Banned in Boston…and Chicago (UPDATED)
According to the Chicago Tribune, the sudden government mania for punishing people for their moral opinions has spread to the Windy City:
A Chicago alderman wants to kill Chick-fil-A’s plans to build a restaurant in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward because the fast-food chain’s top executive vocally opposes gay marriage.
“If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward,” Moreno told the Tribune on Tuesday.
Moreno, of course, has no evidence whatsoever that Chick-fil-A has ever discriminated against anyone gay. Not in employment, not in service. But that’s not what this is about, anyway. It’s actually about liberal politicians trying to punish people who don’t agree with them, which is as repugnant to the First Amendment as anything they can possibly do. Moreno confirms that this is precisely what he’s doing:
Moreno stated his position in strong terms, referring to Cathy’s “bigoted, homophobic comments” in a proposed opinion page piece that an aide also sent to Tribune reporters. “Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward.”
But this isn’t just an isolated instance of overt authoritarianism in America’s most corrupt city:
The alderman has the ideological support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” the mayor said in a statement when asked about Moreno’s decision. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”
Yep, “Chicago values.” That would be gang violence and political corruption so pervasive it became the basis for the latest Batman movie trilogy. I can certainly understand why Emanuel wouldn’t want an outfit such as Chick-fil-A to land in the midst of that.
UPDATE: Seems that “Chicago values” includes working with anti-Semites. According to the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday:
Ignoring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday welcomed the army of men dispatched to the streets by Farrakhan to stop the violence in Chicago neighborhoods.
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th), an Orthodox Jew, has said it’s good that Farrakhan is “helping” in the fight against crime, “but it doesn’t eradicate the comments that he’s made about the Jewish community.”
Emanuel offered no such caveat. Although Farrakhan has a history of making anti-Semitic statements, Chicago’s first Jewish mayor has no interest in revisiting that controversy.
(Hat tip: Capt. Father Warren in the comments.)
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