One more thing, about the Chicago Chick-fil-A debate.
The more I think about denying a business the opportunity to operate because of the CEO's views on a controversial issue, the more ridiculous I think this is.
If Chick-fil-A is discriminating against gays or lesbians in their hiring practices or in the way they serve customers -- that's unacceptable, and it's illegal. But that doesn't seem to be the case here.
If someone strongly objects to the anti-same-sex marriage views of Chick-fil-A's boss Dan Cathy, they shouldn't eat at his restaurants. They have the right and freedom to boycott, or picket. Just as Dan Cathy has the right to say what his Southern Baptist beliefs are. This is America.
Seems to me that Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) saying Chick-fil-A shouldn't open in Logan Square because of Cathy's religious or political views -- no matter how wrong one may thing they are -- is Un-American. That is discrimination. The ACLU supports same-sex marriage, but said that if a government can exclude a business for being against same-sex marriage, it can also exclude a business for being in support of same-sex marriage.
Today, Chicagoan Lauren Silich, the independent owner/operator of the city's only Chick-fil-A franchise (30 E. Chicago Ave.), invited Mayor Emanuel to come into her restaurant and meet her family, including her Chicago Police officer husband, and her staff.
Yesterday the Mayor said, "If you're going to be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values."
She pointed out that her business created 97 jobs here, has gay employees, and donates to many charities including gay and lesbian organizations. What about that Mr. Mayor?
Alderman Moreno has already gone too far, but it might be good for you to do a little back-pedaling here. Don't be "chicken."
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