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Friday, July 27, 2012


Evidently tolerance, like time, flows only in one direction in Chicago.

Has anyone seen any credible instances where Chick-fil-A actually discriminated against someone?


  1. As far as I can tell we're basically talking about a personal political opinion that was uttered by the CEO of a company and that has not been realized in any way in company policies towards employees and customers.

    Anyway, this issue certainly seems to reveal some cleavage in American political discourse.

    But not THAT kind of cleavage.

  2. Yesterday 1000s of people purchased food from Chick-fil-A to protest in support for either 1) the food chain COO’s definition of marriage or 2) his 1st amendment right to state his opinion.

    The event was one of the (if not the) top stories of the day and received extensive coverage by the media.

    I would like to point out that:
    1. No windows were smashed or broken
    2. No protesters chained themselves to trees or lamp posts
    3. There were no sit ins that required police to carry people(gone limp) away
    4. To the best of my knowledge there were no arrests

    So the next time I see a group with a cause mumble to the press that Civil Disobedience is the only way to make their voice heard I will know (and everyone should admit) that is not true.

    1. The purpose of civil disobedience is not to make a voice heard but to change an unjust law. A major part of its method is to demonstrate that the law is so unjust that people are willing to go to jail in order to change it. None of this is involved in the actions of the Chick-fil-A supporters,a fact which does not invalidate their legality, their appropriateness, or their likely effectiveness.