Bill Murchison

Only in America. Meaning, naturally, 21st- century America, the country where you postulate your own view of reality and people with different views -- older views, especially -- better agree with you or else keep their so-and-so-ing mouths shut, the so-and-so-ing rednecks!

That would bring us to the Chick-fil-A question.

Chick fil-A. Hmmm. Being no patron of fast food, I wasn't sure until fairly recently how one was supposed to pronounce the name. Chick Fill-Uh? We certainly know better now. It's what comes of outraging advocates of same-sex unions by deferring to God when it concerns the purposes of marriage and getting yourself hauled before the Court of Fashionable Opinion.

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation," said Dan Cathy, president of the company, "when we shake our first at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage ..."

Don't you see? It's our American right, in the 21st century, to shake our fist at God when he gets it wrong. Like that old-style traditional marriage thing -- one man, one woman -- that Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, The New York Times, the mayor of Boston and so on and so forth have come to find outmoded and discardable. And they're real mad at Chick-fil-A for giving money to groups that oppose the extension of gay marriage.

What Cathy, in a widely disseminated interview, referred to as "the Biblical definition of the family unit" contradicts the brand new notion that if two men or two women want to marry it's cool and fine, and that's all there is to it, so shut up, would you?! Right this minute!

Rahm Emanuel, speaking with the gravity inherent in his job as Chicago's mayor, was succinct on the matter. "Chick-fil-A's' values," quoth Rahm, "are not Chicago's values." Chicago -- a large city whose "values" the present mayor may or may not understand completely -- has evidently done a moral about-face concerning marriage.

On Emanuel's showing, Chicagoans who favor traditional marriage, whether because of deference to God or out of plain old capital "b" bigotry, are a bunch of back numbers. Who cares what they think? Notably, in news stories, organizations that oppose same-sex marriage are identified as "anti-gay." We know where this leads. By supporting these organizations and their aims, the Chick-fil-A family becomes, ipso facto, "anti-gay."

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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