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NYC Mayor Bloomberg: Blocking Chick-fil-A 'Not Government's Job'

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on recent statements by the Chicago and Boston Mayors Emanuel and Menino, and city officials from Philadelphia, who have expressed  desires to block Chick-fil-A from opening in their city'sbecause of the company's discriminatory worldview and donations to anti-gay marriage organizations.

BloombergBloomberg spoke with Politicker, saying he would not take a similar stance:

“They’re all friends but I disagree with them really strongly on this one,” Mr. Bloomberg said of his mayoral colleagues. “You can’t have a test for what the owners’ personal views are before you decide to give a permit to do something in the city. You really don’t want to ask political beliefs or religious beliefs before you issue a permit, that’s just not government’s job.”

Mr. Bloomberg went on to argue that blocking a business based on their political beliefs opens a potential slippery slope where liberal cities block conservative establishments and vice versa with conservative cities.

“Freedom of speech — everybody’s in favor of it as long as it’s what they want to hear,” he explained. “Well the only way that you have your freedom of speech is if you give other people freedom of speech. … This is just a bad idea and it’s not going to happen in New York City.”

There is one Chick-fil-A in NYC, on the NYU campus.

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  1. @Lydia,

    WHERE DO YOU STOP OR DRAW THE LINE in regards to perceived public health issues? The reality is much of western diets is 'bad' for you. Traditional French food is excessively high in fat and high alcohol intake. Is it OK to ban French cuisine?Asians and Pacific Islanders love canned meat products like SPAM; is it OK to ban these products because it's 'bad' for their health [in excessive quantities at least]. Is it OK to force the producers and seller to put them in smaller containers? In a manner of speaking, this is already occurring for numerous consumer items in the U.S. including some food products. with the advent of the metric system [FYI for non-Americans: food and other consumer items in the U.S. use duel imperial/metric markings]. Many product contain less product now than they did when we used exclusively imperial units. That's not because the producers desire to improve their customer's health, it's because they know they can get away with offering a smaller sized product while charging the same price or sometimes even more than the old larger sized imperial unit product. This isn't always the case of course, for example a liter [litre] is slightly larger than an old 32oz quart.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 27, 2012 12:40:48 PM


  2. If the German people had blocked Hitler and his Nazis then the world would have been a lot better place. Do the right thing and block the antigay Christian Nazis before it is too late.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 27, 2012 12:42:00 PM


  3. And Bloomberg is doing what's called GRAND STANDING; he's mouthing off on hot topic subjects in a general way, primarily to appeal to one special interest group or another. But he knows it's all just talk, nothing substantive. He likewise will issue a few silly but trivial regulations like controlling the size of soft drinks sellers can offer in the city. This appeals to a certain special interest group[s] that he courts, is a relatively easy but trivial thing he can do.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 27, 2012 12:45:46 PM


  4. Any sort of punishment for expressing ones political views is a violation of their civil rights "Say What," it matters not whether the punishment is jail time, a fine, or being banned from doing buisness in a city. This is not "regulation" as you claim, this is censorship. It is in times like these, when views are expressed which we disagree with, even hate and believe are wrong, that the values we place in freedom are most important. We do not have the Constitution so we can discuss the weather, nor do we have it to protect polite conversation; the reason the Constitution singles out free speech as a personal right is precisely TO defend speech we find abhorrent, offensive, and wrong. Chick-Fil-A did nothing illegal, they did nothing wrong except express a political viewpoint, and to impose ANY form of punishment for that would be tyrannical and, dare I even say, evil in its own way. Censorship is evil, and should not be tolerated.

    Posted by: Nathan | Jul 27, 2012 12:48:14 PM


  5. @Mike,

    Many of the Nazis were themselves gay, and they had assistance from many societal institutions. Even the man who taught Hitler public speaking and actor techniques was himself Jewish.

    And do you feel the same way about the Marxist/Maoist/Communist? Somehow I doubt it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 27, 2012 12:49:22 PM


  6. Vote with your wallet. I never have nor will I buy chick-fli-a. I use to live near one and thought it was a dirty, messy place.

    Posted by: Adam | Jul 27, 2012 12:52:22 PM


  7. I think Chick-Fil-a has a history of past discrimination - against employees and customers. As such discrimination is illegal in NYC and Boston, arguably a good enough of a reason to deny a permit is there. At least they should be required to sign an agreement that they will rehabilitate there management and abide by the local anti-discrimination laws. It has nothing to do with an "opinion."

    Posted by: Markt | Jul 27, 2012 12:57:31 PM


  8. i have to agree with Bloomies on this one. its not upto the goverment to dictate who can have a business based on what belief. Ban them for being unhealthy lard asses.

    Posted by: alex | Jul 27, 2012 12:58:58 PM


  9. Of course regulating huge corporations is not the government's job! Everyone knows that the government's job is stopping and frisking black men walking down the street. For freedom.

    Posted by: Sean | Jul 27, 2012 1:58:17 PM


  10. http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2012/07/chick-fil-politics-and-social-media-cautionary-tale

    Few knew that founder Truett Cathy had firm opinions about the personal lives of the owners of Chick-fil-A’s 1,600 franchises and their employees. He preferred them married, and expected adherence to the company’s stated mission to “glorify God.”

    “Family members of prospective operators — children, even — are frequently interviewed so Cathy and his family can learn more about job candidates and their relationships at home,” Forbes reported in 2007, when Cathy was 86.

    " 'If a man can't manage his own life, he can't manage a business,’ says Cathy, who says he would probably fire an employee or terminate an operator who ‘has been sinful or done something harmful to their family members.’ "

    Posted by: Tim NC | Jul 27, 2012 2:01:02 PM


  11. some day in the future i hope you can all look back at your quasi internalized homophobia and see how silly it was you had to feign legal scholarship in web comments to defend the rights of bigoted business practices.


    Posted by: mld | Jul 27, 2012 2:42:07 PM


  12. Bloomberg has no idea what government's job is. That's why he doesn't do it.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 27, 2012 2:47:36 PM


  13. Mayor Bloomberg is absolutely right!

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 27, 2012 3:19:21 PM


  14. Bloomberg is right. What is this? The F-ing Civil War?

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 27, 2012 4:43:28 PM


  15. When will this plutocratz putz finally finally finally go away?

    Posted by: arrant | Jul 27, 2012 5:16:16 PM


  16. Bloomeberg is right this blocking of the restaurant will backfire because they will soon play the christian sympathy card.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 27, 2012 5:20:52 PM


  17. I totally agree with Bloomberg. This was political pandering. We need true support from our friends, not hollow gestures.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Jul 27, 2012 5:28:14 PM


  18. It's not OK for those mayors to stand up for equal rights for all humans but Bloomy can take away my right to have a super-size soft drink when I want it???

    Posted by: Ben | Jul 28, 2012 10:20:13 AM


  19. Good on him for this, at least. The soda thing -- that's still dumb.

    Posted by: Kyle M. Sullivan | Jul 28, 2012 6:58:40 PM


  20. LOL- I think Bloomberg is Jewish. Would he have been so nice and obliging had it been called Nazi-Chick-a-Fil ???

    Posted by: robertn800 | Jul 30, 2012 6:51:52 PM


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