One of the reasons that I have opposed same-sex marriage, aside from the absurdity of the issue, is that I am certain that the activists supporting same-sex marriage will not be content with legalizing it but will insist that everyone, including churches, support it. I believe that churches which refuse to recognize same-sex marriage or to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, in other words denominations which uphold Biblical, Christian teachings, will find themselves harassed and bullied until they give in.
With the exception of the Church of Latter-Day Saints over proposition 8 in California, and the Roman Catholic Church in general, this has not happened, yet. But if you look at the trouble that fast-food restaurant Chick-Fil-A is in because its president and CEO Dan Cathy is opposed to same-sex marriage and does not happen to believe that homosexuality is the most wonderful thing ever. Keep in mind that no one has accused Chick-Fil-A of refusing service of discriminating against anyone. This is only about their political and religious opinions.
First, Jim Henson’s company has severed all business relations with Chick-Fil-A.
Last Friday, the company behind beloved shows such as “Fraggle Rock,” “Labyrinth,” and “The Muppets,” severed ties with Chick-Fil-A due to the fast food chain’s CEO’s opposition to same sex marriage.
According to “Muppets” fan site ToughPigs.com, The Jim Henson Company had partnered with Chick-Fil-A to feature Jim Henson’s Creature Shop toys — “essentially a plastic tube with cut-out features for customizing your own puppet” — in their kid’s meals from mid-July until August 18th.
However, on Friday, the Jim Henson Company posted the following statement to their Facebook page:
The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.
It would seem that the Jim Henson company’s celebration of diversity and inclusiveness does not include celebrating and including diverse opinions. If you do not toe the politically correct line, than they won’t do business with you.
I can’t actually argue with this decision of the Jim Henson Company. They are a private business and are free to associate with whoever they want. It is a different matter when a government official discriminates against a business or person because of their opinions. Such is the case with the mayor of Boston.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino told the Herald yesterday.
“That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.”
Chick-fil-A has been swept up in a growing national controversy over company president Dan Cathy’s remarks questioning gay marriage and lauding the traditional family.
Chick-fil-A did not respond to multiple requests for comment. But the company released a statement yesterday saying it has a history of applying “biblically-based principles” to managing its business, such as closing on Sundays, and it insisted it does not discriminate.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the statement read. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
But that isn’t cutting the mustard with Menino. He said he plans to fire off a letter to the company’s Atlanta headquarters “telling them my feelings on the matter.”
“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,”he warned.
He is not going to deny Chick-Fil-A a license because their business does not comply with the appropriate health and sanitary ordinances, but because he does not happen to agree with the opinions of their CEO. This is a gross abuse of power on the mayor’s part. Anyone who supports this action by Mayor Menino ought to consider that any power or privilege you grant to someone you support, can be used by someone you oppose. What if a mayor or governor announced that they would seek to prevent a “gay-friendly” company from doing business in their city or state. The same sort of people who cheer Mayor Menino on would have a fit. And yet, it works both ways.
Voltaire is supposed to have said, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!”. The Jim Henson Company and Mayor Menino say rather,”I do not agree with what you say, and I will do my best to make your you don’t say it!”. These actions are nothing but shameful bullying meant to enforce politically correct opinions.
I can see, in the not too distant future, officials threatening to shut down, and people boycotting churches who do not agree to same sex marriage. If they can harass a private businessman for merely stating his opinion, they will certainly harass churches. So much for freedom.