This week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned a fast food company that they are not welcome in the Windy City. “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.” the Mayor said on Wednesday. “They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”
The Christian-owned corporation crossed the PC line when their president addressed an audience of Christian men in a private organization and explained his conviction that traditional marriage is sanctioned by God. He added that the radical campaign to legitimize gay marriage seems to be spitting in God’s face and could draw divine judgment on our nation. However, his restaurants do not discriminate against gays in either food service or employment.
By contrast, the Mayor attempted to foist his personal moral positions on the entire population of Chicago, not to mention an out of state corporation. The facts only underscore the Mayor’s shameless hypocrisy:
- Same sex couples are not permitted to marry in Chicago, based on a statewide referendum that passed in 1996. Illinois and forty-three other states license only traditional marriage.
- More recent efforts by one legislator to legitimize gay marriage have died in committee in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2007, 2009 and again this year.
- The Mayor of Chicago has campaigned and worked for two Presidents who stated their public support for traditional marriage. His ally President Obama remained a traditional marriage proponent until just a few weeks ago, but he was never warned to stay away from the city.
- One day after blasting Chick-fil-A, the Mayor welcomed Minister Louis Farrakahn to Chicago. Mr. Farrakahn, who speaks for the Nation of Islam, is a passionate, outspoken opponent of gay marriage.
- There is no compelling evidence that voters of Illinois would legalize gay marriage even if given the opportunity this year. In the six states which permit gay marriage, the action has never resulted from a majority vote in an election.
- When most of us think of Chicago values, we may think of striking architecture or we may emphasize the mob and organized crime, or even hardball politics. But Chicago is not notable for its values regarding marriage and family.
As Christians, we are constantly mocked in the popular media for perceived hypocrisy, for discrimination, and for attempting to ram our values down the throats of our fellow citizens. Strangely, few voices in the press have bothered to denounce Mr. Emanuel’s shameless attempt to ram his values down the throats of other people; the illegality of a public official wielding the power of the state against a law abiding private citizen; or the unconstitutionality of a state punishing an individual for his free exercise of speech and religion.
Don’t get mad. Get busy. Share your faith, pray for our nation, and refuse to be sidelined by the terrorism of lawless politicians and an oppressive media.
And lift up the Cross!