With Chicago’s murder rate surging, you’d think a city alderman would have better uses for his time than to pester a private company, yet Alderman Joe Moreno has garnered national headlines for his attempts to prevent Chick-fil-A from contributing to groups that support traditional marriage.
Even as the chicken chain’s management has “enacted workplace protections for its employees against discrimination“, Moreno wants more:
A Chicago alderman says Chick-fil-A’s president is publicly contradicting what company executives personally assured him for months — that the fast-food chain is changing its stance on gay marriage — and he asked the company Sunday to clarify. . . .
Moreno said Chick-fil-A executives gave him a letter earlier this year saying the company’s non-profit arm, the WinShape Foundation, will not support organizations with political agendas. “We were told that these organizations included groups that politically work against the rights of gay and lesbian people,” Moreno said.
(Via HotAir headlines.) Simply put, it is not the business of the government to police the political stands of private companies.
It is one thing for an individual not to choose to eat at the restaurant because of its management’s political stands, it’s quite another for a representative of the government to try to prevent them from taking a stand.
UPDATE: Just caught this on Instapundit:
NEW VERB: TO BE “CHICK-FIL-Aed”: William McGurn astutely observes that the continuing saga of Chick-Fil-A’s skirmish with gay rights’ forces isn’t a political fight about a controversial topic, but instead part of a larger progressive agenda to silence all opposing views. There’s one small problem that I see with the attempt to vilify CFA: their sandwiches–oh, the essence of pickle!– are divine.
Yes, pretty much sums it up. It is about silencing opposing views. Does seem gay marriage advocates are quite eager to do that. If they’re so confident in their cause, why don’t they relish the opportunity to debate it?