What's the difference between so-called "progressives" and people who really believe in freedom of thought/expression/speech? The former believe they have the right to use government coercion to get their way -- and subsequently make you bow down to their will.
As noted earlier this week, Chick-fil-A came under fire because its owner is against gay "marriage." Several Democrat politicians -- like former Boss Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago -- believe that it is their job to enforce what they deem "American values" on the rest of us. Chicago alderman Proco Moreno said “Because of this man’s (Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy's) ignorance,” said Alderman Moreno, “I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward.”
Got that? Because Cathy is "ignorant" -- and doesn't agree with Moreno -- he'll be denied a permit to open up another store. Boston Mayor Tom Menino made similar threats.
Backtrack to the controversy surrounding the Ground Zero mosque. Two years ago I wrote
I happen to believe that Imam Rauf has the RIGHT to build his community center/mosque near Ground Zero. I also believe that people can protest his decision peacefully, in an attempt to persuade him otherwise.
I also expressed similar sentiments here.
I cannot think of any prominent conservative who advocated using government to thwart the imam and the mosque. (This isn't to say there weren't any, just that I do not recall them.) What they did was claim people peacefully protesting was a legitimate means to express their disagreement. And it was bad enough to witness to the media reaction to that. Just imagine if a few Republican mayors and other pols came out and said that "Muslims and their mosques weren't welcome in their communities." But hey -- come to think of it, religious Muslims have [much] stronger anti-gay beliefs than Cathy and most other Americans. Using logic (never a very strong "progressive" attribute), Emanuel and Menino should be even more outspoken against them. But to be so would cause all sorts of politically correct mental feedback and confusion. Or, is it fear? Remember, being outspoken against [American] Christians is safe. Being outspoken against religious Muslims can be dangerous. Don't believe me? Just ask admitted socialist and MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell.Posted by Hube at July 29, 2012 02:53 PM | TrackBack