I had thought of Rahm Emanuel as Jewish once that I can remember before he joined unthinkingly in the threat to ostracize Chick-Fil-A for its executive’s public statement of Christian beliefs about marriage. It was when he was inaugurated and mention was made of his being the first Jewish mayor.
Unthinkingly, because not even in Chicago is there political capital in parading disrespect for Christian belief and he has not shown prejudice against Christians that I have ever heard of.
Anyhow, he is (slightly, cautiously) pulling back from his unthinking display of liberal allegiance, thanks no doubt to editorial objections on first-amendment grounds and presumably political advice and his own political instinct.
Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values, Emanuel said Wednesday. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values. [italics mine]
On Thursday, a spokesman for Emanuel softened those remarks.
The mayor simply said that Chick-fil-a’s CEO does not share Chicago’s values, the spokesman said. He did not say that he would block or play any role in the company opening a new restaurant here.
If they meet all the usual requirements, then they can open their restaurant, but he does not believe the CEO’s values are reflective of our city.
He’s telling us what he thinks our values are. In any case, he is or was embracing gay-rights fascism here:
Thou shall not withhold approval of the gay culture. Tolerance is not enough. You will suffer if you do not toe the line, as gays used to suffer in days when the pendulum swung the other way. Forget liberalism, substitute intolerance of another kind.
Have a look also at the New York Sun, which notes this importantly:
. . . [I]t’s hard to think of a difference between the views expressed in the quotations above by [the offending CEO] Mr. Cathy and those one might hear from the Council of Torah Sages or the Archdiocese of Chicago. Or every president of America who has spoken on the subject until President Obama changed his position and declared himself, personally if not officially, for same sex marriage.
Rahm is out of his league here.