Re:Guidelines For Discussing Legitmate Issues Where Food And Politics Meet
Look, the Chik-Fil-A case is not political. It has nothing to do with Democrat or Republican; conservative or liberal. It is a matter of personal integrity and Constitutional law guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Here's an excerpt from my reply to a complimentary PM sent to me by Michael Hoffman:
If you believe in Free Speech, then you believe in it for EVERYBODY, not just the people whose ideas you agree with. As a Jewish man who grew up in the Skokie area in the '60s and '70s, I saw first hand ugly antisemitism. But when the nazis wanted to march in Skokie, as much as I despise their goals and agenda, I thought it was our duty as Americans to allow that march (with careful police control) to happen. I find the kkk equally vile, but they should still be allowed to adopt and care for that stretch of highway in Georgia. I support Gay Rights and Gay Marriage, but dammit, the people over at Chik-Fil-A, as long as they're not discriminating against anyone, are not required to agree with me in order to get a business license.
If I believe in Free Speech for me, and if I have even the slightest bit of integrity, then I have to believe in it for EVERYONE.
The situation at Gino's Steaks is different. While I sympathize with Mr. Vento's frustration over non-English speaking customers, there is nothing in our Constitution requiring citizens to speak a common language. I don't disagree with his desire to have everyone speak English, but he doesn't have a legal leg to stand on.