Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, reacted to Dan Cathy’s affirmation of traditional marriage by saying he would hope to preclude Chick-fil-A from expanding in the city because the company’s values “are not Chicago values.”
While I suspect the mayor intended that to be a negative statement about Mr. Cathy and his company, I can’t imagine they received it that way. A city that has been in the news regularly this year because of its high murder rate is not a city I would want to be positively associated with. A city as synonymous with corruption in government is not a city I would want to be positively associated with. A city, and a mayor, that welcomes someone with the explicitly bigoted, racist views as Louis Farrakhan is not a city or a mayor whose values I would share or whose approval I would seek.
If a man is known by the company he keeps, it seems he might also be known by the company that opposes him. Anyone who runs a company with values that cut against the values of Chicago as represented by Mayor Emanuel is on the right side of the equation.