This week there’s a lot of talk about politicians in Boston and Chicago telling Chik-Fil-A that they’re not welcome in their communities because of the company’s stance on gay marriage. Now my brother-in-law is gay (conveniently, so is his boyfriend), and I have no problems with homosexuality at all. Because of that, I don’t go to Chik-Fil-A. However, when a mayor makes a thinly-veiled threat against a company because he disagrees with their speech, I have a serious problem with it. If the mayors do anything — anything at all — to interfere with the licensing and approval of those restaurants, they should be out of office and in jail right-damned-away. The threats themselves — the Boston mayor’s letter was CC’d to the property owner — was thuggish and totalitarian enough.
Oh, and the title of the post? A nod to the great quote posted by Elizabeth Scalia, the Anchoress:
“Look, I appreciate what you kids did. I really do. But this isn’t what I wanted. I’m proud to be gay. And I’m proud to be in a country where I’m free to express myself. But freedom is a two-way street. If I’m free to express myself, then the scouts have to be free to express themselves too. I know these [scout leaders]. They are good men. They are kind men. They do what they think is best for the kids. No matter how wrong we think they might be, it isn’t right for us to force them to think our way. It’s up to us to persuade and help them see the light, not extort them to? I will continue to persuade them to change their minds, but this is the wrong way to do it. So, I am hereby dropping my case and allowing the scouts their right to not allow gays into their private club.”
(again, sorry for the slow posting these days. I’m working on a hail-mary project to save my company, and it’s eating all of my free time. I will post Wednesday Wenches, though, fear not!)
Edit: Da Tech Guy has a much better take on the story than mine. Big surprise there, eh?