Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he has no regrets about saying that “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values” because the company president opposes gay marriage.
“No. I don’t” regret it, the mayor said under questioning at an unrelated jobs announcement.
“And the simple reason is, when it comes to values, there’s a policy as it relates to gay marriage. The values of our city are ones that welcome and recognize that, and I will continue to fight for that.”
[The] syllogism is simple, but it bears repeating:
1. The right to vote implies the right to choose freely on every subject relevant to that vote.
2. The right to choose implies the right to receive information and hear arguments about that choice.
3. We cannot receive information and arguments about the choices we make in our democracy unless people are free to express themselves.
4. Therefore freedom of expression is essentially to democracy.
And so when an official seeks not only to regulate behavior
but even opinion
, then that person is seeking to create a very real tyranny, to strike at democracy itself. And we should have absolutely no tolerance of that.
So yes, even if you support gay marriage—hell even if you are gay—get a sandwich at Chick-Fil-A. Because this isn’t about gay marriage anymore. This is about freedom of speech.Chicken tyranny: Are liberals aspiring tyrants?