Leftist Mayor Rahm Emanuel supported Moreno’s distortions and ambitions. “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” the mayor said in a statement. Emanuel’s most recent discussion of Chicago values prior to this one was to tell the city’s street thugs, who have driven Chicago’s murder rate up 30 percent over last year, to “Take your stuff away to the alley.” Since Mr. Emanuel is apparently resigned to a certain level of mayhem in his city, he has hectored those perpetrating it to move to another location away from children, but seemingly within the city limits — the same city limits that he and his alderman would prevent a Christian-run business from occupying.
Thus the bankruptcy of progressive values, literally enforced by the heavy hand of government, is illuminated. One is left to wonder how many other would-be business owners in Boston and Chicago will be forced to reveal–and perhaps “revise”–their political ideology in order to set up shop in those cities. One might also wonder how many existing businesses will be checked to see if they also have the “proper” ideological credentials to remain in operation. With respect to Chick-fil-A, Moreno noted that’s exactly what is expected. After contemptuously dismissing First Amendment concerns with, “zoning is not a right,” he explained how the company could get back in his good graces. “They’d have to do a complete 180,” the alderman said. “They’d have to work with LGBT groups in terms of hiring, and there would have to be a public apology from (Cathy).”
Such arrogance is remarkable, especially when one considers the virtual certainty that these same people and their fellow travelers would be screaming “fascism!” if some conservative-minded community sought to ban gay-friendly companies such a Starbucks or Oreo Cookies from operating within their confines — based on nothing more than comments made by company executives. Thus, another aspect of progressive bankruptcy is revealed: the complete lack of intellectual consistency, and the massive amount of hypocrisy such inconsistency produces.
Americans should be outraged by this overt intolerance masquerading itself as open-mindedness, the attempt to use government power as an ideological billy club, and the media’s calculating effort to take what Cathy said and twist it into something completely different. Yet for progressives and their media enablers, this is the price one is expected to pay for refusing to kowtow to the parameters of political correctness.
On the other hand, it is very likely both Chicago and Boston are violating Mr. Cathy’s First Amendment rights. Three Supreme Court cases, Consolidated Edison Co. v. Public Service Commission, Rust v. Sullivan, and Board of County Commissioners v. Umbehr, make it clear that government may not deny a private business permits because of something said by its owner. Unless officials in either Boston or Chicago can produce evidence of discrimination by Chick-fil-A, preventing the company from operating within their respective cities is unconstitutional.
In other words, this controversy has been manufactured, plain and simple. It represents the epitome of the progressive impulse to control individual thought, using the threat of government retaliation as persuasion. It has been egged on by a corrupt media that no longer bothers to get the story right, when the right story doesn’t accrue to progressive interests.
Furthermore, the idea that opposition to gay marriage is tantamount to homophobia is nothing more than a progressive construct aimed at forcing people to accept the gay activist agenda in its totality. It is a ham-fisted attempt to label someone who might be open to homosexuals receiving the same government-mandated services and benefits that married people do, but uncomfortable with redefining “marriage”–a word commonly understood by every culture in the world for more than five thousand years–as a hopeless bigot. As far as the activists and their enablers are concerned, one is all in with the gay activist agenda, or unrepentant homophobe who can literally be run out of town. It is precisely this kind of thinking on which the attempt to deny Chick-fil-A the ability to operate in Boston and Chicago is based. In other words, for “progressives,” tolerance and totalitarianism are two sides of the same coin.
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