Saturday, July 28, 2012

Don Perry, Chick-fil-A Vice President for Public Relations, Dies Unexpectedly — Progressives Celebrate on Twitter

The Los Angeles Times reports, "Chick-fil-A's PR chief dies suddenly amid gay-marriage imbroglio."

And the left's response at Fire Andrea Mitchell, "Left wingers celebrate the death of Chick-Fil-A spokesman Don Perry on Twitter." And Twitchy, "PR VP for Chick-fil-A has died; Left responds with viciousness."

Rosanne Barr's been aiming rapid-fire hate at Chick-fil-A, including wishing cancer on the people who eat the company's food. Apparently she's apologized, but there's still a lot of vile tweets in her timeline:
Plus, CNN has another report uploaded to YouTube, "Chick-Fil-A gets the boot."

And here's a commentary from Jack Nicas, at WSJ, "First Amendment Trumps Critics of Chick-fil-A" (via Google):
CHICAGO — The First Amendment is coming to the rescue of a chicken-sandwich chain that has drawn the ire of politicians outraged by its president's public opposition to gay marriage.

One by one, local officials here and in Boston have revised their comments regarding the entrepreneur's stance against gay marriage, tiptoeing between their disapproval of remarks he made on the subject and his right to say them.

Last week, Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, a closely held company based in an Atlanta suburb that operates 1,600 fast-food restaurants in 39 states, said he opposed gay marriage and supported the "biblical definition of the family unit."

The comment sparked a public backlash that included same-sex "kiss-in" protests at Chick-fil-A restaurants and social-media campaigns to boycott the chain. Public officials from Boston to Chicago announced their opposition to the company's expansion in those cities.

Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno wrote in the Chicago Tribune Thursday, "Because of [Mr. Cathy's] ignorance, I will deny Chick-fil-A a permit to open a restaurant in my ward."

On Friday, Mr. Moreno conceded that free-speech rights trump his authority on the issue, and shifted his focus from Mr. Cathy's remarks to potential discriminatory policies at the fast-food chain. He said he would reopen talks with Chick-fil-A, but pledged to fight the company until it amends or clarifies its anti-discrimination policy.

Chick-fil-A, which promotes its Christian values and is closed Sundays, said in a statement that the "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."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have similarly sought to clarify earlier statements that they opposed Chick-fil-A, saying they never intended to legally block the chain's efforts for new restaurants in their cities.

"The mayor simply said that Chick-fil-A's [president] does not share Chicago's values," Mr. Emanuel's spokeswoman said in a statement. "If they meet all the usual requirements, then they can open their restaurant just like any other business." The clarifications comes as legal experts said there are no legal grounds to block a company's land-use application because of an executive's political views.

Alan Weinstein, a professor of law at Cleveland State University who specializes on the intersection of land-use law and constitutional issues, said he has seen officials try to use zoning laws to block adult stores or religious institutions, but never a commercial enterprise because of political views. He said that beyond the First Amendment, "in the land-use sphere, the government has no legitimate interest" in the political views of an applicant.
Yeah, the land-use angle has really messed up the idiot left-wing fascists. For some stupid reason, the progs are are now justifying unconstitutional discrimination against Chick-fil-A because Republicans have (allegedly) passed local ordinances against abortion clinics. Or something? It's ridiculously idiotic, but that's the hate-added homosexuals for you. The argument might make sense if Republicans were discriminating against businesses that supported abortion rights --- that is, there's no valid comparison here, and hence it's simply a way for progressives to say, "Yeah, stick it to the f-kers. They've been jackin' us on abortion so f-k 'em." See the socialist idiot (and fascist idiot, apparently) Freddie deBoer at Balloon Juice, "A Simple Observation on Chick-Fil-A."

RELATED: At the New York Times, "Mayor Says Banning Chick-fil-A Is Wrong."