CFA: The Latest Battle on our First Amendment Rights
Chick Fil A is not a person, nor does CFA have a political opinion. CFA is a corporate entity bound by the laws of the state, local and federal governments. CFA can not discriminate, nor can anyone employed by CFA.
No law has been broken broken by CFA, yet some of our elected officials want to bar CFA from opening in their city or state. Let me remind you that as an elected official, you are bound by the same discrimination standards as CFA management. By baring someone from opening a business in your town on the basis of religious beliefs of a company officer, you are in violation of the constitution of the United States of America.
ACLU Stands with CFA
The pro-gay rights American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU said the restaurant should not be discriminated against because of what CEO Dan Cathy said.
“The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” said Adam Schwartz, senior attorney for the ACLU of Illinois. He added that the ACLU “strongly supports” same-sex marriage, but explained 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.”
As a business owner, I am outraged by the elected government employees for their reprehensible words and proposed actions. Here is a summary of some of the more high profile threats from our elected government officials:
In Chicago, Adlernam Proco “Joe” Moreno wants to block Chick-fil-A from opening in the city’s Northwest Side. He vowed to deny the fast food chain the required business permit to open up shop in the 1st Ward.
In New York politician NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain.
In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menin lasw week used his mayoral privelege to ‘bann’ Chick-Fil-A from city limits.
In San Francisco, Mayor Edwin Lee is using his power as mayor to keep CFA out of San Francisco.