Leave it to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to get all logical and legal on us. Killjoy.
Speaking on John Gambling's radio show today, Mayor Bloomberg made it clear that he wouldn't be joining the mayors of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco in their attempts to block Chick-fil-A from setting up shop in their cities.
See what he has to say after the jump.
Regarding the various city mayors, he says:
“They’re all friends but I disagree with them really strongly on this one,” Mr. Bloomberg said of his mayoral colleagues. “You can’t have a test for what the owners’ personal views are before you decide to give a permit to do something in the city. You really don’t want to ask political beliefs or religious beliefs before you issue a permit, that’s just not government’s job.”
According to Policker, "Mr. Bloomberg went on to argue that blocking a business based on their political beliefs opens a potential slippery slope where liberal cities block conservative establishments and vice versa with conservative cities. 'Freedom of speech — everybody’s in favor of it as long as it’s what they want to hear,' he explained. 'Well the only way that you have your freedom of speech is if you give other people freedom of speech. … This is just a bad idea and it’s not going to happen in New York City.'"
What do you think, Instincters? Is Mayor Bloomberg right?
Is it dangerous for the government to start deciding what views and beliefs are acceptable? Is that what's happening in the case of Chick-fil-A?
What's your Instinct?
Image Source (Hat Tip: Joe.My.God.)