(The following blog post is an open letter to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who wrote a letter to Dan Cathy to tell him that there is "no place" in Boston for Mr. Cathy or Chick-fil-A.)
Dear Mayor Thomas Menino:
Like many Americans, I have been watching the so-called "controversy" over Mr. Dan Cathy's comments regarding marriage unfold in the news. As you are no doubt aware, Mr. Cathy did not speak about gay "marriage" at all; he simply reiterated his support for the traditional family and for the biblical principles upon which the family ought to be built.
I then read your letter to Mr. Cathy, in which you wrote "I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston. There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it..." This, of course, leads me to an obvious, if distasteful, question: Mr. Menino, are you a bigot? Are you bigoted against Bible-believing Christians and their sincerely-held religious beliefs?
It would seem that you must be, since you are telling Mr. Cathy that his deeply, sincerely-held religious beliefs (some of which I, as a Roman Catholic, share) are nothing but "discrimination" and that they, and he, and his company are not welcome in your not-so-fair city. Apparently in Boston one is only permitted to have a view of "marriage" which encompasses a twenty-first century secular approach: "marriage" is whatever the Massachusetts Supreme Court decides it is; no other world views need apply. Views of marriage that are based in history, in faith, or in something other than the facile politically-correct redefinition promoted in Massachusetts today are to be shut out, marginalized, and excluded altogether, so much so that your unfortunate state decided it was better to let orphans languish unadopted then permit Catholic Charities to continue placing children in the sorts of families Mr. Cathy mentioned. And you also would apparently prefer to keep some of the citizens of Boston unemployed than to permit a Bible-believing Christian like Mr. Cathy to expand his business there; your seeming hatred for Bible-believing Christians is even more important, apparently, than Boston's economic growth.
I wonder how it is possible that you can write so passionately against "prejudice" and "discrimination" without realizing that you, too, are prejudiced against those of us who, informed by our faiths, define marriage as the union of one man and one woman? Isn't it true that you, too, are ready to discriminate against religious believers, be they Catholic, Christian, Jewish, or Muslim, who agree that in their religious traditions marriage is between one man and one woman? In all honesty, should such people and their deeply held beliefs really be banned in Boston, Mayor Menino?
One thing is sure: the great heroes of Boston's past would agree that protecting and preserving religious liberty was one of our country's greatest achievements, and that a real liberty in which those who express their faith are not marginalized and excluded from the public square is of paramount importance to a free people. I wonder what they would think of the reality that this freedom is now imperiled in Boston, under your watch.