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McGurn: The Chick-fil-A War Is Back On
Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/25/2012 | William McGurn

Posted on 09/25/2012 7:34:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sometimes there comes along an idea so wrongheaded that even Michael Bloomberg and the American Civil Liberties Union can't support it.

So it was this summer, when the Democratic mayors of Boston and Chicago declared Chick-fil-A unwelcome in their cities because the mayors disagree with CEO Dan Cathy's support for "biblical marriage." New York Mayor Bloomberg called the threats "inappropriate." A spokesman for the Illinois ACLU suggested that they were unconstitutional to boot.

Now the controversy is back, after a Chicago alderman announced that Chick-fil-A had agreed to stop supporting "antigay organizations." After two days of confusion, Mr. Cathy this weekend said Chick-fil-A had "made no such concessions." No matter who is telling the truth, this much we know: The targeting of Chick-fil-A is but one front in an ugly campaign where the goal isn't so much to prevail in a political argument as to buffalo opposing voices into silence.

We saw this in California recently, when individuals who had contributed to Proposition 8—a ballot initiative backing traditional marriage—found gay-rights activists pressuring their employers. We saw it in the campaign to get corporations to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a pro-market organization of state legislators that found itself branded racist for supporting state voter-ID and stand-your-ground laws. We saw it even earlier, in 2005, when the Schwab financial services firm came under fire for supporting the libertarian Cato Institute and Social Security privatization—not to mention similar efforts to get corporations to withdraw from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In one sense, these examples are all different. In the Proposition 8 case, activists targeted individuals; the Chick-fil-A matter, by contrast, involves a private company threatened by government officials, while the attacks on Schwab and ALEC zero in on the donations of large, publicly traded companies.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chickfila; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; intolerance

1 posted on 09/25/2012 7:34:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

” Chick-fil-A matter, by contrast, involves a private company threatened by government official “

Adolf would be proud....


2 posted on 09/25/2012 7:36:36 AM 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: SeekAndFind

We need to stand and say, “We don’t care if you call us racists. We will stand with God on the issues.”


3 posted on 09/25/2012 7:40:58 AM PDT by Buddygirl (Just about all Democrats are (blank). You fill in the blank!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m pretty sure where I will be having a dinner this Saturday


4 posted on 09/25/2012 7:43:31 AM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is time for another show of support.


5 posted on 09/25/2012 7:44:32 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: SeekAndFind

Patriots must stand up to queers whether they are private or government queers.

If things get out of hand, then local “Committees for the Public Safety” may have to materialize. After all I believe we out number the genuine perverts about 50 to 1!!


6 posted on 09/25/2012 7:45:13 AM PDT by texican01
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder how many today will still insist that CFA caved.
They never caved it was just a spin, evidenced by the leftest continuing agenda to destroy them.
CFA is fine company, supports fantastic causes through the foundation, hires thousands of people, brings lots of revenue to the local communities they serve and makes a really good spicy chicken sandwich.


7 posted on 09/25/2012 7:45:35 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: All
......a Chicago alderman announced that Chick-fil-A had agreed to stop supporting "antigay organizations" ....a move disputed by CFA CEO, Mr. Cathy....

What really happened.

"I demanded Chick-Fil-A add hot sauce to its chicken
sandwiches, and a side of sofrito in a banana leaf,"
said Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emauel danced into the controversy after Alderman Proco Joe Moreno (1st ward) publicly announced his opposition to Chick-Fil-A opening in his ward.

Mayor Rham chuckled while doing a graceful plie: "It's easy to do business in Chicago when you know 'the rules.' Chick-Fil-A can open in our town as long as it adopts 'Chicago Values.' "

(1) weekly cash pay off to the alderman;

(2) hire six of the alderman's friends who work only random days of the month,

(3) BIG AL from the Mayor's office picks up all cash in brown paper bags at CFA's back door,

(4) Chick Fil A staff trained to shoot 10-12 customers per month,

(5) Any CFA customers actually killed must be registered to vote as Democrats,

(6) $100,00 campaign contribution to Obama,

(7) free food to Jesse Jackson, Jr, who is now "convalescing," b/c he screwed up buying Obama's Senate seat.

=========================================

THIS JUST IN: The Chicago Ballet Ensemble announces that
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will debut in the presentation of a new
Chicago ballet: "The Godfather--Bang-Bang, You're Dead. "

Mayor Rahm in dress rehearsal.

8 posted on 09/25/2012 7:53:11 AM PDT by Liz ("Come quickly, I'm tasting the stars." Dom Perignon)
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To: SeekAndFind

all Chick-fil-A employees must be sent to Obama’s new Reeducation Camp


9 posted on 09/25/2012 7:55:58 AM PDT by molson209
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To: SeekAndFind

“No matter who is telling the truth” ??

Come on, McGurn! Can you seriously believe that, between a “Chicago alderman” and Mr. Cathy, it is difficult to determine who is telling the truth?

Yes, my statement is prejudiced, but based on real world observations and logic.


10 posted on 09/25/2012 8:05:00 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Buddygirl

These issues are coming to a head for that very reason.

It’s a line in the sand. God is using the homosexuals as His winnowing fork to separate the wheat and the chaff.


11 posted on 09/25/2012 8:06:13 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

I now have avoided Chicago’s awful airports number of times recently thanks to that idiot.

Shove it up your Smelly Obamas, Chicago.


12 posted on 09/25/2012 8:14:53 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind
Yep, the Gay Nazis just tried a deceitful flanking publicity tactic against Chick-Fil-a, and failed again.

However, it is disconcerting how many supposedly normal people fell for the disinformation campaign and doubted Mr. Cathy.

Anything a Gay Nazi, liberal, leftist, progressive, MSM type, DemoRat, or Chicago public "servant" would say, would be a lie designed to impose an evil agenda. Normal people should know that.

13 posted on 09/25/2012 8:21:00 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Da Coyote

Thoroughly enjoyed my chicken, egg, and cheese bagel this morning. Stand firm Mr. Kathy, we will continue our support.


14 posted on 09/25/2012 8:22:53 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: BwanaNdege
No matter who is telling the truth

Let there be no further doubt, the Wall Street Journal is now just another one of Obama's media ass-kissers. Too bad, they used to actually be objective, years ago.


15 posted on 09/25/2012 8:34:50 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: SeekAndFind
The targeting of Chick-fil-A is but one front in an ugly campaign where the goal isn't so much to prevail in a political argument as to buffalo opposing voices into silence.

The goal is to totally shut down opposing voices by using tactics that destroy a business or person... It's so Islamic... (Not that I'm surprised the left is using Muslim tactics...)

16 posted on 09/25/2012 8:57:25 AM PDT by GOPJ (You only establish a feel for the line by having crossed it. - - Freeper One Name)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Dan Cathy negotiated with the Chicago Alderman and the local homosexual groups in an attempt to get approval for a Chicago outlet.

Mr. Cathy should have known that you cannot negotiate with evil people. They will either persuade the supplicant to surrender their principles or they will work to destroy the other party using the most vile tactics.

Now, Chick-Fil-A must convince their customers that they did not betray them. The company has a lot to do to restore the confidence of its supporters.

17 posted on 09/25/2012 8:58:03 AM PDT by Oak Grove
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Anyone besides me notice how similar homosexuals and islamist jihadies are in their sensibilities and political behaviors....


18 posted on 09/25/2012 9:01:05 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Breto

I notice it now. Excellent point !


19 posted on 09/25/2012 9:03:17 AM 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: Oak Grove

I would sure like to hear Cathy’s version of this. The politicians are in COA mode.


20 posted on 09/25/2012 9:05:14 AM 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: verga
I’m pretty sure where I will be having a dinner this Saturday

Reminds me, next time I go to Tucson I will make a point of returning to a particular Chick-fil-a and saying something nice to the person who takes my order.

21 posted on 09/25/2012 10:00:58 AM PDT by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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To: Breto
Anyone besides me notice how similar homosexuals and islamist jihadies are in their sensibilities and political behaviors....

Great now i have a visual of rage boy looking fabulous in a magenta evening gown holding a scimitar.

22 posted on 09/25/2012 2:39:45 PM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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To: verga

“Great now i have a visual of rage boy looking fabulous in a magenta evening gown holding a scimitar.”

exactly!!!!!


23 posted on 09/25/2012 3:35:19 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: SeekAndFind

The company doesn’t discriminate, a separate foundation run by its COO donates money to certain groups.


24 posted on 09/25/2012 3:39:34 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wow, the thought police want another day, well, go ahead, make my day.
25 posted on 09/25/2012 6:39:58 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Breto

Yep, in either case, someone feels hurt because someone, somewhere on the Earth doesn’t agree with what you both think and do. Well, if there was anything to offer assurance, normal people have someone out there who hates their guts, but honestly don’t have all the time in the world to worry about it.


26 posted on 09/25/2012 6:42:28 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Liz

The guy’s facebook page. It’s open (for now). He’s quite proud of his fascism.

https://www.facebook.com/aldermanjoe.moreno


27 posted on 09/25/2012 7:24:18 PM PDT by Tigercap
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