By now most readers are aware that Chick-fil-A appreciation day was a huge success, with tens of thousands of customers forming blocks-long lines to buy chicken sandwiches and show their support for COO Dan Cathy’s right to freedom of speech and religion. It’s hard to imagine how the progressive elite that started this fight could have suffered a more humiliating defeat. More importantly, disputes between key Obama voting blocks have been exposed.
Almost Exactly four years ago then Candidate Barack Obama, along with GOP Candidate John McCain, participated in the “Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency” conducted by Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church near Los Angeles. This was not a special interest event only for Christians. It was sponsored by CNN and televised nationally. All campaign issues from taxes to Iraq to high gas prices were discussed. Warren touched on gay marriage only briefly before moving on to other topics. Here is the exchange:
PASTOR WARREN: Define marriage.
SENATOR/CANDIDATE OBAMA: I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.
Obama’s position did not change until May of this year when he came out in favor of gay marriage, apparently to appease the gay political movement and encourage more donations from Hollywood. Now, fast forward to two weeks when ago Chic-fil-A COO Dan Cathy said in a radio interview:
We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
There’s no difference between the positions of President Obama and Mr. Cathy. But In response to Mr. Cathy’s remarks a Chicago Alderman said his ward would deny any business license application from Chick-fil-A. Ram Emanuel who was a senior adviser to Obama’s campaign and served as Obama’s White House Chief of Staff for two years before being elected Mayor of Chicago, Obama’s home town and political base, supported the Alderman. With the statement below Mayor Emanuel kicked off two weeks of roaring denunciation of Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A. He was joined by three other big city mayors and most of the political-media establishment. Said Mr. Emanuel:
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.”
One wonders, was President Obama also out of step with Chicago values until just a few weeks ago when he changed his position from opposition to support of gay marriage? Was he also “disrespectful” of Chicago residents and disqualified from inclusion in “the Chicago Community?”
About the same time Mr Cathy made his initial statement, Rev. Bill Owens, leader of the 1,300 member Coalition of African-American Pastors made a more provocative announcement that was also reported by most of the national media. Rev. Owens said in part:
By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path. Some things are bigger than the next election.
In a TV interview Owens said:
The President thinks because we’re black, we’re going to vote for him… I think he’s taking us for granted, but I think him announcing support for same sex marriage is going to change the dynamic.
So, did Ram Emanuel and the other mayors give Rev. Owens and the black Pastors the same treatment they gave Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A? Did they vow to keep black churches out of their cities unless the pastors endorsed gay marriage? Well, of course not!
Like the gay political movement, black people are considered part of the alliance of ethnic groups and special interests that make up the Democratic Party. While Candidate Romney’s challenge will be to appeal to as wide a range of voters as possible, Obama’s challenge will be subduing the ideological differences between the Democrats’ narrow and disparate constituencies so his inherently volatile and unstable voting coalition doesn’t blow up before election day.
Yesterday Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the nation had their busiest day ever. As one who speaks from experience, having operated a group of fast food restaurants, I can say with certainty that the net result of this entire episode will be a permanent, substantial increase in Chic-fil-A’s customer count. No advertising campaign could ever have turned out as many first-time customers who will inevitably become repeat customers.