Last Wednesday, the feathers flew.
America ate chicken, Boy did they eat chicken!! And Rahm Emmanuel, he ate crow.
It all started right here on this show two weeks ago. That's when I told Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A that I was going to encourage people across America to eat at his family's restaurants on Wednesday, August 1 -- not as a protest, but as an affirmation of the right of his son, Dan, the current COO of the company and a devoted Christian, to speak freely about his convictions. Now I talked about it daily on my radio show and I encouraged the followers on my Facebook page and website to invite their friends. Chick-fil-A did not propose nor did they promote the effort. But as it turned out, they didn't have to. Over 21 million people viewed my Facebook event page. And for almost 13 hours, Facebook censored my page because of protests from the left, but Facebook eventually restored it.
Now people ask why I did it. Well, it's simple,I didn't want a Christian brother, Dan Cathy, to express a Biblical view of marriage, then get pummeled with hate speech from angry people who attempted to bully him out of business, and then for Dan to turn around and be all alone.
And when mayors in Boston, Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco actually threatened to censor his speech and keep him from conducting lawful commerce in their cities, I realized that if freedom-loving Americans didn't stand up and speak up, people of faith would be told to sit in the back of the political bus and just shut up.
Chick-fil-A doesn't discriminate against customers or employees and that would be wrong if they did. But the COO simply expressed his personal view of marriage -- by the way, it's a view shared by voters in all 32 states where that's been on the ballot and it's the one that was shared by even Barak Obama until just a few months ago.
I am not anti-gay. I do business with gay people, I have employed gay people, I have friends who are gay. I just don't like intolerance, hate speech and bigotry carried out against religious people like Dan Cathy.
Being a Christian shouldn't mean being disenfranchised from one's citizenship or First Amendment rights. CEO's who support causes that are popular with the left aren't targeted for economic annihilation. The CEO's of Apple computers, Starbucks, and Amazon, are among those who support same sex marriage, hey I'm not calling for their businesses to be destroyed or for the government to censor them. In fact, I like Starbucks, I love Apple computer products, and I order things from Amazon. Look, I buy their products, not their politics. I can only imagine the outcry from the left if the mayor of Dallas or Birmingham had said that a Ben and Jerry's ice cream shop wouldn't be welcome in those cities because of the liberal views of the founders!
Chick-fil-A had the biggest day in their company's history. Lines stretched for blocks, people filled our in-box with pictures from everywhere, like these from Texas. Then there were photos we had from Louisiana. Here's some from Alabama. We had pictures sent to us from Colorado. Then from the West Coast, the "Left Coast" as some call it in California. We had them from South Carolina. Pictures that were sent to us from West Virginia, and so many, many more. All of them Chick-fil-A's that were filled with customers! By the way, some stores ran out of food, and it was the lead story on TV stations across the nation.
But folks, it wasn't about chicken. It was about freedom and fairness. There was no violence, and maybe the only real protest came from the chickens themselves. Wednesday, August 1, America ate chicken, but they didn't act chicken and they celebrated their freedom to think, and to believe, and to speak. And surely America is diverse enough for that to happen.