Menino: Looks like I can’t ban Chick-fil-A from Boston after all

posted at 4:06 pm on July 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

The guy’s a moron. End of story.

“I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.

The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s 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 that’s all. There’s 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?


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The guy’s really, really a moron.

Lourdes on July 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

That damn constitution!

The Notorious G.O.P on July 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

“I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”

We call real big ones “Oboners”

Chuck Schick on July 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Little girl voice here:

Isn’t it amaazing how chicken sandwiches frighten and terrify some of these Democrats?

Lourdes on July 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Bishop takes Pawn!

Lourdes on July 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Fascism is so funny!

mankai on July 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Via Mediaite, here’s the “View” crew also siding with Chick-fil-A.

Stopped clocks and all that.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

No way Obama comes out in support of Chic-fil-a. Yes it would help him with Independants but half his fundraising base would go out the window. Plus as Erika pointed out the other day, he does want to be reelected very badly but only if he can have his cake and eat it too.

Kataklysmic on July 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Nascent fascism

lorien1973 on July 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

At the Standard, Mark Hemingway says it’s time for Obama to have a Sistah Souljah moment by defending Chick-fil-A:

Hah, nevah!!

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

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?

It’s two three birds (no pun intended) with one stone, Allah. The f*ckstick mayor can chide 1)big businesses that make oodles of $$ 2)transfat pimps pushing fried foods making all of us unhealthier fat (something liberals cannot beset their eyes upon) and 3)Christians in general while simultaneously lubing up their buddies in the ghey lobby/grievance groups.

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

At the Standard, Mark Hemingway says it’s time for Obama to have a Sistah Souljah moment by defending Chick-fil-A:

Obama is a chicken, a fascist one, though.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

It sounds like Mumbles wasn’t talking about a ban, ban.

pain train on July 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

When you lose the shrews…

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

There are rocks smarter than this guy.

Axion on July 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Menino: Looks like I can’t ban Chick-fil-A from Boston after all

Menino added:

“Also, after reading the constitution, apparently I can’t ban guns, speech, assembly, or trials by jury.

And slavery. And poll taxes.

And also I can’t ban 18-year olds from voting.

Can you believe what’s in this thing? My party really needs to read this!!”

*sarcasm*

pamplonajack on July 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Why the hell some on our side are advising Obama on what to do?

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

The mayor added: “I The voters in Boston make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism Democrats for you.”

Fixed

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Howie Carr is laughing his getalife off.

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

To call Mumbles Menino a _______ is an insult to ________s.

His mental midgetry defies both description and measure.

Bruce MacMahon on July 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

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.

Thanks for the smiles and the guts to ‘cut’ down the narcissistic oaf.

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.

He has never been likeable. It’s a meme.

Here is what he thinks/feels – he finds most Americans to be stupid.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

What do you mean that I’m not God?
/Boston Mayor

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I think that as a public official Menino would be personally liable if he if found violating the civil rights of another citizen…can any lawyer back me up on this..?

ujorge on July 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Leftists are all chickens.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

On a related note, Bloomburg walked back his comments of last night saying the wasn’t ‘speaking literally’ when he said all police nationwide should go on strike until stronger gun laws are enacted.

Isn’t it fun when liberals make stupid hip shots then have to backpedal?

Liam on July 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

No way Obama comes out in support of Chic-fil-a. Yes it would help him with Independants but half his fundraising base would go out the window. Plus as Erika pointed out the other day, he does want to be reelected very badly but only if he can have his cake and eat it too.

Kataklysmic on July 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

THIS!!

Remember, his “evolution” on SSM came full circle when “gay” campaign funds started drying up. Supporting Chik-Fil-A risks alienating that part of his base.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Why the hell is Chick-Fil-A suddenly all over the news? This is like Carrie Prejean all over again. If you support gay marriage(as I do), fine. Go out there and try to win over people’s hearts if you must. But these kinds of organized smear campaigns designed to destroy people for merely having the temerity to disagree with your personal or political views is getting out of hand. And frankly this is worse than Prejean. At least there you didn’t have elected officials risking job creation and economic growth in their cities in order to score a few cheap political points.

Doughboy on July 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The Left is in full meltdown mode over this. I had an insane conversation about this earlier today…according to libs, the reason for denying the permit doesn’t matter, and because he’s elected by the people the Mayor should be given the benefit of the doubt. Also, her friend who lives in Boston totally supports the mayor, so naturally it’s all good and the rest of us are just dumb bigots.

changer1701 on July 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

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…

Nice chicken sammich you got there. Hate to see something happen to it………….

BacaDog on July 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Liberals are stupid.

kingsjester on July 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

These people are absolute effing morons!

ToddPA on July 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

But I’m the mayor of Boston and I get elected to make my opinions known.

Who knew?

Civics 101, Lefty Style.

mankai on July 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Yeah, no sh*t, Sherlock. The democrats WAR on CHICKEN is so totally gay. Don’t agree with Chick-fil-A? Do us all a favor, and don’t eat there – OKAY?

Pork-Chop on July 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Liberals are stupid.

kingsjester on July 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Duh, Mr. Obvious :)

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

The guy’s a moron. End of story.

That’s pretty much all that need be said. Of course there will be some commenters who will accuse AP of “pushing the progressive gay agenda” for stating that.

The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time.”

Next election, he should really use that as a motto for his campaign.

No surprise, I’m all for gay marriage, and debate that quite a bit around HA with those that do not…but I never thought for a second about wanting them banned here because of their opposing views. The Chik-Fil-A owners have every right to state their views on this, and if others want to boycott them or decide not to eat there because of that, that’s their right.

But when you have elected leaders like mayors saying that they will ban a company simply because of their religious views on gay marriage, we all lose. It borders unconstitutionality, and is flat-out the wrong thing to do…or even speak about doing.

JetBoy on July 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Jonah Goldberg concedes that it’d be the right thing to do but argues that Obama wouldn’t benefit politically from doing it.

Well hell. That settles that.

BacaDog on July 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I’m exhausted!

- The Chicken

pain train on July 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

He sure looks stupid (just for kingsjester).

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Another ham-fisted member of the Democrat “mafia”. Gods, but I’m sick of these people and their dictatorial pronouncements coming out of their behinds.

totherightofthem on July 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

The guy’s a democrat. End of story.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

“That’s a Menino-ism.”

No that’s a Hugo Chav-ism…

PatriotRider on July 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

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.

Problem is that he wrote a “letter” (published documentation) and admitted as much publicly. That would have to weigh favorably for Chick-Fil-A in court.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Libs: Chickens are for *&%@ing, not for banning.
/Lessons.

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Via Mediaite, here’s the “View” crew also siding with Chick-fil-A.

That show is still on the air?

Who gives a sh!t what they think about anything? They’re idiots.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Mumbles not only has marbles in his mouth but also his skull, who knew!

D-fusit on July 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

But then, If Obama did come out in defense of Chick-fil-A he would actually be able to say “You didnt build that on your own”….

ThinkingForMyself on July 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Besides, hasn’t he heard? the debate about Chik-fil-A is over, now that Antoine Dodson has spoken.

totherightofthem on July 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Why do “journalists” keep begging BHO to do the right thing?

d1carter on July 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

People like Menino and the hundreds of knee-jerk liberals who commented favorably about his remarks at the Boston Globe have not taken the time to think about where their position would inevitably lead if applied to everyone. They are too busy wallowing in their hate of Truett Cathy and practicing their shiny new Obama-approved religion of same-sex marriage.

rockmom on July 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

“I sent (the landlord) a letter, but that’s all. There’s no pressure by me to allow this place to be rented,” he said.

He should be forced to produce the letter. FOIA the damn thing if he won’t and embarrass and shame that nutjob.

BacaDog on July 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I’m exhausted!

- The Chicken

pain train on July 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Note to self: Do not order the cream filled chicken special.

lorien1973 on July 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

The compromise is clear:

Chik-fil-A will only cook heterosexual chickens.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Why the hell is Chick-Fil-A suddenly all over the news? This is like Carrie Prejean all over again. If you support gay marriage(as I do), fine. Go out there and try to win over people’s hearts if you must. But these kinds of organized smear campaigns designed to destroy people for merely having the temerity to disagree with your personal or political views is getting out of hand. And frankly this is worse than Prejean. At least there you didn’t have elected officials risking job creation and economic growth in their cities in order to score a few cheap political points.

Doughboy on July 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Nah. This is all good. The more these groups b*tch and moan and bully and demand the more they tune people out and lose the middle.

Good work. Keep it up.

And no, Obama isn’t going to be a savvy politician like Clinton. Obama doesn’t know how to be a savvy politician. He’s never failed and had to figure out how to not fail. As always, he’ll figure that someone else will clean it up and fix it for him.

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Now will Rahm also rescind? /rhetoricalQ

nobar on July 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

The Peter Principle just applied itself to this mayor.

meci on July 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino Mao -ism.”

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

most folks who make menino-isms all the time find themselves in the unemployment line!

jrsrigmvr on July 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Sidebar:

Don’t you bourgeoisie enemies understand that the more equal Pigs know what is best for us to not think, or not say?

OhEssYouCowboys on July 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Ha ha ha…totalitarians are always a barrel of chuckles.

ConservativeLA on July 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

he’s a moron and he’s lying- no way will his co-morons issuing the permits not make it impossible for cfa to open. they’ll drag it out for a decade like somerville did with Ikea until the company says- screw it, too much bother. it’s what he did to walmart- attack them publicly and then have his minions erect hurdles that take forever to overcome.

rented- snort- that’s rich. it’s the building permits and licenses that mumbles knows full well he can control and use against cfa.

he has nothing to lose coming out now and pretending he doesn’t understand the constitution( the truth is he doesn’t care about it- he’s never been held accountable for his transgressions of it or his executive tyranny.)-after the whole nation finally called him out for the sort of thing he’s been doing since 1993. they’ll be no CFA in boston while he’s mayor.

if there is- it means hopefully the public tide has turned against democrat tyrants like mumbles and barry. but it’s obamagrad-on-the-charles so – doubtful.

mittens on July 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Why do “journalists” keep begging BHO to do the right thing?

d1carter on July 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

We have a lot of stupid opinion writers on our side who think that they are being FAIR by telling Obama to do the right thing… the so called conservative journalists in Wahsington D.C are the worst…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

And one other thing. Why is anyone shocked that the owner of Chick-Fil-A opposes gay marriage? The entire chain closes their restaurants every Sunday. You think maybe dude is a religious guy?

Doughboy on July 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

what a moron…..keep making it unfriendly for business and you can start bulldozing houses down like Detroit…numbskull

crosshugger on July 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Bloomberg could have gotten rid of Chick-Fil-A in New York just by outlawing whatever color-scheme they use on their soft drinks and bags. He could say they were trying to entice kids to overeat or something … New Yorkers love their midget Stalin. This Meanino character seems more like a plump Kim Ill Sung.

It’s hard to keep leftist tyrant wannabes straight. Maybe they’ll come out with proto-dictator trading cards soon?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

He’s a dem mayor – enuff said!

Bambi on July 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I hope my town discriminates against the businesses of CEO’s that personally support LBGT issues…

I mean what’s fair is fair right???

PatriotRider on July 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Damn that pesky Constitution.It always gets in the way of good liberals like me who know whats better for the people than they do.

logman1 on July 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

rented- snort- that’s rich. it’s the building permits and licenses that mumbles knows full well he can control and use against cfa.

Yep.

Sorry, Mr Cathy, your gay h8′n chik’n store just failed a health inspection. Sux to be you, see you in a month once you got all these issues fixed and, oh, yeah……..sorry!/

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

“I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”

Then do the right thing and resign you fat corrupt puke.

darwin on July 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

15 minutes are now over

cmsinaz on July 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

What’s the difference? Churches have a free exercise right to their beliefs but business owners who attend those churches don’t?

The left believes they have a right to go to a business without worrying about its profits being spent campaigning against causes they believe in. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s what they believe.

calbear on July 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The guy’s a moron. End of story.

Hey, Schad, how on earth did miss that one?

AP, it is “Period. Story. End of.”

Catch up from the vacay, already.

hehehe

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Ohhhhh…I get it now. Someone tapped Menino on the shoulder and whispered “what about the revenues” into his ear. “Ohhhh, riiiiight, taxes, O.Kaaay,” said Menino.

Rahm, however, is counting on the Nation of Islam to pull his revenue shortfalls up.

Lourdes on July 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Giants among us!

Kudos to the mayor. Now ban Fords, and MLB.

Limerick on July 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

What’s the difference? Churches have a free exercise right to their beliefs but business owners who attend those churches don’t?

The left believes they have a right to go to a business without worrying about its profits being spent campaigning against causes they believe in. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s what they believe.

calbear on July 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Apparently, to the Left, if a business is NOT owned by a Democrat, then it’s “racist” or ‘phobic’ or “a hater” or “not in keeping with our values” and therefore has to be destroyed.

Lourdes on July 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Obama can’t have a Sistah Souljah moment like Clinton because no one would believe it. He does come from Chicago, and he does do everything the Chicago way. I was born and raised in Chicago for 50 years, and it’s true. I doubt he wants to open up the gay marriage discussion again anyway.

Politicians deciding who is going to do business in their town based on their personal beliefs is a clear case of discrimination and abuse of power, and they know it.

lea on July 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Some great Menino audio

swenocha on July 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Bloomberg could have gotten rid of Chick-Fil-A in New York just by outlawing whatever color-scheme they use on their soft drinks and bags. He could say they were trying to entice kids to overeat or something … New Yorkers love their midget Stalin. This Meanino character seems more like a plump Kim Ill Sung.

It’s hard to keep leftist tyrant wannabes straight. Maybe they’ll come out with proto-dictator trading cards soon?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Bloomberg just signed an ordinance that limits businesses’ streetfront construction. I work for a bank and this will oulaw the design we have been using in our NYC branches. Many business groups suspect that the city will use this ordinance to reject businesses they don’t like, such as Chick-Fil-A and McDonald’s.

As of last year, there was only one Chick-Fil-A in all of New York, and that is on the NYU campus. I’m guessing that one won’t be around much longer, given the demographic of the students and faculty at NYU. But the college kids do loooove them some Chick-Fil-A.

rockmom on July 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Three of the four “ladies” of the View are against the trampling of Chick-fil-A’s rights

However it sounded like Joy Bray-Hard was trying to find a way to support the discrimination and violation of Chick-fil-A’s rights. Did it seem like that to you as well.

mechkiller_k on July 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

What’s the difference? Churches have a free exercise right to their beliefs but business owners who attend those churches don’t?

I have a snarkless answer for you.

Churches and Mosques exist outside the machine, but businesses exist within the machine. If you are a progressive working on your brave new world, you are only really interested in the components of it, like businesses. You aren’t interested in the stuff you plan to leave behind — the things you assume will fall by the wayside at some point — like churches and mosques.

Axe on July 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

The left believes they have a right to go to a business without worrying about its profits being spent campaigning against causes they believe in.

calbear on July 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Bullsh!t. The Left believes they have the right to tell people whether or not they can even try to have a business depending on what the owners think. Then, they think that they have the right to force a union on that business, close the shop so that the union now gains an ownership interest in a business that it does nothing but burden, steal money from all employees at that business in order to have it spent on lefty political interests and then tax whatever’s left until the business is no more, at which point they prefer to illegally skip bankruptcy proceedings, void the contracts that debt-holders have, steal money from the citizenry, use it to reinflate the business that the union killed and then give the union an actual ownership share of the business – along with the government whose force was instrumental in coordinating this whole symphony of destruction.

That’s what leftists like. They are the scum of the Earth and nothing but destructive to those societies unlucky enough to be burdened with their pathetic existence.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Bloomberg just signed an ordinance that limits businesses’ streetfront construction. I work for a bank and this will oulaw the design we have been using in our NYC branches. Many business groups suspect that the city will use this ordinance to reject businesses they don’t like, such as Chick-Fil-A and McDonald’s.

As of last year, there was only one Chick-Fil-A in all of New York, and that is on the NYU campus. I’m guessing that one won’t be around much longer, given the demographic of the students and faculty at NYU. But the college kids do loooove them some Chick-Fil-A.

rockmom on July 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Damn, I’m good! :)

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

*see friction over “home schooling” — the sneering unhappiness that this still exists. Education is well within the machine, or it should be, if not for backward Neanderthals that insist on using an old-world model so they can continue to teach their kids old -world model crap.

etc.

Axe on July 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Hey, now!

Cities are corporations. They are entities. Let them make choices. Let them live with them.

Limerick on July 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Another Corrupt democrat thug forced to walk-balk his intolerance.

(yawn).

Tim_CA on July 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Nascent fascism

lorien1973 on July 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Nothing ‘nascent’ about it. It’s facism. Gay Mafia intolerance for anything that doesn’t bend over for its agenda.

rayra on July 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

It seems like the liberal politicans and media are dog whistling to goad one of their perverts to commit a serious crime against this restaurant. I hope I’m wrong about that.

Buddahpundit on July 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Nascent fascism

lorien1973 on July 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Nothing ‘nascent’ about it. It’s facism. Gay Mafia intolerance for anything that doesn’t bend over for its agenda.

rayra on July 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Pretty openly fascistic. A quiet letter making a quiet suggestion.

“Thuggery” might be a generalized term.

“Thug.”

Axe on July 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Question for First Amendment litigators: How much state interference is required before Chick-fil-A might have an action against the city?

If there was an agreement between the property owner and CFA to discuss a rental or sales agreement and the former withdraws due to pressure from the city, then CFA would have a cause of action against the city under a wrongful or tortious interference with contract claim.

If the city denies a permit, licence, etc., based on CFA’s position on SSM, then the company would have claims against the city and any officials, individually, involved for deprivation of its civil and constitutional rights under colour of law pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

In addition to attorneys’ fees, the company would also be entitled to treble damages. In CFA’s case, they could produce the estimated lost profits, which would be tripled, and then add costs, expenses and fees. Yes, it would add up very quickly.

I’m not familiar with Massachusetts law, but I am certain that its discrimination laws are, at least, as strong as the Federal statutes.

They could also face criminal prosecution…provided, there is an Attorney General, who believes that discrimination can exist when the victims are white, Conservative Christians. Obviously, such an AG doesn’t currently exist in the DOJ.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Dead from the neck up Mumbles Menino is playing to his base.

The middle class abandoned Boston over the past 25 years. Three groups make up the city:1)low income and those on government assistance, 2) city employees, 3) very high income earners in the desirable enclaves left in the city.

Homosexuals are a growing demographic in the high earners group. Menino is running for election next year and he will commit any Leftist atrocity to appeal to the well heeled and activist homosexual extremists.

kingsmill on July 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Not unusual. Local petty tyrants abuse their authority all the time.

forest on July 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

…and Obama will claim the credit for 10-15 lawyer jobs saved or created as a result of this idiotic letter.

Archivarix on July 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Yeah, no sh*t, Sherlock. The democrats WAR on CHICKEN is so totally gay. Don’t agree with Chick-fil-A? Do us all a favor, and don’t eat there – OKAY?

Pork-Chop on July 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

That rhymes!

SailorMark on July 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The left believes they have a right to go to a business without worrying about its profits being spent campaigning against causes they believe in.

calbear on July 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The Left certainly doesn’t mind passing Right to Work laws that force workers to join unions, which then use the dues paid to campaign against causes in which many of the workers believe.

The Left also wouldn’t recognise hypocrisy and irony if both walked up and punched them in the face.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”

..NOBODY can ever say that the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremist voters don’t get EXACTLY the kind of government they deserve.

TeaPartyNation on July 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

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?

Don’t kid yourself. Their turn is coming. Believe it.

kbTexan on July 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Shortest lawsuit in history. HeIIfire the Cathy lawyers didn’t even get a chance to book fares to file papers. That Mayor of Boston is not to pinchy brave, plenty inept though. What the heII is wrong with the folks in Boston. Do none of you live there?

Bmore on July 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Mumbles not only has marbles in his mouth but also his skull, who knew!

D-fusit on July 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Actually the ones in his skull are BBs.

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

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