A week ago today, in response to a reader’s e-mail, I had begun a post on the Chick-fil-A hullabaloo. I agreed with Mark Hemingway that the media had invented the story that Chick-fil-A’s president had condemned gay marriage. That said, I wasn’t comfortable with what that president had said about traditional marriage:
Dan Cathy, the president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said in a radio interview this week that same-sex marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
Appearing on “The Ken Coleman Show,” Cathy spoke of his company’s pride in its socially conservative character, but then offered an assessment of same-sex marriage that might lose the popular fast food chain a few customers.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” said Cathy.
I decided to scotch the planned post. I wouldn’t join my fellow conservatives in castigating the chicken chain’s critics nor would I join my fellow gays in branding the Christian businessman a bigot. I would simply refrain from buying chicken there. The story would soon fade. It is not a matter of pressing national interest.
Many on the left, however, wouldn’t let up. On Facebook, some friends seemed to alternate between positing attacks on Mitt Romney and issuing broadsides against Mr. Cathy — and his company. Soon, as Ed Morrisey summarized, “politicians in several large American cities attempted to disprove” the
. . . notion of a free country in which people can operate their businesses regardless of their religion or political point of view. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to Cathy stating that “[t]here is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.” (Chick-fil-A’s website explicitly states that they do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in employment or in commerce, by the way.)
(Morrissey via Reynolds.) And despite that non-discrimination policy, other urban politicians vowed o keep Chick-fil-A as far from their cities as possible. At the same time, not a such public figure could provide a single example of a gay employee mistreated or dismissed because of his sexuality or a gay customer denied service (or otherwise denigrated) because he did not accept the biblical definition of marriage.
Still, our friends in the legacy media continued to give the story more coverage than they do to the various gaffes of President Obama, paying more attention to the views of private chicken chain’s president than to the failure of the Obama Justice Department to provide 92% of the documents the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has subpoenaed in the Fast and Furious scandal. Not to mention the legacy media’s continued ignorance of other administration actions.
You’d think the federal government’s actions would excite more media interest than the opinions of the president of a chicken chain. Yet, on Yahoo!’s home page this afternoon, nearly two full week after the Chick-fil-A hullabaloo started, they’re still clucking about this story:
They’ve given it more attention than they have to the failure of the president’s press secretary to identify the capital of Israel.
This, my friends, is not a story about gay marriage or an item of pressing national interest, but about the need for certain liberals to feel good about themselves by attacking the supposedly intolerant in our society. They want to emulate their noble forebears who stood up to real bigots like Bull Connor, George Wallace and other advocates of the pernicious scheme of segregation.
Now that our friends on the left have identified their latest villain and embarked on their two-minute week hate, I’ve gained some sympathy for the Christian-owned chicken chain. Last Tuesday, I had planned to ignore the story — and keep away from Chick-fil-A’s Hollywood franchise. Today, when a (formerly left-leaning) lesbian friend announced (on Facebook) her intention to visit the restaurant when she was in the area, I offered to join her.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Although indicating that he is “Not even a Chick-Fil-A fan,” Chris H “went Friday night” and “will probably drop by for breakfast tomorrow on my way to work.” The left, he added, “can’t just disagree with people, it has to destroy them.” In conclusion, he quipped, “I hardly think eating a chicken sandwich is going to set back gay rights 100 years.”