“…As someone who supported gay marriage long before President Obama did (which is to say, long before a couple of months ago), I’m nonetheless gratified to see people standing up to the bullying that the left-political class has aimed at this honest business simply because its owners failed to change their views in synch with President Obama.“—Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds
I’m with Professor Reynolds 100%, except that I know that many of the people mobbing Chick-fil-A franchises across the country yesterday, in backlash to Democratic politicians attempting to use the power of elected office to stifle free speech and impose mandatory thought conformity, were also doing so because they saw it as implicit support of the anti-gay marriage position.
And this, my friends, is why the ends do not justify the means.
I have read misguided blog post after misguided blog post and endured self-righteous commenters who are beyond idiotic who endorse the disgraceful comments of Menino, Emanuel, and the other anti-democratic bullying mayors, councilmen and aldermen because “they are standing up for what is right.” Maybe…but in doing so by mounting what amounts to an official attack on a private business and citizen, they are embracing what is undeniably wrong, according to this country’s values: government and its officials telling the public, not what they should do, which is a proper role of the government, but what they must say and believe, which is what the Constitution decrees that government must never do.
What does this clear abuse of power accomplish? As with any time unethical methods are applied to seek “good” ends, it forces both advocates and opponents to either accept unacceptable conduct, or to ally themselves with those who oppose what they believe is right, in order to reject a wrongful means of accomplishing it. And the results of this is inevitable corruption. Everybody is sullied. I don’t want to stand side-by-side with those who would deny my many gay friends and associates, who are among the finest people I know or will ever know, the rights that heterosexual Americans have, including the right to have their committed relationship recognized by law. I do, however, want to support the right of any business owner to hold whatever opinions he or she chooses, to contribute his or her earned profits from that business to any cause he chooses to, to express his opinions, controversial or not, publicly, and allow the public to decide, without government threats, whether those opinions should factor into their patronage of the business. Similarly, anyone who wants to express support for gay marriage has been placed in the position of also having to support government thuggery and thought-control, unless these dictatorial city hall advocates for gay marriage are removed from the equation.
Put the blame squarely on the political correctness dictators for turning this into an ethics train wreck. But thank them for demonstrating, for those who need yet another demonstration after the thousands our history already provides, why those who are willing to trample on our core freedoms in pursuit of “right thinking” are not only untrustworthy, destructive and doomed to fail, but also fools.
- Boston Herald