Skip to comments.Mayor Menino: Looks like I canít ban Chick-fil-A from Boston after all
Posted on 07/26/2012 2:08:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The guy's a moron. End of story.
I cant do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there, Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayors wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.
The mayor added: I make mistakes all the time. Thats a Menino-ism.
The Herald first reported last week that Menino warned it will be very difficult for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses for a restaurant in Boston...
I sent (the landlord) a letter, but thats all. Theres no pressure by me to allow this place to be rented, he said.
The mayor of Boston sends a letter to a property owner warning him that the city would frown upon him leasing to Chick-fil-A, but "there's no pressure." Question for First Amendment litigators: How much state interference is required before Chick-fil-A might have an action against the city? Refusing to grant the company a zoning permit for its stance on gay marriage is a no-brainer but informally leaning on landlords not to do business with it is trickier. Maybe Mumbles isn't as dumb as I thought.
At the Standard, Mark Hemingway says it's time for Obama to have a Sistah Souljah moment by defending Chick-fil-A:
"Defending the Chick-fil-A CEO's right to express his religious beliefs without his business suffering legal consequences would blunt some of the criticism he's been getting from Catholics and evangelicals who are hopping mad over Obamacare's birth control and abortion mandates.
"He can defend Cathy without making his sudden same-sex marriage flip-flop seem even more disingenuous. All he has to say is, "You don't have to agree with Chick-fil-A’s marriage views. You can speak out against them and refuse to patronize their restaurants. But it’s not right to penalize them legally for their beliefs.” Even a lot of staunch liberals would likely recognize the value of respecting the owners of Chick-fil-A’s right to expression if the president forced them to set aside the hysteria for a moment.
–By coming out in support of Chick-fil-A, Obama could gently criticize Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Alderman for persecuting Chick-fil-A. That way, he can distance himself from the sleazy Chicago machine politics of his early career that many people still associate him with.
Jonah Goldberg concedes that it’d be the right thing to do but argues that Obama wouldn’t benefit politically from doing it. Most of his base seems okay with the idea of Democratic mayors strong-arming Chick-fil-A for the cause, after all, no matter how awful and ominous a precedent that might set. Why would O do something to irritate them when he’s spent the past three months pandering to them relentlessly to try to boost turnout in the fall? It’s a fair point, but don’t underestimate Obama’s newfound anxiety about damage from negative campaigning being done to his image as the Unicorn Prince. Those two ads he released a few days ago were all about restoring the luster of the shiny, happy Hopenchange brand. If he steps up for Chick-fil-A, it’s a small but maybe significant boost for his likability among independents, and likability’s probably his biggest asset right now. Besides, even some of the lefty commentariat has tut-tutted Menino and Emanuel for going too far. O’s got cover from liberal opinion leaders; his base will forgive him in the name of electability. In fact, Obama would be doing them a favor by refocusing the debate: Until yesterday, when Rahm and that dopey alderman weighed in, this was chiefly a story about boycotting the company, not denying it its First Amendment rights. Obama can put that back on track.
Via Mediaite, here’s the “View” crew also siding with Chick-fil-A. Exit question: Why can’t “Chicago values” tolerate a chicken restaurant whose owners oppose gay marriage when, for centuries, it’s tolerated churches and mosques (and related charities) whose leaders oppose it? What’s the difference? Churches have a free exercise right to their beliefs but business owners who attend those churches don’t?
Idiot. How many mayors try to ban legitimate new businesses from opening?
Looks like I can still shelve my Boston travel plans.
What an absolute moron.
Obama can’t come out against government officials strong-arming businessmen — it’s his usual method. Just ask the Chrysler bondholders and conservative Chrysler dealers who were robbed at gunpoint.
chicken blowback.....somebody probably just said while talking to him, “hey Menino, youz some kinda idiot?”...and it finally stuck.
A lawsuit involving Church's Chicken shines a spotlight on the Islamic attributes of its business. It also offers a valuable opportunity to discuss the rights of owners and customers regarding Islam in the private sphere:
A privately owned business may choose to sell or not sell whatever it wishes, as long as it does not violate the law or infringe upon the rights of others in the process. Customers have no inherent right to purchase pork at Church's Chicken franchises, and the company is under no obligation to offer it regardless of the underlying motivation.
The free market, however, cuts both ways. Hungry Americans are not required to patronize any given restaurant. In the case of Church's Chicken, the absence of pork on the menu is just one excuse to eat elsewhere. Diners may also be concerned about what their money will fund at the Shari'a-compliant First Islamic Investment Bank in Bahrain.
Time for Mumlbes to retire.
Anyone know what the dif between getting screwed in the ... and getting screwed in the ... means in MA?
And yeah no I’m not that curious.
I’ve always thought that Mumbles has a subnormal I.Q.. He also has mean eyes.
Sure you can, Menuto, ya jackass. We are all waiting for your orders to do so. Come on. Do it. Do it.
Maybe he's part Cherokee or something.
Te leftist/progressive/socialist/democrat agenda has never seemed at all different from feudalism to me. Every serf owes allegiance to the rulers who confiscate 50% of his work value in return for protection. In line with that thought people like Mumbles think they can rule by fiat and simply outlaw an idea they disagree with. It’s a return to Camelot so to speak.
It also looks like you're a moron.
Can Chik-fil-A sue him and the Gov’t of Boston for $10 million or so?
Might be worth it.
Too late to unring the bell, clown. You showed your true colors, and now you need to get burned. Sickening fascist bastard ...
I think Chick-fil-A should reply to each of the objecting Mayors with the statement that in those cities Chick-fil-A will only use certified queer chickens in its menu items as a gesture of social and political correctness.
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