Lloyd Waters: Chicago values? No, thank you

August 05, 2012|By LLOYD WATERS

Boy, I’m sure glad we don’t discriminate in Dargan like they do in Chicago.

I can hardly believe that Chicago politicians have openly suggested they not support a new franchise for Chick-fil-A in their town because of some voiced Christian opinions.

Dan Cathy, the Chick-fil-A president, when asked about his opinion on same-sex marriages offered that marriage is best defined as a union between a man and a woman.

Many liberals suggest it’s OK to be different, but I guess Cathy must be too extreme in his thinking.

I suppose, too, it’s OK for Chicago politicians to be discriminatory in not welcoming a Chick-fil-A restaurant to their city.

The mayor can defend his views of same sex marriages, while everyone else in the country, with a different opinion, must remain silent.

Are you kidding me? 

I suspect those mayors of Boston, San Francisco and Chicago can routinely attack discrimination on one hand while seemingly promoting it on the other.

You can’t build a Chick-fil-A here because you have a different viewpoint than we do.

That attitude would be called bigotry in Dargan.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took it a notch further when he said, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”

Now I have to tell you, that comment made me stop and think for a minute.

I sat on my front porch and tried, and tried and tried, to make a list of some good Chicago values.

Quite frankly, I couldn’t come up with many.

Seems to me they have more corruption in Chicago politics than most places in the country.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich just begin serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption; Gov. George Ryan is still in prison because of his political antics, and the city of Chicago seems to be widely known for its corrupt politics.

No offense, Mr. President.

Nope I’m not interested in adopting any of Chicago’s values; I prefer Dan Cathy’s list for now.

I really wanted to come up with a few Chicago values that I might embrace, but then I looked at the crime figures for that city.

Did you know that since 2001, there have been 2,000 troops killed in Afghanistan, and 5,000 murders in the town of Chicago during the same time period?

Must be safer in Afghanistan than Chicago, huh? 

Do you think 5,000 murders in Chicago have anything to do with good values? Me neither!

I thought maybe in Chicago they might be inclined to embrace that “love thy neighbor” concept that Cathy probably talks about as well. But then again, I guess that’s another value that Chicago has forgotten in consideration of the homicides.

When I think about our youth of tomorrow and I look at Chicago, I see a rampant mix of gangs throughout the various city districts. I’m sure their education program is top notch as well, at least in how one might not graduate and become a gang member instead.

I wonder if Chicago’s good values support that travesty as well.

How is your education program really doing, Mr. Mayor?

I’m sure the mayor and council could be solving some of their many problems instead of criticizing Chick-fil-A so much.

Chicago values? No thanks, I’m leaning toward those values of Chick-fil-A management.

No objections to building a Chick-fil-A franchise in Dargan either.

I suppose, too, that the ACLU must be so busy trying to dismantle those crosses throughout our country they have little time to write a letter of protest to the town of Chicago for this blatant form of discrimination.

Never mind, pretty soon the ACLU will begin representing Christians because they will be the new minority, and penalized and persecuted because they are different.

In the meantime, a Dargan matriarch and this writer will be dining at a Chick-fil-A restaurant near us.

At least we’ll find a few remaining “values” at that stop.

Lloyd “Pete” Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

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