Anti-Semitic Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan recently offered to help police high-crime areas of Chicago in the wake of an uptick in murders. Mayor Emanuel accepted Farrakhan's assistance. Has the mayor heard Farrakhan's views on gay marriage? After criticizing Obama as "the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid," Farrakhan condemned homosexuality as a "sin, according to the standard of God." To politicians, he said, "If the book is no good, what the hell are you using it for to take an oath of office to uphold, not the Bible, but the Constitution?"
So, zero tolerance for a white critic of gay marriage, but not for a black critic? One is almost tempted to accuse Mayor Emanuel of ... racism! Even Chick-fil-A's opponents admit they find no instance where the company denied service to a customer, refused to hire someone because of sexual orientation or fired someone for being gay.
Microsoft and Apple, to name a couple, donate to pro-gay-marriage groups. Should opponents of gay marriage find the companies' stance on marriage so offensive that they, too, launch consumer boycotts?
Liberals sure expect tolerance from others, don't they? Take the Olympics.
One of the co-hosts of the London Olympics is the smooth, relaxed veteran Bob Costas. But on his radio show in 2007, Costas went hard political. He said it was an "inescapable fact" that President George W. Bush had a "tragically failed administration": "I think it is now overwhelmingly evident, if you're honest about it, even if you're a conservative Republican, if you're honest about it, this is a failed administration. And no honest conservative would say that George W. Bush was among the 500 most qualified people to be President of the United States." Nice.
Actor Morgan Freeman voices the Visa commercials running during the Olympics. But Freeman recently blasted the tea party as "racist": "The tea partiers who are controlling the Republican Party ... their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What underlines that? Screw the country. ... We're going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here. It is a racist thing." Sweet.
Yet those offended by Costas and Freeman are expected to show tolerance and open-mindedness, despite the attacks on Bush and the GOP-embraced tea party. The same expectation of tolerance for the views of others, however, does not extend to Chick-fil-A and the issue of gay marriage.
There is good news for the company. Cathy's comments, when the dust settles, might actually help business. A SurveyUSA poll conducted for KABC in Los Angeles finds the numbers of people who intend to buy Chick-fil-A -- as a result of the controversy -- outnumber those who refuse to buy.
It seems that America's tolerance for intolerance goes only so far.