When even the editorial board of the Boston Globe …

by Datechguy | July 26th, 2012

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When even the editorial board of the Boston Globe ...

By the author­ity granted to me by his Impe­r­ial Majesty Kaiser Wil­helm the Sec­ond I pro­nounce you man and wife — pro­ceed with the execution.

The African Queen 1951

…is hit­ting the Mayor of Boston over his Chick-​Fil-​A stance

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.

you know this is trou­ble. Not for Menino, Boston is so lib­eral he is more likely to die of old age before being voted out. The globe under­stands the trou­ble this makes nation­ally in an elec­tion year.

Iron­i­cally, Menino is cit­ing the spe­cific loca­tion along the Free­dom Trail as a rea­son to block Chick-​fil-​A. A city in which busi­ness own­ers must pass a polit­i­cal lit­mus test is the antithe­sis of what the Free­dom Trail rep­re­sents. His­tory will ren­der judg­ment on the views of Chick-​fil-​A exec­u­tives. City Hall doesn’t have to.

That’s why they pen such a con­ser­v­a­tive edi­to­r­ial to wit, sup­port­ing the right of pri­vate insti­tu­tions to make decisions

The sit­u­a­tion was dif­fer­ent when North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity blocked a pro­posed Chick-​fil-​A amid stu­dent protests. In that case, a pri­vate insti­tu­tion made its own deci­sion not to bring the com­pany in as a vendor.

A lot of peo­ple angry at the Boy Scouts would be shocked at that sen­tence com­ing from the Boston Globe, but the edi­to­r­ial board knows how to count and they cov­ered all those votes for Gay Mar­riage that lost so they under­stand what’s good for the goose…

But using the power of gov­ern­ment to freeze the com­pany out of a city sends a dis­turb­ing mes­sage to all busi­nesses. If the mayor of a con­ser­v­a­tive town tried to keep out gay-​friendly Star­bucks or Apple, it would be an outrage.

…could come out and bite you.

This is why I’ve never under­stood lib­er­als will­ing­ness to give gov­ern­ment more power, (nor some con­ser­v­a­tives) except in extreme emer­gen­cies. This prin­ci­ple SHOULD unite con­ser­v­a­tives & lib­er­als, polit­i­cal winds change you should never give coer­cive power to a gov­ern­ment that will sooner or later be con­trolled by your polit­i­cal foes.

Via Allah­pun­dit at HotAir who thinks Memino is grand­stand­ing (he’s right) and bluntly says he hopes it increases traf­fic (I sec­ond the motion)

One more thing, back when Menino was elected I was very happy, he was the first Ital­ian Mayor in Boston and I was all for him for that rea­son. His per­for­mance proves that one should be wary of sup­port­ing a leader based on the place­ment of vow­els in his name, or pigmentation.

Update: Michael Gra­ham (whose op-​ed on this yes­ter­day was awe­some, retweeted this one this morning

Hey it’s appar­ently OK with Mayor Menino to call for the death of gays as long as you let them marry first. I have a much bet­ter twit­ter solu­tion:

It just hit me, it won’t just hurt nation­ally, this won’t help Eliz­a­beth War­ren. If she is smart she will jump on this say­ing: “I sup­port Gay Mar­riage but we can’t push­ing busi­ness’ based on per­sonal beliefs.”

Is she will­ing to say such a think that will win votes but anger her Hol­ly­wood money base?

Update 2: Added African queen quote

Update 3:the Anchoress

The big deal is sim­ply this: the press put aside con­text and decided to paint this com­pany as some radically-​religious-​gay-​hating-​entity and then let the forces of anger, hate and spite have their way with it. The truth is, one can be a Chris­t­ian and still be sym­pa­thetic to some parts of the so-​called “gay agenda” with­out sign­ing on in toto. One can dis­agree on the issue of gay mar­riage — based on scrip­ture, or thou­sands of years of tra­di­tion, or on nat­ural law — with­out actu­ally hat­ing any­one. But the right to prin­ci­pled oppo­si­tion is being erased, quickly, and the press is doing all it can to help erase it. We are los­ing the right to say, “I don’t think the same way you do; my opin­ions are dif­fer­ent.” That mat­ters, a lot.

This is our main­stream press — the peo­ple charged with the pub­lic trust — and it has moved beyond advo­cacy and into “search and destroy” mode.

She is also right about the reasons:

And frankly, these are acts born out of inse­cu­rity, not secu­rity, in one’s own posi­tion. It is bring­ing a sledge­ham­mer to a fight, because you can­not trust your own argument.

When peo­ple are afraid of an open argu­ment that tell you a lot about the qual­ity of their position.

Update 4: Legal insur­rec­tion notes the dou­ble stan­dard isn’t restricted to a Mosque in Boston:. It extends to Chicago as well

Menino and Emanuel have selected evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians for their selec­tive bul­ly­ing know­ing full well that in Boston and Chicago there will be no reper­cus­sions. Yet they will not take on more pow­er­ful groups who espouse far worse views on homo­sex­u­al­ity and gay marriage.

This isn’t about any­thing but pandering.

Update 5: Glenn Reynolds

What I think is funny is that if you have the same view on gay mar­riage that Obama had when he was elected, now you’re an enemy of human­ity or something.

Hey didn’t Mum­bles Menino appear with Barack Obama in Boston before he had his epiphany on this issue?

Update 6: Drudge notes the dou­ble stan­dard

Update 7: I put in the base tweet that Gra­ham re-​tweeted rather than the Gra­ham Tweet. Cor­rected the write up.
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By the authority granted to me by his Imperial Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm the Second I pronounce you man and wife – proceed with the execution.

The African Queen 1951

…is hitting the Mayor of Boston over his Chick-Fil-A stance

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.

you know this is trouble. Not for Menino, Boston is so liberal he is more likely to die of old age before being voted out. The globe understands the trouble this makes nationally in an election year.

Ironically, Menino is citing the specific location along the Freedom Trail as a reason to block Chick-fil-A. A city in which business owners must pass a political litmus test is the antithesis of what the Freedom Trail represents. History will render judgment on the views of Chick-fil-A executives. City Hall doesn’t have to.

That’s why they pen such a conservative editorial to wit, supporting the right of private institutions to make decisions

The situation was different when Northeastern University blocked a proposed Chick-fil-A amid student protests. In that case, a private institution made its own decision not to bring the company in as a vendor.

A lot of people angry at the Boy Scouts would be shocked at that sentence coming from the Boston Globe, but the editorial board knows how to count and they covered all those votes for Gay Marriage that lost so they understand what’s good for the goose…

But using the power of government to freeze the company out of a city sends a disturbing message to all businesses. If the mayor of a conservative town tried to keep out gay-friendly Starbucks or Apple, it would be an outrage.

…could come out and bite you.

This is why I’ve never understood liberals willingness to give government more power, (nor some conservatives) except in extreme emergencies. This principle SHOULD unite conservatives & liberals, political winds change you should never give coercive power to a government that will sooner or later be controlled by your political foes.

Via Allahpundit at HotAir who thinks Memino is grandstanding (he’s right) and bluntly says he hopes it increases traffic (I second the motion)

One more thing, back when Menino was elected I was very happy, he was the first Italian Mayor in Boston and I was all for him for that reason. His performance proves that one should be wary of supporting a leader based on the placement of vowels in his name, or pigmentation.

Update: Michael Graham (whose op-ed on this yesterday was awesome, retweeted this one this morning

Hey it’s apparently OK with Mayor Menino to call for the death of gays as long as you let them marry first. I have a much better twitter solution:

 

It just hit me, it won’t just hurt nationally, this won’t help Elizabeth Warren. If she is smart she will jump on this saying: “I support Gay Marriage but we can’t pushing business’ based on personal beliefs.”

Is she willing to say such a think that will win votes but anger her Hollywood money base?

Update 2:  Added African queen quote

Update 3:the Anchoress

The big deal is simply this: the press put aside context and decided to paint this company as some radically-religious-gay-hating-entity and then let the forces of anger, hate and spite have their way with it. The truth is, one can be a Christian and still be sympathetic to some parts of the so-called “gay agenda” without signing on in toto. One can disagree on the issue of gay marriage — based on scripture, or thousands of years of tradition, or on natural law — without actually hating anyone. But the right to principled opposition is being erased, quickly, and the press is doing all it can to help erase it. We are losing the right to say, “I don’t think the same way you do; my opinions are different.” That matters, a lot.

This is our mainstream press — the people charged with the public trust — and it has moved beyond advocacy and into “search and destroy” mode.

She is also right about the reasons:

And frankly, these are acts born out of insecurity, not security, in one’s own position. It is bringing a sledgehammer to a fight, because you cannot trust your own argument.

When people are afraid of an open argument that tell you a lot about the quality of their position.

Update 4: Legal insurrection notes the double standard isn’t restricted to a Mosque in Boston:. It extends to Chicago as well

Menino and Emanuel have selected evangelical Christians for their selective bullying knowing full well that in Boston and Chicago there will be no repercussions. Yet they will not take on more powerful groups who espouse far worse views on homosexuality and gay marriage.

This isn’t about anything but pandering.

Update 5: Glenn Reynolds

What I think is funny is that if you have the same view on gay marriage that Obama had when he was elected, now you’re an enemy of humanity or something.

Hey didn’t Mumbles Menino appear with Barack Obama in Boston before he had his epiphany on this issue?

Update 6: Drudge notes the double standard

Update 7: I put in the base tweet that Graham re-tweeted rather than the Graham Tweet. Corrected the write up.
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