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Mayors Play Chicken with First Amendment Rights
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 July 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 07/28/2012 11:20:40 AM PDT by John Semmens

Though it would seem that Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's opinion that marriage is an institution between one man and one woman is protected by the Constitution's First Amendment, mayors in three cities have vowed to punish this heresy.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he “will do everything in my power to prevent such a vile establishment from setting up shop in my city. Mr. Cathy's values are not Chicago's values.”

In addition to Cathy's views on marriage, Emanuel also found the restaurant's policy of closing on Sunday's problematic, calling it “an unacceptable 'holier than thou attitude.' People need to eat on Sundays. Restaurants should be open to serve them. Besides, Sundays aren't sacred to other religions. Jews revere Saturdays, Muslims Fridays. By setting aside only Sundays, Mr. Cathy is discriminating against other faiths.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee warned the restaurant to “not even think about trying to open an outlet in our city.” Lee rebuffed criticism that penalizing a business for exercising freedom of speech was beyond his authority. “The Constitution says Congress shall make no law prohibiting freedom of speech,” Lee pointed out. “It doesn't say anything about mayors or city councils taking action to prevent the spread of heinous beliefs.”

Boston Mayor Tom Menino backed off from his promise to block any Chick-fil-A franchises from setting up shop in the city. “It appears that I have no say over who can and can't operate a business here,” Menino acknowledged. “However, it appears we can regulate businesses. Let's see how these purveyors of hate like having city inspectors hound them on a daily basis.”

Menino's strong stance against Chick-fil-A is a stark contrast to his assisting the Islamic Society of Boston’s establishment of a mosque in the city. This came despite the Islamic Society of Boston's Imam Yusef al-Qaradawi's insistence that homosexuals be put to death. “That's a freedom of religion issue,” Menino said. “As I understand it, the Quran explicitly commands that homosexuals be put to death. There is no language in the Christian Bible that explicitly says they can't marry. Anyway, Chick-fil-A is a business, not a church. It has no freedom of speech or religion rights per se.”

In related news, the US Department of Justice rejected Hercules Industries objections to being forced to cover abortions in the company's self-insurance plan. “Freedom of religion is an individual right, not a business right,” the DOJ wrote in its decision. “The business owners may choose to believe whatever they want, but as a business they must comply with the rules laid out by the Department of Health and Human Services. If the business owners feel these rules violate their beliefs they always have the option of exiting the market.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...

http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Opinion/115702-2012-07-27-semi-news-a-satire-of-recent-news-july-29-2012.htm


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: chickfila; craptire; gays; homosexualagenda; notworthreading; satire; stupid; tyranny; wasteoftime

1 posted on 07/28/2012 11:20:43 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Very funny, very on point. But why did you refer to “closing on Sunday’s” instead of “closing on Sundays.” You were conveying the idea of more than one Sunday, weren’t you?


2 posted on 07/28/2012 11:27:20 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: John Semmens

It would seem that this whole business with Chick-Fil-A has reignited the culture wars.

The gay agenda may not be able to back out now, and they may regret having, as a journalist said recently, “awakened a sleeping giant.”.


3 posted on 07/28/2012 11:29:25 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: John Semmens

It is probably a good thing, for both Chick-Fil-A and the American public as a whole, that Mr. Cathy’s values are not Chicago values. I would HATE to see a restaurant chain run with “Chicago values”, as even dining there could be dangerous to one’s health.

Don’t know when a spray of bullets might be coming your way, and you could get ticketed for minor infractions like dropping your silverware (although several of the patrons could probably get away with simply walking out with it).

And the price of the meal would NEVER be what is posted on the menu. Some would pay a whole lot, and some would be served free.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 11:50:46 AM PDT by alloysteel (Voter suppression is needed now more than ever. Only, whom shall be suppressed?)
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To: John Semmens

“There is no language in the Christian Bible that explicitly says they can’t marry.”

For that matter, Mr. Cathy never said that either. What he said was that he supported the Biblical family unit. Also, the Bible never specifically says a thing about internet pornography, the Nazi holocaust or identify theft. By current liberal mentality, all those should be acceptable as well.


5 posted on 07/28/2012 11:50:46 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: John Semmens

This isn’t a First Amendnent issue. There is no Bill of Rights that covers this situation. That’s because no founder would believe a thing like this was possible.

No one up until 50 years could imagine a cituation where petty tyrants would deny the right of a legal honest busness to operate within a jurisdiction for ANY reason.

And don’t think other business managments aren’t paying attention to it. This will ultimately kill their cities. Who would want to do business in a place like that?


6 posted on 07/28/2012 11:52:41 AM PDT by DManA
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To: John Semmens
Menino acknowledged. “However, it appears we can regulate businesses.
Let's see how these purveyors of hate like having city inspectors hound them on a daily basis.”

My God, don't these shameless MFers have any clue of history?

7 posted on 07/28/2012 12:17:16 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: John Semmens

You didn’t put [satire] in the title.

How many of your articles have the keywords ‘craptire’ and ‘not worth reading’ ?


8 posted on 07/28/2012 1:15:37 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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9 posted on 07/28/2012 1:39:58 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Kevmo
Again?

Everybody knows by now you don't care for this posters postings.

If you haven't convinced yourself by now you never will.


The point being (other than your head) if you hate his stuff soo much, why do you bother to read it?

10 posted on 07/28/2012 1:47:29 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: rawcatslyentist

All it takes is for John to put [satire] in the title. He did that once, last week or so.

Everybody knows by now you don’t care for this posters postings.
***So, are you saying it’s no fun having me on these threads? Then why not ask John to put [satire] in the title and get rid of me? Why doesn’t he do it, if it’s so much not-fun for you guys? You should take up your issue with John.

In the meantime, I’m having fun on these threads, introducing a bunch of craptire loving juveniles to sarcasm. Y’all are a pretty sensitive bunch — I guess you can’t take it, you can only dish it out.


11 posted on 07/28/2012 2:56:07 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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Source: Semi-News / Semi-Satire

It’s right there at the top, EVERY article he posts

Open your eyes


12 posted on 07/28/2012 3:42:27 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

Source: Semi-News / Semi-Satire... It’s right there at the top, EVERY article he posts. Open your eyes
***Here’s how it aint there. Open your own eyes.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2904222/posts?page=79#79

Now that you know how, why do you think Semen-boy doesn’t include [satire] in the title? It’s because he knows that this stuff is craptire.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 5:00:29 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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