[The Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, an author of Proposition 8]
There have been declarations of boycott, picketing, and anathema, usually reserved for only the most defiant of political enemies.
There was a similar but more muted reaction to the Mormon Church for its sponsorship and funding of Proposition 8, in which California voters declared that only heterosexual marriages were valid.
Considering that Chick-Fil-A is a moderate-sized fast food corporation whereas the Mormon Church is a colossus by comparison, the relative silence about the homophobia of the Church of Latter Day Saints seems odd.
Even odder is the deafening silence about the identical condemnation of homosexual marriage by the local Catholic Church. The Bishop of Oakland, Salvatore Cordileone, was recently promoted to Archbishop of San Francisco.
The new Archbishop of San Francisco is not just a supporter of Proposition 8, he was one of its principal authors. He said at a recent press conference, "Marriage can only come about through the embrace of a man and a woman coming together," he said. "I don't see how that is discriminatory against anyone."
Compare the fulminations, boycott, and picketing against Chick-Fil-A with the pro forma denunciations but nothing else against the Catholic Church in San Francisco.
The nearest Chick-Fil-A restaurant is in Santa Rosa, 56 miles away. On the other hand, more than half the population of San Francisco identify as Roman Catholic.
Could it be that the leaders of the homosexual marriage movement are more willing to vilify homophobes with little or no power and less willing to confront those with lots of power? It would seem so.
The national and congressional elections have shown us time and again that people involved in national politics are shameless self-serving weasels. The near-passes given to the San Francisco Archdiocese and the Mormon Church as compared to the rabid attacks on Chick-Fil-A, tells us that local progressive politicians are no better.
It is hard not to find the disparity of treatment in the difference between the power of the antagonists. Chick-Fil-A is a modest-sized corporation with no stores in San Francisco. The Roman Catholic Church has 400,000 adherents in San Francisco.
I believe the practice of beating up someone small and weak, while avoiding someone big and powerful pretty much defines the bully and coward, no?