I am feeling down today; really down today. One of the reasons is this story:
Chick-fil-A has pledged to stop giving money to anti-gay groups and to back off political and social debates after an executive’s comments this summer landed the fast-food chain smack in the middle of the gay marriage debate.
The Civil Rights Agenda, which dubs itself the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group in Illinois, said Chick-fil-A agreed in meetings to stop donating to groups such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. Such groups oppose same-sex marriage.
This was done after an Alderman in Chicago was trying to block additional permits for the franchise owner to finish construction on the restaurant he was trying to open. A restaurant, by the way, that had already had all the permits it needed to do business. But this Alderman decided that he would shake the company down because he didn't the like the views of the corporate owner of Chick Fil A.
Zero proof existed that Chick Fil A discriminated in its hiring practices nor did they refuse to serve someone based on their sexual orientation. What they did do is give money to organizations that promoted traditional marriage. Something that in our Constitutional Republic should be allowed. If you don't like their beliefs, don't eat there. That is your right as an American as well. Instead an elected official has decided that he has the right to interfere with a person's personal belief and shake them down in order to get his way. To squelch free speech and free assembly. He has pissed all over the Constitution he has sworn to uphold.
It is of no consequence if you agree with Chick Fil A or not. You can be for gay marriage and realize how wrong this is. They have taken away their rights, what is stopping them from coming for yours? America, the land of free, as long as Alderman Moreno says so.
We are no longer free.
Excuse me while I go to lie down and cry.