It used to be that you had to actually, you know, discriminate against someone in order to get yourself accused of discrimination. Not any more. Now you only have to say — or think — something that’s incompatible with leftist orthodoxy, and suddenly you are guilty not only of discrimination, but also of hatred. The very folks who are forever harping on the need for tolerance have shown themselves, time and time again, to be fanatically intolerant of anyone who fails to subscribe to their agenda. If you think that slicing and dicing unborn children and flushing them down the drain is a bad idea, you’re an intolerant theocrat who hates women. If you think racial quotas are bad policy, you’re an intolerant bigot who hates black people. If you think marriage should be defined as the union of one man and one woman, you’re an intolerant homophobe who hates gay people. And so on. The left always assumes that anyone who holds an opinion contrary to their own must be motivated by hatred; they are so deficient in imagination that they can’t conceive of any other reason anyone would disagree with them.
Which brings us to the brouhaha over Chick-fil-A, a wildly successful fast-food chain that the left now wishes to see put out of business because of some allegedly homophobic beliefs allegedly held by its founders. As far as I can tell, no one has ever accused Chick-fil-A of discriminating against gay people, either in its employment policies or in the way it runs its restaurants. (If they ever had, you can bet your bottom dollar it would have been reported ad nauseam.) No matter; actual discrimination is not required for the left to convict you of a hate crime. All you have to do is hold an opinion or belief that they dislike.
So the left is organizing boycotts and protests against Chick-fil-A, while the folks who still believe in freedom of thought and freedom of conscience are going out of their way to patronize them. I’d go out and join the latter group if there were a Chick-fil-A within easy driving distance of my house, but there isn’t…. so I’m doing the next best thing, and sharing these two great songs by Tim Hawkins, wherein he expresses his deep, abiding, heartfelt love for the place: