Free speech isn’t protected by the Constitution for people we all agree with, it’s to protect speech we don’t agree with. It’s in the crosshairs.
The Denver city council has blocked Chick-Fil-A from the airport because they don’t like what the CEO, Dan Kathy, has said about gay marriage.
The city’s council Business Development Committee has delayed by two weeks Chick-fil-A’s request to open in the Denver International Airport, not because Chick-Fil-A discriminates against gays but because they are afraid they might.
Four council members — including an openly gay one — think that Chick-fil-A’s stance could mean they might discriminate in the future.
Isn’t this the thought police?
One council member doesn’t want them to have money to discriminate even though they never have discriminated.
So, who’s discriminating?
Chick-fil-A responded that its corporation and franchises “are equal opportunity employers” with workers “who represent many diverse viewpoints, opinions, backgrounds and beliefs.”
“We hope to welcome all guests to any of our locations,” the statement read.
Chick-fil-A is the second most-requested quick-service restaurant to open in the airport, only after Chipotle, which hasn’t applied for the new space.
City Councilman Paul D. López is now saying that the main problem was Chick-Fil-A not being open on Sundays. He says conservative sites are not presenting his statements properly and he says he’s been threatened on Twitter, however, he has voiced concerns over Chick-Fil-A’s position on gay marriage and the charities they donate to.
The Denver Post quoted Lopez as saying that it was “Really, truly a moral issue on the city.”
“I think the airport also has a question about our reputation. It has been the corporate philosophy [of Chik-fil-A] to use the dollars they earn to fund discriminatory lawsuits and to fund discriminatory political rhetoric. So that’s of concern to the extent that they will be forming profits from operating in our airport.”
It’s not true.
The city council appears to be behaving in an unconstitutional manner.
What do you think about this? You may not agree with the restaurant’s CEO on gay marriage but does he no longer have a right to do business based on possible future discrimination with no evidence to back it up?
Does the First Amendment protect LGBTs and not religious rights?
The tolerant and diverse leftists on the City Council have a sad recent history of corrupt business practices and you can read about that here on National Review online.