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August 5, 2012

Column: Thought police attack Chick-fil-A's family values

Welcome to America – land of bans on free thinking and home of the thought crime.

Not that we should be at all surprised that a business leader’s spoken opinion on a moral issue brings threats not just from the marketplace – which is legitimate as long as those threats are limited to things like peaceful protests or boycotts – but from liberal politicians who are forever complimenting themselves on how tolerant they are.

The thought police in America have been gaining strength for decades now, to the point where they are willing to be open about it. There are already speech codes throughout the land – a growing list of “offensive” words is banned. And thought codes are on the way.

Yeah, I know. The standard refrain from mayors like Tom Menino of Boston, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Edwin Lee of San Francisco is that they are only intolerant of intolerance. Hence their threats against the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A because the company CEO said he believes in the biblical definition of the family.

This, they say, is an obvious attack on gay marriage. And it will not be tolerated in their cities. “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino told the Boston Herald. “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”

And how, specifically, is Chick-fil-A discriminating against a population? Menino offered not a shred of evidence that the company refuses to serve or hire those of any population. All he knows is that the leader of the company expressed an opinion.

So, in a city that he says is “at the forefront of inclusion,” he is all about exclusion of any businesses whose leaders don’t think the way he does.

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