By now most everyone who has been reasonably conscious the last few days is aware of the dustup over Dan Cathy's remarks about gay marriage.
Cathy is the CEO of Chick-Fil-A. He is unabashedly pro-family and holds a traditional view of what marriage is ... and what it isn't.
He had the unmitigated gall to express those views.
This has led a number of our elected 'leaders' of the Democratic Party to go completely alpha sierra. Of these, the most prominent is Rahm "Dead Fish" Emanuel, currently mayor of Chicago, and formerly Obama's chief henchman in the White House.
They are actually threatening to bar Chick-Fil-A's in their jurisdictions. Yes. They are.
Cathy expressed his views, and the Democrats didn't like those views, so they are threatening to punish the company.
“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” Emanuel said in a statement to Fox News, saying the comments “disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents.”
Alderman Joe Moreno said unless the company comes up with a written anti-discrimination policy, he would not allow Chick-fil-A to open its first free-standing restaurant in the city.
Chicago 'values', apparently, do not fit in with the Constitution. The "Dead Fish" shows enormous contempt for the rest of us as he disrespects our Constitution. As for Moreno, that fellow really needs to get a grip on his ego. Does he really think he has the juice to unilaterally bar a business like this?
These people are elected officials. Government officials. They cannot, despite their posturing and pandering to their constituents, use their color of governmental authority to ban Chick-Fil-A based on Cathy's freely expressed viewpoint.
That their threats are an insult to the Constitution is a little factoid that doesn't faze the Dems in the least.
As we might expect, while these politicians are posturing and pandering, there's a fair measure of hypocrisy in the mix:
Nation of Islam can open a restaurant in Chicago, but not Chick-Fil-A?
Update 08.01.2012: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined the "Dead Fish" and other constitutional geniuses of the Democratic Party. She is trying to have Chick-Fil-A thrown off the New York University campus. You can read about it here:
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn asks NYU to evict Chick-fil-A
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for all his other faults, apparently sees that this is really not a very smart thing to do.
Bloomberg said it was “inappropriate” for any government to decide if a business can or cannot operate in a city because of someone's political views.
It didn't take long for the "Christian" Right to go alpha sierra, either. There's a lot of foaming at the mouth, and nigh on incoherent babbling in the comments over on Starnes' rantfests. Go here to see an entire series of right wing "Christian" hypocrisy.
Meanwhile, cooler and more sensible heads are at last speaking up:
Legal eagles cry fowl over politicians' plans to block Chick-Fil-A
You see, it doesn't really take a rocket scientist to see that Rahm's threats, and the threats of his fellow Democrats, are really just so much hot air. There's no need for Starnes and his ideological lemmings to 'go all Christian' and threaten boycotts and the rest of the sorts of things 'Christians' do to get even.
I can only wonder if Rahm received his education on the Constitution of the United States from his bestest bud and constitutional law 'professor', Barack H. Obama.