Thursday, July 26, 2012

Phila. City Councilman Kenney tells Chick-fil-A to "Take a Hike"

 Phila. City Councilman, Jim Kenney (WHYY)
I disagree with how Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is handling the Chick-fil-A controversy, trying to block a new one from opening in his city.  However, I agree with Philadelphia City Councilman, Jim Kenney's handling of this issue. This week Kenney wrote a letter to Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A in response to Cathy's anti-gay position.

Here's a link to the letter, where Kenney tells Cathy he personally feels he "should take a hike and take your intolerance with you."

Cathy has freedom of speech to express an opinion on any issue or to "speak" monetarily with campaign donations to the party and politicians who best reflect his worldview. And he has, as it was uncovered that Chick-fil-A has donated to anti-gay groups detailed here.

And if this opinion is unpopular and becomes public we then have the freedom to not patronize his business, if we so choose. The majority of customers will likely continue supporting a business, no matter the owner's politics or very public religious beliefs, but to those who would take their business elsewhere, at least they will have the ability to make an informed decision.

The reason large companies are against campaign finance disclosure laws is they are afraid of losing business when customers find out what potential reprehensible policies or controversial politicians they are supporting via their campaign donations.

So bravo to Councilman Kenney for shining more light on this issue.

(h/t to William Bender)

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