In the past, to be branded chicken was to have your courage brought into question. Perhaps now to be branded chicken should mean that your courage is unquestioned.
American chicken outlet Chick Fil-A has either found itself the target of either a vicious smear campaign by progressive whingers or exposed itself as a Christian fundamentalist cult, depending on who you listen to.
What exactly created this furore? Chick Fil-A owner Dan Cathy had the temerity, the spite, the vindictiveness to, wait for it... oppose gay marriage!
As you will ascertain by listening to the interview, Cathy may have sailed close to the wind by talking about shaking fists at God, but otherwise he made no outlandish remarks.
Now, you would think (Which immediately precludes many on the left) that something may have twigged in the minds of the neo-Communist crowd when they realised sometime in the last 66 years that, unlike other businesses, Chick Fil-A remained closed on Sundays.
However, whingeing Socialists is nothing new. We live with them every day. What makes this issue different, though, is that elected officials are now making efforts to shut down development opportunities for Chick Fil-A because they don't like what Dan Cathy said.
Chicago Councillor Joe Moreno, supported by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, has declared he will oppose any DA's which come before Council from Chick Fil-A.
Now, socialist politicians from Chicago having stupid ideas about building things is nothing new.
Similar pronouncements have come from, surprise surprise, Boston and San Francisco.
However, never before has a political movement, so out of control and full of its own self importance, sought to restrict business opportunities based on an individual's political beliefs.
Where the new Stalinist movement goes off the rails, however, is that they have left behind some of their progressive allies. Allies who actually appreciate the dangerous precedent being set by restrictions on freedom of speech.
Thankfully, we are finally seeing a handful of those on the left appreciate exactly what these restrictions on freedom of speech mean.
If we can restrict the speech of people opposed to gay marriage in the north, what's to stop a Council controlled by supporters of traditional marriage refusing DA's to businesses which declare their support for the gay community? After all, if politics is cyclical, wouldn't conservatives eventually stand a chance of getting into power again? (How silly of me, socialists always favour a one party state)
Socialist dictators don't just reside in Cuba or Vietnam. Right now, they reside in the White House and The Lodge, and even on councils determined to socially engineer their own communities. We know that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, and more people should understand that sometimes vigilance is telling the Government to back off and only do what it is legally entitled to do.
If private operators conducted themselves like Chicago Councillors, there would be an outcry from the left. It is time we raised the same sort of hell.
Indeed, conservatives far and wide have flocked to Chick Fil-A, but this needs to become more prevalent.
Only by removing politicians who overstep their mandate can we have a Government we can trust. When Governments become bullies, people must stand up for themselves. When they do not, they become oppressed.
A world without freedom, after all, does seem rather fowl (sic).
(Disclosure: I am undecided over the issue of marriage equality)
Keith Topolski is a former member of the NSW Young Liberal Executive and is studying Communications.