Once we were a nation of the free, a place where judgement was reserved, people could live their lives and state what they believed without being vilified. America was the great melting pot, people could hold opposite ideals and opinions and get along fine because they minded their own business or disagreed without attacking the person whom they had argued with. Sadly, that is no longer the case.
The Mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, has vowed to block the Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise from opening a branch in his town. Sure, Chick-fil-A is a Christian company, steeped in Christian values, where service with a smile is paramount and they are closed on Sundays to be with their families on the day of rest. You may not agree with their message, but don’t they teach young men and women some moral lessons about how to conduct themselves while working and how to work and serve? They have a sustainable and growing business model that works? That is no small thing in this economy. But they need to be ostracized for their political views, which really have nothing to do with the food they serve on a daily basis. Is everyone that works as Chick-fil-A some zealot robot waiting for just the right moment to jump out and proselytize? Not really. But the mayor of a major town wants to ban the chain of tasty fried chicken from coming to his town for what he believes is a discriminatory attitude towards a section of the population. I guess its okay that he discriminates.
At the same time it is funny, because those who hold the opposite view, oh say Starbucks, with their outspoken support of gay marriage is welcome just about everywhere. I guess they have the right attitude that we should be looking for. The correct opinion if you will. Politically, I disagree with one of these companies and agree whole-heartedly with the other company. But guess what, I like chicken sandwiches and coffee drinks. I am not going to let my personal feelings of how they support or don’t support one or more particular groups of people color my judgement when it comes to what I want to eat. If it were bad enough in one direction or the other, I have the choice of voting with my wallet. If one of those companies said, “We’re donating to the Klan.” I might not buy their product. But neither company is supporting hate or endorsing crime. They give money to organizations in line with their beliefs. It just so happens those beliefs are opposite.
Those who hold the incorrect, or racist, sexist, opinion should be punished. But who in the hell decides what opinion is wrong? The politicians, media, movie stars? It can’t be the common man, mister average joe, because that would imply that a bunch of people came together and formed a consensus on right and wrong. We just don’t do that here. Someone or some group is trying to dictate our own morality to us and feed us these lines until we believe them. No longer is speech protected in our society, no longer are our ideas held sacred. Instead we’re warned that if we don’t toe the politically correct line all the time for whatever hot button issued is driving the bus of America at the given time we will be noticed, we will be dealt with, and that justice meted out to us will be explained away with, “It doesn’t send the right message to the country. We’re a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all.” Social Justice? Whatever happened to justice plain and simple? you have to make up a concept to punish those you disagree with? We live is sad and scary times. Don’t forget it folks. Some day you may find yourself holding the unpopular opinion, then what will you do when the come to punish you?