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8/7/2012 5:00:00 PM
COLUMN: Gold for Cathy!
Bob Weete
Essay

This whole Chick-Fil-A fiasco is a perfect demonstration of the real problem we American citizens find ourselves in. And not surprisingly, nobody from Chick-Fil-A has filed a lawsuit against those who choose to violate the Constitutional protection relative to a citizen's right to free speech. Not to mention freedom of religion.

Actually, this sort of situation has been happening for some time now, and it is always the "offended minority" whose "rights" have been so grievously meddled with. They make all the noise, stirring up their media friends, and the discrimination flows against those who have the where-with-all to state publicly their rightful opinion. Actually, it's the opinion, most likely, of a fairly large majority of citizens. But, the majority doesn't matter anymore.

Mr. Cathy expressed his moral and spiritual beliefs. He had a right to do that. He had a right to do that without the usual intimidation tactics bombarding him, threatening him, and making it difficult, then, for any other similarly-opinioned citizen from stating his view. That is the way things work, these days. The new American Way is to appease those who shout the loudest, even though they are constitutionally in violation.

And the strange thing is that the liberal movement will call Mr. Cathy "intolerant". Can you imagine that? Him intolerant? And just who has shown intolerance most vociferously? Duuuh. The gay community and their supporters, of course. I thought the old, "Don't do as I do, do as I say" line was really a joke, but it is state policy now, it would appear.

While attacking Mr. Cathy and his very successful business, these people are also attacking his spirituality. While they rant and rave, the publicity they are freely given also sends anti-free speech and anti-religion messages to our kids, who are soaking all this up and they are learning that our Constitution means nothing. Our founding moral beliefs are trashed, and that frees them up to accept and believe in political correctness. Which results in subservience so socialism can thrive.

This kind of thing is only a small part of the whole agenda to create hatred and chaos. Then they will have to send in the army to control the unruly people and Bam! The socialization of America is created. The liberalists still continue with their plans to take advantage of every crisis they are able to conveniently create. Construct a crisis and then the nanny government graciously comes in to "protect" the people. Doesn't that just make you all tingly inside and grateful for our government?

This work of the liberals has slowly been infiltrating everything that has been sacred to Americans. Mr. Cathy is showing his spiritual beliefs, so various governmental entities "ban" his restaurants, a prime example of the kind of entrepreneurship that established America and is still the way to grow, except that governments from small towns (like Blythe) all the way up to the metropolis level and the federal level slam so many restrictions that these businesses can't afford to function. And then, guess what? We crash, and all of the American Dream and individual opportunities vanish as though they never were.

Kids in school are indirectly being indoctrinated in socialism because of the crippling influence of big government. Parents, the mainstay of a child's moral and social upbringing, don't know exactly what to do anymore, because kids are taught to call the police if a parent spanks them. And the schools' ability to teach right and wrong is hindered because they must all teach kids to feel good about themselves. Even if they are performing considerably lower than they in reality are capable of.

Our children expect to be passed merely because they spent nine months (or less) in a classroom. They will then grow up without the skills and values that have driven Americans to persevere, to be creative, to appreciate and pursue their goals by their own efforts. How many of us hold down jobs merely because we "put in the time"? Not in America, where we were taught to pursue our dreams, earn our opportunities, by hard work. We developed a work ethic that was crucial to any success we dreamed of.

And that work ethic is not given quickly, like a flu shot. It takes time and effort just like anything else of true value. And, of course, the end goal is that we will get money for our efforts. Money itself should not be the prize. The prize is that you have proven your worth by doing a good job of supporting yourself and your family, rather than abdicating your responsibility to dear ole' Nanny.

I wish we had a Chick-Fil-A in Blythe. I'd be proud to show my support for a real patriot by simply eating at Mr. Cathy's place. We don't. So, I'll just have to look for one when we go out of town, and register my vote for Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion and American Entrepreneurship.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: history Buff

Wonderful to hear the co-founder of Costco speak at the Democratic convention and support the business concept of doing well while also doing good for one's employees and community. I know that I will be getting a membership card, and telling the management why, the next time I am out of town. Even if I don't get to use their services often, it is tantamount to taking a stand for good business practices and supporting those who support their employees.

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Article comment by: Research is Your Friend

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Crazy Town. I do believe that gays have a right. But in what you say, that Religion has no say in Government Then the same go's for gays. They have no place in government. Why should a gay rights activist dictate that homosexuality should be taught schools for the betterment of gays rights, but religion should not be taught. Remember that sword that you swing has a double edge it cuts both-ways. The way you write about Obama, is as if he was the second coming. In which case affects me. In that it gives me a right to state my opinion. Even if it go against yours. It was you that interjected politics into a religion and gay discussion.

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Crazy Town

El Pica, I'm glad the President supports gay rights. Religion has no place in government. I don't care what other people do in their lives. It's none of my business, or yours, for that matter. It says to love thy neighbor in the Bible, it doesn't say only the heterosexual ones. Period. That's what He says. Do you not have any gay friends? Relatives? Would you turn your back on someone if they were an alcoholic? Where is the compassion? Just for one minute imagine that you are gay and you grew up in an ultra conservative household. Now, Imagine having to deny your feelings every minute of every day just to keep from being ostracized from your family or friends. Would you turn away from your gay loved one? God doesn't want you to. Live your life as Jesus did, let God take care of the Gays. Obama will take care of us, I promise you. Things are already way better than we thought they would be. Do you even understand the position this country was in 4 years ago? Educate yourself, Please.

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Crazy Town. Obama went gay. Only to secure votes from the gay community. (deleted)

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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: Crazy Town

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012/Romney 1040



Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

To Good Grief: what is is good about grief? Stay focused my friend. )!

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Good Grief. Yes you are right on that we need God in our lives. But with research, I try to use the moral rules. On what is right and the moral thing to do. since it been over 30 years since I have set foot inside a Church. I only talk to God when things go bad. So it makes no sense for me to quote the Bible. But I believe the the Church goers and the Gays both have rights as long as they do not interfere with others or try to covert other people without consent. Moral or as immoral as it may seem they both have rights.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Good Grief!

@pica, research, and peace: How can YOU determine what is "right" and what is "wrong"? If we are to discard God, the Bible, Spirituality, et.al., then there is no "right" or "wrong", is there? That is what atheists, gays, and liberals seem to promote. That way, no one has any responsibility for or to anything. Pico has it quite well, in some ways. If you are an atheist, that is your decision. I may disagree with you, but that is up to you. But, as Pico says, why can't I pray in public and you simply not judge me, but respect me and allow me that? If I choose to smoke in public, that is a bit different smoke has a physical effect on other people besides myself. Praying does no physical or mental harm on anyone else. They may even be praying for you! Cut the "right" vs. "wrong" thing, and maybe the true offense of HATE can be eliminated, a worthy goal, to me.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

To @ Peace @Research: I will not argue with you, you are wrong in everything you say here. Research has told us he is not gay and I belive him....because I trust myself enough to have trust in others. You, as it were may reconsider who the real "hater" is here......Be careful... To Pica It's all good. I was class of 1973.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Research. Prayer does not kill. Cigarette smoke does. Guess what, so do AIDS. I will not jump on a band wagon and declare that Aids is a punishment from God. But it is a punishment from nature for having deviant sexual intercourse. So how did Aids start? Man was not happy with a woman partner, no he had to go out to the wild blue yonder looking for love. Research, if I went by your standards about prayer. well every gay person would still have to be in the closet. Research, you are not an Atheist. What happen? Is someone in you family gay? That you are trying to come to terms with. You are overcompensating in trying to understand. So you blame God for not fixing the problem. If you do not believe in God, then why are so angry at him for? You never mention God, only Bible and Prayer. About marriage I stated my reasons without once bring God into the equation. Again it's against nature. Not against God. Without a man and a woman there would be no one here. try to make a baby by your standards. Now that would be a miracle. But then you would have to believe in a GOD... PS. We could change gay with smoke also in your analogy.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Research is Your Friend

@ El Pica --

Do you smoke? If you don't, you'll understand this analogy.

If you are out in public and someone is smoking in a public place/non-smoking zone as a non-smoker, do you have a right to have clean air? Or should you be forced to breath the tobacco polluted air the smoker is creating?

If they smoke in private -- they've still retained their right to smoke. If the smoke in public, they've infringed upon your right to breath clean air.

Their is no harm in their smoking in private, but you are being harmed by them smoking in public.

The question is, where does their right being and yours end?

It should end in a private place where they do not disrupt your rights. They can still exercise their rights without infringing upon your right as long as it's in private -- they infringe upon your right when they do it in public.

If you are a non-smoker, and a minority, I'll ask you again if it's fair that a smoker overrides your right to breathe clean air just because they are the "majority". Is it fair? Should you be forced to breath tobacco polluted? Would it harm the smoker to smoke in private?



Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Research. You say a person has a right to pray in private. So why not out in public. If he or she, in that case they all pray in public. What makes you think that they want you to pray with them? They pray because they believe in something special. As a courtesy they will ask, if you would like to join them. Just say no, that's all you have to do. The same go's if a gay person asked me if I would like to join him. I would say, no thank you. We have a choice to join in or not. That is our rights. If the people have to pray in private then it is only fair that the gay has to be gay in private also. You my fine feathered friend are the reverse of the KKK. The people you hate. You hate all that is moral and good. I do not go to church or pray much. Funny I only ask for Gods help when the poop hits the fan. When do you pray. But, I still believe others have a right to worship in freedom, anyplace they want. As long as it does not get in the way of others.

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Critical Thinker

@ Yellowjacket '65

I'm pretty sure at least part of the reason @Research called you ignorant is because you actually believe that there is a real place where bad people spend all eternity in a lake of "molten sulfur" with Hitler and Stalin. Don't you ever stop to think about how ridiculous that sounds? Come on, buddy, let's get with the 21st century.


Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Research is Your Friend

@ Yellow Jacket 65 --

You're the one that's established yourself as ignorant, biased, a bigot and a segregationist. I just merely pointed it out -- and that was easy. You were the one that kept making statements that weren't backed by fact. And you've made it clear you don't care about anyone's rights if they don't align with yours. There's nothing different in your position now as there was in George Wallace's position in the 60's.

@ Pica -- the Constitution protects the minority from the majority and vice versa. The majority has no right to force their beliefs on the minority -- which you just said you want to do under the guise of religion. I've never said that I want prayer taken away -- people have the right to do so. In private. You do not, however, have a right to force me to be part of it in public.

Hasn't Blythe learned this lesson (about religious intolerance) a few times? Wasn't Bacus v. PVUSD wasn't enough of a message to the town? Isn't that a big enough stain on the towns image? Especially since it's being quoted over and over in courts across the nation as an example of a group of intolerant people that refuse to follow the Constitution?

Back to Chick Fil A -- boycott is an appropriate thing for people who do not want their money to be used to support hate groups. And that's the point that no one has yet tackled in this discussion. It's something Bob Weete convinently left out in his column as well, either by design or omission. The fact is, I bet you wouldn't eat at KFC if you found out they had a non-profit giving money to the KKK -- or would you? Chick Fil A is doing nothing different, except that they are trying to hide behind the First Amendment, just as you are Yellow Jacket 65 and El Pica Buyas.



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