San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee attacks Chick-fil-A

July 30, 2012

By John Seiler

San Francisco has a reputation as a “tolerant” city, the capital of the 1967 Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury and all that. Whatever it was in psychedelic Sixties, today it’s one of the most intolerant cities around. For example, on June 6, San Fran voted a whopping 74 percent for Proposition 29, the buck-a-pack cigarette tax. The rest of the state opposed it, 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent.

What have San Franciscans got against tobacco smokers, who tend to be poor people? No doubt it comes from city’s heritage of its major Anglo settlement by intolerant New England Puritans. They always want to tell everybody else what to do.

By contrast, Orange County was settled by more tolerant Okies and Mexicans. Not surprisingly, O.C. voted 59 percent to 41 percent against Prop. 29 — that is, in favor of tolerance toward smokers.

The latest display of San Francisco intolerance concerns Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy saying he wasn’t keen on same-sex “marriage.” He said it violates his religious beliefs.

It’s important to note that he didn’t say he was firing homosexuals from his company. And he didn’t come out in favor of bringing back anti-sodomy laws. He just expressed his religious opinion.

In response, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee attack-tweeted, “Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn’t share San Francisco’s values & strong commitment to equality for everyone.” A second tweet: “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”

As Anthony Gregory noted at the Independent Institute site:

“For his stance on this issue, which is not all that different from Obama’s stance just a year ago, many in the gay rights movement decided to boycott his fast food chain. Whatever one thinks of this, it is well within the rights of people to vote with their dollars. The Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans argues that the boycott is poor strategy, however, because ‘turning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One makes LGBT people look superficial, vindictive and juvenile—everything that we as a community have worked hard to overcome.’”

Private boycotts are one thing. But Anthony notes that it’s different when governments have gotten involved, because that involves the threat of coercion.

Banned in Boston

Other attacks on Cathy have come from Boston and Chicago. Both are understandable. Boston is even more intolerant than San Francisco, the very center of Puritan intolerance and haughtiness. Nowadays they’re not religious Puritans, but secular Puritans. Mayor Thomas Menino threatened, “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it”

Imagine that! No place for freedom on the Freedom Trail.

Boston’s famed intolerance, of course, originated the phrase “banned in Boston.” And it was just a few clicks north that their fellow Puritans burned  witches not so long ago. And check out that cover of a book on witches, image at the top. The book was printed in “Boston in N.E.” in 1702. It reads, “How Persons Guilty of that Crime may be Convicted.” Boston 1702 = Boston 2012 = Chicago 2012 = San Francisco 2012.

Chicago is notorious for having the most corrupt political machine in all America, which is saying a lot. In the Windy City, the dead not only walk, they vote. That’s also where we got the phrase, “Vote early and often.”

In Chicago, an alderman, Joe Moreno, banned Chick-fil-A from opening a store. Moreno was backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the notoriously foul-mouthed former chief-of-staff of President Obama. Emanuel said, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”

What a typical socialist. He thinks he knows how to run somebody else’s business, and how it will do. Meanwhile, while Emanuel and Moreno were wasting time on their own immense intolerance, Chicago’s murder rate has been soaring. For them, it’s tolerance for murderers, intolerance for someone just voicing his religious opinion.

It’s also worth pointing out that, not only is Cathy’s position the same as Obama’s last year, it’s the same as that of most Americans today, and of most American religious groups today.


Gregory again:

“While the most consistent left-liberal voices for civil liberties, among them the ACLU, have defended Chick-fil-A’s right to open a business regardless of the proprietor’s political views, there has been far too much silence or even enthusiasm toward these threats of political coercion, which carry potentially totalitarian implications. A government that can prohibit people from engaging in peaceful commerce based on traditional cultural and conservative political values is as big a threat to civil liberties as anything the left imagines a conservative Big Brother poses….

“Civil liberties are grounded in key principles of a free society, including an unflinching distrust in secular government and a respect for property rights. Without property rights, bodily integrity, freedom from censorship, and guarantees against lawless prosecution are impossible to maintain. Without distrusting government, society loses sight of the importance of civil liberties in the first place. The left has long attempted to marry a loyalty to civil liberties with a trust in government and an attitude toward property ranging from ambivalence to hostility. This contradictory approach to the principal issues of a just society fundamentally explains the unreliability and hypocrisy so often seen with many progressives when civil liberties are under attack.”


Lee, Menino, Moreno and Emanuel unfortunately are part of a rising trend in America of Left-intolerance, of using government coercion to suppress First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion. This long has happened in Europe and Canada.

In America, this tyrannical trend needs to be stopped. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

Eat dinner tonight at Chick-fil-A.



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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 30 July, 2012, 15:08

    SF and northern California kook reports are really tiresome. Everyone I know is going out of their way to EAT MORE CHICKEN from the CHRISTIAN CEO’S PRIVATE BUSINESS.

    Who put whack jobs in SF in charge…are they the commie food police?

    Crawl under a rock!

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  2. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 30 July, 2012, 19:07

    Mayor Lee is wrong, as are Menino and Moreno (the moron twins). No matter how detestable his views may be, Mr. Cathy is entitled to them. And as long as Chick-fil-A doesn’t actually discriminate against anyone, they can’t be denied a business license. (Of course, I’m sure some on this site would say that they should be allowed to discriminate, pollute, or do anything else they please, but that’s for another day.)

    However, John, having seen for yourself the hatred engendered by Proposition 8 supporters and Occupy opponents, for example, even you should admit that intolerance does not exist just on the Left.

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  3. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 30 July, 2012, 23:31

    Stevefromsacto: I haven’t seen any hatred from Prop. 8 supporters. Give us a link.

    And how are Cathy’s views detestable if they are the same as most major Christian denominations and Orthodox Judaism? Are we to hate religious folks for following the Bible?

    Moreover, as I’ve said before, there’s no such thing as same-sex “marriage.” Doesn’t exist. But we should end government control of marriage in any case:

    And let’s get rid of business licenses, too.

    — John Seiler

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 July, 2012, 23:50

    Never discuss religion or politics, it always causes problems.

    Always off limits at our family functions where we have ultra right wing bible thumpers on one side and ultra left wing tree huggers on the other side, and since I am in the middle as an independant they all attack me.

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  5. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 31 July, 2012, 01:02

    Rex: This site is about politics.

    — John Seiler

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  6. Queeg
    Queeg 31 July, 2012, 07:45

    Wonder yiu are possibly part of the famous, feared desert rightie fringe by your daily droning testimony.

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  7. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 31 July, 2012, 08:41


    I’m what you would call an “ultra right-wing” and I don’t thump a bible. Bible thumpers are an incurious closed-minded bunch who are bounded by superstition and lack the capacity to think objectively.

    I’m a principled conservative. My opinions and arguments are based on an objective analysis of objective facts. Nothing more, nothing less. If that makes me ultra right-wing then so be it. And for God’s sake, don’t confuse me for a republican. There’s a difference you know. I’m not beholden to a political ideology or party.

    Rex, there’s no such thing as “in the middle”. the only thing in the middle of the road is road-kill and you know it. Pick a side or get ran over.

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 July, 2012, 08:52

    Wonder was over a long long long time ago.

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  9. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 31 July, 2012, 10:09


    I thought as much. The guy never says more than a few words. Probably busy dodging traffic “in the middle” of the road.

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  10. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 31 July, 2012, 11:54

    Wow, all the sudden Rex is the bad guy! I mena never talk politics and relgeion at family outings. Not here of course!

    BobA, the repug right wing is dominated by bible thumpers, that is a fact.

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  11. C Mcdonald
    C Mcdonald 31 July, 2012, 11:59

    Went to Chick Filet this weekend. Could not find parking in a giant lot, and the drive through (two lanes) were backed up into the street. Guess your crusade is not working, and the free market is.

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 July, 2012, 13:36

    Boba……you get little touchy….relax….internet beatings don’t hurt. Uhaul is a voice of reason keeping kook righties in balance….it is really hard work…give me some slack!

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  13. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 31 July, 2012, 13:55

    Poodle has internalized conflicts….be kind to him…when he has to go PC with his relatives it brings one a tear!

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  14. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 31 July, 2012, 17:43

    Teddy= 1%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%5 BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

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  15. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 1 August, 2012, 08:55


    I don’t know that as a fact and neither do you. Your opinion is based on perception which is based on left-wing propaganda that dominates the media. Your objectivity on the matter is suspect because you can not provide any conclusive evidence to support you assertion other than your personal opinion and innuendo.

    But let’s not belabor the point. America is still a free country and people have a right to their opinions based on their religious beliefs whether you or I like it or not. The left wing hasn’t taken away that freedom -yet.

    For the record: I’m as far right as one can get yet I have little use for bible thumpers. They mean well but their lack of objectivity is at best frustrating and at worst, ridiculous and laughable. I assure you that none of my conservative colleagues and associates are so-called “bible thumpers”.

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  16. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 1 August, 2012, 09:03


    I hereby grant you slack!!

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  17. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 2 August, 2012, 12:27

    1. BobA, people have a right to their opinions, period. And it ain’t just the Left Wing that wants to take people’s freedom of speech away. Just take a look back at the vitriol and hatred just on this site against the Occupy movement.

    2. John, you know darn well that people can find justification for pretty much anything somewhere in the Bible, but that doesn’t make it true or right. For example, slaveholders and segregationists have used the Bible to support their views on racial separation and discrimination.

    By the way, I always ask my religious friends to show me one place where Jesus condemns homosexuals. Not other people, or not proclamations from “God”, but Jesus himself. They immediately change the subject.

    3. John, if you end government control of marriage, that should mean that anyone is free to marry, right? Or are you just proposing religious control of marriage instead. That’s not very libertarian of you.

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