Militant homosexuals and their supporters have no interest in tolerance, and the Chick-Fil-A controversy demonstrates it. They demand acceptance (which is very different from tolerance) and will viciously attack anyone who does not accept their sexual behaviors as normal and natural.
A little over a year ago, some “students” attempted to get Chick-Fil-A banned from two Indiana University campuses because of the owners’ support for conservative organizations like the Family Research Council. The argument for banning the chain from IU campuses was to show that we are a “tolerant” community. (See here and here for more.)
That’s right, in order to prove we are tolerant, we must discriminate. Chew on that for a while.
Now, the owners of Chick-Fil-A – a company that does not discriminate against homosexuals – are seeing their company under fire for saying they support having government recognize marriage only as the union of one man and one woman. They are under fire for holding a view that western society has held for centuries and has been a staple of the Christian faith since the time of the Apostles.
It bears repeating that Chick-Fil-A does not discriminate against homosexuals. They hire homosexuals and serve homosexuals. The owner holds a political view shared by the majority of Americans and, until very recently, President Barack Obama. In fact, the minority turnout to support Obama in California four years ago contributed to the passage of Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in the state.v
But that’s not good enough for the mayors of San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. All three have said they do not want Chick-Fil-A operating in their cities, and there are moves being made to legally prevent the chain from opening stores. This is clearly unconstitutional. You simply are not allowed to discriminate against a business because you dislike the poltitical or theological views of the owner. Any move to block Chick-Fil-A from opening in any city will be struck down by the courts. It is a waste if time and the taxpayers’ money.
But as I said before, militant homosexuals and their allies are not interested in tolerance. They want one thing and one thing only – acceptance. Militant homosexuals will spew vile burning hatred against those who disagree with their lifestyle, even if those people (or companies) do not discriminate against homosexuals. This is part of the reason militant homosexuals are so, well, militant about same-sex marriage in the first place, because there are serious and frightening implications for religious liberty if government officially recognizes same sex marriage.
Elected officials are free to speak against Chick-Fil-A and participate in private sector boycotts of the chain, but they may not use the force of government to punish the chain for the theological or political views of the owner. If you ask me, that should be a criminal offense.