Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has said that he supports efforts to prevent Chick-fil-a from opening a store in Chicago’s 1st district. In the mayor’s own words:
Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.
As I mentioned in my previous post about the mayor of Boston, this is chilling coming from a mayor of one of our nation’s leading cities. Does this mean that a business owner is not allowed to support a Christian sexual ethic? Must all Christian business owners now keep their views to themselves on one of the most contested social policy issues of our time? Apparently, Mayor Emmanuel thinks so.
The Chicago Alderman leading the effort to block Chick-fil-a said it this way:
If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward.
This remark form the Alderman as simply mistaken. Chick-fil-a does not discriminate against gays. Gay people are welcome at Chick-fil-a just like everyone else. As the editors of The Los Angeles Times wrote today (who by the way favor same-sex marriage):
[The Boston mayor] suggested that it would be appropriate to block the chain from opening in Boston because Cathy’s views amount to discrimination. That would rightly apply if Chick-fil-A were to refuse service to gay customers; the city has a right and an obligation to prevent discriminatory actions against its residents and visitors. But there’s no evidence that any such thing has occurred.
I hope the Alderman is just misinformed and will take back his remarks. But I’m not holding my breath.
The tolerance police strike again.