During the past couple of weeks we have been reading a lot about culture; Chicago’s culture, Israel’s culture and the awful culture of some business people and their companies.
The mayor of Chicago told us that Chick-fil-A restaurants would not be allowed in Chicago as the owner and his company would not fit into Chicago’s culture (the mayors of Boston and San Francisco said about the same thing without using the word culture). I believe the mayor’s definition of culture precludes having and stating Christian Biblical beliefs about homosexuality. Apparently the homosexual crowd believes that merely having and stating these beliefs is hateful and cannot be tolerated. None of these spokespersons have mentioned that Mr. Cathy’s company has no record of any type of discrimination against minorities, homosexuals, women and fat, short or tall people.
The Chicago mayor apparently is not concerned about letting Islamic mosques and Moslems have unfettered access to Chicago even though Islam treats homosexuals as abominable and assigns the death penalty. Isn’t this hypocritical and kind of crazy? It appears as if only Christians are not included in Chicago’s culture, but everyone else is.
Now I wonder whose culture should be promoted — the Chicago mayor and the homosexual demonstrators or the owners and employees of Chick-fil-A. I ate at a Chick-fil-A restaurant both on the Wednesday when crowds were enormous and on the following “kiss-in” Friday. On Wednesday I met many great people with no one complaining about the long lines. There were young and older people, men and women, people of all skin colors and no one was bashing homosexuals. The most common topic was that the “so-called” silent majority is no longer going to sit back and be silent. On Friday, there were no problems at my local restaurant, but I have read stories about vandalism, graffiti and vulgar hate words being spoken at other Chick-fil-A restaurants. Which culture is really hateful?
One last comment about the Chick-fil-A and homosexual controversy: I noticed The Sacramento Bee covered the Wednesday nationwide crowd at Chick-fil-A in its Business section. But, it covered the Friday “kiss-in” on the front page and identified this article as culture. Does this show where the hearts of these editors are?
The main street media (MSM) stated presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments in Israel were a major gaffe. What did he say? Israel’s culture was a significant factor in its development of a desert into a thriving and productive country. And, he added that Palestinian culture was a significant factor in its non-productive society. What did he say to back this up? Israel is a democracy, it celebrates the liberty and freedom of individuals, it has a free market economy, it believes in the rule of law and property rights to name a few. He stated that Palestinians teach hatred for Jews and Christians, celebrate when children become human bombs and their leaders control everything. This seems to me to be the truth and a MSM created gaffe.
The culture that has made our country great is composed of several key ingredients. Some are:
• Our motto — “e pluribus unum” — out of many, one. We practiced and celebrated this action until recently when diversity became the driving force.
• Our federal system of government with the people and the states having much more authority than the federal government. This system emphasizes liberty for the individual. Much has changed during the past several years as the feds are trying to control our decisions and even our thoughts.
• Our emphasis on free and open markets where individuals make better decisions regarding production and consumption, and allocations of goods and services than does a controlling government in Washington, D.C.
• Our full understanding that our inalienable rights are derived from our Creator and not from any government.
• Our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
Let us not let these evaporate into thin air by our inactions.
EDWARD T. BERNHOFT