Took a well deserved break with my lovely wife this afternoon. We decided to head over to our local Chick-fil-a to grab some lunch and see what kind of kerfuffle was in progress (if any).
Well, after taking over 5 minutes circling fo a parking spot, this was the scene inside.
There was no pushing or shouting. The staff was efficient if a little frazzled. And despite the crowd and the wait, lunch was good – as it usually is.
The best moment of the day though was when a group of about eight soldiers came in for their lunch. The crowd let them to the front of the line and someone even grabbed them a table. Once they made their order, they didn’t have to stand and wait. The manager brought their food out personally. You can’t argue with those priorities.
Now that I’ve shown you mine, you show me yours.
ps. I wonder what lunch with the Occupy crowd is like?
For those commenters that insist that my stance on the Chick-fil-a kerfuffle is irrational or somehow disingenuous, you still don’t get it. Chick-fil-a hasn’t denied anyone their rights. They haven’t been accused of breaking any laws. What they have done is express an opinion and thereby exercised their 1st Amendment right to free speech.
Many liberals and knee-jerk politicians want to punish them for their opinion by using the power of government. No matter what your stance on the issue, you should be opposed to the reaction of the left. The Constitution protects speech. If you don’t like what is said, you can either go outside of earshot or come up with your own message. Letting the government decide what someone can say, where they say it, or how they say it is one of the faster paths to a hell I wouldn’t want to live in.
So, today demonstrates an appropriate way to counter speech you do not agree with. Protesters today will be going to Chik-fil-a stores around the country to express their own opinions. They want to have their voices heard. Supporters of Chick-fil-a will do the same. As long as the parties engaged in this debate can behave lawfully, I have NO problem with them exercising their rights.
You gotta love how “tolerant” and “open-minded” the left is when it comes to choice. They have no problem accepting and even celebrating the most prurient activities. In the name of freedom of expression and artistic license they spout offensive, obscene, and hateful ideas. But, let someone express an opinion that disagrees with them, they find that censorship and oppression suit them just fine.
I have held off on commenting on the non-story that is Chick-fil-a’s stance in opposition to gay marriage. Who cares? They have the freedom to hold whatever opinion they want. If you don’t like it, you have the freedom to eat somewhere else. You don’t have the right to use the power of government to silence their ideas or deny them legal access to the marketplace.
Liberals say that they are all about the freedom to be anything you want… as long as what you aspire to be is not based upon a traditional lifestyle or guided by conservative Judeo-Christian values. Get over your hateful, bigoted selves. If you oppose an idea, stand in opposition to it. Don’t try to deny the freedoms of those whose ideas you disagree with.
They have the right to their beliefs. You have the right to shop elsewhere. They have the right to run their business in accordance with the values they espouse. You have the right to be offended if you wish. You do not have the right to deny them their rights.
The left should also take a moment to examine those whom they raise up as examples to others. They should examine the values in their own ranks. There is plenty there to be outraged by.
For myself, I think that for lunch today, I will “eat mor chikin” .
(Pics are just a few amongst the many floating around on Facebook.)