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    Should the religious view of the owner of a company have any bearing on whether they are allowed to open a business? Keep in mind Chick-Fil-A has not been accused of being discriminatory to either customers or employees, this is the personal view of the owner.


    Officials in at least three cities have vowed to block efforts to open Chick-fil-A restaurants after the company?s president told reporters that he supported the traditional definition of marriage ? and warned that redefining marriage might bring God?s judgment on the nation.

    ?Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,? said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. ?They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents.?

    Emanuel was vowing his support for Alderman Proco Moreno?s announcement that he would block construction of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in his district.

    ?If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don?t want you in the First Ward,? he told the newspaper.

    Boston Mayor Tom Menino was the first to announce that the Atlanta-based company would not be welcomed in his city.

    ?You can?t have a business in the City of Boston that discriminates against a population,? he told the Boston Globe. ?We?re an open city. We?re a city that?s at the forefront of inclusion.?

    And Mountain View, Calif, a bedroom community of San Francisco, has temporarily blocked the chicken chain from opening.

    A homosexual couple spearheaded an effort to launch a zoning challenge.

    ?It could be Mother Teresa that owns it and it would be a bad place,? resident David Speakman told SFGate.com. ?But because it was a bunch of bigots, it gave us an extra nudge.?

    With the help of friends, a gay South Bay couple has at least temporarily blocked the very Christian-minded Chick-fil-A

    The company’s position on traditional marriage notwithstanding, threats to ban the company have drawn fire from editorial pages across the nation.

    The Los Angeles Times condemned the decision, calling it far more troubling than Chick-fil-A’s support of traditional marriage.

    “Public officials have a responsibility to carry out their ministerial tasks fairly and evenhandedly – and to uphold the principle of free speech – whether or not they like a business executive’s social or political stances,” the Times opined.

    The Boston Globe wondered “which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.

    Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin said “Boston’s Founding Fathers must be steaming in their graves.”

    “When an elected public official wields the club of government against a Christian business in the name of “tolerance,” it’s not harmless kid stuff,” Malkin wrote. “It’s chilling.”
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    No. It's called freedom of religion.

    To the second part, if this guy thinks his personal views don't put a stamp on his business, he is completely fooling himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire'sMommy View Post
    To the second part, if this guy thinks his personal views don't put a stamp on his business, he is completely fooling himself.
    I think they already know that, since they are closed on Sunday. Obviously that is a risk he is willing to take to stand up for his beliefs, which he has every right to do. Since we are still a majority Christian country, I highly doubt this will put him out of business. I have no problem with anyone not giving them thier business if they disagree with their view. But I think it is ridiculous for a city official to say that they are going to discriminate against a business because of their religious views.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I think they already know that, since they are closed on Sunday. Obviously that is a risk he is willing to take to stand up for his beliefs, which he has every right to do. Since we are still a majority Christian country, I highly doubt this will put him out of business. I have no problem with anyone not giving them thier business if they disagree with their view. But I think it is ridiculous for a city official to say that they are going to discriminate against a business because of their religious views.
    I also think it's ridiculous. And yes, people should be able to spend their money wherever they want for whatever reason they want. I just hope that this guy doesn't think he's being discriminated against by patrons who stop spending their money in his restaurant because of his views.

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    I don't think he would. He has to know it's already happened, he doesn't live under a rock. I'm appalled at how many of my facebook friends seem to be proud of the fact that these cities are acting like this. How would those same people act if it was a Muslim mosque (who also are fans of traditional marriage) being built in those same cities getting the same letters?

    I'm 100% in support of gay marriage (though I'm not giving up Chick Fil A because the owner isn't), but did those cities send the same letters to other businesses with the same owner's views? Did they ask every single fast food restaurant if they vote for Traditional marriage or is this company being singled out because they don't waiver on their views/religious beliefs? Icky. Icky. Icky.

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    I'm 100% against what Chick-Fil-A is doing (donating money to anti-gay marriage causes) and this has strengthen my resolve to not eat there or give them my money, but I do think it's crazy that government officials are trying to block them from getting a business license. As long as what they are doing isn't illegal (like using the stores to launder money for the mob or something) I don't see how they can use that as a justification to block them from getting a business license or however they are blocking them.

    This goes to show, yet again, that being elected to public office does not automatically guarantee a full understanding and willingness to uphold the Constitution..... (usually I'm on the other side of this issue)
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    I do not believe government should have the ability to ban a business based on their religious belief. I hope that this blows up in the face of the elected officials that are behind this
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    Mayor Menino of Boston is not stopping business licenses. He is suggesting they are not welcome and for good reason. Would this be any different if say McDonald's said they did not support Asians in the US because it was against the owners religion. NO. This should not be acceptable either and suggesting they would not be welcome and to rethink coming here to extend their brand...well, I'm okay with that.

    Here is the letter from Menino:
    http://lipstick-feminists.org/post/2...-a-story-quite

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    So basically they are not welcome because they have different views? Whatever happen to everyone having the right to their own views? So long as no one is discriminated against I don't see a problem and it's kinda odd that some people want to have their views but aren't open to others having any different ones. How fair is that?
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    Different views is 1 thing. They are not saying..."hey don't come to Boston because you practice a certain religion" it's more of "Hey don't come to Boston with your bigoted views"

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