My wife and I ate at Chick-Fil-A today and this marks the second time in five days. It was not a protest against anyone’s sexual preferences because that is none of our business. We have our thoughts on that area of life and choose to keep them private. We’ll gladly tell them to you if you ask, but we don’t make an issue of the subject. We didn’t eat there today because of any strong feelings for a commercial business or its owners. No, we ate at the restaurant in support of the First Amendment of the constitution of the United States.
I’m at a loss as to when the right of a private individual to make a statement of his opinion in a public forum became a crime. I must have slept through that entire day. Dan Cathy, president of a privately held company, is being castigated because of his statement regarding the biblical concept of marriage. If I am not mistaken, he didn’t say anything vulgar regarding the subject, he didn’t call anyone a slanderous name, he didn’t tell anyone to stay out of his stores, he didn’t even say he wouldn’t hire people of a certain race, religious background or personal lifestyle. But yet, he is being demonized by certain public officials and groups and threatened with civil penalties regarding his business. All for voicing his opinion.
In a search of dictionaries on the web, I found a brief definition of the word Fascism. It is:
“any movement, ideology, or attitude that favors dictatorial
government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism”.
Now I’m not going to say that there is anyone in our government looking to turn our country into a Fascist state, because being a private citizen, I might subject myself to the “word” police and be banned from looking up the definition of words on the internet. But it seems to me that if a city mayor can threaten to prohibit a private, or public corporation for that matter from operating their legal business in a municipality, just think what could happen next on the national level. Look at the definition of that word again as listed above.
I’m not sure what makes the Mayors of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Lord knows how many other U.S. cities think that they can stop Chick-Fil-A from doing business in those cities. But maybe, again, I slept through that day also. I realize that just a few telephone calls to certain municipal department heads in those cities could make things tough on Mr. Cathy and his corporation, but it seems to me that that sorely smacks of discrimination . . . something that is against the law in this country. But in reality, maybe those Mayors are just exercising their freedom of speech. Hmm . . . wait, can’t they then be called on the carpet under the same premise?
No, our eating at Chick-Fil-A was not a protest against any one group of people, or a way of life. It was in support of the rights of freedom loving Americans to exercise their rights to say what they want as long as it does not interfere with the rights of anyone else. It was in support of legally authorized corporations wishing to do business in a free and open capitalistic society that is in jeopardy of being squashed by misguided individuals bent on devastating the very system that made this country great. And why? That’s anybody’s guess.
Chick-Fil-A has been around since 1967 and has prided itself on the fact that they close on Sundays to allow their employees who choose to worship, the opportunity to do so. That fact is posted on the wall of their stores. Since the Cathy family feels so strongly about religious activity, will that be the next prohibition considered by the political powers that be?
The next time a politician concludes an address to the nation, maybe instead of asking God to “Bless America”, they should ask God to “Forgive America”. Ask forgiveness for taking something that is so beautiful, our constitution and bill of rights, documents that were created by men who firmly believed that God blessed this magnificent land beyond anything in existence at the time, and desecrating them to the point where they are becoming meaningless.
I certainly hope that each and every Chick-Fil-A restaurant visited today by people who feel the same way, ran out of food. May God bless Truett Cathy (Chick-Fil-A’s founder) and his son Dan and their entire family.
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