In Barack Obama’s America, we have seen a dangerous precedent set. Either you will support and celebrate the progressive agenda and their causes or you will be made to do so. Failure to relent will get you sued by the government, boycotted and attacked by raging far-left radicals, and even denied business by city leaders who want to force their progressivism upon others.
In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said during an interview that he believed in traditional marriage, that marriage, as defined by God, is between a man and a woman. There has never been a case of Chick-fil-A discriminating against homosexuals, but the fact that Cathy did not personally support homosexual marriage made him a target of the left. Now, the Denver City Council wants to punish Chick-fil-A for Cathy’s beliefs by potentially blocking the opening of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Denver International Airport.
One of the city council members, who is openly gay, Robin Kneich said she was most worried about a local franchise generating “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination.”
The irony is, in attempting to deny a franchise owner a permit to open a Chick-fil-A in the airport because of the personal, religious based beliefs of the corporate CEO on traditional marriage, Kneich is herself fueling discrimination.
Council member Paul Lopez called the decision regarding whether to grant Chick-fil-A a permit to operate out of DIA “really a truly moral issue of the city.”
So, it’s a moral issue whether or not to force your beliefs on someone as you punish a franchisee because the corporate CEO, Cathy, believes that God defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.
This is fascism at its finest.
Under Barack Obama tenure as president, Christians have been attacked and persecuted in this country for daring to believe in the biblical definition of marriage and having the audacity to express it publicly. Obama, who just a few years ago expressed the exact same view on marriage as Cathy, lit up the White House in rainbow colors within hours of the Supreme Court decision legalizing homosexual marriage in all 50 states.
Now, city officials are following Obama’s lead in attempting to deny a business owner the ability to make a living and provide jobs for the community because of the personal Christian beliefs of the Chick-fil-A CEO.
Welcome to Obama’s America.
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Beyond the desire to discriminate against a Chick-fil-A franchise because of the CEO’s personal religious beliefs, some members of the city council also take issue with the restaurants being closed on Sundays. Chick-fil-A has always had a policy to be closed on Sundays so that workers can worship, if they so choose, spend time with their families and just relax. But, treating your workers well is obviously not good enough for the God-haters on the Denver City Council. Four out of the six members on the committee have basically let it be known that any business influenced by Christianity is not welcome to do business in the city in their eyes.
Mike de la Rosa is the franchisee who is attempting to open a Chick-fil-A at DIA but is being discriminated against by members of the Denver City Council who cite discrimination as their excuse for discriminating. As reported by the Denver Post, the openly gay Kneich was flagrant about letting it be known that she wants to deny him an operating permit because Dan Cathy does not support homosexual marriage.
Kniech asked De La Rosa, “If the national corporation with which you are affiliated once again puts themselves at the center of a national debate about depriving people and their families of rights, would you as a concessionaire have any ability to influence that?”
“I don’t believe so,” he said.
“I don’t think you would, either,” Kniech said. “And that’s my concern.”
In other words, in her mind, it’s okay for her and other city council members to discriminate against de la Rosa and Chick-fil-A because of Dan Cathy’s personal beliefs in the definition of marriage by God, but for Cathy to hold such beliefs, even though his company has not discriminated against homosexuals, is discriminatory.
Yeah, try to follow that ‘logic.’
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Members of the Denver City Council who want to discriminate against Chick-fil-A because of Cathy’s personal beliefs apparently do not care about the desires of the people or the positive impact that the franchise would have economically. Airport officials estimate that a Chick-fil-A franchise at DIA would generate first-year sales at $4.1 million. A total of $616,278 of that amount would be paid each year in concession fees. They state that it would generate more than most other franchises, despite being open 6 days a week.
In addition, a 2013 survey also found that travelers at the airport “identified Chick-fil-A as being the second-most sought-after quick service brand at the airport, second to Chipotle.”
But, who cares what the people want or how the area could benefit economically when you want to justify your discrimination with a bogus accusation of discrimination.
During the height of the attack on Dan Cathy after his personal belief in and support of traditional marriage was made public in an interview, a prominent gay activist, Shane Windmeyer, wrote a lengthy article in HuffPo’s Gay Voices about his friendship with Cathy. It is a piece that Kneich, Lopez, and all those who are seeking to block the opening of Chick-fil-A at the Denver International airport should read.
Here is one of the most powerful parts of that article.
Throughout the conversations Dan expressed a sincere interest in my life, wanting to get to know me on a personal level. He wanted to know about where I grew up, my faith, my family, even my husband, Tommy. In return, I learned about his wife and kids and gained an appreciation for his devout belief in Jesus Christ and his commitment to being “a follower of Christ” more than a “Christian.” Dan expressed regret and genuine sadness when he heard of people being treated unkindly in the name of Chick-fil-a — but he offered no apologies for his genuine beliefs about marriage.
And in that we had great commonality: We were each entirely ourselves. We both wanted to be respected and for others to understand our views. Neither of us could — or would — change. It was not possible. We were different but in dialogue. That was progress.
In many ways, getting to know Dan better has reminded me of my relationship with my uncle, who is a pastor at a Pentecostal church. When I came out as openly gay in college, I was aware that his religious views were not supportive of homosexuality. But my personal relationship with my uncle reassured me of his love for me — and that love extends to my husband. My uncle would never want to see any harm come to me or Tommy. His beliefs prevented him from fully reconciling what he understood as the immorality of homosexuality with the morality of loving and supporting me and my life. It was, and remains, an unsolvable riddle for him, hating the sin and loving the sinner.
My relationship with Dan is the same, though he is not my family. Dan, in his heart, is driven by his desire to minister to others and had to choose to continue our relationship throughout this controversy. He had to both hold to his beliefs and welcome me into them. He had to face the issue of respecting my viewpoints and life even while not being able to reconcile them with his belief system. He defined this to me as “the blessing of growth.” He expanded his world without abandoning it. I did, as well.
It’s shameful that closed-mindedness and bigotry is driving the attempted discrimination against Chick-fil-A by Kneich, Lopez and others on the Denver City Council. They are putting in full display the true intolerance of the Left when it comes to those who believe differently than they do. Like Obama, those members of the city council who are attempting to block the opening of Chick-fil-A show how quickly the far-left progressive radicals will resort to tyranny in order to force others to believe as they do.