Chick-fil-a: Freedom of speech is great until someone is on the other side…

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The first is the line of cars for the drive in at 2:15 this afternoon. The other is the line outside the dining room at about 2:20. What the pictures don't show is a packed dinning hall. All of this was after the so-called "lunch rush." It was somewhere around 100 degrees at this time - and they were willing to wait.

Reader Opinion Piece / Jay Hyde, Author

For some it was about preserving traditional marriage; for some it was about standing up to a "fabricated" story; for some it was about freedom.

Chick-fil-a's founder, S. Truett Cathy, stated he was "guilty as charged" when asked if he supported traditional marriage. The liberal media took this and spun it as him meaning he was opposed to gay marriage - something he was never asked about. "Spinning" seems to have become something average people are becoming tired of hearing.

When mayors of major cities decide to refuse business licenses to Chick-fil-a, it started to work on the consciences of many in Mississippi. Many in Mississippi DO know that Nazism, Fascism and Marxism exist. Most Mississippians know that to run or own a business under those forms of government, a person is REQUIRED to AGREE with the the ruling class - no exceptions!

To see major political players in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles (and probably others) come out and say they will openly deny a business license to someone for a religious or political viewpoint is appalling. This is Mississippi. Should it matter to the government if someone is gay or straight? White or black? Male or female? Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, or Zoroastrian? If someone wants to open a business, the only question should be: are you going to pay the taxes you are required by law to pay?

For this principle, many Mississippians took to Chick-fil-a in protest today. Some went to protest gay marriage. Some went to protest over-bearing government. Some went for a good chicken sandwich.

Let us not forget that there were those who didn't go in protest; Let us not forget that some went with their same-sex "partner" to "protest the protest." Some Gay-centric people will never go to Chick-fil-a again because of this! God (or whom/what ever) bless them - such is their right!

If the City of Boston can deny Chick-fil-a a business license, then what would stop the City of Hattiesburg from denying a license to a gay couple? Should this happen, we would lose more than one great business downtown. One may not agree with their lifestyle, but they can't argue with their expertise, their pricing, or their selection of products.

 

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10 thoughts on “Chick-fil-a: Freedom of speech is great until someone is on the other side…

  1. Hattiesburg Patriot

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss) sent a letter to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy congratulating him on the dignity with which his company has conducted itself in the face of a vicious smear campaign. The letter is cosigned by 16 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives.

    “The criticism they have received has been appalling. Elected officials that are now threatening to block new Chick-fil-A restaurants in their cities are acting in a manner that is un-American. Demanding ideological conformity in order to be allowed to run your business is a dangerous precedent. It is like something that would happen in Soviet Russia. Clearly, a lot of people who like to fashion themselves as open minded and tolerant are actually the most intolerant folks around if you don’t agree with them,” Nunnelee said.

    Congressman Alan Nunnelee represents Mississippi’s First Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee. This is his first term.

  2. Eddie Dixon

    Jay, I do not agree with denying these folks a business license (nor does the aclu) and I hope you would agree that the kerfuffle over the " ground zero mosque" was illegal and they should've been permitted to build. I would imagine many of the same "principled" folks lining up at chick fil e might not do the same for a muslim community center in their town.

    To be clear Cathy stated he supported gay marriage AND actively supports anti-gay marriage cause with huge amounts of money , so the media might not have been so off target when they pegged the family as anti-gay marriage.(they just researched, which you could have taken the time to do as well. )

    I have heard stalinism , communism , naziism tossed around liberally , which seems a bit of weird practice , seeing that all of them executed and persecuted gays heinously. Cathy has every right to say what he wants , and we have the right to deny him money by not eating his chicken and spreading the facts about his views……sounds like free to me Jay. Sounds like you might be a younger fella so ill give you a break and say , good for you for getting involved and writing about what you believe!

  3. Nkrumah Frazier

    I disagree with you Mr. Lindenfeld. A city doe snot have the right to refuse licenseing to anyone it feel violates the balance of the community. Citys are maintained by public tax dollars, it's officials are public employees paid for by the tax dollars of it's citizens. It is held to the laws of the municipality even in those extreme cases where laws and standards/morals conflict the "laws" are supposed to supercede. This prevents any one person from denying goods, services, or business licenses to someone that they don't like or would be competition for themselves or someone they know. We have laws for a reason. You can't run to the law to help you out in one case and then turn around and say that the law shouldn't be followed simply because of your beliefs or "community standards".

  4. Ore Joseph Lindenfeld

    So would it be the same if they said they don't wish to serve black people? or if a city refuses to grant marriage licenses to hispanics? No it wont, because those are protected by the constitution. A city has the right to refuse licensing to anyone it feels violets the balance of the community. Here the presence of bigots is not welcomed.

    1. Nkrumah Frazier

      Following this line of thought I could be refused a business license if I were to apply for such in a city that was predominately white because it would likely bring in more "non-white" patrons thuse violating the balance of the community.

    2. Hattiesburg Patriot

      Mr. Frazier, Your contributions are sincerely appreciated. States should not be able to punish tax paying citizens for having opinions which run counter to the local populace, especially with a protected class (religion). It is simply government sponsored discrimination. Mr. Lindenfeld, isn't religious affiliation a protected class with regard to discrimination? Last I checked it was.

      Chik-Fil-A is the top chicken chain in the U.S. with the highest average store sales beating KFC by a good 30% AND they are closed on Sundays. That says something. Their model is working whether you agree with the CEO or not.

    3. Mani Arabi

      Commercial speech is not protected. Religious practice CAN be interfered with as long as there is a secular purpose and a rational basis for doing so.

      Its not a "slam shut" case just because religion is involved.

    4. Ore Joseph Lindenfeld

      Mr. Frazier there is such a thing that is called zoning, where cities can and have used to eject businesses.

      Because race is a protected class you cannot be discriminated against because of your race.

      The government has the right to regulate speech. 1st amendment freedom of speech is not an absolute right.

      Lastly, yes you can use the law to help you in one case, and then reject it on another instance. People have done so for years.

      Putting all that aside, here is an article that shows you the discrimination it has done over the years based on their religious affiliation:

      http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/08/chick-fil-as-history-of-workplace-discrimination.html.

      Mr. Patriot, I suggest you check your statistics, because KFC is a much larger corporation with greater revenues. While it is true that KFC has suffered a decline in recent years, and Chick Fil A has been growing, fact is KFC is more successful.

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