Chick-fil-A: Democrats’ War Against Christians

Monday, 30 Jul 2012 02:03 PM

By Richard Viguerie

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The relentless war by the left on Christians and biblical values has reached a new and more frightening phase with announcements by Democrat mayors and city officials across the country that they are “banning” fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A from their cities because company president Dan Cathy said unapologetically that he is in "support of the traditional family."

Make no mistake about it; this is much bigger than Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A has become the target of a Democrat-led campaign in support of gay marriage.
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Far from being champions of the constitutionally protected freedoms of speech and religion, and the “tolerance” prized by liberals, the Democratic Party has now, once and for all, dropped all pretense of respecting the values held by tens of millions of American Christians and has instead launched a concerted attack to undermine those values in favor of the radical homosexual agenda.

This began, not with the media-generated controversy over Dan Cathy’s witness for the biblical definition of marriage, but when President Barack Obama announced that his position on same-sex marriage had “evolved” from one of opposition to one of acceptance.

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The acceptance Obama announced was quickly followed by active advocacy in favor of same-sex marriage by Democratic National Committee Chairman Deborah Wasserman Shultz, who announced the Democrats would have a plank in their national platform favoring same-sex marriage.

Acceptance and advocacy have now, as they always do in the liberal mind, quickly moved to coercion and punishment for those who disagree with them.

Thus Boston Mayor Thomas Menino felt free to tell The Boston Herald that “it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses for a restaurant in Boston because the management holds Christian religious views.

Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno quickly announced that he intends to block the chain from opening its second Chicago location because Chick-fil-A’s management witnessed for the biblical definition of marriage, saying “I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward.”

And President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, quickly chimed-in to support the idea that the local Chick-fil-A franchisee should be punished because the company president in far-away Atlanta is openly Christian and applies "biblically-based principles" to its business management.

In the San Francisco suburb of Mountain View, Calif., specious zoning complaints have temporarily blocked a new Chick-fil-A from opening, as well.

It doesn’t matter that Chick-Fil-A has not turned away a single customer because that customer was a homosexual. It doesn’t matter that Chick-fil-A has not discriminated in any way against either employees or customers. Democrats want to punish the company, its management and employees because they would not stay silent on the issue of same-sex marriage.

The goal of Democrats in the controversy over Dan Cathy’s remarks and Chick-fil-A’s company policies is not to convince a majority of Americans that same-sex marriage is the kind, fair or tolerant position to hold — or even that it is the constitutionally correct policy.

The goal of Democrats is to threaten, bully, coerce and punish millions of Americans into abandoning their Christian beliefs in favor of a soulless secularism with government at its center.

To escape a place where the government told you that to succeed you must reject Christian values or that you must think a certain way is why millions fled to America and the New World.

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If Democrats can punish and coerce Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A into submission on same-sex marriage, where will the attacks on Christians and biblical values end?

It is time for Christians, and others who hold freedom of conscience sacred, to recognize that we must draw the line, make our stand and fight here on this issue because, unlike our ancestors, we have no New World to which we can flee.

Richard A. Viguerie pioneered the use of direct mail in politics. He made it possible for candidates and causes to raise money from millions of small contributors rather than from a few “fat cats.” Read more reports from Richard Viguerie — Click Here Now.

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