Chick-fil-A is a national restaurant chain that has become embroiled in another skirmish in the 2012 Culture Wars. In recent days, the Henson Company, creator of the Muppets characters, said it would no longer work with Chick-fil-A. “Kiss-in” protests have been announced in front of company stores on college campuses. Boston’s Democratic Mayor Thomas Menino wrote to Dan Cathy, president of the $4 billion annual revenue Chick-fil-A, “I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston. There is no place for your company alongside [Boston’s Freedom Trail.]”
Chicago officials said that they would not want the company to operate in their wards. Even the ineffectual Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has stated that Chick-fil-A does not embody “Chicago Values,” which I presume means that Chick-fil-A does not pander to the powerful homosexual lobby in Chicago as he does. Mayor Emanuel, who is positioning himself for the 2016 “Clinton-Emanuel” ticket, stated, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”
Well, of course, he would know what empty truly means. I can think of no so-called “Chicago Values” that any of the regular readers of Mere Comments would want to emulate. When most people contemplate any notion of “Chicago Values,” we think of about the city’s political corruption, its gangsters, its autocratic and all-powerful labor union bosses, 75,000-100,000 street gang members, the murder capital of the United States, crumbling infrastructure, homelessness, grinding poverty, an economy in meltdown, a mostly failed public education system (a young black male from inner-city Chicago has a 1 in 40 chance of graduating from any college), high taxes and financial mismanagement. (The Cook County Treasurer reported earlier this year that Chicago’s debt is $108 billion, or $63,000 per Chicago household. Of this debt, pension obligations for government employees are over $50 billion.)
In essence, Rahm Emanuel’s “Chicago Values” represent what has put the formerly great city into an inexorable decline under Democratic control. After all, Chicago is the perfect manifestation and metaphor of the Obama nightmare legacy. (If you doubt me, just ask any of your friends who live in or near Chicago what they think.)
Now what has drawn such opprobrium to Chick-fil-A? Dan Cathy, in an interview with the Baptist Press, shockingly, reprehensibly and outrageously said, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” Wow, jump back, I say! But wait, it does get far worse. In a separate radio interview, Mr. Cathy 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.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think we can try to define what marriage is all about.” My, my, such harsh and hateful rhetoric!
Ninety-three-year-old Dr. Billy Graham said earlier this week, “Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God’s word. I appreciate the Cathy family’s public support for God’s definition of marriage. . . . As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday.” Personally, I am not waiting until August 1 to eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich, as I have been a big fan since I lived in Virginia almost twenty years ago. And in a shameless plug, if you are in Chicago or visiting in the near term, in one of the relatively few safer areas for city visitors (though armed robberies and youth gang attacks have occurred nearby), there is a Chick-fil-A at 30 East Chicago Avenue, which is located between the Magnificent Mile and Water Tower, and Holy Name Cathedral. I say with the revered and deeply respected Dr. Graham, “Eat Mor Chikin’!”