Apparently, it is NOT self-evident to everyone that we are all created equal or at least the C.E.O. of Chick Fil A doesn’t seem to think that everyone is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable.” The thread is sown into our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and even the Pledge of Allegiance. Does C.E.O Bill Cathy not salute the flag because he would have to say “liberty & justice for ALL,” –  with no prerequisites for gender, color, religious or sexual preference? It seems at times that those who profess to be most patriotic do not necessarily stand by the most basic of tenets that this nation was founded on.

Of course this is a free country and if the owner of a fast food restaurant wants to state his opposition to marriage equality, he has that right. There’s no charge for entering the political conversation and cultural divide, although there could be a price to pay in the long run. Just as Cathy tries to pull back, the persecution void is filled by others renouncing as "fascists", those who stand up for liberty, as I read in one blog. In the end Mike Huckabee will put on more of those pounds he lost several years ago with his ‘buy-cott’ of Chick Fil A and the citizens of Boston and Chicago may be spared one more high calorie, greasy fast food choice as their mayors try to block this eatery from opening in their cities, out of protest.

Whether people choose to indulge in a chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and brownie or instead go for a Starbucks Panini and Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, my hope is that the conversation gets back on track to where the founders dropped it off. Maybe we can take a break from talking about the second amendment for just a moment and talk about the ninth… “The enumeration of the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” 

With 24/7 cable news and blogs, there is plenty of room to discuss both. Neither one is going anywhere – I hope. In the mean time, perhaps Colonel Sanders can give Chick Fil A a run for its money and be the equal opportunity choice for all chicken loving lovers of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”






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