BAYHAM: Standing In Line For Freedom, Faith And Chicken

They didn’t come for the waffle fries.
Chick-fil-As around the country were overwhelmed with customers on what conservative leaders designated an “appreciation day”.
In the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, the drive thru lined obstructed traffic on a major roadway.  In a New Jersey shopping mall, customers wrapped around the food court and had to wait 45 minutes before placing their orders.
What’s noteworthy was that the chicken sandwiches patrons chose to stand in line for up to an hour in some locations not because they craved chicken nuggets but to demonstrate their support for the company’s media maligned executive’s right to express religious convictions that are shared by millions of Americans.
Employees burned their lunch times on their feet while others who didn’t live near Chick-fil-A restaurant burned gallons of gasoline to be counted.
After declaring that Chick-fil-A did not share the values of Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel suffered a Mussolini moment publicly vowing to put deed to word to back up an alderman’s plan to block the construction of a franchise in his bailiwick.
The Chicago Republican Party took issue with the mayor’s threat to use his office to arbitrarily punish a company for his announced personal reason and filed a complaint.
One of Emanuel’s higher profile constituents, Cardinal Francis George, took to the web to ask what constitutes a bigot and values in one of the most crime ridden and corrupt municipalities in the country.
“I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval.  “Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city?” mused Cardinal George.
Same sex marriage wasn’t even a national issue until a few years ago though the Democratic Party is just now exploring a revision of their platform in the 2012 election cycle to match the president’s newly “evolved” position.
Bigot is the barb casually used as a sling to stun those who believe marriage should be reserved as the union between a man and a woman.  That bigot and racist are often used interchangeably would normally make their slander of choice that much more potent.
The problem for that liberal line of attack is that many of those who were patiently waiting in line on Wednesday were black and it was African-American voters who provided the votes that ultimately passed the pro-traditional marriage Proposition 8 in California.
So was then-candidate Barack Obama a bigot in 2008 when he said he opposed same sex marriage?
It’s hard to keep track of what’s acceptable anymore in our Animal Farm secular society as the ruling media pigs keep whitewashing the fence before the last coat of paint dries.
The ayatollahs of cultural correctness from their minarets at the New York Times, Beltway special interest headquarters and Hollywood studios tried to insult, guilt and shame their countrymen into “getting with it” on gay marriage or be characterized as a pariah on the level of Bull Connor.
Arrogant liberals who equate the struggle by black Americans for civil rights with advocates for gay marriage understand neither the issues involved nor history.
And though considered “polyester ideologues” by the trendsetters, millions of Americans of all races continue to stand by the Judeo-Christian values that were as much a pillar of our country’s founding as the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.
They would not be bullied into conforming to the whims of the political fringe and willingly inconvenienced themselves by voting with their wallets.
THIS is what democracy looks like.
And freedom tastes a bit more like chicken these days.
The entertainment industry and corporations that redirect a portion of their profits to liberal causes better hope consumers don’t take Wednesday’s revolt to the next logical step by turning the boycott tables on them.
Economic proscription lists can cut both ways.


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