In the dustup over Chick fil a I am again struck by the intolerance of the Left. One of my friends has been trying for years to get Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levine off of local radio. I asked him if he listened to them. He said "no!" But he did not want anyone else to listen to them either because "they spread hate" amongst those who do listen. No amount of talk will ever change his mind, so there is no use in trying. Look at the comments of the mayors of Boston, DC and Chicago who do not want Chick fil a in their cities. Look at all the pro-gay marriage pickets outside of Chick fil a buildings. Most of the signs they carry have equated anti-gay marriage to hatred against gays but for most of us the two are completely separate issues. It was interesting hearing Raum Emanuel saying that Chick fil a is not welcome in Chicago because it does not espouse Chicago values. Is that because there is not at least three killings a week in Chick fil a restaurants? Another irony was that in Washington, DC where the mayor had said that Chick fil a was "hate chicken" that a group of black ministers held a press conference condemning Obama for his change from the Chick fil a president's view to endorsing gay marriage. Lastly, lets return to the issue of intolerance. As one Knoxville politician has said, the gay lobby has become the bullies of politics yet the media and politicians on the left seem to think (without any corroboration) that in today's world only Tea Party members are bullies. Consider the reaction against Chick fil a. Jim Henson's company severed its ties to the company, gay groups picketed and are going to have "kiss-ins" in the restaurants and on college campus petitions are being circulated to kick the restaurant off of campuses. Yet, there was an unprecedented show of support for the company on August 2nd. Now what about the reactions of those on the right under similar circumstances? Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is giving $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington state’s gay marriage law.Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates each donated $100,000. Also, other prominent Pacific Northwest businesses and their leaders have publicly supported the law including Starbucks and Nike. What has been the reaction from the right? Mike Huckaby and Sean Hannity have professed their love for Amazon, Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's - another leftist company. Rush Limbaugh is probably the most prominent lover of all things Apple. Not a peep from any of them or anyone of stature on the right about a boycott of companies with leftist CEOs.
Harold A. Black is professor emeritus in the Department of Finance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville having retired after 24 years of service. He has served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Florida. His government service includes the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as a Board Member of the National Credit Union Administration. He also has served on the boards of directors Home Savings of America and its parent company, H. F. Ahmanson & Co., Irwindale, California prior to its merger with Washington Mutual Savings Bank, on the board of New Century Financial Corporation, Irvine, California, then the nation’s largest real estate investment trust and as director and later chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He writes an occasional article for the Knoxville News-Sentinel at http://www.knoxnews.com/staff/dr-harold-black/. His web page is haroldablackphd.com