The right's ragey rage over Mayor Thomas Menino's standoff with Chick-Fil-A currently being bandied about across the blogosphere and talk radio is shortsighted and extremely selective. Where were conservatives when Menino blocked a project because of a feud with the guy proposing it? Where was the outrage machine when he bullied Wal-Mart? Oh, that's right, those dust ups didn't have the culture war juice that runs through the veins of our national politics.
Meanwhile, the left is celebrating this as some kind of triumphant stand against bigotry. Yes, because Boston's mayor told the head of one of the largest fast food restaurants in the country to go pound sand that now means all homophobia is gone forever. Come on. The gay rights movement still has a long way to go before grilled chicken sandwiches are the front lines of the battle. Again, this is the same left that supposedly cherishes free speech.
The mayor is wrong in blocking a restaurant or business from starting up in the city just because he does not like what their Bible thumping boss has to say but this is the way he operates. He had a problem with Wal-Mart and their controversial business practices. The Chiofaro thing? Well, you got an hour?
Anyone that has paid even the slightest attention to Boston politics knows this. Menino's great stewardship of Boston and his almost twenty years in office has led him to accumulate a massive amount of influence To the uneducated outsider that peddles in the rage of the day this doesn't matter because the story here is tolerance of homosexuality and, to a lesser extent, gay marriage. Or, as the right likes to perceive everything that touches on these issues a "war on religious freedom".
This has far more to do with how the longest serving mayor in the history of Boston can throw around his decades of clout than it does with a "anti-Christian" sentiments. So you can protest by going to buy a so-so sandwich at one of their stores or celebrate Menino's stance by posting his letter to Chick-Fil-Aâ€™s President Dan Cathy on your Facebook page but those actions really miss the big picture.
On a side note: Chick-Fil-A's sandwiches, by the way, not as terrible as everyone is saying. Nothing to write home about but, again, not terrible.
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