You know that liberal politicians have jumped the shark with a particular policy when the liberal media chastise those liberal politicians for that particular policy.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston mayor Thomas Menino are being criticized by members of the liberal media because those mayors are advocating a violation of the First Amendment by trying to prevent the opening of Chick-fil-A restaurants in their cities.
Here is an excerpt from a Boston Globe editorial on the subject:
But which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.
Mother Jones writer Kevin Drum has written a rebuke of the mayors:
. . . there’s really no excuse for Emanuel’s and Menino’s actions. If you don’t want to eat at Chick-fil-A, don’t eat there. If you want to picket them, go ahead. If they violate the law, go after them. But you don’t hand out business licenses based on whether you agree with the political views of the executives. Not in America, anyway.
The Los Angeles Times published an editorial criticizing Boston’s mayor:
As both a private citizen and a prominent public figure, Menino is welcome to abstain from fried chicken sandwiches and urge others to do likewise.
It’s a different matter if he attempts to trample the free-speech rights of others by using the power of his office to fight against a business license for Chick-fil-A. Menino suggested that it would be appropriate to block the chain from opening in Boston because Cathy’s views amount to discrimination. That would rightly apply if Chick-fil-A were to refuse service to gay customers; the city has a right and an obligation to prevent discriminatory actions against its residents and visitors. But there’s no evidence that any such thing has occurred.
Menino referred derisively to Chick-fil-A’s possible plans to open a restaurant along the city’s Freedom Trail, considering Cathy’s stand on marriage freedom. That too misreads law and history. It was the freedom to express politically unpopular views and to oppose such views that the Founding Fathers fought to establish.
As I said in another post, a boycott of Chick-fil-A restaurants would be a form of free speech. Blocking the opening of restaurants because of what their owner said is a violation of free speech.
Members of the liberal media are defending the exercise of rights expressed in the First Amendment. Will liberal politicians do the same thing?