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Although President Obama’s current claim to support gay marriage puts him at odds with Chick-fil-A President Dan T. Cathy, a devout Christian who supports the traditional definition of marriage, the Democrat shouldn’t have any problem enjoying a chicken dinner at one of Mr. Cathy’s franchises. After all, the socially conservative entrepreneur didn’t build that enterprise. Somebody else made that happen.
When I learned that upon the merger of Exxon and Mobil, the newly-merged company had decided to “cease offering health-care benefits to its employees’ domestic partners“, I resolved to stop filling up at Exxon or Mobil stations. ExxonMobil is a private company and should have the right to set its own employment policies. I am a private individual and have the right to choose where I buy gas for my car.
In a similar manner, two years ago, a private advocacy outfit, the American Family Association (AFA) announced a boycott of Home Depot, a private company like ExxonMobil, because, unlike said oil company, that home improvement superstore offered benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees. This was not the first time the AFA had tried to boycott a private enterprise offering such benefits. Sixteen years ago, the social conservative group launched a boycott against Disney.
We may not agree with their decision to boycott, but social conservatives should remain free to buy their home improvement supplies where they choose or seek recreation at destinations they select, just as I should be free to buy gas where I want and gay activists should be free to buy fast-food chicken at companies whose presidents have social views not averse to their own.
Interestingly, during all those AFA boycotts, you didn’t once hear a Republican politician try to curry favor with social conservatives by vowing to keep Disney out of his jurisdictions or Home Depots out of her neighborhood. They weren’t trying to impose their social views on the rest of us.
Why do so many liberals turn to government when they want to right something they believe to be wrong?
NB: Tweaked the title so it would more accurately reflect content of post.
Well, a prominent liberal comic said those who eat at Chick-fil-A deserve to get cancer:
“[A]nyone who eats S**t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ, (sic)” she tweeted Wednesday.
Referencing tweets Barr sent to another Twitteruser, Twitchy said “Roseanne believes parents who feed their kids food from Chick-fil-A are child abusers.”
Later, she posted an apology, but Twitchy said that apology evolved.
A number of readers (on both sides of the political aisle) have e-mailed me or otherwise messaged me to ask my opinions on or whether I would post about the Chick-Fil-A Hullabaloo. To be sure, earlier this week, I had planned a post on the matter, but, as I started writing it, chose not to finish the post and leave the story alone. The fast food chicken restaurant is, after all, a private enterprise, one of which I have patronized only occasionally (like maybe two or three times) in my life.
But, thanks to Democratic urban politicians eager to patronize the gay community (in response to activists suddenly upset that the chicken chain’s president had expressed support for traditional marriage), the story is not going away.
Last night on Facebook, my friend Rick Sincere (check out his blog here) offered a nice succinct statement on the story in which this smart libertarian summarized my basic response to the kerfuffle:
Property rights are human rights. Customers should be able to boycott a business; the government should not make that decision for them.
If you don’t like the fact that Chick-Fil-A’s president is a “devout” Christian who supports traditional marriage, then don’t buy his company’s product, but don’t attempt to impose your views on the rest of us by demanding that cities not grant permits to further franchises.
If cities determine to grant no business licenses to companies because of their management’s controversial politics, then we’d have to demand that cities grant no further licenses to Ben and Jerry’s franchises.
That said, the left-wing politics of that company won’t stop me from stopping by one of their stores on those occasions when I have a craving for a dish of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
NB: Tweaked the post to fix a clumsy sentence.
FROM THE COMMENTS: MV asks some questions that this story should cause us to consider: [Read more…]
“So now I know what ‘HRC’ stands for” our reader MV last October commented last October to one of my posts on the outfit, “Hate Republicans Campaign.” With the pro-Obama organization featuring this as one of the rotating images/headlines on their website Monday evening, MV’s new name seems to accurately describe HRC’s governing philosophy.
Do wonder what Mr. Romney’s tax returns have to do with achieving “equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans“. And do wonder if HRC ever called on Mr. Obama to release any of the countless records that Democrat has yet to release. [Read more…]