The following comes from a July 27 posting by George Neumayr on Real Clear Religion.
The Obama Left places believing Christians in the same moral category as racists. The bullying has escalated to the point that prominent liberal mayors, such as Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel, now openly say that Christians are unworthy of even running a fast food chain in the public square.
“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,” said Emanuel, backing alderman Joe Moreno’s goal of preventing the chicken restaurant from opening its doors in the Logan Square neighborhood.
This is a stunning doubling down in the left’s war on Christianity by a prominent Democrat. Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, has in effect told the religious across the country, in an election year no less, that traditional Christian values are not American values.
Obama supporter Tom Hanks once said that opponents of gay marriage in California were “un-American,” but Emanuel’s comment spells this view out even more explicitly. The dictatorship of relativism, to borrow Pope Benedict XVI’s phrase, has never been more cocky. Apparently, Americans must not only learn to live under the amoral style of “Chicago politics” but also under the in-your-face secularism of “Chicago values.”
A less biased press would see great significance in Emanuel’s thuggish phrase. But since reporters sympathize with the Left’s war on Christianity, and since Mitt Romney shows little to no interest in engaging Obama on non-economic matters, this remarkable outburst will not get the attention it deserves. Has the culture really changed so quickly and dramatically that a position held by many Democrats, including the president, just months ago — a position ratified by the people in over thirty states — can be the grounds for depriving a chicken restaurant chain from operating in major American cities?
Emanuel has been joined by Boston mayor Thomas Menino in this get-the-hell-out-of-my-city message to Christians. “In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage, and said the generation that supports it has an ‘arrogant attitude,'” Menino wrote to the company’s top executive in Atlanta. “Now — incredibly — your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston….”
Americans are coming to see in more and more graphic form-from the HHS mandate all the way down to mayoral decrees enforcing political correctness-what Obama meant when he said in the 2008 campaign that he was going to “fundamentally transform” the country. He is the “one” we have “been waiting for,” his supporters chanted, meaning that he would run the ball into the end zone for radicalism.
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