Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chick-fil-A in Chicago

Chick-fil-A’s president doesn’t support gay marriage.

Gasp!

This has been all over the news in recent days in Chicago, because one of our brilliant Alderman, Proco “Joe” Moreno, wants to block the construction of Chicago’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant in Logan Square because he disagreed with comments made by Chick-fil-A’s president. Rahm Emanuel joined in the fun and even stated that said the anti-gay marriage views of the fast-food chain's president don't mesh with Chicago values.

I don’t know what that means. Chicago values? What, you mean wildings on Michigan Avenue, flash mobs, iPhone robberies, joggers getting attacked in Lincoln Park, burglaries, shootings that regularly kill children, and graffiti? Those Chicago values?

So, let’s be clear. In a city that needs jobs and business, Alderman Moreno wants to take some kind of moral high ground and prevent the construction of a Chick-fil-A because the president of the company doesn’t support gay marriage. Isn’t this kind of silly? Wouldn’t people rather have the jobs? And let’s face it, how often is the president of Chick-fil-A going to be coming to Chicago? I suspect not very often.

Here’s the thing. We live in a free country, where I think it’s pretty damn awesome that the president of Chick-fil-A has the right to not support gay marriage. I may not agree with him, and I may think he’s an idiot, but I completely support his right to feel that way. In fact, a lot of people in this country feel the exact same way that he does. Remember what just happened in North Carolina? People in other states have also voted to ban same sex unions and marriages. So let’s not pretend that he’s taken some outlandish stance that no one could ever agree with.

If you disagree with him, don’t eat there. It's really as simple as that.  If enough people don’t eat there, Chick-fil-A will go out of business, or replace him. I don’t see anywhere that he said that he wouldn’t hire gay people or that he doesn’t like gay people. He just doesn’t want them to be able to get married. (Frankly, I don’t understand why anyone would want to get married.) Isn’t it his choice to feel that way? I think it’s ridiculous that an Alderman in this city – as well as our Mayor – would prevent a business from being established here because they personally disagree with the guy. This is what really kills me about our politicians. They make decisions based on how they feel, not on how their constituents feel. In fact, Illinois is fairly evenly divided on the issue. (I suspect many Chicagoans would set aside any dispute they have with Cathay's comments, just to get another Chick-fil-A in town.)  Also, it might even be illegal to prevent Chick-fil-A from setting up shop in Chicago based upon its president’s views.

At the end of the day, a lot of the press feels a bit like bullying. I’m hearing about the Muppets boycotting Chick-fil-A, and other gay rights groups planning sit ins. For what purpose? Why shouldn’t he be allowed to feel how he wants to feel? Why waste your time? Just don’t eat there.

3 comments:

  1. I heard the "Chicago values" line on the radio this afternoon and had a chuckle. I love how he assumes he's speaking for an entire city.

    I agree with you- ff you don't agree, don't go there. Simple.

    There used to be a grocery store chain here in VA owned by the Ukrops family called... Ukrops. They're a Christian family and weren't open on Sunday and well, if you needed alcohol or something on Sunday, you went somewhere else. No big deal. They also did a TON of stuff for the community.

    There's a fro-yo place here now called Sweet Frog. Same thing. And what's so wrong about giving your employees a guaranteed day off?

    The majority of blacks, Jews, Catholics and Muslims don't agree with gay marriage either. What are we supposed to do about that?

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  2. The Jim Henson Co. isn't boycotting Chick-fil-a necessarily. They did pulled their toys from Chick-fil-a because they didn't want to align with a company that didn't support equal rights. The Jim Henson Co. has been very supportive of gay causes historically and Kermit even did an "It Gets Better" video. So many gay people would view their partnership, had it continued, with Chick-fil-a as not practicing what they preach.

    I, personally, will not be going to Chick-fil-a anytime soon because I don’t knowingly associate myself with anyone, or any company, that promotes discrimination. The way I see it, limiting a minority’s (the LGBTQ community is a minority) rights is wrong, whether that means not allowing a woman to vote or not extending the same legal protections and benefits that straight married couples enjoy to their gay counterparts.

    Also, in regards to the comment above, with the exception of the majority of Orthodox Jews, the majority of Jews support gay marriage. Public Religion Research Institute polls suggest 81%, in fact, of all Jews support gay marriage. And a recent Washington Post survey shows that 59% of black people now support same-sex marriage.

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