It's not just conservatives objecting to this, Clout St., it's libertarians too. Via Memeorandum, Law professor Eugene Volokh: No Building Permits for Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage:
But denying a private business permits because of such speech by its owner is a blatant First Amendment violation. Even when it comes to government contracting — where the government is choosing how to spend government money — the government generally may not discriminate based on the contractor’s speech, see Board of County Commissioners v. Umbehr (1996). It is even clearer that the government may not make decisions about how people will be allowed to use their own property based on the speaker’s past speech.Good grief, Chicago what is WRONG with you.
Maybe this commenter is right:
Great. One bigot calling another bigot a bigot. Proco Joe just wants to extort campaign funds from Chick-fil-A. He is a Chicago Alderman. They have no values, morals, or integrity.Maybe not.
But I think we have too many aldermen. They are choking the life out of this city. What will offend them next. Hmm?
Can't we just have a chicken sandwich in peace.
And some respect for the BILL OF RIGHTS. You know, the one set up by the Founders to ensure we weren't governed by the whims of the elite.
The underlying message is clear. No job-creating businesses need apply.
More. On Boston, Michelle Malkin. The Instapundit weighs in.
And let's think some more about bigotry. Hmm, Chicago. No Irish Need Comply:
Where Burchard depicted Irish Catholics as drunks, Warren portrays working Americans in the private sector as greedy. Where Burchard slurred Catholicism itself as "Romanism" -- a common anti-Catholic slur of the day -- Warren slurs the American free enterprise system and entrepreneurship itself with the caustic line: "You built a factory out there? Good for you…God bless….."[snip]
...America is about freedom. Liberty and justice. For all. Building permits included.
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