Liberal outrage boosts carbon emissions
August 1, 2012 1 Comment
At the end of my workday today, I proceeded to Alta Arden Chick-Fil-A. As with other locations throughout the country, there was a considerable line at the drive thru. Many have posted their pictures and made reports. Instead of a picture, I’m offering here a sketch I took toward the beginning of my hour long wait.
What was the atmosphere like? Quite congenial from what I could tell. All sorts of people and cute little kids running around under their parents’ watchful eye. If there were any bigots there, you wouldn’t know. Hate levels were negligible, reading at a low 0.029 pico-Sharptons.
For all their outrage, liberals have only managed to launch a thousand drive thru queues. With all the exhaust spewing from the attendant trucks and SUVs, Leftist indignation correlates to a rise in carbon emissions. Coincidentally, National Review’s lead essay today deals in part with progressives’ disdain for cars.
Once I got my order, I sped back home. I had the spicy chicken sandwich with the waffle fries, and they didn’t disappoint. The first time I had Chick-Fil-A was when I was staying with family in the South–as in southern California. Contrary to how the media reports it, the Chick-Fil-A empire reaches far past the Mason-Dixon line. It’s firmly established in my blue state, as San Francisco mayor Ed Lee certainly knows. Forty miles is close enough for him. Fortunately for my taste buds, I am beyond that radius. The City by the Bay still makes for a nice day trip though.
Surely some nonpartisans are scratching their heads today at the latest culture war battle. What’s the big deal with this Chick-Fil-A appreciation day? Some say it’s about affirming Biblical truth, and some say it’s about freedom of speech. These are both right and good, but the question of tolerance is the most pivotal one.
To remain a free, fair, and open society, we need to recover the original meaning of tolerance. That means respecting the person who disagrees with your views. This does not happen when traditional marriage defenders are dismissed out of hand as bigots and haters. As with many things that touch on God, judgment, personal choice, and equality, too much of the conversation is controlled by the gut and not by a clear and open mind.
Today’s massive Chick-Fil-A turnout is not a mere spectacle, but a stand firmly taken. A stand not in the name of blind faith or bitter clinging, but in the hope of a more charitable discourse. Just maybe, we’re turning a cultural corner.