What else do you call it when the exercise of your First Amendment rights is declared to be the basis for government preventing you from doing business?
I'm referring, of course, to these comments by the mayor of Boston in response to the head of Chick-Fil-A stating that his company operates on Christian principles, and that it is openly supportive of the preservation of traditional marriage.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino told the Herald yesterday.
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If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” he warned.
Of course, Chick-Fil-A doesn't discriminate against anyone. The company does not discriminate in hiring, and it does not discriminate in providing services. Its leaders do, however, support certain social and political causes that are offensive to liberals, and therefore deemed illegitimate and cause for the government to punish the company for perfectly legal, constitutionally protected speech and conduct.
My question is this -- will the United States Justice Department take action here to ensure that the city of Boston does not discriminate against religious citizens who exercise their First Amendment rights in ways that the liberal mayor dislikes? Or will that be overlooked while they continue to hide documents from Congress and seek to overturn constitutionally valid voter ID laws?