Community Organizer Who Ran For Obama’s Senate Seat Files Discrimination Complaint Against Chick-Fil-A

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Jacob Meister is Governing Board President of The Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago LGBT rights advocacy group, a lawyer, and former Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Illinois. He ran for the Senate seat that President Obama occupied and the former Governor Rod Blagojevich was sent to jail for trying to sell.

Meister and TCRA filed several human rights complaints with the Illinois Department of Human Rights Thursday, alleging that the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A restaurant chain’s “intolerant corporate culture” violates Illinois law and a provision in the state’s Human Rights Act.

“In our current high speed media and social media environment, Chick-fil-A has announced and caused to be published, to hundreds of millions of people, that LGBT people are unacceptable and objectionable. They have made it clear the lives of LGBT individuals are unacceptable to them and that same-gender families are unwelcome at Chick-fil-A.”

TCRA began working with [North Side Ald. Proco “Joe”] Moreno in February, when he asked Martinez and Meister to examine the company’s discriminatory policies. In discussions with Chick-fil-A, TCRA recommended changes to the company’s policy so that it’s in line with the Human Rights Act, but as time went on, those talks fizzled until they completely stalled after Cathy’s comments, according to TCRA.

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“When we began working with Chick-fil-A I thought this would be a quiet matter; working with them to adopt anti-discrimination policy and diversity training,” said Meister, “I had no idea the depth and conviction of their bigotry.”

Well the local Chick-fil-A people must be real monsters, right? Wrong.

Have a look at a portion of this interview with Lauren Silich, the owner of Chicago’s only Chick-fil-A.

WCT: Okay, so you’re not going to answer the gay marriage question, but do you consider yourself a friend of the LGBT community?

Lauren Silich: Absolutely.

WCT: Do you consider yourself a supporter of LGBT rights?

Lauren Silich: Absolutely. Without a doubt. I really believe, quite honestly, that we all, everyone who is a citizen of the United States, deserves to have the same freedoms. I believe that if we have healthy homes and love for our kids, and we’re raising kids or no kids or whatever, if we all just… my answer to that question is yes. I am a huge supporter. I’m a Chicagoan, I have friends in the gay community, and I know that love exists anywhere.

When I opened this restaurant, I knew that the CEO, that the family was very conservative. And just like they have a right to believe what they believe, so do I and so do you and so does everybody else.

WCT: Have you taken a hit financially from this controversy?

Lauren Silich: We haven’t. We’re actually up. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know what to expect. So it’s been interesting to see, but we are up.

WCT: Is there anything you want to add?

Lauren Silich: I would just challenge anybody who is super passionate about it to come into the restaurant and ask for me. I’m always here. Come in and just talk to me about it. If at the end of the conversation, you decide not to come in here and spend your money, I think that’s fine… I would just challenge the LGBT community to get to know me and be well-rounded about all the things that Chick-fil-A does and then make a decision. If that decision means not coming here or never going to a Chick-fil-A again, I have to support that. That’s America. That’s our right

It seems pretty obvious that you have a guy here in Meister who is like a gay, white clone of Barack Obama (had he never got into politics) doing community organizing Chicago-style. which means trying to hold-up companies for their special interests. Jessie Jackson would be so proud. Also, Meister has a history of filling complaints that don’t hold up very well to even cursory investigation.

I do recommend that you read the complaint, it’s really quite comical. The problem is that it’s Chicago so there’s probably someone who would take their patently weak arguments seriously.

H/T: Jim Hoft

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  • 914

    What is this? Mental illness awareness week?

    We all know dems can feel the brass ring slipping from their sweaty greed driven fingers.. They are in panic mode! Hurl shit! And hope someone saves your ass!

    • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ Scribe of Slog (McGehee)

      The Mayans were right — 2012 is going to be the end of the world, but only for people like Jacob Meister and that particular Adam Smith in Tucson.

  • herddog505

    In our current high speed media and social media environment, Chick-fil-A has announced and caused to be published, to hundreds of millions of people, that LGBT people are unacceptable and objectionable. They have made it clear the lives of LGBT individuals are unacceptable to them and that same-gender families are unwelcome at Chick-fil-A.

    WTF??? When and how did Chick-fil-A make it clear that “the lives of LGBT individuals are unacceptable to them”??? When and how did Chick-fil-A make it clear that same-sex families are unwelcome in their restaurants???

    I don’t eat at Chick-fil-A very often, but I don’t recall having to identify myself as straight when I’ve gone there for a chicken sandwich or a banana pudding milkshake (highly recommended, by the way). I’m guessing that nobody ever asked Meister about his sexual preferences, either.

    I looked briefly at the “complaint” filed by this whining little prick. In no place does he complain of any sort of direct discrimination by Chick-fil-A: there is no complaint, for example, that he went into one of their restaurants and was refused service, subjected to insults, or otherwise molested (given that there appears to be only one Chick-fil-A in the blighted city of Chicago, I have to wonder if he’s ever eaten in one at all). Yet, he’s made an official complaint to the Illinois Human Rights Commission about how wicked, nasty, and otherwise unacceptable they are.

    The hole’s deep enough, pal: you can stop digging.

    • Guest

      Could you share a link to the complaint? I haven’t seen it anywhere, and I want to get a look at it.

      I don’t eat at Chick-fil-A very often, but I don’t recall having to identify myself as straight when I’ve gone there for a chicken sandwich or a banana pudding milkshake (highly recommended, by the way)

      Incidentally, I wish something like that would be better than the “kiss-in” scheduled for today. “Hi. I’m Phil, this is Steve, my partner of 10 years. We’d like two chicken sandwiches, please.” Simple, subtle, but direct.

  • Guest

    Jacob Meister … a lawyer

    Really? Because a lawyer should know better. Real discrimination involves decisions against a specific person in hiring or in providing services. General statements and political action are not discrimination.

    Note: Forbes went over Chick-fil-A’s practices at the below link, and it mentions suits that were brought.

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2007/0723/080.html

    • Guest

      An aside: A woman has sued the Chick-fil-A franchisee in Duluth. She alleges that he fired her and replaced her with a male employee because the franchise owner thought she should be a stay-at-home mother.

      Link:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/brenda-honeycutt-chick-fil-a-sues-gender-discrimination_n_1709645.html

      This is what makes an actual lawsuit: One person actually does something to another (as opposed to just making the person feel bad or angry), and then the second person seeks redress for the action.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      12 suits since ’88? Hmm.

      (Shrug.)

      Clearly with over 1600 outlets there’s a systemic problem.

      Or not.

      Frankly, I’m surprised it’s that few.

    • herddog505

      You have a much higher opinion of lawyers than I do (and my wife is a member of the Bar).
      But perhaps I’m being unfair: if somebody wants to file a frivolous, pointless and otherwise lackwit suit, it’s not for the lawyer to say “no”.

      • Guest

        But perhaps I’m being unfair: if somebody wants to file a frivolous, pointless and otherwise lackwit suit, it’s not for the lawyer to say “no”.

        Disagree. The lawyer’s job, IMO, is to say, “I cannot represent you in this suit.” Lawyers do it all the time.

        • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ Scribe of Slog (McGehee)

          The 99% who give the other 1% a bad name need to follow suit.

          • Guest

            To be fair, commercial needs sometimes dictate that lawyers don’t have a choice in the matter.

            When Al Franken published *Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right*, Fox News sued him trademark infringement over his use of “fair and balanced” in the title. The lawsuit was wholly without merit. But I suspect that somebody in Fox hierarchy was royally ticked at Franken and ordered the suit brought … and the lawyers felt that had a choice between bringing the suit on the one hand or losing a rather large client on the other.

    • Mike Smith

      Twelve suits in a quarter century? That’s nothing for a company of that size. To me, that is testimony they do NOT discriminate.

  • Hank_M

    This may be the step too far, for the so-called GLBT,

    I often wondered what was next, after gay marriage.
    What could they possible complain and whine about and demand next.

    Now we know.

    If people don’t agree with their agenda, if people have different opinions and views, that is now unacceptable to them. Not allowed. This, from the same people who initially asked for tolerance when the movement started. Now they show none.

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  • jim_m

    “In our current high speed media and social media environment,
    Chick-fil-A has announced and caused to be published, to hundreds of
    millions of people, that LGBT people are unacceptable and objectionable.”

    No. Just weaselly douchebags like you are objectionable. I don’t hold people like you in contempt because you are gay, I hold you in contempt because you claim the right to control the thoughts of 300+ million Americans and want to hold them criminally liable if they think the wrong things.

    If this is how they intend to pursue gay marriage they can kiss it goodbye. As Hank_M stated “Now we know” what their real agenda is. It’s a totalitarian thought control where personal thoughts and beliefs are subject to criminal punishment.

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  • GarandFan

    Some people will do anything for attention.

  • jim_m

    Police were called out today in Hollywood at the Chick-fil-a gay protest. Not because of the protestors, but because of the leftist media that were causing a disturbance.

    You can’t even have a peaceful protest without the MSM screwing things up.

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