Dan Cathy is everything the left despises. He owns a business, became successful without government assistance and he’s a conservative Christian. What’s not to hate?
Cathy, the owner and CEO of the hugely popular Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, faced boycotts and ongoing controversy for expressing his firmly held beliefs. When asked during an interview with the Baptist Press about his company’s position on marriage and family, Mr. Cathy responded, “Well, guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Nowhere in his comments did Dan Cathy mention gays.
Without meaning to, Cathy upped the ante in a subsequent radio interview saying, “I think we are 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.”
What followed Cathy’s honesty was the most hate filled, duplicitous rant from the apoplectic left, the same holier than thou crowd who constantly lecture the right on tolerance, acceptance and diversity of opinion. Not practicing what they preach, the politically correct goons tore into the Chick-fil-A CEO like he was the Special of the Day.
Former Obama White House Chief-of-Staff, now Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, claimed “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values.” This is the same Rahm Emanuel who sought the help of controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in the same Chicago that recorded 49 murders in July. Emanuel hopes the anti-Semitic Farrakhan can help fight the violent crime wave now plaguing the Windy City. Go figure.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino was so angered by Cathy’s moral position that he sent the company a letter making it clear he does not want them in Boston. He claimed Dan Cathy’s statements were “prejudiced.” If only Cathy had supported abortion rights or gun control. Mayor Menino might have rolled out the red carpet had the restaurant chain’s CEO just understood – you have to go along to get along.
Many from the left slammed Dan Cathy calling him hateful and vowed to hurt his company financially. In response, former Arkansas Gov., one time presidential hopeful and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee, took to his website promoting Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Supporters turned out in droves giving the chicken eatery its biggest day of sales ever. A counter “Kiss-In” by gays & lesbians fizzled.
The left’s effort to financially hurt Chick-fil-A failed but no one should ignore the intent of those in public office to damage a business over a spiritual belief, one that is a cornerstone of all mainstream religions.
That should be very concerning to anyone who genuinely believes in free speech.
Who will be next on the hit list? Will a paving company be denied a government contract because of a politically incorrect viewpoint? Personal beliefs about social issues should have no relevance when one is conducting business. That elected officials would use their position to punish a citizen’s moral opinion is repugnant and typifies government tyranny.
Dan Cathy’s positions are based on his understanding of his bible and his God. He is wise enough to understand it is nothing but arrogant to alter the Deity’s plan. Does that make Dan Cathy a dangerous man and an enemy of the state?
The answer appears to be yes. To most leftists tolerance and freedom of speech are rights due everyone except conservative Christians.