I’m conflicted about this whole Chik-Fil-A thing. On one hand, I find the homophobic views of the owners of Chik-Fil-A repellent. I also find the fact the Chik-Fil-A is never open on Sunday repellent as well. But I also find government officials trying to punish someone because they hold unpopular political opinions extremely repellent.
This is precisely why we have a First Amendment in this country, to protect the expression of unpopular political opinion. It’s easy to stand by the First Amendment when someone is saying something you agree with. It’s much more difficult and takes far more sand to stand by expression that you personally find morally distasteful.
The US Government and people like Rahm Emanuel have no business declaring what is and what is not acceptable political beliefs. That is a right that only the citizens of this country have. Through our voting and purchasing decisions, we dictate what we find acceptable and unacceptable in OUR society. I’m certain most people find things like racism and homophobia unacceptable. I know that I certainly do. Had Rahm not overstepped his bounds no doubt we would have put on a national ban on Chik-Fil-A, and dealt with this situation ourselves with the power that we have.
But Rahm’s ego couldn’t let it be. So he stepped in with the power of the state in an attempt to punish Chik-Fil-A. Now it seems that has backfired and he managed to make the homophobic chicken chain look sympathetic. Nice job dumbass. Now instead of a national boycott by the citizens of this country, people will be rushing to the nearest Chik-Fil-A to tell the state to fuck off. Which means even more money will go into the funding of homophobic enterprise. Politicians always feel the need to do something, because they think it will make them look good. They need to learn that sometimes the best thing to do is nothing.
So congratulations Rahm. Now you are the one who looks like the asshole. Way to go. I feel the need to offer you a prize, so here is one free meal at Los Pollos Hermanos. Enjoy.