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an abbreviated version of this rant can be found here.
Looks like Chick-fil-A is in the news again. This time the Third Reich supporting restaurant has been booted out of the Cox Hall (#nojokes, #toohack) this summer at the prestigious Emory University. The Emory Wheel on Twitter, having all the time in the world, stated UPDATE: Chick-fil-a to be removed from Cox Hall this Summer as part of FACE’s new Cox Hall layout.
Previously, the university’s administration issued a Dec. 17 statement saying Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s confirmed donations to anti-gay organizations did not reflect the school’s “values of access, inclusion and equity,” according to the Georgia Voice. Still, the statement did not ask for the restaurant to be removed, according to the report.
For the record, Chick-fil-A will be welcomed into my OpenOffice inter-software dictionary… for I just added it.
Honestly, I could care less. Emory University has the right to welcome any restaurant onto their campus just as Chick-fil-A has the right to hold any philosophy it sees fit, but I have noticed a common occurrence going on in higher learning in which colleges, long sensed known for bastions of free speech and open ideas, have decided that perceived intolerance will not be tolerated. Often it is the people who champion anti-discrimination world views who use a rigid discriminatory literacy test to pick and choose what intolerance they are willing to tolerate.
Case in point, if you were a Columbia University student a couple of years back, you were more likely to storm the barricades when the Minute Men come to speak, but you cowered in the face of an anti-Semitic/anti-gay puppet dictator.
The image I get of free speech and the open exchange of ideas is that a true believer in Liberty would go see the Minute Men AND President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, shut up and listen, and then assertively make your voice heard during the Q & A session. Regardless of the opinions, true Liberty seekers give a voice to their opposition and aggressively attack them with counter-ideas. You don’t pitch a fit, violently protest and run the opposition out of town! If you really believed in the supremacy of your ideas, then why wouldn’t you want to let inferior viewpoints be heard? The best disinfectant is indeed sunlight.
Going back to Emory University, running out Chick-fil-A while proclaiming to be a haven of free speech, tolerance and diversity shows that the University is willing to use discriminatory methods to root out people they don’t like. More tragically perhaps, is this latest stunt brings light to the fact that the administration at Emory knows nothing about economics. If you wanted to take this fight to Chick-fil-A, then why not let them return to the University and persuade (not coerce) students not to eat there thus Chick-fil-A takes a small but noticeable hit in the wallet and is forced to close show on campus.
Banning Chick-fil-A from campus, based on their views on homosexuality and gay marriage, makes about as much sense as when Rahm Emanuel made the statement Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values and that he might block Chick-fil-A from opening a free-standing store.
But a couple of weeks later, he invites Louis Farrakahn to help quell the epidemic of youth violence in Chicago. I forgot, was it Dan Cathy that said the following or Louis Farrakahn?
“I love my people who are lesbian, homosexual, transgender. Don’t make no difference, I love you. But I have to teach you that which will make us more pleasing in the sight of God because his wrath now is coming down on America and on the world. And if you’re not on the right side, you will receive a terrible chastisement. You’re not a beast.”
“We see pimps with a cross around their neck. We see hustlers. We see adulterers, fornicators, lesbians, homosexuals. If you can’t preach what Christ says, then get the hell out of the pulpit. If you can’t stand up for what God says, then why are you trying to represent a God that you are misrepresenting?”
“You think you know Jesus Christ?… If you knew him, why is there so much drunkenness, so much drugs, so much fornication, so much adultery, so much homosexuality, so much lesbianism, so much murder, so much crime? And all of you got a cross around your neck proclaiming a man that hasn’t got nothing to do with the madness we do in his holy and righteous name.”
“Right now, among the Jews, there’s division. Because some Jews want to sanctify by the law, gay and lesbian and same sex unions and to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis, while there are other Jews that want to stick by the religious law. The same thing in Christianity. We are being divided over moral issues and Satan has made immoral things fair seeming, so the house of religion is divided.”
“And the Christian right, with your blindness to that wicked state of Israel…can that be the holy land, and you have gay parades, and want to permit to have a gay parade in Jerusalem when no prophet ever sanctioned that behavior. HOW CAN THAT BE THE ISRAEL, how can that be Jerusalem with secular people running the holy land when it should be the holy people running the holy land. That land is gonna be cleansed with BLOOD!”
“I call them the so-called Jews because to be a Jew you have to adhere to the statutes and laws that create the special relationship. How can you be a Jew and promote homosexual marriage?”
The inconsistency in opposing Chick-fil-A but propping up Louis Farrakhan leads one to believe that Rham Emanuel’s notion of tolerance cowers in the face of adversity. It’s a lot easier (and safer) to protest the leader of the Nation of Chick-fil-A than it is the leader of the Nation of Islam (#youlikethatwordplaydontyou).
The same rule is applied to Columbia University when they shouted over the Minute Men speaking but act like obedient subjects when a brutal dictator, who by my speculation has a higher murder count amongst gays than Dan Cathy does, steps up to the podium.
I have nothing against Emory University, like I said, they have every right to ban whatever organization wants to set up shop on their campus. I’ll continue to eat at Chick-fil-A and I’ll apply to the graduate program at Emory University even though I can’t afford it and am too dumb to attend. If in the next year, the Emory Wheel dis-invites President/Beloved Leader Mahmoud Louis Farrakhan Ahmadinejad because he/she/ they do “…not reflect the school’s “values of access, inclusion and equity,” then I will be the first to applaud their intellectual consistency. Personally, I think THE true definition of Liberty, Tolerance and Diversity is going to see Louis Farrakhan or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak while eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich.