The PJ Tatler

The Chicago Way Successfully Extorts Chick-Fil-A

Thuggery works.

After sparking anger nationwide by vocally supporting the fight against same-sex marriage, the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain has reportedly agreed to halt giving money to groups that seek to ban the practice.

No groups “seek to ban the practice.” Same-sex marriage is currently not legal in most of the United States. There are groups seeking to maintain that status quo, and groups seeking to change it. No one is seeking to ban something that is already illegal.

The chain’s president and son of its founder, Dan Cathy, sparked the furor in July, when he gave an interview to a Christian radio program in which he said “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'” He later said, “We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families.”

The comments caused gay advocacy groups to call for a boycott of the chain, and supporters to flock to the restaurants to show solidarity. Politicians, including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, said they would fight any attempts by the chain to move into their cities.

The story gets this backward, too. Supporters of free speech flocked to Chick-Fil-A’s after thugs in government pledged to halt the restaurant’s expansion because it donates to socially conservative groups that defend traditional marriage. The mainstream media’s dishonesty and spin show up in every nook and cranny of stories about this issue.

One of the politicians who made such a pledge was Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, whose district in Chicago was scheduled to receive a Chick-fil-A. According to a Tuesday news release by The Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group, the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A pledged not to support groups that oppose same-sex marriage in negotiations concerning a Chicago franchise.

Let’s call this what it is: Surrender. Chick-Fil-A has sold out a piece of its soul for the sake of setting up a few more franchises. That nationwide show of support ended up doing no good at all.

Leftist thuggery has won a landmark victory over free association and free speech. This will encourage the intolerant left to push for even more.

Christians who supported Chick-Fil-A would have been better off rioting and burning things down, than buying chicken sandwiches. Such behavior seems to be the only thing that gets our government’s attention.