Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there. I was too busy pounding my head against a wall. Excuse me if I sit down? It’s made me a mite woozy.
What’s that, you ask? Why am I beating my head against the wall? Because people who are ostensibly on my side are so offending my values that I may now be forced to eat at mother-fishin’ Chick-fil-A on principle. I’ve already written about this once, but apparently the Stupid is quite catchy amongst the mayors of gigantic, heavily-Democratic cities. First Menino, now Emanuel:
The anti-gay views openly espoused by the president of a fast food chain specializing in chicken sandwiches have run afoul of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a local alderman, who are determined to block Chick-fil-A from expanding in Chicago.
“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. 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,” Emanuel said Wednesday.
Why? Why, why, why, why? Are we so lacking in confidence about the rightness of our beliefs and the growing support within the general public that we must abuse the powers of the state?
I don’t want to win this way! I don’t want the other side to be able to justly complain that they were bullied into quiescence. I don’t want those in positions of power to be able to determine which speech is publicly acceptable and which must be quelled, even when I agree with the viewpoints they are endorsing. As much as I want to be legally married, I want to live in a country where freedom of speech is guaranteed even more, and I cannot express how much I resent being forced to state things in those terms. I shouldn’t have to stipulate that, and my powerful allies shouldn’t be putting people like me in such a position as to make us feel compelled to do so.
Thankfully, I’m not the only one who feels this way, and voices louder than mine are making the same points. It’s bad enough to deal with the policy goals of those whose agenda conflicts with my civil rights. We shouldn’t have to worry about our own side making things worse.