Earlier this month, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual (LGBT) activists reacted with predictable outrage to Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy’s admission that he believes in traditional marriage. Again, predictably, various organizations including the multimillion dollar Human Rights Campaign (HRC), organized a boycott of the popular chain of over 1,600 restaurants. Taking it a step further, Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston wrote the company a letter, pledging to abuse his political power to prevent their company from serving the people of Boston or providing jobs for Bostonians because of the mayor’s bigotry against traditional marriage.
A Chicago alderman issued a similar threat on behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, promising to block the restaurant’s expansion into Logan Square. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee tweeted, “Closest Chick-fil-A to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.” The coup de grace was delivered yesterday by Vincent Gray the Washington, DC mayor.
How can Boston & DC mayors – Mineno and Gray - justify discriminating against Chick-fil-A when the unemployment rate in both cities is at a record high, especially for low skilled workers in both cities? Isn't this ground for a recall petition or even impeachment by the city council?
To gay activists we ask the following questions:
1. Name one homosexual who have been denied service at a Chick-Fil-A?
2. What in Chick-fil-A’s position is discriminatory?
3. How would a Chick-fil-A employee know if a customer was homosexual or not?
Would a turn-around be okay? Should Coors beer be put out of business if the heterosexual community disagrees with their aggressive promotion of the homosexual rights agenda? Are they discriminatory against heterosexuals? What about Jeff Bezo from Amazon who is donating several millions of dollars to promote homosexual marriage?
Let’s stop and think about this for one moment. In recent months, companies like Starbucks, Nabisco, General Mills, Nike and Amazon have all given millions of dollars specifically to political initiatives to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples. Can you imagine for a moment if a mayor of any city pledged to forbid the building of a new Starbucks because they are undermining traditional marriage? As always with this issue, traditional marriage supporters will have to fight hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate donations to the opposition, while HRC complains that Chick-fil-A donates some chicken nuggets to a youth group picnic.
Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.