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A Christian, Libertarian Perspective on the Chick-fil-A Controversy
Forbes ^ | 08/02/2012 | Bill Flax

Posted on 08/02/2012 1:32:43 PM PDT by billflax

Chick-fil-A’s owner, Dan Cathy, has been excoriated recently for pronouncing Christian principles and fearing God’s judgment. When asked about his traditional take on families, Mr. Cathy acknowledged, “Well, guilty as charged.”

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.” Cathy continued, “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

A firestorm ignited. Media outlets nationwide translated this benign statement into portraying Cathy as some raving bigot intent on persecuting anyone with whom he disagrees. The outcry prompted the following post on Chick-fil-A’s website:

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our Restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. . . our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

For such screed, a la President Obama’s official outlook until May, major newspapers labeled Cathy’s pro-family stance as “anti-gay.” A chorus of celebrities chimed in spewing vitriol for Cathy and his brand. Politicians from California to Boston and now New York have hinted that Chick-fil-A’s operations may be hindered.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino insinuated that he would actively work against Chick-fil-A to promote “Tolerance.” Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno threatened to thwart a new restaurant from opening. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, touting “Respect,” echoed, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.”

Chicago’s government-centered political values are favoritism, patronage and corruption. Emanuel is correct. Chick-fil-A serves customers, hires employees, pays vendors and yes, taxes too. It has little commonality with a crooked political machine geared toward cronyism.

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: chickfila; corruption; homosexualagenda; mediabias; obama; religiousfreedeom; samesexmarriage; tyranny
The importance of family surpasses that of government.
1 posted on 08/02/2012 1:32:53 PM PDT by billflax
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To: billflax

Doesn’t seem fair to say the guy was making PRONOUNCEMENTS. He was interviewed in a small Christian magazine. The democrat press are the ones who gave him a national forum about it.

Maybe I’m wrong about this but that’s how I understand it.


2 posted on 08/02/2012 1:35:58 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

The democrat press gave him national exposure and then ONLY BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD KILL his business.

Their B.Ms must be bricks today.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 1:38:06 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA; billflax

” He was interviewed in a small Christian magazine. The democrat press are the ones who gave him a national forum about it.”

The Democrat press accomplished the following..

1) Gave CFA an extra multi million dollar profit.

2) Hurt the radical homo cause.

Good job, democrat press!


4 posted on 08/02/2012 1:40:06 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

There are many on the Left who would like to make that “guilty as charged” a real punishable offense.


5 posted on 08/02/2012 1:44:07 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“” He was interviewed in a small Christian magazine. The democrat press are the ones who gave him a national forum about it.”

The Democrat press accomplished the following..

1) Gave CFA an extra multi million dollar profit.

2) Hurt the radical homo cause.

Good job, democrat press!”

Right - the rainbow libs jumped on this, thought they could use it to catapult themselves into the spotlight - and it backfired. Man, did it ever backfire. And they deserved it - was a long time coming. Way over due.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 1:45:54 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: massgopguy

Yep


7 posted on 08/02/2012 1:48:14 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: scottjewell

” Right - the rainbow libs jumped on this, thought they could use it to catapult themselves into the spotlight - and it backfired. Man, did it ever backfire. And they deserved it - was a long time coming. Way over due.”

Also, J.C. Penny has lost more than 50% of its stock value, by allowing their marketing people to promote homosexuality. Maybe the average American is finally fighting back.


8 posted on 08/02/2012 1:51:00 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

J.C. Penney that are : )


9 posted on 08/02/2012 1:51:49 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: billflax
Good article and well stated.

The "outrage" over Cathy's remarks is phony, of course, and its instructive to see it pumped up by the pavlovian press organs. They take their queues from their masters.

No normal person is opposed to anything Cathy said. Marriage is what it is and has always been. To come out in favor of it is like coming out in favor of apple pie. Who doesn't like pie? What decent normal person doesn't understand what marriage is?

The surprise is the fact that the immoralists have taken control of an entire political party and no one in that party seems willing to speak up for the utter normality that is traditional marriage. Would a party that hopes to be elected really declare itself opposed to decency? Really? And half the country either agrees or fears to be out of step with their party, even when that party has clearly lost its collective mind?

You make a very good point toward the end, when you state that we have tried to be Switzerland for too long. We are tolerant, we are kind even to people we disagree with, and that kindness and tolerance has been used to force us back on our heels. We have to be willing to speak up clearly and call perversity for what it is. We all sin; but we must no longer allow ourselves to be bullied into silence on this issue.

10 posted on 08/02/2012 2:01:42 PM PDT by marron
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To: stephenjohnbanker

The left consistently overplays its hand on this issue. They simply cannot believe anyone could hold a view different from theirs.

Again, we understand them perfectly, they haven’t got a clue about us.


11 posted on 08/02/2012 2:05:43 PM PDT by DManA
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To: scottjewell
"the rainbow libs jumped on this, thought they could use it to catapult themselves into the spotlight - and it backfired. Man, did it ever backfire. And they deserved it"

Liberalism's chickens, coming home . . . to roost!

12 posted on 08/02/2012 2:06:29 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: marron
Thanks marron,

It's funny, I've used the Switzerland and Belgium analogy many times in speaking engagements but realized it's never actually appeared in an article.

Big miss on my part.

We think as Christians, patriots, conservatives/libertarians that we can just mind our own business and be left alone, but when the media, education establishment, Hollywood et al skew very far left. While we're kidding ourselves, they are coming for our children's hearts, souls and minds.

The choice isn't to be Swiss and sit this out. The choice is defending our faith and culture or being Belgium and being overrun.

God bless!

Bill

13 posted on 08/02/2012 2:09:10 PM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: massgopguy

Actually, that’s the whole point -

they seek to criminalize Christian beliefs.
Homos are just a convenient vehicle through which to do so.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 2:09:25 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: marron; billflax

” You make a very good point toward the end, when you state that we have tried to be Switzerland for too long. We are tolerant, we are kind even to people we disagree with, and that kindness and tolerance has been used to force us back on our heels. We have to be willing to speak up clearly and call perversity for what it is. We all sin; but we must no longer allow ourselves to be bullied into silence on this issue. “

Yep. Good article by Bill, and good comments by you, as well.


15 posted on 08/02/2012 2:14:03 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: massgopguy

” There are many on the Left who would like to make that “guilty as charged” a real punishable offense.”

Be careful what you ask for, left wingers. We own all the guns : )


16 posted on 08/02/2012 2:15:46 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: YHAOS

Yep - with their chickens coming home to roost, it was fitting that they had this war with a chicken place. ;-)


17 posted on 08/02/2012 2:16:29 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: billflax

The importance of the family surpasses the self esteem of attention whoring perverts.

I can not imagine how liberals think they can get away with social engineering marriage and family into the gutter. They tell each other so many lies and then expect that everyone should be forced to not only repeat those lies but live by them.

The homos put the nazi in the feminist movement.


18 posted on 08/02/2012 2:20:22 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: scottjewell

The whole event drips with irony.


19 posted on 08/02/2012 2:27:33 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: billflax

You are right. They are coming for the hearts of our children, but it is all children. On the GLAD website they have a story about their summer camps for Gays, Transgender, and Gender Variant youth (whatever that means). It is sick and twisted. They hope for the time when their youth can chose between their camps and regular ones. They can do that now. It they go to regular camps they won’t be indoctrinated. Conservatives see camps as a place for fun, whereas the Left sees them as places for fun and indoctrination. Ick!


20 posted on 08/02/2012 3:10:35 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice

They abort theirs so they steal ours.


21 posted on 08/02/2012 6:39:46 PM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: SaraJohnson

You’d think as often as homosexuals are represented in Hollywood, the media et al that they are large in number. Realistically, they are at most three percent of the population.


22 posted on 08/02/2012 6:43:22 PM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: billflax
cray -- he just said “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.” Cathy continued, “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” --> Nothing about homos
23 posted on 08/03/2012 3:18:51 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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