For the Left, these Biblically-based corporate principles constitute high social justice crimes and misdemeanors. Democrats are always ready to invoke religion to support their big government, taxpayer-funded initiatives (Obamacare, illegal alien amnesty, increased education spending, and FCC regulatory expansion, for starters).
But when an independent company – thriving on its own merits in the market place — wears its soul on its sleeve, suddenly it’s a theocratic crisis.
Over the past month, several progressive activist blogs have waged an ugly war against Chick-Fil-A. The company’s alleged atrocity: One of its independent outlets in Pennsylvania donated some sandwiches and brownies to a marriage seminar run by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which happens to oppose same-sex marriage.
In the name of tolerance, the anti-Chick-Fil-A hawks sneered at the company’s main product as “Jesus Chicken,” derided its no-Sunday work policy, and attacked its operators as “anti-gay.” Michael Jones, who describes himself as having “worked in the field of human rights communications for a decade, most recently for Harvard Law School,” launched an online petition drive at www.change.org “demanding” that the company disavow “extreme anti-gay groups.” Facebook users dutifully organized witch hunt drives against the company on college campuses.
Read the whole thing. One doesn't have to be an anti-gay rights crusader to be thoroughly put off by the Left's heavy-handed thuggery against thriving, law-abiding private companies. We've seen Target and eHarmony knuckle under when confronted with similar tactics, and now Chick-fil-A is the object of the gay Left's fury. Americans who appreciate Chick-fil-A's values, or who just flat-out enjoy tasty chicken, should lend support to the company as it's besieged by a handful of noisy radicals.
Speaking of which, I haven't had lunch yet, and a succulent, perfectly cooked Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich sounds pretty good right about now.
Delicious chicken, religious liberty, and free enterprise: Yum.