Then I read Harper's comment on my last post, and her post yesterday, both of which pointed out the mainstream media's hypocrisy on the coverage of obama vs. Romney. At about the same time I read the original interview with Dan Cathy. After all that reading fermented in my brain for a while, a connection between the Chick-fil-A posts and the media hypocrisy posts was born.
Here's the original interview:
Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.Here's how CNN reported Cathy's comment:
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
“Guilty as charged,”, Cathy said when asked about his company’s support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.Nowhere in the original interview do the words "gay" or "anti-gay" or "gay marriage" appear. CNN inserted the phrase "as opposed to gay marriage" that kicked off the ensuing firestorm. If the U.S. military tortured terrorists to the extent that CNN and the rest of the mainstream media torture the truth, there'd be Hell to pay.
After CNN's distorted version of the interview appeared, the fit hit the shan. A typical example of the left's tolerance for people with differing views came from Roseanne Barr:
"anyone who eats S--t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ".And then we have democrat mayors in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and even our nation's capitol, declaring Chick-fil-A franchises persona non grata (for you Latin speakers, that would be pullus non grata).
For comparison purposes, in 2008 barack hussein obama said "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage."
The response from Roseanne Barr, democrat mayors, and other gay marriage supporters?
But let a conservative Christian say that he supports traditional marriage and the leftist mob is mobilized, complete with torches and pitchforks. So much for civility, tolerance, and the 1st Amendment.
There are three takeaways here. The first is that tolerance is reserved by the left only for those who mouth the politically correct chorus, and that hypocrisy is alive and well in America. Nothing new there.
The second is that the remnants of the legacy media have now sunk up to their necks in muck and mud. There is no semblance of objective reporting left today.
The third is the most potentially chilling of all. Mayors of major American cities -- elected office holders -- have taken it upon themselves to decide what companies can do business in their cities, based on the religious and political convictions of the firms' owners.
You'd think all these Democratic mayors would have better things to do than get themselves worked up about a businessman expressing his personal opinion about gay marriage.
Their schools are a disgrace, the crime rate is appalling, there is corruption a-plenty, they can't manage their own budgets -- but they can pander to gays and liberals by refusing to allow the expansion of a business that would give jobs to some of their citizens and pay taxes that would help ease their budget problems.
Just to be clear, I don't have a dog in this fight. I don't care who does what with who - or is it whom? Anyway, I'm not a big fan of Dan Cathy's evangelistic style of religion. But he has every right to worship as he pleases, and to say what he wants. As far as I know he doesn't ban gays from his restaurants, either as customers or as employees.
FWIW, I prefer the traditional one-man one-woman form of marriage. But that's just my personal preference. I also prefer Butter Pecan ice cream to Mint Chocolate Chip, but I don't care if other people eat Mint Chocolate Chip. I don't want to ban Mint Chocolate Chip, and I damn sure don't think the government has any business telling me what flavor of ice cream I can or can't eat.
This country has enough serious problems that we can't afford to get sidetracked on nonsense like this. You'd think the media and the politicians would realize that.