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        Dan Cathy, the owner of the now famous fried chicken company Chick-fil-A, that has laid no claim to being a "Christian business," stated his opinion in an interview that supporting same-sex marriage was "inviting God's wrath." In no time at all the Mayors of Chicago and Boston, the former city voted the most dangerous city on Earth, the latter where along with the suburb of Salem, "witches" were once hung by the neck or burned at the stake, both spoke out against Chick-fil-A coming to "their" city. Even though gay marriage is not a civil right in America, the mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, also said that the chicken outlet 40 miles away was as close to "his" town as he would recommend anyone trying to get, which almost suggests dire consequences might befall those who would dare. Are threats okay to those you disagree with?
        I wonder if Mayor Lee is hinting that anyone who disagrees with his views is not welcome in The City by the Bay? Bill O' Reilly wonders if Mr. Lee would ban all the black preachers who are against gay marriage from setting up a pulpit in San Francisco. He adds, "Bet he won't." It's too bad people nowadays so often act as though any viewpoint other that their own, however reasonable or just one's honest opinion, cannot possibly have any validity, and need not be dealt with in a respectful and civil manner.
       Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, felt that "Cathy's marriage views should disqualify his company from doing business in "his" part of town." He added,
"Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values." To which the New York Times responded by writing, "City governments should take care not to be seen muscling aside businesses whose owners don't agree with their views." Chicago's Cardinal Francis George agreed by saying "My understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval." Esther J. Cepeda, writing in The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, laments that "being Americans once was based on the idea that people with different ideas of how life should be lived could co-exist peacefully by respectfully agreeing to disagree. But that America seems to belong to the past."
        In the case at hand, Ms.Cepeda thinks "that just being pro-gay marriage may not be enough." That maybe it implies despising the idea that gay-marriage shouldn't be approved and that there are others who still cling to the idea that marriage is only for opposite sexes. And that this hatred can and should be shown by "attacking the livelihoods" of those they disagree with. The motto "Ban or boycott" Chick-fil-A rang out in protest.
       But guess what, it turned out that a National Eat Fried Food for Freedom Day developed as a backlash to a called for boycott, supported by a local Tea Party, and the lines at Chick-fil-A counters had never been longer. Funny how a little intolerance can backfire if you're not careful. The old saying is true, " Watch out what you wish for, you just might get it." And all the baggage it drags behind.


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