That varied people with varied desires get to live their lives in varied ways – by right that is – is the very essence of what it is to be a liberal. This is not a liberal age as is shown by this nonsense about Jack Dorsey. He ate – you know, personal choice, a varied manner of living life – at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant. Not something I’ve ever done so no idea whether the chicken’s worth it or not but that’s rather the point here. It’s Dorsey’s taste buds, Dorsey’s choice, not mine. At which point people start shouting at him:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey ignited a backlash online after revealing that he ate at Chick-fil-A this month.
On Saturday, Dorsey posted a photo on Twitter with the caption “Boost @ChickfilA,” showing he had saved 10% on a $31.58 order at the fast-food chain.
Critics immediately seized on Dorsey’s support of Chick-fil-A, whose CEO has come under fire for his views on same-sex marriage, during Pride Month.
Seriously? And do note that it’s the self-proclaimed liberals doing the shouting here. Those who insist that they should indeed – righteously too – be left to live their lives as they wish are insisting that another should not be left to do so.
Yet Dorsey still found himself on the receiving end of an online backlash to a tweet – and a later response – he fired off this weekend while promoting a feature of one of his companies’ products. After tweeting a screenshot of a Chick-fil-A “boost,” or cash back received by using a debit card from his mobile payment service, Square, some Twitter users noted how the fast-food chain, which closes on Sundays, has been associated with conservative causes. Back in 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made remarks supporting what he called the “biblical definition” of family and gay-rights activists have been critical of the company’s foundation’s giving in the past.
We even seem to be getting the assertion that a company with different views should not be allowed to advertise. Or at least, not to advertise during one month of the year. How liberal, eh?
In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy confirmed that the company does not support same-sex marriage because it goes against the organization’s religious values.
Now, you really should spend your money as you see fit. This includes spending, or not spending, your money with those whose views on life you agree with. For it is exactly and precisely your dollar which is a vote in this economy. There’s nothing illiberal at all about deciding not to spend where you don’t wish to. The illiberality comes from taking that a step further, into that world where others must accord to your desires and views. For that’s exactly what illiberality is – denying that very concept that others get to do as they wish for the very same reason that you get to do as you would.
Don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A because of their views on gay marriage? Great, do so as you wish. Do eat there because, as many tens of thousands have done in demonstrations? Great, good on ya’ and for exactly the same reason, you’re voting your desires with your dollar. But to try to clear the public square of those with different ideas? That’s illiberal isn’t it?
Well, yes it is, it’s illiberal just as denying others the bedmate of their choice is illiberal, which is the thing we were all originally complaining about. And quite how far it’s gone is shown by how we all seem to be shouting about a bloke having eaten a chicken sandwich.