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The Insufferable Left Wing Crusade Against Chick-Fil-A

Public Enemy #1…If You’re Liberal

I’m shocked at Chick-fil-A.  They advocate for a traditional family unit as described in the bible.  This is very controversial and marginalizing their bases of operation is critical in stopping bigotry and would be a critical victory for the gay rights movement.  That’s literally what liberals think about this whole kerfuffle surrounding what Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A, said about the company’s stance on gay marriage.  After a report was released by Equality Matters, a branch of the liberal Media Matters for America, the contents revealed that “Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million between 2003 and 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. In 2010 alone, the company gave nearly $2 million to such causes, according to the report.”  Wow.  People who are opposed to homosexuality and gay marriage.  I’m shocked. Yet, I’m not convinced that Dan Cathy said anything that could be classified as anti-gay.

As reported in the LA Times:

Chick-fil-A is very much supportive of the family, according to Dan Cathy, president of the popular fast food chain. That is, the biblical definition of the family unit, he said. And that doesn’t include Adam and Steve, suggests Cathy, whose father S. Truett Cathy founded the Atlanta-based company. In a new interview with Baptist Press, Cathy puts on the record what critics say his company’s actions have indicated for years. Well, guilty as charged, he said in the interview when asked about Chick-fil-A’s backing of families led by a man and a woman. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” Cathy said. The chain, according to the report, has 1,608 restaurants, sales of more than $4 billion and employees who are trained to focus on values rooted in the Bible. Chick-fil-A’s across the country shut down on Sundays. We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy said. But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles.

I didn’t hear any epithets or anti-gay rehtoric.  All I heard was that Mr. Cathy and the company he works for doesn’t support gay marriage.  There is a difference.

Well, this has set off the biggest left wing overreaction  that I haven’t seen in a long time and it’s downright hilarious as it is disturbing. Apparently, Big Bird lobbied heavily to get The Muppets to cut ties with the company and donate all their proceeds to GLAAD.  It’s sad to see a great cornerstone in children’s entertainment become so easily swayed by the nonsense spewed by left wing activists.  They’ve whored themselves out to the radical left and I blame Swedish Chef for not being vocal enough in stopping this inane move by the Jim Henson Company. I personally feel that Mr. Snaffalupagus should have curb stomped Bird Bird.  We all know he was a closet liberal.

It’s all your fault!

However, more politicians are getting their panties in a bunch over this.  As Chicago is drowning in its own blood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided to put a hold on everything and declare war on chicken sandwiches. In fact, “he said the comments disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents, and therefore building the restaurant in Chicago would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”  Have you had their sandwiches Mr. Mayor? They’re F-ing delicious!

In Boston, which is known for their tolerance since the city desegregated their schools in the 1970s, Mayor Menino “sent a letter to Chick-Fil-A’s President Dan Cathy. In the letter Menino calls out Cathy for his  prejudiced statements against same-sex marriage and said that having a branch of the restaurant chain across from City Hall would be an insult.”

Menino got the Human Rights Campaign slobbering all over him in their statement:

We applaud Mayor Menino for calling out Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT practices. We have been asking people to make their own decisions about whether to continue supporting Chick-fil-A based on the facts available, and Mayor Menino has done just that. Mayor Menino’s rebuke of Chick-fil-A sends a strong messages that their habit of supporting hateful organizations that demonize LGBT Americans are out-of-step with not just Bostonians, but the majority of fair-minded Americans. Chick-fil-A is on the wrong side of history, and we look forward to seeing more and more elected officials and businesses speak out against their discriminatory practices.

So will HRC condemn Mayor Emanuel’s public embrace of Louis Farrakahn? As Kyle Becker of the Independent Journal posted today:

The Weekly Standard reports, Farrakhan was careful to couch his opposition to gay marriage as ‘not homophobic’:

Males coming to males with lust in their hearts as they should to a female,” he said. “Now don’t you dare say Farrakhan was preaching hate; he’s homophobic. I’m not afraid of my brothers and sisters or others who may be practicing what God condemned in the days of Lot. That’s not our job to be hateful of our people. Our job is to call us to sanity.”

Farrakhan goes on to call out clergy who support gay marriage, saying they are placing society’s needs over God’s.

“Is this the book that you believe in, but now you(‘re) backing down from an aspect of it because people will get offended?” he asked.”

Nothing Mr. Cathy said was anti-gay.  Again, he’s for traditional marriage, which half the country supports.  It’s not controversial.  Some people are simply against gay marriage and the Left needs to get over it.  However, I’m glad to see that some liberals are noticing that this isn’t the right battle.  Adam Serwer of Mother Jones stated:

Menino and Moreno have it wrong. Blocking construction of Chick-fil-a restaurants over Cathy’s views is a violation of Cathy’s First Amendment rights. Boston and Chicago have no more right to stop construction of Chick-fil-As based on an executive’s anti-gay views than New York City would have had the right to block construction of an Islamic community center blocks away from Ground Zero. The government blocking a business from opening based on the owner’s political views is a clear threat to everyone’s freedom of speech—being unpopular doesn’t mean you don’t have rights.

While we may disagree concerning the Ground Zero Mosque, Serwer hits it on the head concerning the threat this could pose to our  First Amendment rights.  It’s also anti-capitalist.  This Chick-Fil-A “controversy” is a convenient smoke screen initiated by the left to hide the president’s record since they’re running out of excuses.  While I plan to attend National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1st, I will take pleasure as I sink my teeth into that chicken sandwich that the Olympics will overshadow this trivial episode in American politics.

Sesame Street: There is such a thing as a free lunch

The Obama economy is taking it’s toll in unexpected areas.  Now even one of the Muppets is going hungry.  Oh wait, it’s not PC to say she’s going hungry.  She’s “food insecure”.

The difference is really important because referring to her as hungry might make people think she doesn’t have enough food to eat.  By calling her “food insecure”, everyone will know that she actually doesn’t have enough food to eat.  Er… wait.

The newest muppet to be created is named Lily and she is food insecure.  Of course, the question no one seems to be asking is: If Sesame Street is having this much trouble making ends meet, why do they keep “creating” more muppets they can’t support?  Maybe we’ve found the source of the problem.

In any event, a group of progressives is sending DVDs of Lily into schools throughout the country to propagandize students into supporting federal welfare programs.

At the National Press Club this week, Lily was busy giving a guilt-trip about the national school lunch program:

“Sometimes we can’t always afford to buy all the food that we need,” Lily said. “I mean, but we’ve been finding lots of ways that we can get help…Yeah, for example, at school I get a free breakfast and a lunch…part of the meal plan.”

But if the kids that are getting these DVDs from the Food for Thought program are old enough to learn about starvation in the world, they’re plenty old enough to learn that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

It’s time for someone to create Les – the heavy tax burden Muppet.  He can go to schools and teach kids about the other side of Lily’s situation that no one in the media likes to talk about.

Les could go to the National Press Club and tell everyone:

“I don’t always get to see my mommy and daddy as much as I want to…  Yeah, I get lonely sometimes.  They have to work really long hours to pay for all their taxes.

You see… some people go to school and think that their lunch is free… but it’s really not.  The government actually takes money away from my mommy and daddy to pay for it.  So every time they go to work and earn money for our family, people from the government come and take about half of it away from us.

You’d think that the mommies and daddies of the kids like Lily who get those lunches at school would appreciate everything my mommy and daddy give to them.  But a lot of them don’t!  Some of them even went to a rally on Wall Street to demand that the government take even more money away from my family.

Last night, I heard my mommy tell my daddy that it wasn’t worth working so hard anymore… Yeah, so they might just quit working so other people will have to give them things.”

After hearing that, there will certainly be people hyperventilating and screaming, “So it’s ok to let children starve just to avoid raising taxes?”  No, it’s not ok to let children starve.  However, the federal government might be the single worst organization to help them.

Just take a look at Congress.  Most of these people can barely run their own personal lives let alone someone else’s.  This is the same group of people who – when faced with the single biggest financial crisis the world has ever seen – focused their attention on legalizing bestiality in the military and the eating of horses.  And these are the people that children should rely on to feed them?

But the bigger problem here is that when Lily advocates free lunches, she is teaching children that they have a right to take other people’s property.  It teaches students that, if they hit a rough patch in life, they have a right to demand that other people provide for them.

Having some trouble paying all the bills at the end of the month?  Don’t bother canceling the cable or the cell phone.  Just go to the government and demand that it take other people’s money to provide “free” lunches and health care and who knows what else.

This is the wrong message to send to children.  Children need to learn to respect the God-given right every individual has to keep the property he has created.  It is immoral to confiscate a person’s honestly created property for any reason.

If a person who was food insecure going hungry went into someone else’s house and just took money to buy food, nearly everyone would agree that that was wrong.  Why is it better if that hungry person asks the government to go into someone else’s house and take the money on his behalf?

Again, the progressives scream, “So it’s ok to let them starve then?”  No – the government isn’t the answer to every problem.  The most effective way to help people (and Muppets) in Lily’s situation is through private charity.

The argument here isn’t that Lily should continue to starve.  The argument is that there are organizations to help her that are much more effective than the federal government and that don’t involve violating the property rights of millions of Americans.

For example, the Rockford Rescue Mission feeds hundreds of people every day – without a dime of federal funding.  In other words, everyone who supports the Mission does so voluntarily, without having their property confiscated.

Private organizations like the Rockford Rescue Mission are the examples that should be held up as an example for children.  These are groups of Americans who have made a personal decision to get directly involved in helping less fortunate people in their community put their lives back together.  Not because they are forced to by the government – but because they choose to.

If Sesame Street were simply trying to help children understand and appreciate that there are people in the world who don’t always have enough to eat – then that is a laudable goal.  But it didn’t.  Instead, Sesame Street chose to use childhood hunger as an excuse to push socialism in a blatant piece of propaganda.  Shameless doesn’t even begin to describe it.