Dine with kindred spirits at Chick-fil-A
July 20, 2012 9 Comments
Today’s News & Record features an interesting AP article about Chick-fil-A’s public opposition to gay marriage. (Leftist bloggers tend to throw temper tantrums when we do not provide links—an amusing spectacle, of course, but we toss them a bone now and then. Here is the link: http://www.news-record.com/content/2012/07/20/article/chick_fil_a_surprises_some_with_gay_marriage_talk). The first sentence of the article is striking because it is so uncharacteristically honest. It reads as follows: “Gay rights activists were surprised Thursday that the president of the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has taken a public position against same-sex marriage.”
Imagine that: Speaking out in favor of traditional marriage—or anything reminiscent of old-fashioned behavioral norms–has become so uncommon that leftists are “surprised” when a rogue citizen dares defy the enlightened status quo on “diversity,” “inclusion,” and “tolerance.” Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy evidently did not receive the memo stating that the First Amendment applies only to those who march in lockstep with the activist Left.
Mr. Cathy’s remarks are so brazenly defiant of liberal speech-code etiquette, they must be repeated and savored here. Chick-fil-A, Cathy said, is “guilty as charged” for defending marriage and the family unit as biblically defined. This from the aforementioned AP article: “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” In only a couple of brief sentences, Cathy managed to poke a rhetorical stick in the eyes of gay marriage activists, secularists, and atheists. This is an uncommon demonstration of backbone and unapologetic devotion to principle.
Here we have a disturbing commentary on the nature of our times: Defending a tradition centuries in the making generates astonishment among “journalists” and left-wing activists; meanwhile, no one was “surprised” when, prior to the Amendment One vote in May, Bob Page of Replacements Ltd. spoke out, loudly and repeatedly, in favor of same-sex marriage. In fact, most “journalists” openly applauded Page’s “commitment to diversity, tolerance, and inclusion.”
Among Mr. Page’s assertions was the claim that passage of the amendment would harm North Carolina’s business environment. Quite the contrary. As a consequence of the activism of Page and his employees, Replacements Limited has reportedly lost many of its customers. The irony is delicious, but not quite as toothsome as a Chick-fil-A sandwich.
Charles Davenport Jr. is the editor of The Greensboro Guardian.