NYC’s Bloomberg opines on Chick-fil-A “bans”

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be the first progressive leader in the country to come down on the side of true religious liberty in the Chick-fil-A debate.

In contrast with the mayors of Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco, Bloomberg stated simply that it was not the role of government to oppose businesses based on the charitable donation choices of their owners.

LA Times reports:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has an opinion on the controversy over Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage. But it’s not the same one spouted by the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

The others have strongly suggested or outright demanded that the restaurant chain — whose president, Dan Cathy, recently went on the record supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” — stay away from their cities.

According to Bloomberg in a radio address, such a ban based on political or religious beliefs is “inappropriate” and “just not government’s job.”

A few caveats: Bloomberg thinks the trio of Chick-fil-A-bashing mayors are “good mayors”; he just disagrees “really strongly” on this particular issue. Bloomberg has never had a chicken sandwich from the chain. Bloomberg says “nobody’s a bigger supporter of same-sex marriage” than himself. “I just don’t think it’s the government’s business, period,” he said. “This is just a bad idea and it’s not going to happen in New York City.”

If the chain wants to open up more restaurants in the city, it’ll have to jump through the same permitting hoops as any other company, Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg is right. He didn’t go so far as to point out that the other mayors’ threats were violations of the US Constitution, but he made it clear that government should keep its nose out of the private choices of business owners–so long as the business complies with the law and does not discriminate in hiring or service to customers, of course.

And that’s exactly how it should be in a secular society.

It’s a shame that the three other mayors are more concerned with scoring political points with their constituents than with standing up for religious liberty and true American secular values.

3 Responses to NYC’s Bloomberg opines on Chick-fil-A “bans”

  1. Mayor Bloomberg may not feel it is government’s place to ban a business based on the causes it supports but he does feel it is his place to decide how big a soda you can buy to go with your sandwich.

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