Rahm Emanuel: High Priest of Chicago

Chicago voters who elected Rahm Emanuel the city’s mayor might not have realized they were also electing a high priest for the city.

The mayor donned priestly regalia – in spirit if not physically – when he declared his outrage over the support for traditional marriage voiced by Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy. The establishment media choir howled as usual in the same key that Cathy’s position is “anti-gay,” and the Chicago mayor-high priest rose to the pulpit.

He would work to block Chick-fil-A expansion in Chicago, said Emanuel. “Chick-Fil-A’s values are not Chicago values,” the mayor said, as quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times. “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.”

It took a chicken chain to bring Emanuel’s priesthood into focus. There was once another named Emanuel, or “God with us.” Maybe the Chicago mayor is confused about which Emanuel he is.

Welcome to what I have termed elsewhere the Globequake Age, in which the tectonic plates of whole cultures are shifting so fast the whole world is topsy-turvy. That means among other things that the mayors of great cities can start defining what the values of the city are and what they are not.

German businesses owned by Jews who did not fit into the values of the nation’s governing powers were infamously assaulted on Kristalnacht – the “night of broken glass” from shattered shop windows – on November 9-10, 1938. Now that Emanuel has issued the dictum that Chick-Fil-A has strayed from the propaganda line of the cultural elites and the politicians they heft into power, will there be a purge of all non-conforming companies, starting with Chick-fil-A?

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