By now you???re probably familiar with the remark that put Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy in hot water with the left.
???What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it???s not simply the two persons who are meeting.???
Of course, those words in support of traditional marriage aren???t Cathy???s; they???re Barack Obama???s circa 2004.
Cathy???s remark was remarkably similar, though, in linking the value of traditional marriage to the Christian worldview. In response to a question by a reporter for Baptist Press about his company???s support of the traditional family, Cathy said, ???Well, guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.???
The left???s response to Cathy???s rather innocuous comment has once again exposed the gay rights movement???s intolerance for opposing viewpoints, an intolerance that often produces the very bigotry the movement says it exists to combat.
Cathy???s remark provoked not only harsh criticism but also threats from many on the ???tolerant??? left. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino promised to block the company from establishing a restaurant in his city. ???If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult ??? unless they open up their policies,??? he threatened.
Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno announced plans to block efforts by Chick-fil-A to open a second Chicago restaurant. He said he would not move forward on land-use legislation that the company needs to open a second restaurant in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who worked for two presidents who shared Cathy???s view, spoke up for the Alderman, saying ???Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.???
Members of the City Council of Mountain View, California, have filed an appeal of a zoning administrator???s recent approval of permits that will allow Chick-fil-A to build a new restaurant there. And a Philadelphia councilman has sent an angry letter to Cathy and said he will introduce a resolution condemning the company in the next City Council meeting.
Not much will come of these threats. As many legal experts have pointed out, barring a restaurant over the personal views of its owner is a clear case of unlawful viewpoint discrimination.
But the left has other ways to show its anger. The group Equity Illinois is planning a ???kiss in??? for Friday August 3rd in which gay and lesbian couples will make out in front of Chick-fil-A eateries across the country.
Chick-fil-A has faced protests and boycotts before, because the Cathy family has donated to Christian and conservative causes, including a pro-marriage group that filed an amicus brief against the trial striking down California???s popularly-enacted marriage amendment.
While liberals have focused on Cathy???s ???guilty as charged??? comments in his Baptist Press interview, they should have kept reading to understand the complete worldview that informs Cathy???s business model. ???We operate as a family business???our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single,??? he said, adding, ???We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.???
Judging by the left???s reaction, you???d think Cathy???s remarks were those of an extremist. But they articulated a belief shared by at least half the country and, until very recently, the president. And the view that traditional families fair best has just been reaffirmed by a much-discussed empirical study by Mark Regnerus that found that the least stable households are those with same-sex couples.
Despite occasional protests and boycotts from gay groups, Chick-fil-A has grown in recent years. It now has 1,600 locations across the country and employs more than 61,000 people.
Chick-fil-A has a loyal growing network of supporters. This Wednesday, August 1, has been labeled Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. It???s a day when all those who support traditional marriage and free speech rights are encouraged to eat at their local Chick-fil-A. Nearly 300,000 people have already indicated on Facebook that they???ll be attending.
The gay-rights movement is instinctively totalitarian. It seeks nothing less than the total and complete acceptance of gay marriage and the repudiation of marriage as it has existed through all human history and in the traditions of every major world religion. Until that happens, their immediate goal is to try to marginalize anyone who expresses a dissenting view in public.
In his interview with Baptist Press, Cathy also said that the generation that supports same-sex marriage has an ???arrogant attitude.??? With its hateful reaction to his comments, the left is proving Cathy right.
Bigotry is defined as a stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one???s own. Under such a definition, the ???tolerant??? left can aptly be called bigots of the first order.