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Get over yourselves. This is not a big deal.
Originally posted by benrl
reply to post by OpinionatedB
Also funny to note that if you find the right issue, people will clamor to violate Constitutional rights...
Thats an important aspect of this...
Originally posted by OpinionatedB
reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
The Mayor of Boston spoke on official city letterhead with official city seal
that means he is speaking as a government official, declaring the city does not want a certain business in the town...
Why? because of their political stance on a religious matter!
edit on 25-7-2012 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by charles1952
I think I can resolve the freedom of speech issue. The mayor is not just "urging them" or "expressing an opinion." I followed the links given in the OP source article, and ran into something in The Boston Herald:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
I think the Mayor may be in trouble.
if it is not how Bostonians really fel then they get an election in due course.
no problem trying to sell chicken sandwiches to legally married gay couples in Boston.
People that think that are what is wrong with this country.
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
reply to post by charles1952
He's not banning it - he's trying to use legal means to discourage it from setting up.
I would expect any mayor of any town to do excactly the same for any activity that may be legal but that "we don't want around here" - and it happens all the time for various reasons - from brothels where those are legal to liquor outlets to sewage farms to all sorts of things that communities do not want.
And if he can't do it legally and acts illegally then by all means have at him - but he's got to actually do something illegal first, and expressing his opinion and his intentions to oppose the planning and licencing applications (etc) is not illegal, and still not suppressing CFA's freedom of speech.