Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Red Flag Warning: The Democrats Issue a "Fatwa" - Banishment of Chick-fil-A

The Watchman is raising a Red Flag Warning, joining many other leaders across the nation who are shocked and concerned about the 'fatwa' issued by the Democrats concerning the personal beliefs of the owner of Chick-fil-A not supporting gay marriage based on his Christian faith.

Mr. Dan Cathy, owner and founder of the Chick-fil-A fast food chain, recently admitted he was not a supporter of the gay marriage movement. For that public admission he has been roundly attacked by Democrats, as well as, had his company’s livelihood threatened by the jack-booted thugs of big government. What is important in Mr. Cathy’s remarks is he did not diminish the personhood of those in the gay lifestyle, and did not indicate they were not welcome in his company or as patrons of his company’s independently owned franchise locations. He simply stated his personal belief that the Bible did not sanction gay marriage, and therefore he could not in good conscious support such a policy.

That said my red flag warning has little to do with Mr. Cathy’s position on gay marriage. My red flag is going up because of what happened some eighty years ago in a small, underdeveloped, and debt ridden nation known as Germany.

The rise of National Socialism, the forerunner of radical leftist socialism we see blooming in the world today, brought with it the specter of “thought police”. Dur Furhrer, Adolf, was PC before PC was cool in the modern world. Almost overnight good German citizens began to assert thought rules. Voicing praise of Jews was akin to being labeled a pedophile and such comments reported to local Nazi political agents. People turned on other people for saying things the government believed were subversive or non-supportive of the National Socialist Movement. As the Nazi’s power and need for absolute control grew, more and more citizens became afraid of their very words if not their own shadow.

Coupled with the presence of extreme political correctness, was the heavy use of government offices to squash any semblance of opposition. Any individual who questioned the widely held belief of the day that Hitler was the genius of a revitalized Germany became immediately suspect and “roundly attacked”. The policies of Hitler were not to be questioned, even if they did appear to be in conflict with German law, as well as Christian morality. Eventually Jewish businesses were ordered to paint the Star of David on their business signs to identify them as the hated low-life’s Nazis thought police invoked to poison Germans against Jews. We all know after watching Schindler’s List, how the Nazi government systematically moved from subtle intimidation of Jewish business to outright theft and then, murder.

You may think that cannot happen here in America. You would be wrong. A little publicized event has occurred in the country with similar overtones of government threat and use of intimidation. Recently several donors to Mr. Romney’s campaign were “outed” and subjected to harassment by not only Democratic Party dirt diggers, but also suddenly these donors received IRS audits, inspections by the Department of Labor, and other heavy-handed government actions. May be these were “coincidental” events, but the Watchman has his doubts.

A few Germans, to be certain, grew uneasy with the nearly slavish obedience to the Nazi party line. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was one such citizen, a Christian pastor who early on recognized where the slippery slope was leading and braved the onslaught of the Gestapo to affect change. He paid the ultimate price for his faith.

There may be the making of a modern day Bonhoeffer. Todd Starnes in a July 31, 2012 op-ed for FoxNews.com reported on a pastor at Armitage Baptist Church in Chicago responding to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s threat to bar Chick-Fil-A from the 'Windy City'. Pastor Charles Lyons preached, “If the thought police come to Armitage Baptist Church, we will meet them at the door, respectfully, unflinchingly, willing to die on this hill holding a copy of the sacred Scriptures in one hand and a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the other.”

No citizen of this nation should believe government persecution of a person's faith is a positive for our nation. The lessons of history of doing so point to the “final solution”, millions murdered, and a world of dehumanizing grief.

The Watchman is raising the red flag. We have little to fear from a chicken sandwich peddler and much to fear from a society ignoring abuses of liberty by government agents with the power to crush those who do not hold to the “party” line.


  1. Thanks for the link to PBD. I have added you to my blog list as well.

    Nick Burbules

    1. Nick, I'm most grateful for the reciprocal listing of my site. Here I thought I was just another blogger, sending electrons out into the universe with few listening. Please let me know if you have any must read opinion articles. While a conservative, I do value the opportunity to examine and discuss the issues of the day. That's what makes freedom such an intoxicating element in our nation!

      Mark Bradbury
      The Watchman