Kiss-Off Free Speech
This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue was published August 8, 2012 on the American Thinker website.
“Free speech for me but not for thee” or “hyped on hypocrisy” describes the gay activists’ “kiss-in” at Chick-fil-A restaurants announced for Friday.
After various political pariahs, such as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, denounced Chick-fil-A’s “values” as unwelcome in Chicago, tens of thousands of supporters packed the restaurants across the country on Wednesday.
The “kiss-in” is the intolerant reaction to Dan Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A. The so-called “Equality Illinois” advocates, who refuse to respect Cathy’s right to free speech, are planning to exercise their free speech rights – on Cathy’s property.
What’s not to love about that? Protesting against a person on his private property because you don’t like his opinion is apparently the latest expression of Obama’s “You didn’t build that!”
Nobody claims that Cathy discriminates against anybody at his business. He doesn’t. So what’s his “offense”? He expressed his support of traditional marriage in an interview with Baptist Press:
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.
“We intend to stay the course. 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.”
Never mind that Cathy holds the same position on traditional marriage allegedly held by Barack Obama from 2004 through May 8, 2012, but after Mr. Obama was for same-sex “marriage” in 1996, which is where he is now.
Publicly coming home to roost with his gay, billionaire supporters finally got Obama a same-sex “kiss-in” during the first “gay pride” event at the White House, while President Reagan’s portrait got “the finger.”
It’s enough to make a chicken cross the road.