Important update on Chicago values: Non-inclusive Chick-fil-A out …

posted at 10:01 am on July 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Allahpundit scoffed last night at Rahm Emanuel’s notion of “Chicago values,” which for most people will be forever declared by Sean Connery inThe Untouchables:

The mayor insisted that Christians who believe in a biblical definition of marriage don’t fit into Emanuel’s vision for “Chicago values,” even though the owners of Chick-fil-A don’t discriminate in employment or service.  So what does fit into Emanuel’s idea of “Chicago values”?  Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard found it in the pages of the Chicago Sun-Times — on the very day Emanuel pronounced Chick-fil-A not inclusive enough to be, er, included:

Ignoring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday welcomed the army of men dispatched to the streets by Farrakhan to stop the violence in Chicago neighborhoods.

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th), an Orthodox Jew, has said it’s good that Farrakhan is “helping” in the fight against crime, “but it doesn’t eradicate the comments that he’s made about the Jewish community.”

Emanuel offered no such caveat. Although Farrakhan has a history of making anti-Semitic statements, Chicago’s first Jewish mayor has no interest in revisiting that controversy.

So, let’s make sure we have this correct.  A business owned by a devout Christian family that does not engage in any kind of discrimination has no place in Emanuel’s “Chicago values,” but Emanuel rolls out the red carpet for perhaps the most well-known anti-Semite in the nation?

That’s the Chicago way.

Update: Question from the comments: “Does Farrakhan believe in gay marriage?” Why, no … no he doesn’t:

Update: Good for Glenn Greenwald:

It’s always easy to get people to condemn threats to free speech when the speech being threatened is speech that they like. It’s much more difficult to induce support for free speech rights when the speech being punished is speech they find repellent. But having Mayors and other officials punish businesses for the political and social views of their executives — regardless of what those views are — is as pure a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech as it gets, and beyond that, is genuinely dangerous.

If you support what Emanuel is doing here, then you should be equally supportive of a Mayor in Texas or a Governor in Idaho who blocks businesses from opening if they are run by those who support same-sex marriage — or who oppose American wars, or who support reproductive rights, or who favor single-payer health care, or which donates to LGBT groups and Planned Parenthood, on the ground that such views are offensive to Christian or conservative residents. You can’t cheer when political officials punish the expression of views you dislike and then expect to be taken seriously when you wrap yourself in the banner of free speech in order to protest state punishment of views you like and share. Free speech rights means that government officials are barred from creating lists of approved and disapproved political ideas and then using the power of the state to enforce those preferences.

As always, the solution to noxious ideas like the ones from this chicken CEO are to rebut them, not use state power to suppress them. The virtue of gay equality has become increasingly recognized in the U.S. because people have been persuaded of its merits, not because state officials, acting like Inquisitors, forced people to accept it by punishing them for their refusal. Perhaps Rahm Emanuel is motivated by beneficent ends, or maybe he’s motivated by political considerations and a love of his own power, but either way, abusing his power to punish views he dislikes is at least as offensive as — and definitely more dangerous than — the targeted views themselves.

Greenwald and I rarely agree on policy, but he’s spot-on here. I would be just as opposed to Greenwald’s counterfactual here as I am to the actions of Emanuel and Boston mayor Tom Menino. But in Emanuel’s case, his embrace of the noted anti-Semite Farrakhan and his more vocal activism in opposition to gay marriage simply exposes a rank hypocrisy that reminds us why government shouldn’t be in the business of setting religious/political tests for people to do business.

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Genetic differences only perpetuate themselves if they confer some sort of adaptive or reproductive advantage,

HTL on July 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Wrong. Some genes confer neither an advantage nor a disadvantage. These are as likely to persist as not. What’s more, just because you or I can think of no advantage does not mean that an advantage does no exist.

MJBrutus on July 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Consider the national conversation about Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage officially over: Antoine Dodson has spoken.

The openly homosexual Huntsville, Ala. resident behind the viral 2010 rap single, “Bed Intruder Song” (commonly referred to as “Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife”), says he does not care about the fast-food giant’s stance on gay marriage, and simply cares about their tasty chicken sandwiches and waffle fries — especially if they are hot.

“I dont care about one person’s opinion or how they feel. That’s the way they feel, that’s fine,” Dodson said in a YouTube address, while drinking from a Chick-fil-A cup.

“Chick-fil-A makes good meals and I eat there, you know what I’m saying, quite frequently, so no one is going to stop me from eating there. If I want to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich — guess what? — I’m going to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich.”

“So it really doesn’t matter what a person thinks. People say a lot of crazy things,” Dodson opined. “But anyway, it just comes down to it: If I want a Chick-fil-A sandwich, I’m going to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich.”

When you’ve lost Antoine…

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Relax, dudes – all them bow-ties are bullet-proof!

mojo on July 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Genetic differences only perpetuate themselves if they confer some sort of adaptive or reproductive advantage,

HTL on July 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Wrong. Some genes confer neither an advantage nor a disadvantage. These are as likely to persist as not. What’s more, just because you or I can think of no advantage does not mean that an advantage does no exist.

MJBrutus on July 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Perhaps I was too tactful. The part of my sentence that you did not quote was intended to show that my criticism of the concept of the “gay gene” was, if anything, understated. In fact, a “gay gene” would confer massive, immediate reproductive disadvantages, such that it almost certainly would not persist.

This isn’t like the case of the gene that causes sickle cell anemia but also protects against malaria, and is reproductively neutral. It wouldn’t matter if the “gay gene” were to confer some such hidden benefit, because the fact that gay people reproduce at markedly lower rates than the rest of the population would cause the extinction of said gene in relatively short order.

HTL on July 26, 2012 at 6:58 PM

There have been many claims by both communities that can be called conspiracies…eugenics for one.

Deanna on July 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Number Two conspiracy would be the entire gay community conspiring by claiming that they were born ” gay “, when there is no proof of same. Personally, I don’t see how you couldn’t NOT like LOVE pu$$y.

DevilsPrinciple on July 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

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