Chick-Fil-A, Coca-Cola, And Cobb County

Boston and Chicago`s highest executive officers have now stated their opposition to Chick-Fil-A opening stores inside their city borders, all because the southern fast food chains current president, Dan Cathy, had the temerity to state that his privately-owned company believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this:

“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values,” Emanuel said Wednesday.

Hilariously, Mayor Rahm has no problem working with anti-white, anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan to try and stop the black crime problem in Chicago by dispatching an army of Black Muslims to patrol the streets where black crime is scaring aware tourism and desperately needed outside investments. [Rahm welcomes help from Farrakahn, ignores anti-Semitic remarks, By Fran Spielman, suntimes.com, July 25, 2012]

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had this to say to the Atlanta-based fast food giant, which has more than 1500 stores across America:

“In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage, and said the generation that supports it has an `arrogant attitude,`” Menino wrote in the letter, dated July 20 and addressed to Cathy at Chick-fil-A`s Atlanta headquarters.

“Now—incredibly—your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.”

You have to wonder what ESPN—which airs the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec.31, pitting an SEC team vs. an ACC team and also the Chick-fil-A Classic (an opening season football game played at the Georgia Dome)—is thinking right now, knowing that they too are a progressive company firmly in the “anti-gay marriage” is “discrimination” camp. 

For those wondering if there exists a precedent to this blossoming Cold War between the homosexual, progressive lobby and a entity that takes a stand for traditional values… yes, there is. 

Back in the mid-1990s, when Coca-Cola had successfully bribed the African nations to support Atlanta`s bid for the 1996 Olympics, efforts to put the Women`s Volleyball event in Cobb County were stymied by a ordinance the ultra-conservative (home to both Larry McDonald and Bob Barr—oh, and the pompous Newt Gingrich) county passed in favor of traditional family values:

Gay rights activists and their supporters are to gather for a rally against the county commission`s year-old resolution condemning the gay lifestyle as “incompatible with the standards to which this community subscribes.”

The protesters, expected to number as many as 5,000, will be joined by 200 Marietta police officers, 40 Cobb County police officers, 46 sheriff`s officers and a throng of counter-demonstrators. Security was increased when a computer bulletin board message on the Internet posed the question: “Are there any nice hills nearby with a clear shot at the demonstrators? Those cute little pink triangles make such good targets.”

Cobb`s “family values” controversy would have been a heated local issue even if the International Olympic Committee hadn`t awarded the 1996 Games to Atlanta, and even if the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) hadn`t granted the volleyball venue to tranquil, old Cobb County.

But they did. And that raised the whole controversy to a national—and even an international—level.[ How A Gay Rights Battle Cost A Georgia County The Olympics Cobb County Was Selected As A Host For Volleyball. Then The County Condemned The Gay Lifestyle. By Bob Ford, Inquirer, August 28, 1994]

The homosexual, progressive lobby won: women`s volleyball was moved out of Cobb County. Worse, the Coca-Cola sponsored Olympic Torch Relay in 1996 was originally designed to go through Cobb County, but a planned boycott by homosexuals of the soft drink giant ended that:  [Olympic Torch Relay Will Skip Atlanta Suburb That Condemned Gay Life, By Ronald Smothers, Published: April 20, 1996]

One thing is certain: the fight against Chick-fil-A is just beginning. Based on what happened in Cobb County… we can tell how it will end.