In a salute to Mr. Dan Cathy and his standing up for his beliefs regarding ‘gay marriage’ (which is a misnomer) I am recognizing his company Chick-fil-A.
In response to Rahm Emanuel I sent this letter to the Chicago Tribune:
To the Editor of the Chicago Tribune:
The people of Chicago may not care about the opinion of a non-resident, but they should care about the latest actions by their mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Mr. Emanuel’s decision to refuse or hinder Chick-Fillet from expanding its business in Chicago, based solely on the company’s position on gay marriage, is a violation of the commerce laws of the United States not to mention your trampling of First Amendment rights.
Chicago, for decades has sought to separate itself from the historical corruption that once ruled there now finds itself heading back down that road under the leadership of Rahm Emanuel.
The excuse he offered in blocking Chick-fil-A from building a restaurant in the city was “the fast-food chain does not share “Chicago’s values”.”
What are “Chicago values” Mr. Emanuel? Violating commerce laws because you don’t like a company’s position on gay marriage?
Maybe the “values” you are referring to are the less than up and up way you finally manipulated the courts to qualify as a mayoral candidate, or the way you continue to use coercion against those who you disagree with.
The Sherman Anti-trust, Section 1 states;
“Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal.”
Restraint of trade means any activity that attempts to limit trade without just cause is illegal.
No matter which side of the gay marriage debate you fall, that is not a reason to violate the laws of the United States.
Mr. Emanuel, by his position and actions has not only trampled on the first Amendment rights of the founder of Chick-fil-A, Mr. Dan Cathy, he is violating the commerce laws of the United States.
Mr. Emanuel is not alone; it seems Proco “Joe” Moreno is guilty as well with his statement “You have the right to say what you want to say, but zoning is not a right,”
Really Mr. Moreno, is it your right to determine who can and cannot receive a zoning permit? And what do you use for the basis of your decision, your opinion?
As I stated in the beginning, the opinion of a non-resident my not matter to the people of Chicago; but ask yourself this; If the leaders of your city blatantly violate the law and the rights of Chick-fil-A to conduct lawful business, how long before you, citizens of Chicago, have your legal rights trampled because your leadership doesn’t think you share “Chicago values?”
And let’s not forget the mayor of Boston; Thomas Menino
Standing in City Hall Plaza and greeting same-sex couples in support of gay marriage is your right based on the laws of the State of Massachusetts and the United States. But Blocking or hindering a business from conducting business in the State of Massachusetts based solely on their beliefs is not your right. It violates the laws of the nited States.
To suggest that this is solely your opinion will not wash either, since you expressed your opinion on the official letterhead of the State of Massachusetts; it is government coercion in its worst form.
While you champion equal rights, you are violating the rights of others to conduct lawful business in the state of Mass, which makes you a hypocrite.
You sir should resign.
I understand now that Mr. Menino has walked his position back a little. Sorry but it’s not enough. Did you decide this on your own, or were you advised to do so by legal council?