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Lawrence Reed Columnist

Published Thursday, August 02, 2012

Hands off Chick-fil-A

In coming weeks, I expect to eat often at Chick-fil-A and not just because I like the company and the food they serve. I’ll be there as my way of protesting the disgusting behavior of some big city political hacks.

The personal views of Chick-fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy on gay marriage sparked the recent controversy. It should be noted the company does not discriminate against anybody in its hiring or in whom it serves in its restaurants. Cathy expressed an opinion shared by millions of Americans and, until recently, even by President Obama. Agree or disagree with Cathy, you should be concerned when elected officials threaten to use government power against a company because of a political disagreement with the CEO. Consider the following remarks.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter declaring that there was “no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chick-fil-A’s values were “not Chicago’s values.” Chicago alderman Joe Moreno says he will block the company from building a restaurant in his ward.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee tweeted that the closest Chick-fil-A restaurant to his city “is 40 miles away and I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”

Similar statements were made last week by others in positions of authority across the country. Some later backed off, others didn’t.

Forgive my bluntness but frankly, such statements don’t belong anywhere near a free society. These smug, self-righteous, power-wielding, small-time Nazi-types should hang their heads in shame. American voters who still appreciate what freedom is about should send them packing for Pyongyang, Havana or at least early retirement at the first electoral opportunity. Better to nip this anti-social behavior in the bud before it really goes to their heads.

I thought city governments were supposed to police the streets, keep the sewers clear and the lights on and a few other things and otherwise leave people alone. Who anointed these pin-striped thugs with the right to decide who gets to do business in town? What makes Rahm Emanuel the arbiter of the “values” of five million people? What other personal views of Mayors Menino and Lee and Alderman Moreno must a CEO agree with before he can open up shop in their territory?

It’s no coincidence that these political gangsters are all left-wing ideologues. This is the way the left operates these days. Their end-justifies-the-means contempt for economic liberty is frightening for its ignorance, for its arrogance and for its willingness to use or threaten force to shut people up. It’s also a logical extension of the very core of left-wing ideology, which is to put the force of government in charge of as much of your life as their guys can get their greedy, grubby hands on.

Chick-fil-A, here I come.

(Lawrence W. Reed, a resident of Newnan, is president of the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, N. Y., and Atlanta.)

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Chick-fil-a

8/7/2012

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The far left radicals just don't get it do they? Pray for America!!!

Posted by Ramona King at 7:24 PM

Chick fil a

8/3/2012

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I totally agree with your commentary. I'm glad to see the "Silent Majority" finally standing up for what is right in this country. We stood in line for nearly 45 minutes just to make a statement ordering our food on Tuesday at Chick fil A. No one got angry, everyone was calm and happy about the situation. We stand for marriage between a man and woman - like the Bible says.

Posted by janet at 12:36 AM

Leftie Hypocrites

8/2/2012

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Dan's comment shows the mentality of the left. They cry foul anytime they disagree (always believing their own relative beliefs are right – a figment of their own imagination), but then turn around and hypocritically do the same exact thing they are complaining about. Isn't Dan discriminating against Judo Christian principles on which this country, and constitution, was formed and those who believe in them? As Dan clearly demonstrates, the bigotry is coming from the left not the right. And, it is the left that is trying to destroy the constitution and the Judo Christian principals in which it is based not the right. Thx for proving the point Dan. If you don’t like Judo Christian principals, you are free to leave the country at anytime and I’d be happy to show you the door.

Posted by Jeff at 8:05 PM

Look in the mirror Dan!

8/2/2012

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Apparently Dan has no problem discriminating against those whose beliefs are not the same as his. Or perhaps he is not able to recognize his own inconsistency. For him, diversity of thought means everyone thinks like he does.

Posted by Richard at 7:20 PM

Who are the real thugs?

8/2/2012

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The real thugs are those who use religious freedom as an excuse to discriminate. The real Fascists are those who whould try to Ammend the Constitution based on their fanatical religious beliefs.

Posted by Dan at 2:39 PM

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