What’s Behind the Chick-fil-A Gay Marriage Flap?

Oh my goodness.  Can you imagine the uproar that would ensue if the governor of New Jersey said officials should reject applications from Amazon.com to build a warehouse in the state because Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, is donating $2.5 million to support gay rights?

Or if your local bishop called for a boycott of Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.) because Darden gives money to Planned Parenthood?

We’d hear screams of protest from leading Democrats and others on the left.  But when the president of Chick-fil-A said he supported the traditional definition of marriage — that it’s between a man and a woman, for life — several Democrat mayors, including those of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Pittsburgh said the chain shouldn’t be allowed to open restaurants in their city because Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy publicly and vocally opposes gay marriage and gives money to groups supporting family values.

This latest campaign isn’t just about Chick-fil-A.  It’s another attempt by liberal Democrats to silence Catholics and other religious groups that oppose gay marriage, contraception, abortion and similar activities.

It’s a phenomenon we see all the time.  When college freshmen believe “everyone” gets wasted on alcohol, they get wasted on alcohol.  But when the college does a careful study and finds that the overwhelming majority of students don’t binge drink — or even drink at all — the freshmen adopt a similarly responsible position of not drinking or drinking in moderation.

If the gay marriage crowd can silence those who oppose their agenda, people will think gay marriage is “normal.”  That’s why it’s critical for faithful Catholics, Baptists and others to stand up, as did Chicago’s Cardinal George, and not merely defend traditional marriage but also to say the campaign of intimidation being waged by some Democrat mayors is just plain un-American.

And to put our money where our mouth is:  To patronize, as did millions on Wednesday (8/1), those stores and businesses targeted by government officials for intimidation.


About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a long-time professional journalist (Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Bulletin, Institutional Investor, executive newsletters) and Catholic convert. He is the RCIA coordinator for his parish.
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