Originally Posted by Fang66
As far as politicians preventing him from opening a store in their respective cities, if they were doing that outside the rule of law then I would not support them, however I don't think they are. (Are they?)
A political leader standing up and saying I don't want this business in my city because it is run by a homophobe is not the same as actually stopping the business from opening.
The situation I'm very familiar with is the one occurring in Chicago. Alderman Joe Moreno of the Logan Square neighborhood first responded to Chik-fil-A's desire to open a store in his ward by saying that he wouldn't allow them to do so because of the owner's stance on homosexuality. Mayor Emmanuel echoed his sentiments. They are both backtracking now, but Alderman Moreno is still threatening to prevent construction of the store by refusing to subdivide the land unless Chik-fil-A supplies a written anti-discrimination policy. There has never been a discrimination concern raised against Chik-fil-A.
Would you feel the same way if the Grand Wazoo of the KKK wanted to open a business in your town and the mayor stood up and said "Hey we don't want you bastards here"? As long as the Mayor/s follow the rule of law then I don't have a problem with them trying to stop the business from opening. Then if the people agree or disagree with him it'll show at the next election.
If the Grand-Wazoo owned business follows the anti-segregation laws of its local, then I have no problem with allowing it to open. I don't think I'd patronize that business, and I suspect it's lifetime would be short because of others doing the same.
Now I'll ask you a question:
Consider XYZ, Inc. wants to open a store in Everytown. The mayor of Everytown is Christian. The owner of XYZ, Inc. is on the record as stating the following:
"I believe that religion is often a smoke screen for homophobia and the religious pick and choose which tenets they follow based on non-religious motivations."
The Everytown mayor then prevents the new XYZ, Inc. store from opening in his city, validating his decision on moral grounds.
Are you ok with the mayor's decision?