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Rahm Emanuel, Chick Fil A, and the easy slide into Fascism
The Week ^ | 7/31/12 | Edward morrissey

Posted on 08/02/2012 5:12:24 AM PDT by mgist

Rahm Emanuel, Chick-fil-A, and the easy slide into fascism Several big-city mayors have tried to bully an honest business owner for holding firm to his Christian faith. They ought to be ashamed of themselves POSTED ON JULY 31, 2012, AT 6:42 AM

RECENT COLUMNS Gun control has failed this country Why President Obama's tax attack on Mitt Romney will backfire Obama's plan isn't a tax cut at all SEE ALL COLUMNS The past two weeks have brought to light a truly disturbing political demonstration — and it has nothing to do with presidential elections or generic congressional ballots. At least three mayors in some of America's largest cities, as well as plenty of other city officials, have publicly demanded political orthodoxy as a condition of doing business in their metropolises. Political correctness has transformed into a strange American version of fascism — over a chicken fillet sandwich and an opinion about marriage that even our Democratic president officially held as recently as two months ago.

The story so far: Fast-food outlet Chick-fil-A started operations 45 years ago in the South, and has been expanding ever since. The owners have a well-known and widely publicized commitment to their Christian faith; Chick-fil-A stores remain closed on Sundays to celebrate the Christian Sabbath. Chick-fil-A's mission clearly underscores those values, as well as traditional customer service goals: "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."

With that background — which Chick-fil-A promotes on its website — no one should have been surprised to hear chief operating officer Dan Cathy express his support for a traditional definition of marriage. "We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy told Baptist Press two weeks ago. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

Whether or not one agrees with Dan Cathy about the definition of marriage, he has the same right to do business in any American city as anyone else who believes differently.

Not so fast, Dan. Apparently, that's true in most places of the country, but not in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City.

CNN picked up the Baptist Press report of Cathy's interview, but painted it as opposition to gays: "'Guilty as charged,' Cathy said when asked about his company's support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage." However, Baptist Press never asked Cathy about gays, or gay marriage, nor did Cathy volunteer any statement about gays, as commentator Terry Mattingly at Get Religion pointed out later. CNN apparently made that assumption based on partnerships between Chick-fil-A, Focus on the Family, and Eagle Forum on marriage enrichment and support programs. While both of the other organizations do engage in political opposition to gay marriage, Chick-fil-A does not. 

Based on CNN's spin, politicians in several large American cities attempted to disprove Cathy's 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.) A few days later, Menino had to retract that statement, after belatedly discovering that mayors and cities can't discriminate on the basis of political or religious belief.

In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared that Chick-fil-A did not represent "Chicago values," and suggested that Chick-fil-A invest its money elsewhere. Chicago, by the way, has the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation among major cities, so it seems odd that its mayor would tell Chick-fil-A to take a hike for having the exact same position on marriage that Emanuel's former boss — President Barack Obama — held the entire time Emanuel worked at the White House. Even more odd, at the same time Emanuel declared Chick-fil-A fast-fooda non grata, he rolled out the red carpet for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to have his acolytes patrol Chicago neighborhoods. Not only is Farrakhan a well-known anti-Semite, he also opposes same-sex marriage. In fact, Farrakhan publicly blasted Obama for flip-flopping on the issue in May.

Emanuel later backed down, but not one of the local aldermen, who still demanded a pledge from Cathy to quit associating with groups that oppose gay marriage as a prerequisite for a business permit. A councilman in New York made a similar threat. San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee kept his attack on freedom of thought to Twitter, noting that the closest Chick-fil-A outlet was 40 miles away — and that the company shouldn't try to get any closer.

It fell to a long-time nanny-state politician to offer some common sense on what freedom means. Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, took time off between regulating soft-drink serving sizes and locking up baby formula to force more new mothers to breastfeed in order to set Menino and Emanuel straight. Bloomberg scolded his fellow mayors during his regular radio show, saying that it's inappropriate for governments "to look at somebody's political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city, or work for somebody in the city."

I'll say. There is nothing wrong with boycotts by consumers, though they often tend to be ineffective. Still though, boycotts are perhaps the purest form of free-market political protests — entirely voluntary, with commensurate impact to the issue at hand on the business in question. But when governments demand political loyalty as a requirement to operate a business or live in a city, that has more in common with the 20th-century regimes that required business owners to have party cards and excluded anyone not considered loyal to the entrenched ruling class.

That's not the free country that Cathy lauded in his original remarks, nor what we would commonly believe about the United States of America. Whether or not one agrees with Cathy about the definition of marriage — a definition that has been the rule in the U.S. for more than two centuries, and which the current president supported until just two months ago — Cathy has the same right to do business in any American city as anyone else who believes differently, just as people who disagree with Cathy can eat elsewhere. That's what Americans used to believe about the meaning of freedom, and hopefully most of us outside of Boston and Chicago still do.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: chickfila; crushliberalism; democrats; liberalfascism; liberals; rahmemanuel

1 posted on 08/02/2012 5:12:28 AM PDT by mgist
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To: mgist

Putting Christian faith beliefs to work.


2 posted on 08/02/2012 5:15:47 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: mgist

“Rahm Emanuel, Chick Fil A, and the easy slide into Fascism”

It is very easy - for one small step from this crap and you will find business owners limited in which candidates they are permitted to donate money to.

In other words, the same bunch raising this ruckus regarding Chick-a-fill will be, effectively, vetting our candidates for us - since a candidate without money is not a candidate.

This is serious stuff and CANNOT be permitted to take hold.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 5:21:10 AM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: mgist

Imagine if a senior aide to George Bush made the comments that Rahm Emmanuel or those other left wing lowlife Democratic thugs made? The press would not let Bush rest until he addressed the issue? Will anyone in the MSM even question Obama?


4 posted on 08/02/2012 5:22:21 AM PDT by allendale
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To: mgist

Whether Christians realize it or not. We are at war. We have been at war since the enemy was thrown out of heaven. I think its about time we recognized it, mobilized our troops and break into combat battalions to take it to the enemy. In this case the bully facists of the democratic party establishment...but for an organization that largely grew by word of mouth and a few pronouncements from Huckabee on FOX...there were several stories of long lines at Chic Fil A resturants...There was one on local news last night that had to close. Reason? THEY RAN OUT OF FOOD because of the crowd.
Amen
Freegards LEX


5 posted on 08/02/2012 5:23:33 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: allendale

“Will anyone in the MSM question Obama?”

No.

Most of the MSM is on the Obama campaign team. When they come in to work...first thing they do is check daily DNC talking points. Then the producers assign “stories” to back the Obama agenda. “Reporters” cover these “stories” with points that underline DNC talking points.

Make no mistake here...most of the media is in the tank. These “reporters” attended J school post Watergate. They think it is their job to...”make a difference”...not report the news.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 5:29:49 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: mgist

I’m sorry that this article did not mention that Francis Cardinal George scolded Emanuel on his “Chicago Values” statements, noting that he (Goerge) was born and raised in Chicago and that Emanuel’s “values” did not resemble anything that the Cardinal recognized.


7 posted on 08/02/2012 5:34:17 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

When you push people too far, they push back. Yesterday was a clear, classic example of that.

The media is desperately trying to bury this, since it doesn’t fit the currently-approved narrative, but it’s hard to hide.


8 posted on 08/02/2012 5:34:54 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: BobL
This is serious stuff and CANNOT be permitted to take hold.

It's a total antithesis to the Idea Of America! Actually trying to barr a company from doing business using gov't resources because of an owners beliefs goes directly against our whole foundation. If these gov't officials act on this as their words indicate they are going to lose BIG TIME! Every person in this country Conservative/Liberal/Independent should be outraged at these prix, Meleno and Emanuel! (and a few others)

If this kind of stuff is allowed to take hold there better be a civil war!

9 posted on 08/02/2012 5:36:09 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: sirchtruth
Obama needs to ease the burdens of American Employers

Emmanuel need to stop the most dangerous murderous city in America and help find employers for his city.

10 posted on 08/02/2012 5:56:06 AM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: mgist
Mayor Brillo Head from Chicago is merely practicing the essence of the Democrap Party. That is, practicing the politics of FEAR, DIVISION, and HATRED!
11 posted on 08/02/2012 6:08:55 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: mgist

Chicago values = “I’m-a bust a cap in yo’ ass!”


12 posted on 08/02/2012 6:23:36 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: BobL
It is very easy - for one small step from this crap and you will find business owners limited in which candidates they are permitted to donate money to. In other words, the same bunch raising this ruckus regarding Chick-a-fill will be, effectively, vetting our candidates for us - since a candidate without money is not a candidate.

This is already happening. On Obama's official web site, he is naming large Republican donors, with this lead paragraph:

A closer look at Romney’s donors reveals a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans, and still others are donating to help ensure Romney puts beneficial policies in place for them. Here’s a look at just a few of the people Romney has relied on:
Can pogroms against Republican donors be far behind?
13 posted on 08/02/2012 6:34:01 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Emanuel is a disgraceful Kapo in my opinion.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 6:54:24 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: mgist

Hell with Chicago. They voted the bastard into the office; let them live with facism. Chicago sure ain’t ‘my kinda’ town’, so you make of it what (and who) you want, Chicago. You, too; Boston, San Fran. Not my worry.


15 posted on 08/02/2012 6:55:34 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: mgist

Every time a sodomite nazi opens their mouth I am reminded of the remake of THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS when DONALD SUTHERLAND opens his mouth, points his finger and screams!


16 posted on 08/02/2012 7:41:49 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: tcrlaf

“The media is desperately trying to bury this, since it doesn’t fit the currently-approved narrative, but it’s hard to hide.”

I think at this point it is impossible to hide. And I think the liberals and rainbow agenda crowd are stunned to the core. But of course they won’t let us know this. ;-)


17 posted on 08/02/2012 8:07:17 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: mgist

Corporate CEO’s should not get involved in social politics with other people’s money and shares in the business. They do it to buy political cover from fascist politicans and it’s only made them more brazen and hateful.

We have had enough of stupid, self serving global elitists telling everyone what to do and think. They’ve jumped the shark.


18 posted on 08/02/2012 9:15:04 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: scottjewell
And I think the liberals and rainbow agenda crowd are stunned to the core.

But, of course, the MSM will spin it to imply that "we didn't know how many bigots hated us" instead of "we didn't know how many people still believe in free speech".

19 posted on 08/02/2012 9:30:32 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Yep - and as far as the GLAAD-sponsored “Same-Sex Kiss-in @ Chick-Fil-A” on Friday, I am fulling expecting MSM to turn it into “a noble day of bravery in the face of bigotry” type thing ——for all that, the MSM does the rainbow/liberal agenda no favors by protecting it from reality and encouraging its delusions.


20 posted on 08/02/2012 9:48:09 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: BobL

This already happens in every urban area and even rural ones. Businesses have to deal with this political interference and blackmail all the time.


21 posted on 08/05/2012 5:20:15 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: PapaBear3625
others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans

That's Cook County Dem thinking at its finest. How can I profit at your expense in a free-exchange?

They hate America and they hate free markets. I've never been able to figure out why. It's bad thinking par excellence.

22 posted on 08/05/2012 5:27:26 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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