Friday, July 27, 2012

Jay Gilbert on Chick-Fil-A, Boston, and Chicago

In an online discussion, Jay Gilbert made the following insightful comment about the Chick-Fil-A controversy and how government officials in Boston and Chicago are treating the business:

"I fully support boycotting the restaurant (I have for years), but I think no government official has any business exerting this kind of pressure over someone's spoken opinion. This is exactly what the First Amendment is about: letting citizens say what they think, letting other citizens respond in appropriate ways, and government staying the hell out of it. In Chicago it's even worse, where an alderman is proudly blocking a long-standing Chick-Fil-A building permit. Is that where we want this to go? 50 years ago this would have meant you supported the government shutting down the businesses of anyone who spoke in FAVOR of gay rights."

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