New controversy over politicians plans to block Chick-fil-A
Are their actions unconstitutional?
- Duration 7:29
- Date Jul 27, 2012
Are their actions unconstitutional?
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Into the controversial comments from the president of fast food chain chick fillet.
Dance happy told -- Christian news organization earlier this month that chick fillet is quote.
Very much supportive of the family the biblical definition of the family unit he also said this in a radio interview -- I think we're dividing God's judgment.
Our nation when we shake -- pissed at him and say -- we know better than years as to what constitutes a marriage.
And I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a big probable -- attitude.
But -- think that we would don't -- To try to redefine marriage -- out.
Right now a lot of attention his comments sparked strong reaction on both sides of the issue.
Including -- is from the national organization of marriage.
Some particularly sharp criticism came from Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel a city where chick -- wants to expand -- to put in two new stores.
Here's what Emanuel said.
-- for -- values are not your cup of values.
To not respectful.
Of are residents are neighbors and our family members.
And if you're gonna be part of the Chicago community you should reflect the Chicago values.
And they -- to -- released a statement saying this.
The chick -- culture.
And service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor dignity and respect regardless of their belief race creed sexual orientation or gender.
Going -- our intent is to leave the policy debate -- same sex marriage to the government and to the political arena.
Let's talk about this a little bit fair amounts to -- Chris China is a former aide to senator Chuck Schumer and Fox's contributor.
And -- O'Connell is a former McCain Palin presidential campaign advisor.
I thank you so much to both of you for being here aren't this is obviously sparked a ton of controversy actually want to start.
-- and proving that to some extent showing you what the -- little snippet of the conversation they came up yesterday.
On the video -- -- This is our country and I believe you know it's admit what we know chick chick -- is a Christian organization.
That's that they -- -- they don't ban you from going that he -- it's a freedom of religion if you don't support it.
Good -- -- don't I never had a checking the -- eight.
But -- but to say you know it Rahm Emanuel to say Chicago doesn't share your values that's not sure.
Mean it's an interesting how this has come down board.
And a lot of folks are supporting his right to say what he said.
And they're arguing it -- for the market forces to sort of let themselves play out here.
That's absolutely right look Rama -- is translating the law all the liberal outrage you -- a -- cap these views her.
Basically irrelevant under the First Amendment so unless chick filet is engaged in the discrimination in hiring.
And discrimination and -- public accommodation with customer it's going to be real hard because all it really dawn is flapping his wings because under the First Amendment what's good for the -- is also good for the chicken.
So -- I want to first thank you that's the most that ever watch the view in my life.
It it -- Dickie Bennett and -- -- and act basically agreed you know what's -- The bottom line is government can't say you can't come in because you believe a certain way but government can and should enforce any discriminatory practices that may or nothing going on there and the public at the right to say look this -- spending the money we spend -- -- rely on causes we don't agree with so we're not gonna shop there we're not gonna eat there we're gonna go somewhere else.
-- Leo Chris that that Chris that -- -- right what's also ironic has given our need for jobs in this country and you know frankly chick -- balance -- my -- -- waffle Fries.
I don't understand why Rahm Emanuel is not opening an arms yeah well good -- good native boy I don't write don't they don't go there.
Order your love of waffle Fries outweighs your love for social -- them by all means go eat at chick filet and -- but I'll tell.
-- -- What matters Chris how -- asking -- does issue because according to.
One number I read this it would be about 97 jobs in Chicago would be brought in by these two.
Chick -- establishments should that not also be a concern for Rahm Emanuel and let people decide if you wanna work there work there if if you don't certainly you shouldn't.
I don't think any number of jobs should outweigh your willingness and your and your belief in certain issues if you feel strongly in marriage equality as Rahm Emanuel does and as I do.
They -- and out of jobs matter.
If this money being -- there's gonna be going against this cause.
That said again the state can't just say this guy is said bad things it's if he does bad things if he's discriminating against.
Gays and lesbians either and the employment arena or as customers then the city has a right and a responsibility to step in and make sure that.
Those you know -- discrimination there dealt.
I wanna say there's a scene that that played out in Laguna Hills, California I haven't seen this video yet that read about this morning but let's take a look at it.
This is up protests that happened.
Outside of chick -- establishment there.
The protesters were telling customers who were coming towards this this restaurant that they should go elsewhere.
So this is obviously stirred up a lot of discussion.
I'm this big issue another thing I -- -- just mentioning if your thoughts on Merriman Nino in Boston.
What a letter to a property owner and we'll go to you first on this board.
And he basically said you know Boston would prefer if you not rent your property that you won't.
Out to this establishment should he be in the middle of that discussion -- As.
Absolutely not Mayor Menino has got plenty of problems particularly the high unemployment and other issues of Boston.
It let the free market play out Mayor -- needs to step out of this and let the market forces take place and -- let the -- and make their decision because the First Amendment mr.
-- these views have nothing to do with it it's how the property owner feels yet that.
Richard and that's -- some of this outrage comes from Chris and it's not you know I think -- Mayor Menino are from the manual as it happens and I personally disagree with what -- -- said -- I don't think anybody would have a problem with that but when you start to step into the zone of discouraging a business from opening in -- -- Based on that -- when they haven't.
When there's no proving discrimination as you pointed out by employees or four employees or four customers are they and some dangerous territory there.
Well rob -- discourage it officially there was an Alderman in Chicago that did and I think the mayor what he did was not any official discouraging and -- backtrack a little bit yesterday.
From those statements what he did -- say look here's my opinion we don't want these guys here -- -- it -- -- if you will you're gonna get no help for me getting anything done for this for the let me add -- that -- -- -- -- that law is clearly trying to score points with constituents -- a liberal stronghold.
What else do you expect from -- -- -- -- -- -- agent trying to score points with -- Like put this thing that ever happened but here I -- suffering enterprise -- -- First Amendment that's what we've got a lot more on the opera -- on both sides rob Emmanuel and the mayor of Boston have a right a responsibility to speak their mind on this issue as well and they should and often and as often as they can and as clearly as they can't speak about why why.
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