I don’t know about you, but I was heartened to see the crowds at Chik-fil-A appreciation day in response to the typical, liberal overreaction to someone who dared say something the left holds sacrosanct.
The fact local law enforcement had to be called out to handle all of the traffic should speak loudly to those on the left. But alas, irony is always lost on those screaming the loudest in the name of free speech and diversity. Apparently, another symptom of progressivism is the absolute loss of logic and common sense.
The equally uninspiring and unattended kiss-in the following week also brought joy to my heart. It points out that while there are indeed those among us who have differing lifestyles, their numbers are nowhere near the constant percentages we have pushed on the rest of us from “independent studies.” Even if the numbers were accurate, they would have mattered little, because, the kiss-in also demonstrated that “gay marriage” isn’t on the top of anyone’s priority list when it comes to the health of this nation. Additionally, I think it proves that most of us just want to live our lives with the freedom to think as we believe, using the truths we all hold to be self-evident through how we experience life. And speaking for all the rest of us, I’m thrilled these folks didn’t turn the restaurants into Chik-Fellated.
To me, the problem here isn’t about what the owner of Chik-fil-A believes or doesn’t believe about gay marriage. I’ve grown tired about so many in the press reporting this as a “bad business decision.” As a business owner in a free country, I think every owner should have the absolute right to do as they please with their business to their own success or failure, whether the rest of the world likes it or not. Most of all, it’s none of the government’s business.
Let’s talk about Dan Cathy’s opinion for a second. I’ve never met Dan and doubt I ever will. But I know what kind of restaurants he builds. They’re good for their communities. And our local franchise reflects corporate values. I know this because I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard about Chik-fil-A donating food and helping out in so many ways in our community — all from many different sources. My other big problem with going after someone’s business for stating their opinion is that it’s just plain short-sighted. Seriously, do you only do business with those that agree with how you think? Because if you did actually think about it, you’d find that you do business with a whole bunch of folks who think differently. Don’t liberals call this hypocrisy?
While the folks that own and run
Chik-fil-A might have a differing viewpoint on gay marriage than others, I can also guarantee they don’t have a corporate policy not to serve gays, blacks, Asians or whoever else is the anti-to-be-served people of the month. Why? Simple. Chik-fil-A is a highly successful business (in spite of being closed on Sunday), and that only happens when you put every customer first.
As for this being a bad business decision, I couldn’t disagree more. Stating a personal opinion is not a business decision.
I do believe agreeing to an interview with a press weasel like Ken Coleman (who has been called the next Charlie Rose) was a bad decision. Kinda simple to me: The guy set up Cathy for the basest of reasons — ratings and notoriety. And he could pull it off because he knew that Cathy being a Christian would give him a — pardon the pun — “straight” answer. And Cathy’s position aside, it would be hard to argue he has made many bad business decisions as those decisions seem to emphasize taking care of customers and being successful. As for Coleman, he’s kind of following in Rick Warren’s disappointing footsteps after he let Barack Obama off the hook on abortion during his “interviews” of the presidential candidates in 2008. You simply can’t have a love and laugh fest on both sides of that kind of issue. It takes a real stance.
So until I see the signs at Chik-fil-A posting that the LGBT crowd are not welcome, this is really a drummed-up, non-issue. But, I would defend Chik-fil-A to the death if that is a business decision the restaurant chose to make. Just as I would if a business only wanted to serve smokers, skinheads, people with full heads of hair, the thin, the fat, Mensa members or the Black Panthers. The good news is that I won’t have to fight long as they all will be out of business within weeks — except maybe the smokers’ only model.
And while you may scream that’s discrimination and “what about segregation?” I’d chuckle. Because all we do every day is discriminate. That’s why you patronize one business over another, isn’t it? As for segregation, that was created through the laws of state and local governments and it was indeed the job of the feds to stop it: Something completely different than the few ruffled feathers at Chik-fil-A.
Just remember that when you’re never inundated with signs like “Serving the Aryan Nations since 1932” anywhere in this great, free country. Beliefs aside, owners know what makes a good business.