Sunday, August 5, 2012

Obama and the New Totalitarians: The Chick-fil-A Revolution

Mike Scruggs

In case you haven't noticed, the so-called "liberal" allies of the President are showing their Stalinist brand of liberalism by trying to run Chick-fil-A out of Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco.

Their problem is that Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy made a statement to the Biblical Recorder that he supports the Biblical view of marriage.

Cathy, the son of Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, said in an interview with the Baptist publication:

"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 give God thanks for that…We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that, and we intend to stay the course."

Later on the Ken Coleman radio show, he said, "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about."

That sort of statement is something Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Raum Emmanuel cannot tolerate. Traditional Biblical values are apparently in conflict with Mayor Emmanuel’s "Chicago values, " so he is threatening to make it difficult for Chick-fil-A to operate in Chicago. A Chicago Alderman is already trying to block Chick-fil-A from locating in his district. Emmanuel has been joined by the "liberal" mayors of Boston and San Francisco, who are threatening to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities.

Boston’s Mayor, Thomas Menino, wrote Chick-fil-A a letter stating, “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company along side of it.” Chick-fil-A’s policy, however, is to treat every customer with honor, dignity, and respect. Menino would do well to follow their example rather than engage in ignorant defamation. I doubt seriously if Massachusetts Revolutionary War forefathers, Sam and John Adams, would be proud of Menino’s intolerance of Christian values.

Liberal media leaders like the Huffington Post blog and the L.A. Times have tried to make it seem like Cathy fired the first shot in this culture-war battle, but Chick-fil-A has been under lesbian-gay attack since early 2011, when an independent Chick-fil-A operator in Pennsylvania supplied food to an event organized by a group opposed to same-sex marriage initiatives in Pennsylvania. One LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bi-sexual-Transgender) activist in Atlanta accused Cathy of picking a fight. Nothing could be further from the truth, but truth is not important to the “liberal” media.

All this bullying is just the latest attempt by the LGBT activist movement to assert their political power by silencing Christians.

When gay-lesbian political activists say jump, there is nobody these days who tries to jump higher than Barack Obama, Raum Emmanuel, and their ilk. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Democratic Party is planning to put a pro-same-sex marriage plank in the Democratic National Platform when they meet in Charlotte for their National Convention. I expect it will pass easily. There are practically no conservative voices left in the Democratic Party. They are as rare as hen's teeth. Even Democratic moderates are beginning to disappear.

The traditional concern for free speech once characteristic of the Democratic Party is also disappearing. They have become a radical party with a strongly totalitarian bent and a scary double standard for free speech. Who will they attack and bully next? What will be next? Kristallnacht for Chick-fil-A restaurants?
Chick-fil-A needs to stand its ground. Every American needs to throw off the intimidation and chains of political correctness and stand with them. The people must also insist that their leaders stand their ground against the alarming rise of governmental despotism. President Obama’s arrogant disregard for the Constitution, law, and the powers of Congress and the States is the dictatorial fruit of growing liberal and Democratic Party insanity. This insanity has now taken on a fanatical anti-Christian zeal.

Chick-fil-A and the people won an impressive moral victory on Wednesday, August 1.

An Army Vietnam Veteran of the First Air Cavalry, while waiting in line, told me that he “had almost given up on his country, but that now he sees hope”—real hope, not the phony hope and destructive changes that are crushing the moral and economic life of our country. Now he is looking forward to the November election. The wait in that line was long, but the crowd was smiling and buoyant. Their smiles announced their hope of a conservative political revolution in November. They are tired of seeing their religious and moral values and free speech trampled under a new secularist ideology that seems like nightmarish insanity to them.

However, corruption bears a seething rage against truth, virtue, and divine wisdom. The ”liberal” establishment is not going to give up decades of moral and Constitutional distortions or permit the election of their anointed Caesar to be jeopardized without fierce resistance. Conservative revolution could cut off their taxpayer-fed lifeline. The smug liberal media is set to bully, ridicule, marginalize, and defame anyone who opposes its godless worldview. Not only will they continue to harass and misrepresent Chick-fil-A, they stand ready to target their attacks on any company, institution, or persons that have not surrendered to their ideology and agenda. Unfortunately, there are already many corporations shamefully towing their line.

We have before us a grievous struggle to recover our freedoms. It will require sustained moral courage.

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