From AG News:
Dr. George O. Wood heard Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel loud and clear when he said that, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.”
The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God now has a rapid-fire series of questions for Emanuel and any other mayor who may be tempted to follow in his footsteps.
“Are you saying that the Catholics are also unwelcome in Chicago because they don’t have Chicago values? That evangelicals aren’t welcome? That Muslims aren’t welcome? That Orthodox Jewish people are not welcome?
“That other persons who have religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman don’t have Chicago values and therefore they are excluded from your community? Do you intend to discriminate against persons of faith? Do you intend to marginalize them? Are you becoming, in your view, intolerant of persons of religious faith?
Wood believes these are all important questions for the public square. As he sees it, the push to characterize anyone who has convictions about personal marriage as bigoted is itself bigotry on display.
I agree with my dad on this one, and I want to push the critique in two different directions: (1) The anti-Chick-fil-A sentiment is hypocritically opportunistic. Rahm Emanuel is basically criticizing anyone who holds the same position his boss held until about two months ago. (2) Coming as it does from a government official, the sentiment cannot help but chill free speech.
Of course, in the name of free speech, same-sex marriage advocates have every right to employ boycotts and other legal means to protest the private comments of Chick-fil-A’s owners. Just imagine the hue and cry, however, if a Republican alderman or mayor threatened the use of regulatory means to shut down those protests.