Was Obama’s ‘Evolution’ on Gay Marriage a License to Bigot-Bait?

It had long been known that Dan Cathy, president of the restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A, was a supporter of traditional marriage and ran his company along socially conservative principals. Thus, it’s kind of odd that it suddenly became a huge news story when he merely affirmed those long-held beliefs in an interview earlier this month.

Yet, only now are massive boycotts of the restaurant being organized by proponents of gay marriage. Only now is the Jim Henson Company, owner of The Muppets franchise, considering pulling their toys from Chick-Fil-A’s kids meals. Only now are Democratic mayors like Rahm Emanuel, Thomas Menino, and Vincent Gray declaring that the franchise is not welcome in their cities. Only now is the national media interested at all in Dan Cathy’s opinion on the topic.

One has to wonder: Why is that? What’s different now?

It’s not as if it was announced that Chick-Fil-A would no longer be serving homosexuals. It’s not as if it was announced that Chick-Fil-A would begin discriminating on who they hire, based on prospective employees’ sexual orientation. No, Dan Cathy has been consistent about his views for some time, and he hasn’t implemented any restaurant policies that have anything to do with anyone’s sexuality.

Someone else, however, has not been consistent. Someone else of high stature has recently ‘evolved’ on the issue of gay marriage, and that seems to be the only real difference here.

I’m talking of course about President Obama, who less than three months ago announced that he had changed his position on gay marriage. In 2008, he ran for the presidency on a platform that included his belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman. In other words, for pretty much his first three and a half years as president, his professed opinion on the topic was essentially the same as Dan Cathy’s.

Yet, supporters of gay marriage weren’t up-in-arms over President Obama’s previous stance on the issue. On the contrary. The Muppets and the whole gang from Sesame Street have happily appeared alongside both Mr. Obama and first-lady Michelle Obama, yucking it up with glee. Rahm Emanuel was, of course, President Obama’s Chief of Staff. It seems clear that whatever moral qualms Emanuel had with serving a traditional marriage administration were kept solidly in check back then. And if there was any significant uproar from gay marriage supporters over the president’s view, the national media sure didn’t let us know about it.

It’s all very odd, don’t you think? After all, who is more influential: The President of the United States of America… or a guy who owns a chicken franchise?

When the president announced his ‘evolution’ on the issue back in May, many believed that he did so for political reasons. Others scoffed at the notion, insisting that the move would actually hurt him politically. Opinion polls following his declaration seemed to substantiate the latter, with North Carolina for one swinging away from Obama and over to Mitt Romney.

However, it seems that President Obama’s ‘evolution’ did in fact serve a political purpose after all, and we’re seeing it now with the backlash against Chick-Fil-A. What his flip-flop on gay marriage did was open the door for supporters of traditional marriage to be portrayed with impunity as bigots.

Now, I’m not saying that President Obama is behind the backlash against Chick-Fil-A. I don’t believe that. Despite Barack Obama’s flipping back and forth numerous times on the issue throughout his political career, I don’t doubt that he supports gay marriage (and always has).  It wasn’t a move designed to paint some business franchise as an example of intolerance.

However, the president has faith – and for good reason – that whenever he drops a contentious social issue into the laps of his liberal base and the liberal media, they’ll find a way to use it as a wedge against his opponents – usually social conservatives. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing with Chick-Fil-A. The president creates another shiny, social-issue debate to distract away from his poor job performance, and he gets to keep his hands clean while his minions carry out the dirty-work of exploiting it and developing whatever narrative the media will let them.

The absurdity and hypocrisy of it all is nothing new, and for people who don’t share the lefties’ vision of America, it’s also incredibly frustrating. It’s the same sort of thing we saw back during the Iraq war. Both parties sent us in to that war, but somehow the Democrats managed to escape accountability for the results once they began dropping their support.

The media has an irritating habit of glomming onto whatever tasty morsels they’re fed by the liberal establishment without any regard whatsoever to history – even very recent history.

Unfortunately, with an American public that has a serious case of Attention Deficit Disorder, shameless hit-jobs like this aren’t going to go away anytime soon.

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  • Colin Paren

    Obama the liar.  Says he’s a Christian then throws that all under the bus in favor of his homosexual-leanings.  Never was a Christian, he LIED.  LIED!  So this makes Obama a ‘faithless-liar’ – not someone to lead a nation.

    Romney, on the other hand is a member of a non-Christian cult and believes that he will be a god someday.  Recently, Romney declared Ryan as his running mate.  Ryan, declares publicly of his being influenced by Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

    Who else loved that book so much?  Anton LaVey for one.  Mr. LaVey is the founder of the church of Satan and borrowed extensively from Atlas Shrugged for the ‘Satanic Bible’. 

    Do you see a common thread here?

  • Donniec29

    I can’t believe this shocks anyone, Our current President has hidden his real agenda very well, If reeleced we will seee the Real Obama, he will stop at nothing the get his agenda in place to destroy the country so may of us love but will not reconize after 4 more years. IF you are in busniness now and are worried about profits he will take care of that there wil be none, we will be a country very similar to the one’s we see on TV where only those in the governvent are wealthy and the rest of us will get what our government decided we can have or keep. GET READY. Remember this, the only religon in this wountry that is under fire is the one this country was founded on.
    DC TENNESSEE

  • cmacrider

    John:  I was under the understanding that “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” applied to all American citizens thereby allowing Dan Cathy to both hold and express his views on homosexuality.  I was unaware that “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” was restricted to the gay population.  Did I miss something here?

    • John Daly

      The whole thing is unsettling. Personally, I’m all for gay marriage. But stuff like this drives me nuts. Believing in traditional marriage doesn’t make someone a bigot… and if people believe it does, they need to be consistent with such a serious accusation. If they’re not consistent, their argument isn’t serious and should be taken with a grain of salt.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    OBAMA & EVOLUTION ?    OBAMA MISSED MANY STEPS IN HUMAN EVOLUTION,
    JUST LOOK AT HIM

  • GlenFS

    It’s hard for me to imagine the public’s ADD is so severe that they miss the complete hypocrisy on not just this and the antiwar issue, but so many more.  Could it be we’re just becoming an amoral society willing to dismiss anything whatsoever when we like those who are being so blatantly hypocritical?  Just recall the many things the left chastised GWB for that Obama gets a pass on: Gitmo, wiretaps, drone strikes, securtiy leaks…

     The only values of value seem to eminate from popular culture itself, and this culture is more than willing to look the other way when necessary to keep up this game of highstakes PC.

    • John Daly

       I think it’s a combination of the two. The activists seem very selective in their outrage on such issues, but it’s the public’s ADD that lets the story mainstream on in.

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    Wayne Madsen, a well know investigative journalist from Chicago did some investigative work concerning the murder of Donald Young and Larry Bland, both black homosexuals from Barack Hussein Obama’s church (Jeremiah Wright was the Pastor).  Young was the choir director and became a part of the Obama campaign and was put in charge of the Larry Sinclair allegations.  He made contact with Donald Young and after a few cell phone conversations with Sinclair something went array and he and Larry Bland were found murdered Chicago style.  The murders are still unsolved and we have no “beer summit” at the White House so that Obama can announce to the world that the Chicago police are acting “stupidly.”  Young’s mother believes that her son and Obama were involved in a little poopy sex.   The closer Madsen got to this case the more death threats he received.   Before Madsen was frightened away he determined that Wright’s church (Obama’s church) had a very active “down low” thang goin on.  Madsen discovered that Obama and Rahm Emanuel were members of a popular gay club in Chicago.  

    Whats the point, well the ever evolving Barack Hussein Obama is now according to Newsweek, our “First Gay President.”  Given the well documented encounter that Barack Hussein Obama had with Larry Sinclair  in the back seat of a limo back in 1999 can we expect the evolving bi-sexual President to fully evolve out of the closet ?  Oh, by the way, Bernie Goldberg and his friends at FOX missed this story but they were all over the Herman Cain scandal and there were NO BODIES in that scandal.  

    We are now the most amazing tolerant and diverse nation on the earth for we have elected our FIRST White, Arab, African-Negro, Bi-Sexual, Crack Head (according to Barack’s own book), Fraud, Felon, Usurping  President.  Who will ever come close to this amazing feat?  

    • John Daly

      Oh brother.