Who would have thought that a chicken restaurant could cause such a firestorm of strife?
Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio made headlines when he called for a controversial boycott of a Chick-fil-A that opened in the Queens Center Mall. De Blasio, a politician with very liberal-leaning policies, went as far as to say that the fast food restaurant’s leadership is “wrong” in regards to their beliefs and stance regarding traditional marriage.
Chick-fil-A has long been a standard-bearer in business when it comes to integrity, values and Christian beliefs. In fact, CEO Dan Cathy of Georgia hasn’t exactly been one to shy away from his Christian faith, professing a strict view of the biblical definition of marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman. De Blasio, though, is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.
The problem, though, isn’t the differences between Cathy and De Blasio over a significant issue. The problem is that De Blasio, a portrait of the liberal movement, epitomizes the supreme hypocrisy of the far-left wing in society. De Blasio’s blasting of Chick-fil-A comes due to his argument that the chicken restaurant is “intolerant” of other beliefs.
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“What the owner of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong,” De Blasio said “I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them.”
De Blasio’s subtle call for a boycott fell on seemingly deaf ears, as customers soon lined up for over an hour to eat. Meanwhile, multiple supporters spoke out against the New York City bully, voicing their frustration. One restaurant supporter even said: “If anyone is spreading a message of hate and intolerance, it’s De Blasio.”
What Is Right and Wrong?
Now, there’s two distinct issues with De Blasio’s call for a boycott. First, he called Cathy’s public stance on traditional marriage “wrong.” This means, of course, that he holds a standard of “right” and “wrong.” We all hold a moral standard of sorts, but without any grounding or unwavering basis, we have no reason to profess a strong belief in right and wrong. For instance, Christians have the Bible, which blatantly articulates the difference between what is right and what is wrong. It is clear from the Bible that gay marriage is wrong, and that traditional marriage is right. But in liberal land, where anything goes, there can’t possibly be any such thing as right and wrong, because right and wrong are made up by the culture and conform to our feelings. This is why gay marriage isn’t simply the end, but an open door to transgender bathrooms and anything else the Left decides to embrace.
For De Blasio to classify Cathy’s beliefs as “wrong” would entail that he is right, but it also brings into question the grounding of his moral judgment, if it’s not the law of God. Why is Cathy wrong? And why is De Blasio right? If there is no absolute moral standard, how do we know?
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The second issue with De Blasio boycott call is that it sends a very bold, intolerant message to our culture: We should tolerate everyone, so long as they’re not Christians. De Blasio’s call to boycott possibly the most classy, respectful, integrity-laced fast food chain in the world isn’t a reflection only on his character and poor judgment, but on the narrative of the nation in modern times. In today’s America, we accept everyone, so long as they agree with us. De Blasio’s message is tolerance and acceptance. Shouldn’t the standard bearer of cultural “tolerance” tolerate and accept the diversity of opinion that Chick-fil-A celebrates?
Sadly, the camp that preaches tolerance and acceptance of all things LGBT is also lining up to crucify and destroy anyone who doesn’t conform to their ideals. What De Blasio essentially said is that it’s wrong to be a Christian — or at least a serious, Bible-believing one.
Our Founding Fathers never imagined the day when governors would demand conformance to secularist principles, shunning any open practice of Christian beliefs. This fits the story well. We’ve seen Christian cake-bakers face $250,000 fines for peacefully refusing their services for a homosexual couple’s wedding. We’ve seen county clerks fired for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and now we’re seeing the mayor of one of the largest cities in the history of the world forcefully call a ceasing of patronization for one of the most successful companies in America. All because, in his mind, what they believe is “wrong.”
Wrong comes in all shapes and sizes these days. But one thing you can be sure of: Wrong will come in the shape and size that liberal leaders prefer at a moment’s notice.