Thursday, August 02, 2012

Standing for the First Amendment

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

On the spur of the momet, I stopped by the Chick-fil-A near my office last night on the way home from work. When I saw the long line of customers and the growing traffic jam, I decided to join the crowd.

I stepped into line at 5:00 p.m., and I left with mypackaged order at 6:45 p.m. With the possible exception of a Disneyland attraction many years ago, I’ve never stood in line for that much time.

The media is insisting this “controvery” is about gaymarriage. Isn’t it astonishing, that we’ve reached the point where a business leader who states that he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman becomes a controversial figure? But here we are. Chick-fil-A is being run out of Boston
and Chicago because the owner has a different opinion than the PC Thought Police.

"Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” was not about gay marriage, or conservative Christians, or hate, or bigotry. This was about the fight to protect the First Amendment.

Since the USA’s founding, uncounted thousands of Americans have fought, bled, and died to protect and defend our rights and liberty. A couple of hours in line—followed by a delicious chicken sandwich and fries—was the least I could do in their honor.

Lee Habeeb put it best: "It is simply un-American to put a guy out of business for not agreeing with you."