For years these stores were closed on Sunday. If customers asked, they were told the owners felt employees should spend Sunday at church and with their families, so stores were closed.
What a monumental surprise it was, therefore, when the chain's owners expressed a traditional view of marriage, and opposed same-sex marriages. (As did a vast majority of Kentuckians who voted on a recent constitutional amendment; I was not one of them--for many reasons, chiefly that it attempted to write a particularly religious view into our Constitution which I felt was no place for it.)
The same-sex marriage crowd immediately seized upon this revealation, and feeling their oats, if not their wings and thighs, announced a boycott. Some U of L students petitioned the school to remove the Chick-Fil-A restaurant from the campus. The school announced it was studying its contract with the firm to see if that could be done.
If the firm's owners' right to free speech is to be jeapordized by economic repercussions and boycotts, then what does free speech mean? Those who support same-sex marriage should reflect on that movement's recent history and how important it was that our traditions of free speech gave them an entre to the public and thus the ensuing national debate. Without the right to free speech the same-sex movement would not have advanced.
Does anyone here not remember how recently Lexington PROHIBITED many firms from doing business on Sunday? Most stores, including movies, could not open. Those were the "blue laws" and they were not fair because they wrote one particular set of religious beliefs into law. Slowly courts threw them out. If any firm wants to close on Sunday, that's voluntary, which is the way it should be and never required by law.
There are religious groups that observe another day of the week as their Sabbath, and close..an auto parts firm come to mind at once.
And BTW, a major pizza chain in town has views very similar to the Chick-fil-A owner. Shall we boycott him? When his firm first moved into my neighborhood I knew of his views, very different from my own, but I went to sample his product because the store was so close. I didn't like his pizza and that's why I seldom go there.
If we are going to start judging business firms by the beliefs of the owners, and not the quality of the product, we are acting contrary to the Spirit of America. Let the U of L study die an ignominious death; and if the same is tried at UK I hope the school will reaffirm its belief in free expression..which leaves the owners free to close on Sunday and others to not "eat mor chikin" all the rest of the week.
For carried to its logical extreme, we would eventually see stores with yellow crosses on them. Haven't we learned from the recent past so we don't have to repeat it?
I'm just sayin'...