Friday, July 27, 2012

Opposing Homophobia Only For The Milder Forms

Instapundit linked to this column by Michael Graham at the Boston Herald, which points out that Boston's mayor wants to stop Chick-Fil-A from opening a restaurant because they oppose gay marriage--but the mayor was quite willing to sell city property at a bargain price to a group that opposes gay breathing:

Given his stance on Chick-fil-A, would Mayor Tom Menino grant permits to a group that has counted among its leaders a man who has repeatedly called homosexuality a “crime that must be punished” by death?
Actually, he has done that  . . . and more! Menino effectively gave away city land valued at $1.8 million to the organization, and he gave a speech at its ribbon-cutting ceremony.
But nobody’s accusing Chick-fil-A of supporting terrorism — just traditional marriage (I think liberals still see the former as more dangerous). Menino heard the president of the company call same-sex marriage a “sin,” and he announced it would not be allowed to do business in Boston.
OK, Mr. Mayor. But when you gave all that land to the ISB at a song, here’s what imam al-Qaradawi was teaching:
“[A homosexual should be given] the same punishment as any sexual pervert  . . . Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them.”
According to the Anti-Defamation League, “In 2003 Qaradawi stated on IslamOnline that the punishment of homosexuality is the death penalty.”
This is one of the reasons that I can't take progressives seriously.  Their opposition to "homophobia" is inconsistent and dishonest.  If opposing same-sex marriage is reason enough to deny a business permit, why isn't supporting capital punishment for homosexuality enough reason to not subsdize the organization with a special deal?

I look forward to Chick-Fil-A opening their full restaurant in Boise, partly because it infuriates the same-sex marriage crowd, and partly because it infuriates hypocrites like Mayors Rahm and Menino.

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