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No Tolerance for Chick-fil-A -- Tea Party Critic Morgan Freeman Gets a Pass
Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Larry Elder

Posted on 08/02/2012 5:34:09 AM PDT by Kaslin

hick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy faces a consumer protest for expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. Fair enough. Offended, the Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco threatened to prevent the Georgia-based fast-food company from operating in their cities!

Whether for or against same-sex marriage, what part of the First Amendment do these radical mayors not understand? The First Amendment is about preventing government from infringing on political speech. This is a clear-cut case of suppression and punishment of Cathy's right of free speech.

In an interview picked up by the Baptist Press, Cathy told the Biblical Recorder that he operates his business on Christian principles, including closing on Sundays. About gay marriage, he said: "I think we're inviting God's judgment when we shake our fist at him, you know, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.' And I pray on God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try and redefine what marriage is all about."

Even worse for critics, Chick-fil-A donates millions to WinShape, which regularly contributes to conservative pro-traditional marriage groups like Focus on the Family.

Polls show Cathy's view of same-sex marriage is held by at least half the country. And voters, when given a chance to vote on the issue, have consistently voted against same-sex marriage, including those in liberal states like Oregon and California. Voters in 31 states have approved measures defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

As recently as 90 days ago, Cathy and President Barack Obama shared the same view. During the 2008 presidential debate hosted by Pastor Rick Warren, Obama explained: "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian -- for me -- for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix. ... I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage."

But today, Obama's three-months-ago position makes one a homophobe.

About Cathy, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff, said: "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values. They're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you're gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values."

Not consistent with "Chicago values"?

Anti-Semitic Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan recently offered to help police high-crime areas of Chicago in the wake of an uptick in murders. Mayor Emanuel accepted Farrakhan's assistance. Has the mayor heard Farrakhan's views on gay marriage? After criticizing Obama as "the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid," Farrakhan condemned homosexuality as a "sin, according to the standard of God." To politicians, he said, "If the book is no good, what the hell are you using it for to take an oath of office to uphold, not the Bible, but the Constitution?"

So, zero tolerance for a white critic of gay marriage, but not for a black critic? One is almost tempted to accuse Mayor Emanuel of ... racism! Even Chick-fil-A's opponents admit they find no instance where the company denied service to a customer, refused to hire someone because of sexual orientation or fired someone for being gay.

Microsoft and Apple, to name a couple, donate to pro-gay-marriage groups. Should opponents of gay marriage find the companies' stance on marriage so offensive that they, too, launch consumer boycotts?

Liberals sure expect tolerance from others, don't they? Take the Olympics.

One of the co-hosts of the London Olympics is the smooth, relaxed veteran Bob Costas. But on his radio show in 2007, Costas went hard political. He said it was an "inescapable fact" that President George W. Bush had a "tragically failed administration": "I think it is now overwhelmingly evident, if you're honest about it, even if you're a conservative Republican, if you're honest about it, this is a failed administration. And no honest conservative would say that George W. Bush was among the 500 most qualified people to be President of the United States." Nice.

Actor Morgan Freeman voices the Visa commercials running during the Olympics. But Freeman recently blasted the tea party as "racist": "The tea partiers who are controlling the Republican Party ... their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What underlines that? Screw the country. ... We're going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here. It is a racist thing." Sweet.

Yet those offended by Costas and Freeman are expected to show tolerance and open-mindedness, despite the attacks on Bush and the GOP-embraced tea party. The same expectation of tolerance for the views of others, however, does not extend to Chick-fil-A and the issue of gay marriage.

There is good news for the company. Cathy's comments, when the dust settles, might actually help business. A SurveyUSA poll conducted for KABC in Los Angeles finds the numbers of people who intend to buy Chick-fil-A -- as a result of the controversy -- outnumber those who refuse to buy.

It seems that America's tolerance for intolerance goes only so far


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: chickfila; dancathy; doublestandards; larryelder; liberaltolerance; morganfreeman; teaparty; tolerance

1 posted on 08/02/2012 5:34:15 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well, I promise not to visit Boston, Chicago, or San Francisco since apparently my beliefs are not tolerated there.


2 posted on 08/02/2012 5:39:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Kaslin

It should be apparent to even the casually informed voter that these left wing lowlife Democratic thugs are dangerous people. It is necessary to hold their corporate and celebrity supporters accountable.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 5:39:50 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Kaslin

We already know he’s a Fascist. But if the country was as bad as he says, he wouldn’t have the last name that he uses.


4 posted on 08/02/2012 5:40:17 AM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: allendale

More people need to step up and name the agenda of the left for what it is -

ANTI-CHRISTIAN (ie, of the spirit of anti-Christ)


5 posted on 08/02/2012 5:42:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

President Barack Hussein Obama held the same view on gay marriage????????

We all know this was never true! I knew Barry never held this view, the Left knew he never held this view, sure he said he held that view, but anybody that believed Obama was for any kind of traditional Christian family values, really was not very swift.

The guy (Obama) is anti Christian to the core inside and out


6 posted on 08/02/2012 5:45:22 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: Kaslin

“Offended, the Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco threatened to prevent the Georgia-based fast-food company from operating in their cities!”

To a liberal, this is what freedom looks like; intolerant, narrow, mean and vindictive. Unchecked, we are only one rigged election away from total dictatorship-this is the neo-fascist movement.


7 posted on 08/02/2012 5:47:44 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Kaslin
And no honest conservative would say that George W. Bush was among the 500 most qualified people to be President of the United States

What constitutes "qualified" for the Presidency? If the standard-bearer is Barack Obama, there are legions of morons from the most swarthy of homeless blacks to swamp-dwelling mud-loving rednecks who could do a better job.

Our Founders envisioned a nation led by the common man, not career politicians. Bush had his warts and definitely was not a member of the "Best Presidents" club, but he was a genuine man who loved his country. That counts for more than what the Faggot-in-Chief stands for.

Microsoft and Apple, to name a couple, donate to pro-gay-marriage groups. Should opponents of gay marriage find the companies' stance on marriage so offensive that they, too, launch consumer boycotts?

Umm... yes. Yes they should. I use Linux almost exclusively. The only Apple product I ever bought was a first-generation iPod classic, and I only use Windows for gaming and at work because I have no other choice. They get no more money from me.

If you don't stand by your principles, you'll fall for anything.

8 posted on 08/02/2012 5:48:05 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Kaslin

I assume that the omission of the story’s first letter, resulting in “hick-fil-A,” was an honest error and not an editorial comment. If I were a liberal, I’d find it amusing.


9 posted on 08/02/2012 5:56:17 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: Kaslin
Sorry if you dont get it Morgan.

we Tea Party Ilk would have loved to have Herman Cain for a candidate(until the Regime's minions in the MSM poisoned the well)....

..it is NOT RACISM it is ANTI MARXISM...now I dont hate you Morgan, I kinda like your style in your movies...but you need to look past the trees for the forest...

and no one here would decorate their bar with you....

10 posted on 08/02/2012 6:01:55 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Kaslin

Queers: “We are the 2%.”


11 posted on 08/02/2012 6:02:10 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Kaslin

Since Morgan Freeman is all about censorship and boycotts, I’ll be sure to boycott all of his movies since I don’t agree with his personal views.


12 posted on 08/02/2012 6:02:48 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Have been to all three, either during work or vacation, and my only comment is: Beam Me Up Scotty, no worthwhile lifeforms here.


13 posted on 08/02/2012 6:03:45 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Kaslin

So, Mr. Freeman, does this mean that if Mr. Obama were white, I’d agreed with him?


14 posted on 08/02/2012 6:06:45 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: Kaslin
Even Chick-fil-A's opponents admit they find no instance where the company denied service to a customer, refused to hire someone because of sexual orientation or fired someone for being gay.

Oh, but they will. Wait and see. That'll be their next step in this media-invented "controversy."

15 posted on 08/02/2012 6:11:52 AM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe Freeman will be there supporting pedophilia “rights,” as he puts a lip-lock on his step-granddaughter.


16 posted on 08/02/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
We are quickly moving into a cold civil war. The current atmosphere reminds one of the US in the 1850s. Half the county in support of the extension of slavery...half against. John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was the spark that caused millions to no longer want to be a part of the union. If Obama is reelected...and continues to try and force political correctness through decree on half the country that doesn't want it...things could get interesting.
17 posted on 08/02/2012 6:24:42 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Kaslin
Free Speech for me, But not for thee.

I will defend to the death your right to voice your opinion, unless I disagree with you.

18 posted on 08/02/2012 6:30:01 AM PDT by Tupelo (TeaPartier ..... but no longer a Republican)
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To: Kaslin; P-Marlowe
Chick-fil-A donates millions to WinShape

Elder is wrong in that line, I believe. IIRC, Cathy's foundation, owned by him, donates to groups.

I'm open for correction on that, but I don't think Chick-fil-A itself does anything except sell food and provide jobs.

In other words, Cathy is practicing free speech, free association, pursuit of happiness on his own dime. He's not running anti-gay TV ads, he's not refusing gays service at the restaurants, and he's not refusing to hire homosexuals.

He believes that traditional marriage is real marriage. He gets boycotted for it by these groups. Wonder why they didn't boycott the Democrat Party for having a traditional marriage plank in their party platform....that they are discussing changing.

19 posted on 08/02/2012 6:30:58 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin; All

Stick to acting Morgan...


20 posted on 08/02/2012 7:04:32 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: xzins

Stop making sense. The left don’t want to hear that.


21 posted on 08/02/2012 7:07:30 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: RexBeach

Remember the punchline: You got hired because you’re black, you’re getting fired because you’re incompetent.


22 posted on 08/02/2012 8:32:23 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: Kaslin
Ya' know, the Left is saying CFA needs to be demonized because they are said to donate to organizations that are involved with anti-homo activities. But has the Leftist media told us who these organizations are and what has the homos panties in a wad?

Focus on the Family, for example, works against the homos trying to redefine homosexuality as not against the Bible or God - "Revisionist Gay Theology"), and other things. Sounds more like FOTF is defending itself and its beliefs rather than "attacking" homos. I have to assume that the homos take offence at the slightest bit of pushback, even if someone is just defending their beliefs (we are "intolerant and hateful" when we defend our beliefs).

Maybe this is what we should focus on - that we are entitled to our beliefs, too, and the Left is intolerant of us!

23 posted on 08/02/2012 9:16:42 AM PDT by jeffc (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Kaslin
Actor Morgan Freeman voices the Visa commercials running during the Olympics.

"...like a Twinkie...like a Twinkie. "YouTube

24 posted on 08/02/2012 11:59:07 AM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Kaslin

Did I hear that Morgan Freeman married his STEP DAUGHTER????

How weird is that???


25 posted on 08/02/2012 12:45:29 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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