan of people sticking up for chick-fil-a. eat there if you want, but don’t defend a corporation that uses “free speech” to promote “religious beliefs” and legislating against gay people. there’s no excuse. also, please tell me more about how how buying a chicken sandwich makes you a better christian :~)

    oh, it doesn’t? lol i didn’t think so.

  3. Denise McKinney permalink
    August 2, 2012

    Bob,
    I surprisingly agree with most of what you’ve written. Taken broadly, the mayors and government officials speak with forked tongue. I think CFA has a good human rights track record and I respect Dan Cathy’s decision to honor his Sabbath. What bothers me the very most about this whole Appreciate… thing is that many who went to eat there did so gleefully, as if to say, “Take that you bad gay people.” This, of course, is not the way to be either, even if one disagrees with the validity of civil rights for gays. What has helped me is having a good number of reasonable gay friends so I can no longer paint broadly. Everytime a gay issue comes up, I think of my friends, most of whom love God and recognize Jesus Christ as their savior or model for love. I know how marginalized they feel and I can’t stand against them. So, we disagree on many things, but so be it. All blessings.

  4. William permalink
    August 2, 2012

    I have to agree with Robert. The guy says he doesn’t believe in same sex marriage but it’s his voice of opinion and for him to be critized about it nationally is degrading. Us Christians have every right to stand beside him and promote his as well as our religious beliefs. If anything we should be thanking him for being the voice of the voiceless.

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