No, but their statements can be interpreted as being ignorant of what would or would not be Constitutional or appropriate. And I think if a politican stood up and said he intended to ban black business owners from operating within his city, someone should hit him over the head with the Constitution.
I’ll give you the crucified (I personally see it as being a drama queen and it is a dog-whistle type remark within the community that I’m familiar with)
But, take the “political actions” aspect out of the question about can a community reject a specific company. How do communities reject a new Walmart that can clearly comply with all zoning regulations? The rejection is ultimately made by the community leadership in response to community members dislike for the company. If business licenses were denied to Chick-Fil-A ANYWHERE in the US over the next couple months because the community said we don’t want them here, can they use this news event to claim the denial was not permitted due to the First Amendment Rights of the owner?
Yep, you’re right, state and local governments are bound by the constitution as well. I used the word “Congress” to mirror the amendment’s actual wording and sacrificed clarity. I agree that Emanuel and Moreno are walking a fine line here, and that people on both sides of the issue are acting pretty hysterically over all of this.
a) Emanuel and Moreno haven’t actually done anything to keep Chik-Fil-A out of town, and I’m sure they both know they couldn’t really do so. They’re talking a lot of bluster.
and b) That clearly wasn’t what Sarah was talking about. She said that private citizens deciding where to buy or not buy a sandwich “has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights.” That’s just a flat-out ludicrous statement. I never know whether Palin truly believes all the shit she spouts or is just saying what she thinks her audience wants to hear. I lean toward the former, but the latter isn’t really better.
Palin’s a fucking moron, news at 11pm. Is anyone actually surprised by this? She’s said far, far worse.
But not necessarily for their political views. I absolutely refuse to eat at CFA (although I never ate there to begin with), but I do think it’s wrong for the government to block their business, on the basis of their beliefs. No one’s saying they have to allow them a to open up a site, but there have to be valid reasons to block it. Not liking their stance on something isn’t one of them. IF they’re actually planning on doing so.